The newest Leadership Butler County class began their nine-month journey in September at an Opening Session Overnighter and Alumni Gathering at the Days Inn Butler, where close to 60 alumni and guests met at the Crafthouse Gastropub and welcomed the incoming class. Bob Dandoy presented an interesting slant on the History of Butler County, encouraging the class to “Take the fire and not the ashes” from the past. Dan Hudock worked his executive training magic with a lively session on personality and group interaction. This session was followed in October, by an Executive Skills Training at Slippery Rock University’s Leadership Course. Participants were warmly welcomed by the President of Slippery Rock University, Dr. Bill Behre following which Erin Strain, Director of Leadership Development and her staff, began the Leadership Skills Training. It combined physical activities and challenges with classroom exercises to help the class think strategically, communicate effectively and act decisively.

As the largest class since it’s inception 25 years ago, we are proud of the success and impact this program has made on our area. The Leadership Butler County Board of Directors wishes them a successful year of learning about all our County has to offer.

Dan Bauer
Slippery Rock University, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Everett Adrian Currie
Office of Personnel Management, Program Manager

Tammie Futcher
Sonneborn, Logistics Manager

Jordan Grady
Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, Project Coordinator

Andrew Gryskewicz
Butler VA Medical Center, Enrollment & Eligibility Specialist

Jaime Halaszynski
Butler VA Medical Center, Supervisory Social Worker & VIST Coordinator

Shana Hutchins
Mars Bank, Deposit Operations Associate

Kathryn Ihlenfeld
Butler County Community College Assistant Director of Human Resources

Patricia Kirkpatrick
Don’t Stop Dreamin’, Executive Director

Joseph Kubit
Montgomery, Crissman, Montgomery, Kubit, L.L.P., Partner

Melissa McCullough
Butler Memorial Hospital, Laboratory Supervisor

Alysha Mosby
Office of Personnel Management, Program Manager

Autumn Patterson
Northwest Bank, Office Manager

Andrew Pepe
Butler VA Healthcare, Voluntary Services Specialist

Seth Prentice
ARMSTRONG, Community Marketing Manager

Phillip Rau
The Butler Eagle, City Editor

Sara Reed
Maher Duessel CPA, Senior Auditor

Belinda Richardson
Butler County Community College, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Short
Butler YWCA, President & CEO

Jamie Shuster
NexTier Bank, Preferred Corporate Services

Trey Skalos
Farmers National Bank, Branch Manager

Ryan Smith
Calumet Penreco, Shipping / Transportation Supervisor

Jud M. Stewart
ARMSTRONG, Video Producer

Rebecca Stokes
Butler County Area Agency on Aging Clinical Supervisor

Micayla Wright
Stantec, Mechanical Designer