Celebrating the Leadership Development of the 30th Leadership Duluth graduating class.

On June 21, the Chamber celebrated the graduation of the 30th Leadership Duluth class. The class completed the 11-month leadership development program that focuses on educating participants about Duluth’s cultural and business history, along with current issues facing the region. Leadership Duluth class members committed to one full day of leadership training per month throughout the program year. Topics included: Culture and Heritage, Human and Community Service, Health Care, Courts and Law, Economic Opportunity, Local Advocacy, Sustainability, Infrastructure, Tourism and Leadership. Through a structured series of educational and hands-on opportunities, they have come to understand the inner-workings of these components and how they contribute to the Duluth area’s overall health.

The forty-seven class members are now a part of a new community resource – an influential group of leaders with the motivation and the ability to execute important community initiatives. These individuals are committed to being influential mentors, strong business partners and dedicated community members. Please help me congratulate this devoted group of local citizens.

Jessica Betts, Young and Associates

Kelly Blindauer, Minnesota Power – An ALLETE Company Rhonda Cory, Pro Print

Chris Davis, Aimclear

Holly Dill, Essentia Health

Scottie Gardonio, Glensheen UMD

Daniel Gatz, Enbridge Energy

Katherine Gerzina, DSGW Architects

Chelsea Grandmaison, Wheeler Associates

Gage Hartman, Remax Results

Troy Hendrickson, 148th Fighter Wing

Kim Hileman, Age Well Arrowhead

Dale Hoff, USEPA

Phil Jents, City of Duluth

Dana Kazel, St.Louis County

Jeff Kazel, Duluth Police Department

Aaron Kelly, LHB

Gina Keppeler, 148th Fighter Wing

Samantha Krsiean, North Shore Bank

Kate Kucinski, College of St. Scholastica

Jaron Larson, National Bank of Commerce

Rick Lubbers, Duluth News Tribune

Sarah Lueck. Zeitgeist

Kelly Lussier, US Bank

Joshua MacInnes, City of Duluth

Brent Malvick, Haft Fride

Mariah McKechnie, Northland Special Events

Daniel McLaughlin, Human Development Center

Holly Mirau, Marshall School

Sarah Muller, Republic Bank

Amanda Oja, Minnesota Power-An ALLETE Company

Benjamin M. Olson, TKDA

Julie Visger, University of Minnesota Duluth

Sally Rollins, Optum/UnitedHealth

Chad Ronchetti, Burns and McDonnell

Greg Ruberg, St.Luke’s

Rich Roxbury, Duluth News Tribune

Heather Schmidt, Junior League of Duluth

Colleen Smith, Vista Fleet

Elizabeth Socha, Members Cooperative Credit Union

Ashley Stalvig, United Piping Inc.

Mary Sullivan, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

Dante E. Tomassoni, Fryberger Law Firm

Jean Usack, United Healthcare

Emily Wartman, Great Lakes Aquarium

Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health

Christopher Wolford, Altec Industries