Leadership Lackawanna group gets playful

The Leadership Lackawanna Core Class team celebrates the new play area at the Greater Scranton YMCA’s Early Learning Center. From left, Leadership Lackawanna Core Program team members Suzanne Kennedy, Community Bank NA; Patrick Lindmeier, Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials; Megan Kofira, Weiler Abrasives Group; Alonzo Baker, Penn Foster; Nicolette Stine, Tobyhanna Army Depot; Dawn Talley, Saint Joseph’s Center.

One of this year’s Leadership Lackawanna Core Program teams recently celebrated the completion of their community service project for the Greater Scranton YMCA’s Early Learning Center in Dunmore.

The team assisted the YMCA’s Early Learning Center by providing enhancements to the existing play area which was designated for riding tricycles. The improvements included creating a track for the preschool-aged children to ride tricycles, as well as decorations for the playground that is located at the front of the facility.

“The Greater Scranton YMCA project team planned and created an interactive play area that features a tricycle track. The play area incorporates multiple educational activities and enhancements,” said Dawn Talley, Core team member. “The team hopes that the children of the Early Learning Center will enjoy many hours of fun while using the enhanced play area.”

Each year, the Leadership Lackawanna Core Program class completes various service projects helping to fulfill a need in our community. By working with fellow non-profit organizations, class participants expand their leadership abilities and further develop their skills.

“The Greater Scranton YMCA appreciates the partnership it has with Leadership Lackawanna. This leadership class stepped up during these unprecedented times, followed through with their project well beyond the set deadlines, and helped the YMCA take a required space for our Early Learning Center children to work on gross motor skills — making it a space for the children to spend time working on those skills while having fun,” said Wayne Stump, executive director, Greater Scranton YMCA.

Leadership Lackawanna is a nonprofit organization in northeastern Pennsylvania dedicated to community leadership and professional development. Its five programs – Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Leadership U, Core, Executive and

Welcome Scranton! — enhance the skills, connections and knowledge of emerging and established leaders, enabling them

to better serve in our communities, workplaces and organizations. Established

in 1982, Leadership Lackawanna has graduated more than 2,300 community leaders. For more information,visit


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