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Loving Lorain County Day
The "Best Class of 2018" met on Wednesday, May 2nd, for their
Loving Lorain County Day and 2019 Recruitment Breakfast. 

The class started the day at the Lorain Palace Theater where they were joined by alum, community partners, and potential class members for the 2019 class year. The morning was spent networking and discussing LLC.  A presentation by Joel Arredondo, Lorain City Council President, and life time Lorain native. Joel spoke of his ties to the community, the career path that led him to where he is now, and his personal leadership beliefs. 

After a tour of the Palace the current class said goodbye to their visitors and headed to the Spectrum Social & Vocational Center. Spectrum offers services, education and employment opportunities to individuals with autism. Spectrum's students will soon begin working to make Faroh's chocolate, sold in downtown Lorain. The class got to experiment with chocolate  and were able to sample some of the delicious food the Spectrum students offer through their catered banquet services. 

After their lunch, the class headed south a few blocks to the Lorain Historical Society's Carnegie Center. After an introduction and update about the local museum's newest offerings by Executive Director Barb Piscipo, Lorain County Chamber of Commerce President Tony Gallo addressed the class. Tony spoke on his history in the community, why he loves Lorain County. He also shared upcoming opportunities in the area. 

Luckily the class had a beautiful day, as they were able to end their final session day with a boat ride from the Spitzer Marina to the Lorain Light House. Lorain Port Authority Executive Director Tom Brown met the class at the dock and spoke about the sightseeing tours. Members of the Lorain Light House Foundation guided the class on a full tour filling them in on the history of the landmark and the work that has been done to restore the building. 

The last stop for the day was a relaxing After Hours at the Jackalope Lakeside, where the class discussed their day and homework 
Thank you so much to our Sponsors for the day - Jackson Lewis, Spectrum Resource Center and School, and Doug Bloomfield, and to The 4:8 Group for sponsoring our Recruitment Breakfast. 
The Class met again on Wednesday, May 16th, for their Closing Retreat and Induction Celebration - check out our Facebook page for pictures from the event. 
Alumni Representative - Darcy Zehe
Darcy Zehe – Co Vice-President of the Board of Directors and
Co-Chair of the Alumni Committee.

My journey began as a member of the BEST class of 2012. The class taught me things about myself that I never knew and introduced me to people I would have never met. It was truly a life changing experience! Once the class was over I could not imagine leaving Leadership Lorain County so I applied to become a board member.

Over the six years that I have been on the board, I have seen the organization come full circle. We started with fantastic leadership and as the torch has been passed, each leader has taken the organization a step further and today Leadership is something we are all so proud of! Without Leadership Lorain County, I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without it.

Professionally, I am a Certified Brand Strategist and Chief Operating Officer at BrandPivot, we focus on Strategy, Design and Web.  I oversee our client’s projects and direct the agency operations. I help organizations of all sizes connect more strongly with their clients, partners and employees by guiding them in business and brand development. I strategically orchestrate the execution of all BrandPivot’s brand solutions to build and grow organizational value for our clients.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Doug for 26 years and have a son, Nicholas who is 19. Nicholas was born with Mitochondrial Disease. Because of this, I became very active with the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and have been immersed in the non-profit world ever since which is why when I was introduced to Leadership Lorain County it was a perfect fit.
Watch for next month’s newsletter featuring another Alumni update. If you are interested in being featured, or joining the Alumni Committee please contact Leadership at
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