The Leadership Lancaster team doesn’t just work here, we are all grads as well!

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 from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Growing and learning with her two amazing children is Kate’s greatest accomplishment. In addition to volunteering for their activities, 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.

Operations Director

Jenn Creel, a graduate of the College Core Class Program, was hired in March 2020 as Leadership Lancaster’s Operations Director. Prior to joining the team, Jenn worked as Chief Operating Officer of a local college prep program and in international government relations in Washington, DC. Jenn began her work in nonprofit operations at the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development in Amman, Jordan where she was also teaching English and developing health programs for Syrian refugee women and children.

During her college years, Jenn spent her summers working with the National Student Leadership Conference, where she facilitated leadership development curriculum at American University and Yale University. She holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College in Special Studies: Middle Eastern Studies & Arabic with a focus in Human Rights.

Jenn lives in downtown Lancaster with her husband Luke and their Australian Shepard pup Koda. Locally, she sits on the Advoz Board of Directors, participates in Global Shapers’ Lancaster Hub, and is a member of the Coalition to Combat Poverty Policy Action Team. Jenn is a member of the African Middle East Leadership program, where she brings her experience working in Lancaster to her fellow allies around the world as they work collaboratively on issues from sustainability to economic development. In her spare time, you can find her running on local trails and, in pre-pandemic days, climbing.

2021/2022 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

Ryan Neumyer

Immediate Past Board Chair
CEO, Esquire Association Management, LLC

Cory Cox

Community Life Director, Excentia

Jennifer DeWalt

Business Development Specialist, Murray

Lillie Farmer

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

Information Technology Manager, Turkey Hill Dairy

Deborah Lovett

Community Education Supervisor, Lancaster Lebanon IU13

Sarah Maser

Executive Assistant and Office Manager, High Real Estate

Victor Ramos

Vice President for Advancement, Millersville University

Jennifer Santiago

Resident Services Supervisor, HDC MidAtlantic

Allison Schlegelmilch

Director of Marketing, RKL

Rahwa Teklai

Senior Wealth Strategist, PNC Wealth Management

Sandra Valdez

Chief Operating Officer, SACA

David Walker

Partner, Appel Yost & Zee LLP

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:

2020 Core Class Faculty

Salina Almanzar, Artist

Ryan Aument, PA Sentate

Jaime Arroyo, Assets/Work Wisdom LLC

Tom Baldridge, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Kiandra Bair, Mcnees Wallace & Nurick LLC

Kip Van Barclom, Lancaster County Planning Commission

Marlin Bert, Artist

Kris Bradley, NameSpark

Gina Breslin, North Group Consultants

Todd E Brown, Chief Public Defender of Lancaster County

Tony Chivinski, Leadership Advisory Services

Gene Clark, Clark Food Service Equipment

Joel Cliff, Discover Lancaster

Corporal John Comerford, Troop J Lancaster Criminal Investigation Section for the PA state police

Tracy Cutler, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Deborah Davis

Joanna Davis, City of Lancaster

Dennis Dougherty, DDBW Law

Josh Druce, Lancaster City Planning Commission

Steve Erb, True Edge Performance Solutions

Mark Fetterman, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office

Dr Robin Felty, Manheim Township School District

Chris Fitz, Advoz

Toni Gainer, United Way PA211 East

Adrian Garcia, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership

Dr. John R. Gerdy, Music for Everyone

Eric Gervase, Cargas

Lance Greene, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office

Matthew Grosh, Herr & Low P.C.

Tanay Harris, Tenacity Consulting

Ken Harrison, Grants Consultant

Mark Heath, McKonly & Asbury

Andrea Heberlein, United Way of Lancaster County

Tony Hernandez, Reflective Wisdom

John Hershey, RGS Associates

Bob Hollister, ELANCO School District

Ken Hornbeck, High Real Estate Group

Mark Huber, Lancaster County Planning Commission

Angela Kirby, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network

Craig Lehman, Lancaster County Commissioner

Dr. Mike Leichliter, Penn Manor School District

Gretchen Lusby, Assets

Mayor Leo Lutz, Columbia

Jessica Mailhot, Lancaster County Community Foundation

John H. May, May, Metzger & Zimmerman LLP

Willonda McCloud, Bright Side Opportunities Center

Joe McMahon, McMahon & Winters

Josh McManness, Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

Mike McMonagle, MCKL

Elspeth Moffatt, Community Services Group

Susan E. Moyer, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office

Mustafa Nurr, Bridge Experience

Greg Orth, THinc BOX LLC

Arelis Perez, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County

Dr. Carol Powell, School District of Lancaster

Vanessa Philbert, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County

Laura Proctor, Lancaster County Planning Commission

Stacie Reidenbaugh, The Reidenbaugh Group and 10,000 Friends of PA

Judge Dennis Reinaker, Court of Common Pleas Judge for Lancaster County

Kevin Ressler, United Way of Lancaster County

Alex Rohrbaugh, Lancaster County Planning Commission

Angel Rosario, Community First Fund

Roni Ryan, Elizabethtown Borough Manager

Dr. Stuart Savin, Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

Rob Skacel, True Edge Performance Solutions

Douglas Smith, City of Lancaster

Marshall Snively, Lancaster City Alliance

Mayor Danene Sorace, City of Lancaster

Craig Stedman, Lancaster County District Attorney

Scott Standish, Lancaster County Planning Commission

Porter Stevens, Lancaster County Planning Commission

Michael Sturla, State Representative for the 96th Legislative District

Cody Wade, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office

Randall Wenger, Lancaster County Board of Elections and Registration Commission

Christine Wilson, Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office

Mike Winters, McMahon & Winters

Alice Yoder, Penn Medicine/ Lancaster General Health

Bill Zee, Appel Yost & Zee

2020 Executive Class Faculty

Jaime Arroyo, Lancaster City Council

Tom Baldrige, Lancaster Chamber

Rob Barber, Atomic

Marlin Bert, Artist

Sam Bressi, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Tony Chivinski, Leadership Advisory Services

Joel Cliff, Discover Lancaster

Ray D’Agostino, Lancaster County Commissioners Office

Rebecca Denlinger, Elizabethtown Borough Council

John Gerdy, Music for Everyone

Darryl Gordon, The High Companies

Loryn Spangler Jones, Artist

Leo S. Lutz, Columbia Borough

Mike McKenna, Tenfold

Mustafa Nuur, Bridge

Vanessa Philbert, Community Action Partnership

Mike Reynolds, Lancaster Barnstormers

Cathy Rychalski , Workforce Development Bureau

Danene Sorace, City of Lancaster

Brian Troop, Ephrata Area School District

Sandra Valdez, SACA Lancaster

Heather Valudes, Lancaster Chamber

Alice Yoder, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Naomi Young, Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

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