Executive Director

Kate Zimmerman is the Executive Director of Leadership Lancaster, a community leadership development program. In this position, Kate is instrumental in connecting, educating, and inspiring existing and emerging community leaders as they guide Lancaster County into the future.

Prior to her role as Executive Director, Kate served as Program Director with Leadership Lancaster, worked as Director of Community Relations for Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity, and held a positon in government relations in Washington DC.

Kate is a graduate of the 2009 Core Class of Leadership Lancaster and found the program to be transformational. She is a certified Boardsource Board Governance Consultant and is certified in Fundraising from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University’s Fundraising School. She holds a BA in Political Science.

Kate is the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Sustainable Housing, the President of the Manheim Township Educational Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the Lancaster Chamber’s Community Advisory Council, on the Poverty Coalition’s Steering Committee, on WITF’s Community Advisory Board, and is a volunteer with the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

She lives in Manheim Township with her husband and her two teenagers.

Program Director

Prior to joining the Leadership Lancaster team, Josh worked for over 20 years with a non profit in New Jersey that provided summer camp and recreational activities for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In his tenure as director, he greatly expanded the programs offered based on the needs of the community served. He also helped create several fundraising endeavors including a multi million dollar capital campaign to improve the facilities and offer additional year round programming.

Throughout his career, Josh has had experience with budgeting, strategic planning, facilities management, vendor contracting, payroll, and Human Resource policy implementation and supervision.

Josh lives in Manheim Township with his wife Dr. Jennie Burke and four boys. The family’s shared obsession with hockey connected Josh to the Lancaster Firebirds, a youth hockey organization. He began as a volunteer youth coach, including running the learn to play hockey program and coaching multiple teams. This lead to taking on additional responsibilities as a board member. Josh currently serves as the President of the board of directors for the Lancaster County Youth Amateur Hockey League which owns and operates the Lancaster Ice Rink. His efforts at the rink have helped implement new fundraising strategies including a golf outing benefitting the Lancaster Ice Rink’s scholarship fund and facilities.

Engagement Coordinator

My name is Mannie Rivera, Jr. I recently graduated from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, as well as the 2022 College Core Class.

I was born and raised in Lancaster County. I enjoy walks in the County’s beautiful parks and trails, I enjoy connecting with new people and understanding their ideas and goals. If I am not out and about exploring the many scenes of Lancaster, you can find me bundled up watching a movie or reading a book at home.

I am excited to bring a wide array of ideas and perspectives to the Leadership Lancaster team and learn even more ways to uplift the community that I was raised in.

2022/2023 Board of Directors

Mark Heath

Board President
Partner, McKonly & Asbury

Melissa Wisniewski

Board Vice President
Dean of Enrollment Services, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Chris Ballentine

Board Secretary
Community Relations Manager, Willow Valley Communities, Welcome Center

Rhonda Harrison

Board Treasurer
Owner, Queen Transportation and Harrison Consulting

Cory Cox

Community Life Director, Excentia

Jennifer DeWalt

Business Development Specialist, Murray

Lillie Farmer

YWCA of York

Robin Felty

Superintendent of Manheim Township School District

Lauren Frick

Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary, Steinman Communications, Inc.

Justin Johnson

Communications and Marketing Director, Lancaster Chamber

Hector Lopez

Vice President of Information Technology, AAA Central Penn

Deborah Lovett

Community Education Supervisor, Lancaster Lebanon IU13

Sarah Maser

Executive Assistant and Office Manager, High Real Estate

Brian Nguyen

Communications Manager, Community Action Partnerships of Lancaster

Jennifer Santiago

Resident Services Supervisor, HDC MidAtlantic

Allison Schlegelmilch

Director of Marketing, RKL

Sandra Valdez

Chief Operating Officer, SACA

David Walker

Attorney, Stock and Leader, Attorneys At Law

Class Ambassadors

Looking to stay connected with Leadership Lancaster? Your class/decade ambassador is here to help!

Greg Orth, Executive Class

Tanner Schwilk, College Core Class

Larry Keating, 80s Core Classes

Diane Tyson, 90s Core Classes

Christina Myers, 00s Core Classes

David Carl, 2012 Core Class

Allison Bucher, 2013 Core Class

Jeffrey Guindon, 2014 Core Class

Chris Ballentine and Michelle Marsh, 2016 Core Class

Justin Johnson, 2017 Core Class

David Houtz and Zach Love, 2018 Core Class

Amir Boutorabi, 2019 Core Class

Hannah Funk and Laura Hatton, 2020 Core Class

Molly Crouser, 2021 Core Class

Bob Devonshire and Heather Haverstick, 2022 Core Class



We rely on our faculty and facilitators for the success of our programs. Our faculty members are a diverse population with expertise in the session topic as well as leadership and skill development. Thank you to the following 2020/2021 faculty and facilitators:

2022 Core Class Faculty

Heather Adams, Lancaster County Office of the District Attorney

Michaela Allwine, Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities

Salina Almanzar-Oree, Artist and PCA&D

Jaime Arroyo, Lancaster City Council

Ryan Aument, PA State Senate

Tom Baldrige, Lancaster Chamber

Marlin Bert, Artist

John T. Bey, Lancaster City Police Bureau

Andrew Bilindabago, Ingoma Films

Dr. Brian Bliss, Solanco School District

Dr. Jennie Burke, Millersville University

Tony Chivinski, Leadership Advisory Services

Joel Cliff, Discover Lancaster

Mara Creswell-McGrann, School Board, School District of Lancaster

Tracy Cutler, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Ray D’Agostino, Lancaster County Commissioner

Laura DeMatteo, Lancaster County Planning Department

Rebecca Denlinger, Elizabethtown Borough Manager

Deb Ellenberg, Sandler Training

Dr. Robin Felty, Manheim Township School District

Tammie Fitzpatrick, HDC MidAtlantic

Toni Gainer, United Way of Lancaster County

John Gerdy, Music for Everyone

Dan Jurman, PA Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR)

Angela Kirby, PA Training and Technical Assistance Network

Leo Lutz, Mayor, Borough of Columbia

Dr. Mike Leichliter, Penn Manor School District

Dina Maio, School Board, Eastern Lancaster County School District

Ashlinn Masland-Sarani, Lancaster County Community Foundation

John H. May, May, Herr and Grosh LLP

Josh McManness, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13

Vanessa Philbert, Community Action Partnership

Dr. Damaris Rau, School District of Lancaster

Stacie Reidenbaugh, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

Dr. Karen Rice, Millersville University

Lisa Riggs, EDC of Lancaster County

Nikki Rivera, School Board, Manheim Township School District

Pedro Rivera, Thaddeus Stevens College

Donna Robins, Manheim Township School District

Alex Rohrbaugh, Lancaster County Planning Department

Ezra Rothman, EDC of Lancaster County

Kathryn J Sandoe D.Ed, Kathryn Sandoe LLC

Lenwood Sloan, Public Arts Board, Black Artist Waystation, Stevens and Smith Project At Lancaster History

Douglas Smith, City of Lancaster

Phil Smith, Fulton Bank

Danene Sorace, Mayor, City of Lancaster

Loryn Spangler-Jones, LSJ Studios

Jon Steffy, Four Seasons Produce

Chris Tallarico, Lancaster County Public Defenders Office

Terry Trego, Chief of Staff, State Senator Scott Martin

Dr. Brian Troop, Ephrata School District

Alex Vasquez, ASSETS

Becky Walck, Simon Lever

Dr. Tyrone Washington, Millersville University

Deanna Weaver, Office of the District Attorney

Alice Yoder, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Bill Zee, Appel, Yost and Zee, LLP

2022 Executive Class Faculty

Jaime Arroyo, Lancaster City Council

Tom Baldrige, Lancaster Chamber

Chris Ballentine, Willow Valley Communities

Sam Bressi, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Tony Chivinski, Leadership Advisory Services

Tracy Cutler, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Victor DeSantis, Millersville University

Rebecca Denlinger, Elizabethtown Borough Manager

Jacqueline Fisher, Spanish American Civic Association

John Gerdy, Music for Everyone

Rachel Hales, Rock Lititz

Ed Harris, Discover Lancaster

Justin Johnson, Lancaster Chamber

Alisa Jones, Union Community Care

Leo Lutz, Mayor, Borough of Columbia

John McCormick, Structure Care

Ella Musser, Cocalico School District

Shelby Nauman, Tenfold Community Services

Anna Ramos, Workforce Development Board

Kevin Ressler, United Way of Lancaster County

Lisa Riggs, EDC of Lancaster County

Robin Stauffer, High Foundation

Alice Yoder, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

2021 Neighborhood Leaders Academy Faculty

Sharon Allen-Spann, Leadership Development & Diversity Manager, City of Lancaster

John Bey, Chief of Police, Lancaster City Bureau of Police

Stephen Campbell, Director of Public Works, City of Lancaster

Milzy Carrasco, Office of Neighborhood Engagement, City of Lancaster

Raymond D’Agostino, Commissioner, Lancaster County Board of Commissioners

Chris Delfs, Director of Community Planning and Economic Development, City of Lancaster

Zayra Falu, Access Coordinator, City of Lancaster

Xavier Garcia-Molina, Council Member, Lancaster City Council

Patrick Hopkins, Business Administrator, City of Lancaster

Matt Johnson, Refugee Community Organizer, Church World Service

Scott Little, Fire Chief. City of Lancaster -Bureau of Fire

Willonda McCloud, Executive Director, Bright Side Opportunities Center

Michael McKenna, President, Tenfold

Donald Morant, Sergeant, Lancaster City Bureau of Police

Vanessa Philbert, CEO, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County

Kevin Ressler, CEO, United Way of Lancaster County

Jameel Thrash, Zoning Officer, City of Lancaster

Blanding Watson, President, NAACP – Lancaster Branch

Jeremy Young, Community & Economic Development Director, Lancaster City Alliance

2021 College Core Class Faculty

Bob Adams, President, Turkey Hill Experience

Jaime Arroyo, Chief Impact Officer, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County

Rebecca Baltozer, Council Member, Borough of Marietta

Matthew Barley , Historic Preservation Trust/RLPS

Marlin Bert, Artist

Andrew Bilindabagabo, Founder, Ingoma Films

Joel Cliff, Director of Communications & Advocacy, Discover Lancaster

Fern Dannis, Community Volunteer

Joshua Druce, President, Coalition for Smart Growth

Robin Felty, Superintendent, Manheim Township School District

Tammie Fitzpatrick, Director of Development, Community Basics

Robert Hollister, Superintendent, Eastern Lancaster County School District

Leo Lutz, Mayor, Borough of Columbia

Susan Lynch, Director, Lancaster Center Central Penn College

Samuel Mecum, Commissioner, Manheim Township

Alex Rohrbaugh, Senior Community Planner, Lancaster County Planning Commission

Ezra Rothman, Manager, Economic Development Strategies, Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

Robin Sarratt, Vice President of Development, Lancaster County Historical Society

Loryn, Spangler-Jones, Owner, LSJ Studio

Charles Porter Stevens, Senior Planner, Lancaster County Planning Commission

Alexander Vazquez, Community Lending Manager, ASSETS Lancaster

Olivia Walters, Outreach Coordinator, The Steinman Foundation

Jeremy Weiss, Owner, CI Records

Jamie Widener, Executive Director, Columbia Life Network

Jeremy Young, Community & Economic Development Director, Lancaster City Alliance