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Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces 2021 Class of The Leadership Institute



The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the full class roster for The Leadership Institute Class of 2021. Now in its 16th year, The Leadership Institute is the Chamber’s award-winning professional development program that has an accomplished and diverse alumni network of more than 400 graduates.

The Class of 2021 includes the following 21 regional professionals:

  • Firmin Alexander, Troy Web Consulting
  • Margaret Arias, Unity House of Troy
  • Carlo Bileci, CAP COM Federal Credit Union
  • Ketaki Bodhankar, SEFCU
  • Natalia Burkart, CDPHP
  • Roz Cardish, United Way of the Greater Capital Region
  • Philip Carr, Saratoga National Bank and Trust
  • Anna Despart, AWCplus
  • Shawn Dias, Nassau Re
  • Anisa Elsawi, Hampton Inn & Suites – Albany/East Greenbush
  • Debra Garrett, Parent Speak & Advocate (PSA)
  • Nicole Gagnon, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
  • Jessica Guido, Tri-City ValleyCats
  • Michael Kosar, Holy Spirit School
  • Steve Lovelett, Mosaic Associates Architects
  • Peter Mueller, Ecovative Design
  • Janae Quackenbush, Healthcare Association of New York State
  • Philip Sopris, Berkshire Bank
  • Tony Spada, Hunter Engineering
  • Chris Stephens, Wojeski & Company CPAs
  • Dinetra Williams, TRIP

Beginning in September, the class will meet for monthly professional development sessions with senior-level executives and leaders from some of the most prominent businesses in the region. Due to COVID-19, there will offer a blend of virtual web-based programming, and socially-distant in-person classes. The caliber of the curriculum will remain as high-quality as ever, and an added emphasis will be placed on molding organizational leaders amidst a crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leadership Institute is sponsored by CDPHP.

“Now more than ever – there is a heightened need to foster and develop a new generation of effective leaders for our regional business community,” said Kate Manley, President of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We’re incredibly excited to watch this diverse and talented class come together to develop into the leaders of tomorrow.”

For more information on The Leadership Institute, visit RenscoChamber.com.

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