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Cabarrus Regional Chamber Announces 2019 Leadership Cabarrus Class

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 38 participants in the 2019 Class of Leadership Cabarrus. The civic leadership program, sponsored by Duke Energy, is designed for business, nonprofit and community leaders to learn more about the assets, challenges, resources and needs within the Cabarrus County region.

Through a series of monthly class days from September through May, members are introduced to and examine how leadership in the historical, geographical, educational, economic, governmental and cultural segments work together to perpetuate and advance Cabarrus County and its citizens. Additionally, the class works together to produce a legacy service project that benefits the community.

“Leadership Cabarrus is a pillar of our Chamber since 1989, and we couldn’t be prouder of the program, the wonderful volunteers that pilot the steering committee, and the class participants,” said Barbi Jones, Cabarrus Regional Chamber Executive Director. “Our graduates are always amazed at the depth of community knowledge they amass, along with professional and personal connections. Through the years, the classes’ legacy projects have added quality of life benefits ranging from recreational opportunities, nonprofit program enhancements and educational support.”

Duke Energy is the title sponsor for Leadership Cabarrus. “Duke is proud of the communities we serve, and we are happy to invest in the Cabarrus Regional Chamber and this meaningful program that develops our communities’ and businesses’ future leaders,” said Randy Welch, Duke Energy District Manager, Government and Community Relations.

Academy Bus serves as the Transportation Sponsor for the class, providing coach service on class days.

The Leadership Cabarrus Class of 2019 participants are:

Laura Bagnasco, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, S& D Coffee and Tea

Justin Brines, Assistant Director – EMS, Cabarrus County Government

Crystal Byers, Branch Manager, Wells Fargo

Page Castrodale, Director of Marketing and Communications, Better Business Bureau

Dr. Stephen Cathcart, Director of Diversity and Compliance Training, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Jeff Corley, Deputy Water Resources Director, City of Concord

Tina Dadio, Public Records Director/Legal Specialist, UNC Charlotte

Dina Delgado, Support Coordinator, InReach

Brian Francis, Owner, Francis Consulting Services

Lily Gismondi-Crook, Language Services Manager, Atrium Health

Stephanie Guido, Controller, Hilbish Ford

Haley Hassler, Senior Project Manager, Barton Malow Company

Perry Hines, Associate Pastor, Central United Methodist Church

Jennifer Hyatt, Criminal Investigation Division, Kannapolis Police Department

Avalin Inman, Digital Marketing Manager, Perry Productions

Kimberly Jones, Resource Development Director, Habitat Cabarrus

Amanda Lambert, Realtor, Team Honeycutt - Allen Tate Realtors

Logan Lover, Communications Manager, Town of Harrisburg

John Lewensten, Vice President, Jimmie Johnson Racing

MaryEllen MacDonald, Senior Loan Officer, TowneBank Mortgage

Michael Mackin, Accounting Technician, UNC Chapel Hill

Stuart McNichols, Sales Manager, Ben Mynatt Family of Dealerships

Emery Ortiz, Library Director, Cabarrus County Government

Alison Paladino, Events & Marketing Director, Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce

Rolanda Patrick, Program Manager and Program Advisor, Cabarrus Health Alliance

Jack Puckett, Financial Sales Manager, First Citizens Bank

Connie Rheinecker, Area Director – Cabarrus Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

Lynn Rhymer, Deputy Superintendent, Cabarrus County Schools

Stevi Rosenthal, Manager, Restaurant 46

Josh Smith, Assistant City Manager, City of Concord

Kedrick Smith, President/Business Coach, The Growth Coach

Liz Snyder, Principal - Hickory Ridge Middle School, Cabarrus County Schools

Kim Soryz, Director of Human Resources, Kannapolis City Schools

Candace Thompson, Internet/BDC Manager, Hilbish Ford

Sandra Torres, Program Coordinator, Cabarrus Health Alliance

Kim Towery, Leisure and Travel Sales Manager, Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Michelle Wilson, Behavioral Health Clinician, Cabarrus Rowan Community Health Centers

Sue Yates, Chief Financial Officer, Cabarrus Health Alliance

Leadership Cabarrus will kick off the year with a team-building retreat later this month at Cedar Grove Retreat with Capstone Climbing and Adventures, and then their monthly meetings will begin in September, ending in May.

The program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has over 650 alumni since its inception.

For more information on the Leadership Cabarrus program, please contact Barbi Jones at 704.782.4000, ext. 108 or

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