Area High School Students Learning Lessons in Leadership

Tomorrow's leaders

The 2018-2019 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today participants include: front row, from left: Emma Dwyer, Kylie J. Loughney, Najuk A. Patel of Dunmore High School; Simal Sami, Nina S. Sampogne, Danyelle Tech from DHS;, Rachel Saxton, Caitlin Pagnotti, Fione Evans, Abbie O’Brien and Meredith Santiago. Middle row: Makenna Thorpe, Mikenna Lee, Caroline Cadden of Holy Cross High School; Melony A. Mitchell, Mariana Leo from DHS: Taylor M. Seprosky, Alyssa Iovacchini, Jenna Patel, Abigail J. Dalton, Angelina Bellucci from DHS, and Sydney R. Peet. Back row: Collin Kneiss, Ryan W. Turlip, Nicholas Tomassoni, Brendan Fitzsimmons, Colin Gilmartin, Dylan Howanitz, Daniel E. Cummins Jr., Jakob R. Quanbeck, Isaac Vierling, Leslie O’Connor, Lydia R. McConlogue, and Abygale Bergamino.

Leadership Lackawanna’s youth program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today (TLT), recently met for its first session, which included an orientation, leadership basics and a variety of STEAM related activities. This session was sponsored by Penn State Scranton; however, the entire program is made possible by the support of NBT Bank, the official TLT 2018-2019 Corporate Program sponsor.

Leadership Lackawanna’s seven-month Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program develops the leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills of high school juniors while giving them an enhanced understanding of northeastern Pennsylvania as well as the opportunity to explore teamwork. Participants learn collaborative decision making, explore different communication styles and engage in problem solving techniques. The challenges and opportunities of northeastern Pennsylvania are discussed as participants meet community leaders and other high school students.

The 2018-2019 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today participants include:

Angelina Bellucci, Mariana Leo, Najuk A. Patel, and Danyelle Tech, all from Dunmore High School, and Caroline Cadden, Holy Cross High School.

Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Program accepts applications from sophomores who attend high school in Lackawanna County or in the Lackawanna Trail and Western Wayne school districts. Tomorrow’s Leaders Today began in 1997 under Skills in Scranton, an affiliate of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and merged with Leadership Lackawanna in 2011.

Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program Graduates

Exec program grads

Leadership Lackawanna announced its 2018 Executive Program graduates during a recent celebration at The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.

The Executive Program assists professionals in becoming more engaged in the community, broadens their social network and increases their overall knowledge of the Greater Scranton region.

Shown front row, from left: Lisa M. Imbriaco, Abington Heights High School; Wendy K. Miller, Benco Dental; Brian Daubert, MCR Design Group; Suzanne O’Donnell, H.W. Roever, Inc.; Charles Curtin, Honesdale National Bank; and James M. Brown, Marywood University.

Back row: Nicole Morristell, director, Leadership Lackawanna; Glenn Layaou, III, Kronick Kalada Berdy and Co.; Allan S. Karaffa , Kronick Kalada Berdy and Co.; James J. Wisnewski Jr.,  Tobyhanna Army Depot; Richard Rogalewicz, Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Wilkes-Barre; Nick Serniak, NJS Systems and Controls; Matthew R. Kalinchok, Commonwealth Health; and Robbie Risley, Quadrant EPP and Leadership Lackawanna board chair.

Dr. Antoinette Hamidian of The Aaron Center, Inc. is also a member of this year’s class.


Leadership Lackawanna Now Accepting Applications

leadership lackawannaLeadership Lackawanna’s five-week Executive Program is now accepting applications for this fall.

The Executive Program engages professionals more deeply in the greater Scranton region, broadens their social network, and increases their overall knowledge of the community.  Participants meet key business and community leaders as they receive an overview of Lackawanna County’s history and culture, economic and political structures, community events, civic groups, recreational activities and non-profit organizations.

This year’s sessions will be held at various locations throughout the area from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26; Wednesday, Oct. 3; Tuesday, Oct. 9; Tuesday, Oct. 16; and Wednesday Oct. 24. Candidates should possess an interest in learning about how Lackawanna County functions and a commitment to enhancing the area’s economy and quality of life. The Executive Program accepts applications from public- and private-sector administrators and professionals in an executive-level position who either live or work in Lackawanna County.

The deadline to apply for the Executive Program is Thursday, Sept. 6. The cost is $925, with a spouse or guest able to attend at no additional charge.  Make checks payable to Leadership Lackawanna.

To apply, visit  For more information about the Leadership Lackawanna Executive Program, contact Nicole A. Morristell at (570) 342-7711.