The Leadership Worcester Class of 2019 is an impressive group. Recently selected from a pool of 60 applicants, this fourth cohort is united by a desire to learn about their community and take an active role in its betterment. Members of the Class of 2019 bring unique perspectives, diverse cultural backgrounds, and experience in an array of industry sectors. In September, they will embark on a nine-month experiential learning program designed to prepare and propel them.

Leadership Worcester was re-established in 2015 and is co-sponsored by Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Its curriculum is developed with the aid of local leaders who bring insights on critical public policy issues impacting Central Massachusetts. The programs' day-long sessions allow participants to explore these issues, propose solutions, and connect with others equally committed to Worcester's advancement.

The Class of 2019 will join the 75+ professionals who now make up Leadership Worcester's alumni network have become thinkers and doers contributing to the region's civic, economic, and cultural growth.

“You'll find alumni serving on boards and committees, engaging on the decision-making level, and even returning as session designers for Leadership Worcester,” said Ann Lisi, president and CEO, Greater Worcester Community Foundation. “They have honed their talents and they aren't hesitating to share them. We - the Worcester public - are the ultimate beneficiaries, as we are sure to enjoy what's to come as these individuals step to the helm.”

Members of the Leadership Worcester Class of 2019 as of August 1 are:

  • Danielle Babineau, Redemption Rock Brewery Co.
  • Andrew Bartholomew, Bowditch & Dewey
  • Kathryn Behan, UMass Memorial Healthcare
  • Heather Borelli, Seven Hills Foundation
  • Jacquelyn Burmeister, City of Worcester, DPW
  • Darryl Caffee, Webster Five Cents Savings Bank
  • Emrah Cakir, Fallon Health
  • Jeff Cammuso, Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Kerry Castorano, EcoTarium
  • Michael Dang, Hanover Insurance
  • Julie Lyn Davenport, Cutler Associates, Inc.
  • Kimberly Driscoll, City of Worcester
  • Ioannis Genkos, City of Worcester
  • Jared Gentilucci, Nitsch Engineering
  • Patrick Goguen, Worcester Earn a Bike
  • Prashant Hinge, EXL Services
  • Jennifer Madson, Girls Inc. of Worcester
  • Joy Rachelle Murrieta, Main IDEA
  • Weayonnoh Nelson Davies, Community Legal Aid
  • Clara O'Rourke, Worcester Education Collaborative
  • Sonia Paulino, Worcester Public Schools
  • Courtney Pelley, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Sarah Potrikus, Worcester State University
  • Shon Rainford, Worcester Regional Food Hub
  • Judi Rock, YOU, Inc.
  • Alexandra Salcedo, Worcester County Food Bank
  • Birgit Straehle, Worcester Art Museum
  • Frankli Zdruli, Barkan Management

“The support of many individuals, companies, and organizations makes Leadership Worcester a success. From the employers who encourage their staff to take part, to the companies who allow us to learn from them, collaboration makes it possible and speaks to the cooperative spirit of our community,” said Timothy P. Murray, president and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.”

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