We’re excited to invite you to our first in-person LEG UP on Leadership Conference, and the 2023 Signature Class Recruitment Event on Wednesday, May 4th.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 AM, with the presentation 9:00 AM to Noon.

This year’s event focuses on “Cross Generational Leadership”. It will feature a Keynote Speaker, panel discussion, and more! Join other LLC alumni, the 2022 Class, 2023 Recruitment candidates, our Board, and Community Partners. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please let us know if you have any questions via phone at 440-281-8535, or by emailing llc@leadershiploraincounty.com

Loretta Gray, M.Ed. is an educator, advocate, NCNW National Board Member-at-Large, and Immediate Past President of the Cuyahoga County Section-NCNW, where she served two-terms.

Loretta retired in 2017 from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District after over forty years of teaching middle school students with exceptional learning needs.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University.  She is currently a Supervisor at Cleveland State University in the College of Education and Human Services, where she mentors PreK-12 Practicum Students and Student Teachers throughout Ohio; which includes teaching seminars and training the Interns on procedures for mandated reporting of child abuse.  Loretta has worked summers at Cuyahoga County Family Services as a Child Protection Specialist for the 216-696-KIDS hotline to screen referrals of suspected child abuse and neglect.

Loretta is a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP), a unique program for engaged Clevelanders committed to creating a city and region which works for everyone.  She is an experienced connector and program developer, combines her interest in community activism and social change with her passion for youth empowerment.  Concerned with the well-being of youth, she, and the Cuyahoga County Youth Section-NCNW members founded Teens Learn Information to Keep Safe (TeensLINKS), a social media and Internet network linking youth to help-lines, advocacy resources, counseling, therapy, mentoring, medical and rehabilitation services, shelter, and recreation through networking opportunities and digital media.

Professional affiliations and memberships held by Loretta are diverse and she has received numerous honors and awards for her achievements.  She is a Charter Member of The National Museum of African American Culture and History, Charter Member of NCNW’s President’s Circle, NCNW Legacy Life Member, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., Alpha Xi Chapter’s First Anti-Basileus,  Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Life Member and National Literacy Project Committee Co-Chair; and in which locally, she serves as the Greater Cleveland Chapter’s Public Relations Chair, Top Teens of America Advisory Committee, and ExCEL Education Pillar Leader, where she facilitates forums on Mental Health, Money Management/Financial Literacy, and Human Trafficking, and Top Teens Mentoring.  Loretta is an Advisory Committee Charter Member of the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition (addressing health disparities in African American communities, Board Member of Bessie’s Angels (providing housing for young women aging out of foster care), and Charter Member of The Monarch Project Board of Directors (connecting individuals affected by trauma to resources), all of which are advocate and empowerent organizations for women, children, families, and communities.

Loretta is a doting mother, grandmother, and survivor of Intimate Partner Abuse (Domestic Violence); and has a heart to serve.   She is a member of The Church of the Master and longtime engaged servant in the social and civic life of the community.


Carmen is a Partner at the AlerStallings law firm. Her practice focuses on Elder Law, Asset Protection, Estate Planning, and Medicaid and Veterans’ Benefits Planning. Carmen manages the firm’s estate planning and elder care law practice in Greater Cleveland.  She has over 20 years of experience as a powerful force in the workplace and zealously advocate providing guidance and support to her clients by helping them prepare a plan for a better quality of life, preserve wealth, and protect their future. She is passionate about missions that educate, empower, and help build sustainable communities.

Her civic service includes serving as Chair for the Board of Trustees for the Hispanic Business Center, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Pro Bono Committee and the Board of Kendal at Oberlin. She is a 2019 Leadership Lorain County graduate and was recognized as one of the 100 Latinos Cleveland Must Know in 2020.

On her free time, Carmen enjoys sending time with her family and friends, reading, and anything CLE.


Marsalis Hammons is a resilient leader, speaker, and artist. Hammons, being a first-generation college student and having an upbringing in Elyria, Ohio, was inspired to start an organization that would lead others to make a positive change within their community. In 2018, Hammons founded Leaders of Today Inc., a registered 501-(c) 3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide Elyria and Lorain high school students with tools and resources to promote positive leadership in the classroom, locker room, and community.

Hammons earned his bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in August 2018, where he double majored in Marketing and Human Resources, and minored in Black Studies. In addition to Leaders of Today, Hammons has supported companies in the private and public sector. In August 2021, Hammons joined Nordson Corporation in Amherst, OH as a Global Talent Specialist. Within his role, he supports the company’s strategic HR goals in attracting and retaining diverse talent in manufacturing and professional industry.

In his previous role, Hammons worked for the Cleveland Metropolitan School
District’s HR Department as a Talent Management Partner. Hammons supported CMSD’s central office hiring process and a district-wide employee resource group titled Men of Color Shaping Academics (MOCHA). Within his first month on the job, Hammons designed a marketing and engagement
strategy for men of color educators in CMSD, which resulted in a $28,000 grant received from the Ohio Department of Education.

Through his diverse work experiences, Hammons has built a skillset in brand design, program development, grant writing, and public speaking. Overall, his up-bringing in Elyria has inspired him to pursue a career in urban planning with a focus in community development. Hammons is committed to advancing the quality of life and equitable access for underserved populations in Lorain County.

Hammons is currently earning a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from Cleveland State University where he is expected to graduate in 2023. He currently serves on the United Way of Greater Lorain County’s board of directors and the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council for the Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency (NOACA). Overall, Hammons is a devoted community servant who strives to live by the affirmation, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Tiffany is the Assistant Director and Director of Economic Development for the Lorain Port and Finance Authority where her work focuses on administering grant funding, overseeing the Port’s bond financing programs, establishing and growing a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, all while being an advocate for development through business retention, expansion and attraction programs. Tiffany has worked to attract developers through the programs and opportunities the Port offers and focuses on creating attractive financial capital stacks for development projects. Tiffany has been involved in the financing of over 35 million dollars in projects and administered nearly 5 million dollars in grant funding.

Tiffany was selected to be a 2020 Franzini Fellow through the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) where she honed her development finance skills through this prestigious fellowship and is also a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP). Tiffany acts as the Chairwomen of the Ohio Council of Port Authorities as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Lorain Public Library System.

Tiffany is a native of Lorain, Ohio where she graduated Salutatorian from Lorain High School and later pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy and Business Studies at Bentley University, graduating magna cum laude. Through an internship opportunity, Tiffany worked for the Lorain Port and Finance Authority  (formerly known as the Lorain Port Authority) during college, which ultimately resulted in Tiffany accepting a fulltime position shortly after graduation bringing her back to Ohio to begin her career as an Economic Development Specialist. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys staying physically active through weight training, running and playing soccer, but also finds time to sit down and enjoy a good read.


Tom Brown has long been supporting the city of Lorain. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1985 and proudly served with the Ohio Army National Guard from 1986-1992. He began his career in public service in 1988 when he joined the Lorain Fire Department. Tom was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1998. In 2005 he was promoted to the position of Fire Chief, which he proudly held until his retirement from the fire service in 2017.

Still with a desire to serve his community, Tom joined the Lorain Port and Finance Authority as it’s Executive Director. Serving in this role, Tom and his team actively work to promote the Lorain Port and Finance Authority’s three prong mission: “To promote waterborne commerce, to provide economic development opportunities within the City of Lorain, and to enhance public access to our waterways.”


Bob  Markovich is a lifelong student of the art of leadership and communication. As an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, he is certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills, and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, he is equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, he has access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.


Bio Information coming soon.