WEIRTON - A new group of future community leaders began their journey Friday and Saturday with the kickoff of the 2014 class of Leadership Weirton.
The annual program, organized by the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, began with a dinner and meet-and-greet session Friday at the Holiday Inn before taking part in their first session Saturday at West Virginia Northern Community College.
Chamber President Brenda Mull welcomed the participants and their sponsors, noting this is the 22nd year for the program in Weirton and wishing them well as they set off on the experience.
The 2014 class of Leadership Weirton kicked off Friday and Saturday. Taking part in this year's class are, in front from left, Charles Nucci, Ashley Gleisberg, Logan Field, MaryLou Pietranton and Carl A. Frankovitch; center, Angela Shughart; Sandra Parkins; Michael Lytle and Melissa Kell; and in back, Janine Jerrel; Aaron Hasak; Chris McBee; Maggie McGinnis; and Penny Weatherson. -- Contributed
"People seem to have different opinions about what leadership really is," Mull said, adding, for her, leadership can be seen in people with a mixture of courage, compassion, integrity, vision and a sense of humor.
She encouraged them to take the time to form friendships, work together and learn from each other and to have fun.
"Be involved. I guarantee you will get a lot out of it," she said. "Life can offer you so much more if you're not afraid to step out of the box."
This year's class and their sponsors include: Logan Field, Dynamic Development; Carl A. Frankovitch, FACS Law Firm; Ashley Gleisberg, Holiday Inn; Aaron Hasak, Dynamic Development; Janine Jerrel, Doane Family Enterprise doing business as McDonalds; Melissa Kell, Hancock County Savings Bank; Michael Lytle, Allstate Insurance; Chris McBee, Rotary Club of Weirton Heights; Maggie McGinnis, The Weirton Daily Times/Herald-Star; Charles Nucci, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; Sandra Parkins, Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau; MaryLou Pietranton, Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort; Angela Shughart, Weirton Medical Center; and Penny Weatherson, Hancock County Savings Bank.
The class will be responsible for planning their sessions during the program, which include Government in February; Health and Human Services in March; Education in April; History and Culture in May; and Business and Economic Development in June.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)