Leadership Falls Class 1 Graduation – Congratulations!

Leadership Falls Class 1 Graduation – Congratulations!

Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce Leadership Falls Class 1 Graduation Ceremony was held Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Chamber Monthly Speaker Series Luncheon at the Natatorium. The luncheon was sponsored by Alexander Body & Fender and our business and community partner Western Reserve Hospital. 13 local Cuyahoga Falls business leaders completed the program in late 2019 and are the the proud graduates of the inaugural program.

As a follow up project to completing the Leadership Falls Program the classmates created a unique business to business event through the Chamber called “Speak Up” that is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2020 at Western Reserve Hospital. More information here:

Here is what a few of our Leadership Falls Class 1 Graduates have to say about the program and how it helped them personally and professionally.

  • What I liked the most about being in the Leadership Falls Class.

  • How the Leadership Falls Class has helped me personally and/or professionally.

Leadership Falls provided excellent practical leadership tools that were easily implemented into my personal and professional life.

  • Why should a fellow emerging or current business leader consider applying/joining the Leadership Falls Class 2?

I encourage all leaders and emerging leaders to consider joining Leadership Falls.  The experience was enriching to my professional success and enabled me to make great engaging business contacts.
Jennifer Reynard, CPL
Adult Services Manager
Cuyahoga Falls Library

  • What I liked the most about being in the Leadership Falls Class.

This class gave me the opportunity to get to know leaders around the community and learn how they operate and manage their teams.

  • How the Leadership Falls Class has helped me personally and/or professionally.
    I truly benefitted from this class in a personal and professional way. It taught me about understanding other people and how important it is to know how other people I work with approach certain situations and how it might differ from my approach. I also learned various ways to create ideas for myself and help others build on their creative thoughts.
  • Why should a fellow emerging or current business leader consider applying/joining the Leadership Falls Class 2?
    You meet people that might not be in your line of work and have the opportunity to see leadership from perspectives you probably haven’t experienced in your current network or industry. Leadership Falls opened my mind and I look forward to applying new concepts from the class activities and material each day!

Katarina Saltis
Communications Specialist
Western Reserve Hospital


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.

Congratulations Leadership Falls Class 1 – Meet our participants:

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 is based on the
DiSC® Assessement by Wiley.

The program will included 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 shared their business stories with participants.

To conclude the Leadership Falls program, a business reception was held at Craft Beer Bar in December, followed by a graduation luncheon 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