10 New Leaders Program

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10 New Leaders Program

Are you looking for solutions to engage your team, enhance efficiency and purpose across the organization, and leave your greatest legacy? Dame Leadership offers trusted resources and services to provide engagement, inspiration, accountability and thought partnership for your goals. With the 10 New Leaders project, we invest in emerging leaders and equip them to move their organizations forward and grow in their roles.

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What Is the 10 New Leaders Program?

The 10 New Leaders program equips these emerging professionals to support executives, contribute to purpose-driven work culture and gain upward mobility within their current company. New leaders in the program will receive several vital resources:

10 New Leaders 2021 Winners

Brad Wentzel
Gabriella Vreeland
Jen Ponce de Leon
Marrette Pearsall
Matt Novello
Ashley Kurtz
Tiffanie Keck
Melissa Hiler
Lyndsie Hartman
Michele Crowl

Brad Wentzel

Chief Operating Officer, National Fitness Partners

Brad Wentzel is currently the Chief Operating Office of 97 Planet Fitness locations at National Fitness Partners.  Over the course of the past thirteen years he has been directly involved with the day-to-day operations of Planet Fitness locations.

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Gabriella Vreeland

Marketing & Business Development Assistant, Saxton & Stump

Gabriella E. Vreeland supports Saxton & Stump’s Marketing and Business Development team with the implementation of marketing programs and business development strategies. She maintains data in the firm’s client relationship management (CRM) system, facilitates sponsorships and keeps attorney memberships current. In addition, Gabby assists with writing and editing copy for external and internal communications, proposals and client-facing marketing materials.

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Jen Ponce de Leon

Business Development Manager, JEM Group

Jen Ponce de Leon is the Business Development Manager with JEM Group, a full service, woman-owned construction firm in central PA.  Her career in the construction industry spans two decades in industries including manufacturing, energy performance contracting and general construction. Jen has executed over $100M in successful projects for education, health care, corporate, and government organizations on the front lines in new business acquisition through planning, design, renovation and construction, and the energy efficient operation of buildings.

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Marrette Pearsall

Library Operations Manager, Duane Morris

Marrette Pearsall graduated from Drexel University in 2013, with a Masters degree in Library and Information Science. She has worked for eight years in special collections and law libraries; and held positions in systems administration, cataloging, reference, and acquisitions.

She is currently the Library Operations Manager for Duane Morris LLP.

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Matt Novello

Eastern Regional HVAC Product Manager, APR Supply Company

I started in the HVAC Industry in 2008 after graduating from college. I worked for my father who owned a residential HVAC contracting company out of Northern New Jersey. In 2014 I started with APR Supply as an outside salesmen for the Easton and Bethlehem locations. In 2018 I got the opportunity to become an HVAC Product Manager which includes managing the Heil HVAC brand for the entire APR Supply footprint.

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Ashley Kurtz

Marketing Manager, Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation

Ashley Kurtz is the Marketing Manager at Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation & Tourism Bureau. In her role, Ashley moves Cumberland Valley forward as a destination for business and leisure through brand and campaign management, product development including gamified passports for the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail and Cumberland Valley Ice Cream Trail, project management and grant administration. Ashley is also the co-chair of the Curriculum Committee for Leadership Cumberland. She is a resident of Cumberland Valley, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Pennsylvania College.

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Tiffanie Keck

Director Resource Development & Administration, YWCA Greater Harrisburg

Tiffanie Keck is the Director of Resource Development & Administration at the YWCA Greater Harrisburg where she has served for nearly a decade. She began as a victim advocate in the Violence Intervention and Prevention Department and has worn many hats during her tenure. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Communication from Central Penn College.

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Melissa Hiler

Senior Non-Profit Leader, Seeking New Opportunities

I am currently seeking an opportunity to serve in a leadership role in the non-profit arena. My most recent service, nearly fifteen years, was with Pennsylvania Cable Network as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. My areas of experience include financial reporting, annual budget preparation, audit management, Human Resources, and Development.

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Lyndsie Hartman

Accounting Manager, NAPA Transportation

My name is Lyndsie Hartman and I am the Accounting Manager at NAPA Transportation Inc. In this position, I am responsible for managing our accounts payable and driver payroll team. In 2012, I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting. I began my career at NAPA eight years ago as a Junior Staff Accountant. Over the years, I’ve crossed trained in many different areas within the Accounting team and was most recently promoted into my current role as Accounting Manager in 2019. I’m originally from the Mechanicsburg, PA area & currently reside with my husband and 2 sons in Enola, PA. I am looking forward to this opportunity as it will allow me to continue to grow as a leader. My desire is to share my knowledge and skills to help nurture future leaders within NAPA.

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Michele Crowl

Executive Director, Discovery Space

Michele Crowl is the executive director of a nonprofit science center called Discovery Space, located in State College, PA. For the past 16 years, she has been involved in starting, growing and sustaining educational nonprofits in Florida, Oregon and Pennsylvania through leadership and volunteerism. Her goal is to provide accessible and fun educational opportunities to children to ensure that they have bright futures. She holds a PhD in Science Education and BS in Astrophysics from Penn State University and an MS in Informal Science Learning from Oregon State University. Outside of work, Michele enjoys traveling and exploring new hobbies.

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Featured Partner

This year we are thrilled to partner with The Communication Gym. Dale Fallon will bring years of expertise to the program and facilitate the Your Leadership MVP program.


A Special Thank You

to our four distinguished judges

Una Martone – Leadership Harrisburg Area

Mike Mitchell – High Family Business Center

Kara Luzik Canale – Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDEC

Jim Carchidi – JFC Staffing

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