2019 Leadership Falls Class Announced

2019 Leadership Falls Class Announced

Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce
2019 Leadership Falls Class Participants Announced

Leadership Falls is a community leadership program of the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce founded in 2019 through a business and community partnership with Western Reserve Hospital.

The leadership program is committed to enhancing and connecting emerging and existing leaders from businesses, nonprofits and government. This unique program will empower the participants with a comprehensive understanding of leadership, civic and service in the Cuyahoga Falls area.   

“This new program is a great example of our continued commitment to being loyally local,” said Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “Developing leaders among individuals who are deeply invested in our community is a vital an effective manner to stimulate growth and progress in Cuyahoga Falls. We all benefit from the activities and work this group will do and I’m proud that Western Reserve Hospital was a founding member of the initiative.”

“We are thrilled to introduce the Class of 2019, a truly outstanding group of dynamic individuals,” says Laura Petrella, CEO, Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce.  “These participants have already shown their commitment to lead and become change-agents for our community, and we are excited to welcome them to the 2019 Leadership Falls class.”  

These 13 leaders will be the 1st graduating class of this new program. Leadership Falls Class of 2019:

Bartek, Tara Recreation Program Manager City of Cuyahoga Falls – Parks & Rec
Blake, Sean Vice President of Outpatient Clinical Services Portage Path Behavioral Health
Cole, Zalinia Member Experience Director Riverfront YMCA
Eckel, Tracey Area Sales Manager Witness Hospitality, LLC
Kosarko, Brian President Focused Technologies
LaFaber, Adam Vice President of Growth & Strategy SearchActions
Lagasse, Robert Real Estate Agent Berkshire Hathaway Northwood Realty
Petrosino, Al Mortgage Loan Officer Liberty Home Mortgage
Reynard, Jennifer Adult Services Manager Cuyahoga Falls Library
Romito, Kathy Community Relations Manager Western Reserve Hospital
Saltis, Katarina Communications Specialist Western Reserve Hospital
Schaad, Matthew Administrative Services Manager City of Cuyahoga Falls – Parks & Rec
Winston, Nate Owner E.C.P. Auto Repair & Service


The Leaderships Falls program’s goals are:

*to provide our developing leaders with enhanced leadership skills

*to establish a communication network among the existing and emerging leaders of the community; and

*to challenge these leaders to increase their involvement in business and community affairs.

The program focuses on leadership development with topic areas including small business, city dynamics, social issues, economic development and the arts and culture in Cuyahoga Falls.

The program will include three months of leadership training that also includes civic and business days spent at City Hall, Akron Food Bank and a few of our local businesses, who will share their business stories with participants.

To conclude the Leadership Falls program, a business reception will be held at Craft Beer Bar in December, followed by a graduation luncheon in January 2020 at the Natatorium.  The program is led by Ned Parks, Aegis 360 Consulting a well-known business consultant, business coach and professional business speaker.

About the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber: The Chamber has been leading our business community as the trusted business and community resource since 1926. The Chamber includes close to 400 small businesses, large industry / manufacturing firms and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that help support business and economic development. In this capacity, the Cuyahoga Falls Chamber serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. “We work closely with your business to develop continuity of community and prosperity like no other chamber you have ever been a part of.” – Laura Petrella, Chamber CEO. More information is available at www.cfchamber.com