In order to serve all LLC alumni and be a more inclusive group, we have made some exciting changes to our membership program in the last year and we are doing our best to continue with this tradition.

“Night at the Races” taking place in October is planned to create an opportunity for networking and fellowship. Renew your membership by September 14th and gain free entry to this event, guests will be $30. It is our hope that all classes will get together to celebrate some great memories and enjoy making some new ones. There is nothing more fun than some good old-fashioned camaraderie with bragging rights.
We are excited about the chance to engage more LLC alumni through this event.

As we pull ahead, our goal is to reconnect as many LLC alumni to their classes and welcome everyone with open arms. In anticipation of this move, we hope to bring you all “The Leadership Challenge” experience in March of 2019, a valuable two day conference to enhance your leadership skills.

We are dedicated to helping our alumni and friends understand how changes to the membership program will affect them and the community. Our long-term commitment is to Lorain County and we will continue to honor that practice.

Thank you for your continued support!!
All the Best to the Best,

Julie Cruz Blair
Executive Director



• Alumni Directory
• Access to the LLC Conference Room with state of the art technology
• Champions of Leadership Breakfast/Lunch Series (6 in series)
• Volunteer Opportunities: Poverty Simulation and Mentoring; Golf Outing,
Road Rally; Session Days; Rocking on the River and more
• Encore Experience – an opportunity at the bronze or higher level of
membership to come back for a day and relive a Signature Class Day that
you loved or maybe you missed due to a work commitment (open to eight
registrants on any given session day – advanced registration required)
• Holiday Open House


Your annual membership dues help LLC continue to offer quality leadership programs. Your dedication and commitment to the organization gives our programs strength and endurance as we move into the future. Membership provides support for every current class member to ensure they have the same quality experience you enjoyed.

You can renew quickly today and register your Directory information at your convenience

Membership Levels
Message to Leadership

please allow two business days for access to the online directory.

Robert  Campana

Bill Cromling III

Maureen Cromling


Brenda M. Troxtell of “The BEST CLASS of 2008!” 

I had known about LLC when I worked for the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce, but never knew much about their mission. After leaving the Chamber, I went to work for Northern Savings and Loan. Then divine intervention struck! An LLC alumnus, who worked at the bank, passed along to me a communication from Gail Stumphauzer, then Executive Director of LLC, and they needed an administrative assistant! So I applied, interviewed and the rest is history.

I started at LLC in 2006 and could not believe I actually worked for this organization! During my time at LLC, I worked as the Administrative Assistant, Office Manager and finally Alumni Coordinator. I met so many wonderful alumni, community leaders, and worked with some amazing staff members. I am a member of the Leadership Lorain County Class of 2008! THE BEST CLASS EVER! Nothing more needs to be said!

After nine years with LLC, an opportunity came up to work for Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in its Foundation office.  It was a very difficult decision, but I found that LCCC has so many LLC alumni that it made the transition much easier. I am currently the Administrative Associate at the LCCC Foundation.



Alumni Rep - 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.

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!



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


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?

Watch for next month’s newsletter featuring another “Where Are They Now?” alumni update. If you are interested in being featured, please contact Chris at


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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