Leadership Fort Wayne Reveals 2015 Class

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Leadership Fort Wayne is a program of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Leadership Fort Wayne is a program of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
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More than 40 business and community leaders were selected for this year's Leadership Fort Wayne program. The eight-month program helps develop personal and professional skills to positively impact the community.

LFW has been teaching local residents hands on skills in civic engagement and leadership for 33 years. The goal is to show individuals how their hard work and dedication can have a positive influence on their community and directly reflect what a person is capable of. LFW does not let just anyone be a leader of their prestigious program. LFW looks for a diverse set of people, skills, and attributes that can be shared and passed on to others so that the community may reap the benefits of their ideas and actions.

This year's class of inductees include:

  • Dana Berkes, Public Affairs Manager, NIPSCO
  • Debra Branfield, Customer Liaison, Crossroad Child & Family Services
  • Tamarah Brownlee, Director Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity, IPFW
  • Pamela Clark-Estep, Distribution Dispatch Supervisor, Indiana Michigan Power
  • Carl Clayton, Senior District Executive, Anthony Wayne Area Council
  • Margeaux Corrao, Marketing Director, Angel Corps & Home Nursing Services
  • Christophe Dessaigne, Investment Manager, Ambassador Enterprises
  • Kevin Dwire, Plant Manager, Ottenweller Company Inc.
  • Debra Faye Williams-Robbins, Secondary Assistant Superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Jaimie Ferren, Supervisor of 211 Services, United Way Allen County
  • Michael Frese, Wing Chaplain, Indiana Air National Guard
  • Kristen Guthrie, Director of Marketing, Visit Fort Wayne
  • Marcus Heminger, Associate, Barrett McNagny LLP
  • Robert Hennessey, Director of Digital and Classified Advertising, Fort Wayne Newspapers
  • Mike Kamphues, Market Director-Consumer Banking, Chase Bank
  • Darrel Kesler, Professor and Dean, Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
  • Amanda Kinneman, Business Development Officer, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Ruth Koontz, Director of Community Relations and Marketing, Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana
  • Andrew Krouse, Vice President, Mutual Bank
  • Ryan Krueckeberg, Sr. Business Data Analyst, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Joseph Marana, Director of Operations and Facilities, Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
  • Kelly Marucci, Sustainment Flight Chief, Indiana Air National Guard
  • Amy Minnich, Sales Representative, Emily Kai Company
  • Carrie Minnich, Senior Manager, Dulin, Ward & DeWald Inc.
  • Michael Mushett, CEO, Turnstone
  • Christopher Niezer, Risk Advisor, Gibson Insurance Group
  • Jared Parcell, Director of Group Sales, Fort Wayne TinCaps
  • David Peters, Director of Information Technology, Medical Protective Company
  • Fredus (Nelson) Peters V, Project Manager, TransWorks
  • Ed Romero, Market Chief Financial Officer, Lutheran Hospital
  • Julie Sanchez, Director of Citizen Services, City of Fort Wayne
  • Rob Schmiedel, National Sales Manager, Do It Best Corp.
  • Heather Schoegler, Owner, Augustus
  • Craig Scully, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Design Collaborative
  • Barton Shaw, Executive Director, Grand Wayne Convention Center
  • Greta Southard, Director, Allen County Public Library
  • Joshua Spencer, AVP and Chief Actuary, Brotherhood Mutual
  • Clement (C.J.) Steigmeyer, VP of Finance & COO, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
  • Hannah Stork, Director of Career and Professional Development, Manchester University
  • Leah Strauss-Grant, Stylist & Design Expert, Jophiel
  • Reneta Thurairatnam, Vice President and Wealth Advisor, Lake City Bank
  • Mike Zawahri, Finance Manager, Parkview Health
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