Meet our team 2

Our team includes proud alum of the LLC Signature Class Program, the Classes of  2016 and 2017.

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Julie Cruz Blair '17

Executive Director




About Julie:

My passion for providing individuals the resources and initiatives necessary to meet their goals stems from the fact that I was born and raised in Lorain County.  We are rich with people full of energy, desire and compassion for others. I was fortunate to be raised in a household who valued discipline and community service. With every goal you meet in your own life, you find a way to give back to others. As a young girl, I participated in Girl Scouts, as a parent I had three troops and as of today I am still active with GSNEO as a member of the Board Development Committee – serving a second term. As a graduate of the LCCC’s partnership through Cleveland State University, I was introduced to even more avenues to be an active community member. Currently I am on the Board for the Elyria YWCA, serving at the Corresponding Secretary and an active member of Sunrise Rotary.  This is my first year serving as the President of North Ridgeville Schools Athletic Boosters. When you find your passion, you find the time. Proud to be a part of Leadership Lorain County and our supportive family. Working with alumni, supporters and community members has given me the opportunity to give back to the community and added true meaning to the words “Giving Back”. Each day, I witness the connection between people and community through outreach and could not imagine myself doing anything else. Leadership is genuinely about bringing everyone together for the better of Lorain County.

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Jennifer Gercak '16

Director of Programs, Marketing & Communications




About Jennifer:

Originally a transplant to Lorain County in fifth grade, I never dreamed I would have chosen to stay, and been so in love, with this community and its people. Every new connection I’ve made has reminded me of the rich culture and history of Lorain County, and how blessed I am to be part of an organization dedicated to building up the leaders of our community and helping them grow. Raised in a family that valued hard work, and never giving up, I bounced around, unsure where my future would take me, before landing firmly in the arts field and graduating from Cleveland State University with honors. My passions extend to continuing the arts in the community and I have been a proud participant of Mighty Goliath Productions (MGP), both on stage and off, for over 20 years, currently serving on their Board. MGP is a non-profit community theater group, based in Avon Lake, that has a 59-year history of supporting the performing arts in the AL school district. Leadership Lorain County has given me the chance to experience the best that Lorain County has to offer, and to help ensure that future generations will continue to love this community. Working with the wide spectrum of individuals, seeing the connections, the difference they are making, and the personal and professional growth of our alumni and community is amazing. My favorite part of any day is when I get to hear someone say “I had no idea this was here! I’m definitely going to bring my family back and explore.”


Nicole Hagelin

Community Outreach & Alumni Liason

Brooke Trego

Executive & Program Assistant