Chamber honors 25th leadership class
Graduation ceremonies for the Leadership Blair County Class of 2019 were held June 13 at Park Hills Golf Club.
This year’s 20 members bring the total number of people who have completed the program, sponsored by the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, to 591. This is the program’s 25th 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 community needs.
Each class selects a community service project as part of the program.
In celebrating the 25th anniversary of Leadership Blair County, the Class of 2019 has partnered with Family Services to support their campaign to fund the new family shelter at 2300 N. Branch Ave.
The new family shelter will house 36-beds and six long-term apartments, provide essential life skills and on-site job training and extend counseling services to those in need.
This year’s class members include:
— Karen Beauchamp of Altoona
Position: Marketing director, Stuckey Automotive, 500 Broad St., Hollidaysburg
Community service activities: Pints for Pets.
— John Black III of Bedford
Position: Commercial insurance agent, Teeter Group, 3375 Lynnwood Drive, Altoona
Community service activities: Bedford Elks. Altoona Rotary, Jaffa Shrine.
— Nathan Bowen of Hollidaysburg
Position: Assistant general manager, Altoona Curve, 1000 Park Ave., Altoona
Community service activities: Hollidaysburg Lions Club
— Jessica Campbell of Duncansville
Position: Branch manager, First Commonwealth Bank, 2009 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona
Community service activities: Chamber ambassador, Young Professionals of Blair County.
— Adam Clemens of Claysburg
Position: Processing manager, Hoss’s Fresh Express, 12985 Dunnings Highway, Claysburg
Community service activities: Ski Gap Community Center.
— Elizabeth Curfman of Altoona
Position: Senior program manager, Three Wire Systems, 313 E. High St., Suite 116, Ebensburg
Community service activities: VetAdvisor TLC, chair; Blair County Relay For Life, committee member.
— Jane Delozier of Altoona
Position: Director of operations, Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona
Community service activities: former Girl Scout leader/assistant leader.
— Matthew Eberhart of Altoona
Position: Director of purchasing and marketing, The Hite Co. Division of Mayer Electric, 3010 Beale Ave., Altoona
Community service activities: YEA! investor, The Gearbox Union member.
— Krystal Edwards of Williamsburg
Position: Associate attorney with Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith, 414 N. Logan Blvd., Altoona
Community service activities:Women’s Club; Blair County Democratic Committee member; Blair County Bar Association, Pennsylania Bar Association.
— Jeremy Knott of Claysburg
Position: Business development, NPC Inc., 13710 Dunnings Highway. Claysburg
Community service activities: Claysburg-Kimmel School District, former board member.
— Michelle Moyer of Duncansville
Position: Development director, United Way of Blair County, 208 Hollidaysburg Plaza, Duncansville
Community service activities: United Way.
— Ashley Owens of Hollidaysburg
Position: Program director, Center for Child Justice, 501 Howard Ave., Suite D203, Altoona
Professional interests: Child welfare, law, social service.
— Lloyd Painter of Duncansville
Position: Network and systems manager, Penn State Altoona, 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona
Community service activities: Volunteer, Saint Vincent dePaul Society .
— Nicholas Sefchok of Mars
Position: President, The JJAN Financial Group, 3101 Beale Ave., Suite 101, Altoona
Community service activities: Family Services, Shriner’s Hospital.
— Shaun Shenk of Duncansville
Position: Chief of stakeholder relations, Department of Veterans Affairs, James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, 2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona
Community service activities: Veterans of Foreign Wars, All Ears Basset Rescue, Dog rescues/fostering.
— Stephanie Shoenfelt of Altoona
Position: Project engineer/land development, Keller Engineers, Inc., 420 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg
Community service activities: Logan Township United Fire Department, EMT/member; Great Commission School, volunteer.
— Jennifer Smilnak of Duncansville
Position: Human service director, Food Service Solutions Inc., Newry
Community service activities: Hollidaysburg Wrestling Booster Club.
— Nichole Smith of Port Matilda
Position: Assistant district attorney, Blair County District
Attorney’s office, 423 Allegheny St., Suite 421, Hollidaysburg
Community service activities: Toys for Tots.
— Cory Tubo of Altoona
Position: Senior vice president, Reliance Bank, 1921 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona
Community service activities: Family Services Inc., board member, second vice president; PA Roundhouse Rally, board member; The Challenge Program, sponsor.
— Amanda Walker of East Freedom
Position: District director, State Senator Judy Ward, 1904 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg
Community service activities: Blair County Chamber Farm City Committee, Blair County GOP Committee member, Morrisons Cove Republican Club member.