Thirty three years ago, Leadership Lorain County was just an idea. This year, we welcome the “Best Class of 2017” - our 32nd class to graduate from the LLC
Signature Program. With each class, we continue to strengthen our community, develop leaders, and touch the lives of the community members of Lorain County.

Your membership makes Lorain County stronger

We have graduated over 1,100 leaders throughout the past 32 years. As this number grows, so do the benefits to our community and your list of business contacts and colleagues . Long after your initial experience with LLC, our alumni continue to look to LLC for information to further leadership development, build relationships, and serve professional and community service opportunities.

LLC is able to continue to offer a quality leadership
program thanks to your dedication and commitment to the organization through your annual membership. Your alumni membership helps to provide support for every current class member so that they can have the same quality experience you once enjoyed. We are asking that you continue your commitment again this year. Your valued support will help us reach our goal of $22,000 which directly assists us in producing the Signature Class experience.


As we look ahead, we are developing more and more
opportunities for our LLC members to connect with each other, as well as to continue to give back to the county. LLC is more that just “Alumni Status”, an
individual can choose from several levels of opportunities that will allow them to stay engaged; including program events like our Champions of Leadership Series, our Annual Golf Outing, our Difference Makers Gala, and the current Class
Induction Ceremony. We are offering additional items which include:

  • An Annual Report Meeting to Membership
  • Volunteer Opportunities (i.e. Poverty Simulation, Setting Up Youth for Success, Road Rally, Session Days, etc...)
  • NEW** Encore Experience - an opportunity to come back and relive a Signature Class Session Day. Available to Bronze, Silver, and Gold Members. (Open to eight registrants on any given session day -
    advanced registration required.)
  • Alumni Directory (hard copy and electronic)
  • Use of the LLC Conference Room (call 440-281-8556 to schedule)



Membership Dues
Message to Leadership

Robert  Campana

Maureen Cromling

Sharon  Herzer

Brian Jankowski

Steve Parsons


Alumni Representative - Megan Flanigan

Since graduating from Leadership Lorain County (THE BEST and THE SILVER Class of 2010), I have done a few things.  I completed my first 70.3 triathlon in September of 2011 and started campaigning to run for Mayor in my hometown, The Village of Grafton. In November of 2011,  I won the election by a landslide, beating a longtime incumbent.  I took office January 2012. The 4 year term was incredibly tumultuous, to say the very least.  Alas, I learned  so much about so many different things, including myself!

In April of 2013 I earned my 2nd Master's Degree, my M.B.A. from Tiffin University, Go Dragons! 2014 and 2015 were amazing years as far as my triathlon and running season. My health fizzled out the last few months of my term (2015) from stress and being in a constant state of "fight or flight" for 4 years. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue. As a result, I felt a strong desire to heal myself holistically and thus began studying with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in March of 2016. I had been "hibernating" since my term ended December of 2015 (I didn't run for another term because I decided there were many other ways to help my community). Hibernation continued as I began learning how I can heal myself (and eventually help heal others!). I finally felt my health head in a good direction around August 2016. September 19th, 2016 my first Niece, Elizabeth Jade Flanigan, was born!

In January of 2017 I headed back to work at the family business, General Plug & Mfg. as manager of the Iron Department. I became a certified Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I started my Holistic Health practice ( B.L.U.E. Mind Body Soul health and wellness), and received Reiki level 1 certification.  I still manage the Greenbriar Place Apartments in Grafton and I still mow lawns during the summer.

I only ran 2 races in 2017, I underestimated the time it takes to get back in shape after starting over and I battled a few injuries thinking I could pick up where I left off. I'm looking forward to 2018 and hope to cross many finish lines!  I continue to look for ways to challenge myself mentally, physically, and spiritually and will begin Yoga Teacher Training this weekend. I will also begin Six Sigma Black Belt training this month (something I started but was unable to finish). I am a Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Ambassador for 2018!  If you are interested in running the Marathon or Half Marathon, follow me on facebook for opportunities to win race entries, discounts, and prizes!  I will also become an Aunt, AGAIN, as my little  brother is expecting baby #2 in July of 2018. Being an Aunt is amazing!  I'm still single but I'm lucky to have my dog Bruiser to keep my company!



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A Blast from the Past…..and it has been a blast since the Best Class of 2003!!

Much has happened since that date. My experience with LLC began with my becoming a member of the Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009 which proved to be a great preparation for my ongoing career.  After leaving Lorain County Rape Crisis after 20 years, I worked as Affiliate Coordinator at the Community Foundation of Lorain County for two years working with the Hispanic Fund, Women’s Fund and the African American Community Fund; yet another position that brought me along my career journey.  This was what I refer to as my “second wind” since I turned 60 when I took that job.

It wasn’t the end. In 2009 I accepted a position at LLC as Director of Community Outreach and coordinated the then infamous internship program.  What an exciting time to work with LLC. I had so much fun working with the interns and all of the intern sites.  Working with the young students was very rewarding.

After six years with LLC, I made the decision to retire.  But guess what?  It was not the end of the story.  I was offered a part time position with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) as Executive Director and have been here for over two years.  I love my new duties as an advocate for the mentally ill.

Leadership Lorain County has played a huge part in my life and career.  I have met the most caring and supportive group of people who have inspired and motivated me at difficult times in my career and life. Through LLC I know the REAL meanings of networking and leadership.  I have seen interns students grow and find their way career wise…………I have seen my peers get much needed support when making career decisions.  And I have had a lot of FUN!  I wonder what is next?

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Joan Samkow is a Leadership Lorain County class of 1995 graduate. She commented, "Not only was the LLC program educational, but created lasting friendships and professional connections that have endured for a lifetime."

Since leaving the Lorain County Board of Mental Health 3 years ago, Joan has been doing marketing, communications and graphic design consulting work. This has given her the freedom to pursue her passion for photography.

Joan continues to be actively involved in Lorain County as a consultant and volunteer. She has remained a firm supporter of LLC and encourages others to become involved with this outstanding organization.  She recently entered the Medina County Art League’s Aquarius show and won first place. She was competing with over 100 other artists.

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