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LEADERSHIP GRADUATES – Members of Leadership Ohio Valley’s Class of 2022 gathered at Williams Golf and Country Club on Sunday for a graduation luncheon, marking the end of their program year. Graduates include, left to right, Rachael Ferrise, Jacob Keeney, Sarah Cale, Tiffany Gale, Tiffany Frohnapfel, Nick Travis, Lorie Terry, Melissa Veltri, Sammi Giannamore, Chris Krishak, Thomas Grossi, Amy Granato and Melinda Howell. –Craig Howell

WEIRTON — A new group of potential leaders are emerging to make their mark on the future of their community.

Over the past seven months, the 14 members of Leadership Ohio Valley have discovered the community, themselves, and the opportunities for them to give for the benefit of others. Sunday afternoon, with lunch at the Williams Golf and Country Club, their initial trip came to an end.

“This is the last official meeting of the Ohio Valley Leadership group,” said Brenda Mull, president of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the program each year. “It ends today.”

Hosting the class for their graduation, Mull encouraged them to take time to reflect on their experiences, reflect on their views on leadership and how they may have changed over the past few months, what learned about themselves and the relationships they formed. .

Mull praised the group’s determination and creativity as they worked through the various sessions of the program and organized a community project to build a blessing box for the Salvation Army in Weirton, noting that there were many options discussed for the project, some on a large scale, but their ultimate choice will provide the opportunity to help community residents for years to come.

“The smallest things can end up becoming big things” Mull said.

She encouraged graduates to believe in themselves, telling them that through this belief they can achieve anything they want.

The class also heard from John Greco, third-generation owner of Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, who spoke about his family’s century-old business, as well as the importance of community service.

He explained his family’s traditions of hard work, finding ways to help and serve others, having a passion for your work, and the importance of education.

These traditions, he said, continue now with his family and staff, noting that he always looks at the skills of the people he hires and encourages them to take an active role in their communities and in the industry. .

“I love my community. I love my work. I am very lucky “, said Greco, who was also part of the first leadership class in 1993.

The graduating members of the Class of 2022 from Leadership Ohio Valley are Sarah Cale, Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau; Rachael Ferrise, Community College of Northern West Virginia; Tiffany Frohnapfel, Eastern Gateway Community College; Tiffany Gale, Miss Tiffany’s Home for Early Childhood Education; Sammi Giannamore, SM Magnone, CPA; Amy Granato, Weirton Madonna High School; Thomas Grossi, Weirton Geriatric Center; Penny Hamilton, Giometti Restoration; Melinda Howell; Jacob Keeney, Business Development Corp. the Northern Panhandle; Chris Krishak, Town of Weirton; Lorie Terry, Crown Cork & Seal; Nick Travis, Rotary Club of Weirton Heights; and Melissa Veltri, Starvaggi Industries.

Class coordinators were Sarah Farran and Brandon Palmeri, and session counselors included Carole Scheerbaum, Will Beaumont, Debbie Watkins, Clayton Henderson, Crystal Harbert, Pam Makricosta and Marvin Six.

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