Leadership class graduates
Graduation ceremonies were held June 7 at Park Hills Golf Club for the Leadership Blair County Class of 2017.
This year’s 21 members bring the total number of people who have completed the program, sponsored by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, to 571. This is the 24th annual class.
The program is designed to develop and enhance community leadership by preparing individuals from diverse backgrounds to assume more active roles in addressing communities’ needs.
Each class selects a community service project as part of the program.
The Leadership Blair County Class of 2018’s project is for Evolution Expressions, a nonprofit social service that treats children and youths who have experienced trauma in their lives.
The professional staff creates and facilitates art, dance and music therapy sessions to assist these children as they heal and overcome difficulties.
This year’s class members include:
– Denise Adams of Altoona
Position: Director, Family Resource Center, United Way of Blair County, 208 Hollidaysburg Plaza, Duncansville
Community Service activities: East End Youth baseball team representative, Blair County Election Board.
– Jessica Altman of Bedford
Position: Assistant vice president, mortgage loan originator, Altoona First Savings Bank, 203 N. Logan Blvd.
Community service activities: Bedford County United Way Day of Caring, Bedford Relay for Life, Lioness Club of Bedford County supporter, Bedford County Humane Society supporter, Sheetz for Kids supporter.
– Laura Burke of Hollidaysburg
Community service activities: WISE Women of Blair County board, Penn-Mont Academy board.
– Erin Bush of Altoona
Position: Human resources specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs, VanZandt VA Medical Center, 2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Community service activities: Saint Rose of Lima member, McAuliffe Heights member, Penn State THON donor.
– Alexandra Castrechini of Hollidaysburg
Position: Project engineer, P. Joseph Lehman Inc. Consulting Engineers, Old Farm Office Centre, Hollidaysburg.
Community service activities: CCD substitute teacher, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
– Taylor Clark of Hollidaysburg
Position: Act 360 counselor, Evolution Counseling Services, LLC, 1331 12th Ave., Suite 300.
Community service activities: Evolution Expressions, mission trips to Guyana, South America and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
– Alexandra Creany of Ebensburg
Position: Safety specialist, Blair Companies, 5107 Kissell Ave.
Community service activities: Lake Glendale Sailing Camp, Blair Cares
– Danielle Donivan of Hopewell
Position: Attorney, Evey Black Attorneys, 401 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg
Community service activities: Sigma Kappa, So Others Might Eat
– Jessica Dunlap of Hollidaysburg
Position: Audit partner, Catanese Group, 307 State St., Johnstown
Community service activities: SOAR mentor program, Altoona Area Youth Ice Hockey, PICPA Central Chapter, PICPA State Board
– Elizabeth Ebling of Altoona
Position: Church planter in residence, Overflow Church, 127 Fifth Ave.
Community service activities: Backyard Ministries, Kids Club, Mobile Soup Kitchen
– Eric Horell of Altoona
Position: Director of Alumni Engagement, Saint Francis University, 117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto
Professional interests: Education administration, non-profit work
– Amanda Johnston of Altoona
Position: Consultant, Retirement Plan Solutions, Tipton
Community service activities: Helping the community when needed
– Chad Landeck of Altoona
Position: Parts room manager/buyer, American Eagle Paper Mills, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone
Community service activities: Raise money for leadership dogs, White Cane Day, luncheon for the veterans, DJ for charity
– Matthew Miller of Altoona
Position: Centralized inside sales supervisor, The Hite Company, 3101 Beale Ave.
Professional interests: I enjoy being a part of the growth of my company
– Amanda Murphy
Position: Director of finance Amtran, 3301 Fifth Ave.
Community service activities: Cook for raffle that pays for youth recreational activities, registration for Cancer Charity 5K
– Daniel Mutter of Colver
Position: Technical service manager, HFX, Inc., 12985 Dunnings Highway, Claysburg
Community service activities: Lobsterfest
– Kevin Norton of Bellwood
Position: Accountant, Young, Oakes Brown & Co, PC., 1210 13th St.
Community service activities: Little League baseball and assistant basketball coach
– Joanne Peca
Position: Chief information officer, Penn State Altoona, 3000 Ivyside Park
Community service activities: Girls Who Code, Odyssey of the Mind, Altoona Food Bank, Altoona Kiwanis
– Dana Peo of Altoona
Position: Financial Solutions Center manager, First Commonwealth Bank, 5580 Goods Lane, Suite 1012
Community service activities: JA Days
– Brian Renaud of Hollidaysburg
Position: Manager of Petroleum Pricing, Sheetz, 5700 Sixth Ave.
Professional interests: Pricing strategy, revenue management, analytics, marketing, fuel pricing, demand optimization
– Brandi Seyler of Martinsburg
Position: Culinary food scientist, Sheetz, 242 Sheetz Way, Claysburg
Community service activities: Sheetz for the Kidz, Special Olympics