(Pontiac, MI- ) Leadership Oakland is proud to announce its LOXXXII Cornerstone Program Class, made up of a diverse group of regional leaders from across the county.

This group of 48 professionals will take part in a nine-month leadership experience, kicking off with a two-day retreat – followed by monthly sessions on topics facing this region: Education, government, the justice system, health and human services, race and ethnic diversity, and more. Experts in each subject area will lead the discussion.

This year’s class is made up of individuals from the corporate, legal, medical and non-profit sector – among other industries. These participants have all embraced change and the possibilities that come with it.

“We are excited to kick off another class,” said Thomas Sommer, executive director of Leadership Oakland. “The individuals who make up this class are changemakers and doers and the knowledge they gain with us will make them stronger and more resilient in their chosen industries – something that will benefit this region immensely. We look forward to their contributions.”

In the past few years, with the COVID-19 global pandemic, Leadership Oakland has had to adapt to the current events. Class LOXXX started in-person and went virtual; Class LOXXXI was all virtual until the May graduation and Class LOXXXII is starting virtual with plans to transition to in-person in January of 2022.

“We have been able to develop new programming that embraced an individual’s challenges and hardships, but also offered enriching experiences that have resulted in inspiring moments,” said Sommer.

Some of the changes Leadership Oakland has embraced include:
· Utilizing companies that specialize in on-line team building
· Identifying specific COVID response experts across all our domains
· Redesigning our class project parameters
· Introducing adaptive challenge leadership into our learning practice
· Emphasizing the importance of self-care through our collective journey

Leadership Oakland also recreated its Legislative Day visit to Lansing by bringing state and local elected officials in virtually for a robust question and answer session.

This year’s participants are:
• Donovan Asmar, Bodman PLC
• Sandra Bachert, Oakland Community College
• Fran Borg, Beaumont Health
• Michelle Brinkmann, Community Housing Network, Inc.
• Mitch Brady, Flagstar Bank
• Demar Byas, Oakland County Water Resources
• Andrew Case, Oakland Schools
• April Clarke, Xpress NEMT, Inc. And Encompass Clarity, Inc.
• Heather Cruz, Easterseals Michigan
• Catherine Cushing, Beaumont Health
• Annette D’Uva, Priority Health
• Javon David, Butzel Long, PC
• Deborah DePue, Beaumont Health
• Lara Edwards, Friends of the Rouge
• Dr. Nicole Fabiilli, Beaumont Health
• Celeste Fletcher, Bank of Ann Arbor
• Franklin Kajon, Henry Ford Health System
• Zavette Gibson-Hughes, CARE House of Oakland County
• Mary Gosine, Oakland County
• Nicholas Griffin, DTE
• Melanie Grund, Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development
• Diana Hannon, Oakland Community Health Network
• Denise Harris, Healing Hearts Safety Services
• Andrew Hazergian, Beaumont Health
• Hana Jaquays, City of Walled Lake
• Jean Jernigan, Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce
• Nida Khan, Oakland Community Health Network
• Sam Kilberg, Dykema Gossett PLLC
• Jason Lee, Junior Achievement of Southeastern MI
• William Lentine, Warner Norcross & Judd
• Emily Loomis, City of Ferndale
• Christian Marcillo, Issues Media Group
• Vince McKinnon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
• Deirdre Mercer, Community Housing Network, Inc.
• Rebecca Moody, Beaumont Health
• Matthew Orsey, Beaumont Health
• Thomas Pickett, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
• Aaron Robinson, The Power Company Kids Club
• Jessica Sanders, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
• Scott Stewart, Pontiac Community Foundation
• Amy Strauss, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
• Maty Sylla, Health Alliance Plan
• Tom Talbert, City of Rochester Hills
• Heather Walters, Health Alliance Plan
• Jennifer Whitteaker, DTE
• Kermit Williams, Oakland Forward
• Christine Williams, ITC Holdings
• Pamela Worthington, Oakland County Board of Commissioners

About Leadership Oakland
Established in 1990, Leadership Oakland is a 501 (c)(3) organization focused on business and community leadership development. The organization provides a nine-month Cornerstone Program to participants from businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies that are selected based on an application process. Leadership Oakland graduates are key business and community leaders serving as catalysts on boards of various organizations throughout the region.