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Spring is just around the corner. Are you ready? We sure are. Be sure to like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date with the latest information. Stay in touch with us and catch all the news and updates surrounding our programming, member activities,events and the 2018 Signature Class. 
Health and Wellness Day
The "Best Class of 2018" met on Wednesday, March 4th, for their
Health and Wellness Session Day. 

The class started the day at Mercy Regional Medical Center as guests of Ed Oley, '99, Senior Vice President of Mercy Health and CEO, Mercy Health - Lorain. Mr. Oley spoke to the class about leadership in healthcare, what Mercy Health is currently doing for the community, and their plans for the future.    

After wrapping up at Mercy, the class headed to the lakefront at the Lorain Port Authority to speak with Executive Director, Tom Brown about the different ways to utilize the Black River Landing for a healthy life style. A chilly tour of the grounds took the class to the Transportation Building where 2017 alum, Renee Barrett, UH Avon Fitness Center, led them in a relaxation yoga routine that can fit into any day. 

Lorain High was the next stop. Frank Horvatich, Food Service Director, Aramark, started of the presentations with a discussion about healthy food options in the schools, free lunches, and how they work to keep the students supplied with good choices. Next Darrell Shumpert, Prevention Specialist from The LCADA Way, talked about working with students to prevent and educate them on the many temptations they face everyday. Anita Mattingly, RN, BSN, and Kathleen Malear, NP, Mercy Health System, rounded out the pre-lunch presentations with partnerships LCS's has with Mercy Health which offer medical aid directly in the schools. Currently the clinics are available for all students and faculty of Lorain City Schools and offer vaccinations as well as sick visits. 

Lunch was prepared and served by the students of the LHS's Culinary Arts and Hospitality and Tourism program. Terra G. Dalhausen - Hospitality Tourism, and Chef Smith - Culinary Arts, spoke to the class detailing the requirements and expectations of the students. The class's time at LHS was concluded with a tour of the campus, and of course they were all counting their steps! 

The remainder of the day was spent at United Way where the class was met by Ryan Aroney, '14 and Christine Matusik-Plas who gave an update on "Untied We Sweat",and how the class can get involved. Afterwards,  the class was joined by Jim Ziemnik, Executive Director of the Lorain County Metro Parks, Alison Knight, Registered Dietitian for Lorain County Health and Dentistry, Kat Bray, Health Education Specialist, Lorain County Public Health, and Linda McVey, Executive Director of Health Initiatives for the YMCA. Splitting into small groups the class was able to meet with each speaker, learn about their mission and goals for the well being of Lorain County's residents. 
Thank you so much to our Sponsors for the day - Mercy Health, The Lorain County Board of Mental Health, and Lorain High School. 
The Class will meet again on Wednesday, April 4th, for their Economic Session Day, kicking off at Elyria City Hall with Champions of Leadership Speaker, Mayor Holly Brinda.
Please contact Leadership at if your are interested in attending.
2019 Signature Class Recruitment Breakfast
 Leadership Lorain County is already well into planning our
"2019 Signature Class" year. 

Join the current class for the beginning of their final session day, May 2nd, at the Lorain Palace Theatre, where prospective class members will attend our "Champions of Leadership Breakfast" speaker, Joel Arrendando, Lorain City Council President, and experience some additional Leadership perks. Interested class members can attend this event at no cost, but a RSVPis a must. 

Contact the LLC office at 440-281-8556 or visit our website HERE for more information, to reserve your seat, or apply for the program. 
With only 40 seats available for the upcoming class, don't miss your chance to join the "Best Class of 2019" and be the Leader you want to be. 
Calling All Runners 
On Saturday, May 12th, join members of the "Best Class of 2015" and "Best Class of 2018" as they present the 4th Annual Strides for Leadership 5K and Fun Walk. 

The Strides for Leadership event promotes Health and Wellness in Lorain County. This year's proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank's Partner Charities participating in the Blessing Box Initiative. 

Pre-Register for discounted rates at You can download the full Registration Form, and learn how to become a sponsor of this year's event at our website HERE
Alumni Representative - Meg Johnson
Meg Johnson is the newest member of the Alumni Committee as a representative of the "Best Class of 2017" and a member of the Lorain County Board of Trustees. Professionally Meg is a Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She has oversight responsibility for career development, business technology services, strategic planning, performance management, resource allocation, quality assurance, and administrative support for the Supervision and Regulation, Credit Risk Management, and Statistics and Analysis Departments.
Meg has more than 21 years of experience in banking supervision and corporate planning at the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and Cleveland. She began her career at the Cleveland Reserve Bank in 1996, as an examiner. She became a manager, Strategic Management and Resource Allocation in 1999 and was promoted to Banking Supervisor in 2001. She joined the Richmond Reserve Bank as the director of Quality Management and was promoted to assistant vice president in 2008 and vice president in 2010 in Supervision and Regulation. In 2010, Meg was selected for a two year rotation at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where she served as the chief administrative and operations officer responsible for overseeing supervisory programs at the largest and most systemically important banking organizations in the U.S. In 2012, Meg returned to the Richmond Reserve Bank as vice president of corporate planning with responsibility for managing the Bank’s enterprise risk management, strategic planning, and business process consulting activities. She was named to her current position in 2014.
Ms. Johnson holds a bachelor of arts degree in business and French from Bowling Green State University, an MBA in accounting from Cleveland State University, and a Doctorate in organizational leadership from the Nova Southeastern University in Florida.  She also holds a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
On a personal note, Meg is married to Pete and they have two children, Haden (16) and Sara (14) and have accumulated three crazy cats. When the Johnson’s are not traveling to some very random spot or relaxing at their cottage on Lake Erie, you can usually find them cheering on Haden at a lacrosse game or in the man cave watching THE Ohio State University Buckeye’s Football. Meg also enjoys a variety of crafts including making jewelry with her daughter, Sara.
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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