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BLI class of 2013 graduates 19 businesspeople Thursday

By Journal Staff


ENDWELL — Nineteen Binghamton–area businesspeople will graduate as the Broome Leadership Institute (BLI) class of 2013 in a ceremony in Endwell on Thursday, according to a news release from the Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program (GBEOP).

The BLI, founded in 1988, is a six-month community leadership program sponsored by the GBEOP, an affiliate organization of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce. The program has more than 500 graduates, according to the chamber’s website.

The BLI is designed to develop “enthusiastic and well-informed leaders who are committed to making positive contributions to the community,” the release said.

Each class accepts 20 members working in fields ranging from business to government and nonprofit organizations. The 19 people who will graduate this year are:

·         Theresa Bailey, human-resources manager, Handicapped Children’s Association

·         Brady Begeal, attorney, Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP

·         Shelley Bierwiler, community chapter executive, American Red Cross

·         Sharon Chesna, executive director, Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network of SCNY, Inc.

·         Angela Cwynar, national sales manager, National Pipe & Plastics, Inc.

·         Christina Fedorick, director of finance & human resource management, Broome County Council of Churches

·         Matthew Feldman, financial advisor, Lesko Financial Services

·         Jamie Jacobs; account executive, Riger Marketing Communications

·         Angela Kehoe, senior interior designer, Connor Architecture LLC

·         Dominique Lazaros, media solutions executive, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin

·         Toni Lehr, director of occupational health services, Lourdes

·         Anthony Mazzatti, senior manager, Global Accounts Payable Business Process, IBM

·         Sarah Nuffer, attorney, Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP

·         Matthew Sheehan, middle school technology teacher, Binghamton City School District

·         Tera Stanton, CPA, supervisor, Davidson Fox & Company, LLP

·         Shari Sterling, senior manager, hardware design integrity & common services, Lockheed Martin

·         Steven Snyder, director, employment, UHS Hospitals

·         Russell Wark, environmental, facilities & risk manager, Mirabito Holdings, Inc.

·         Tracey Wheeler, VP/chief lending officer, Visions Federal Credit Union


A graduation ceremony will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 21 at the Binghamton Country Club, at 1401 Robinson Hill Rd., Endwell. 

The BLI leadership program runs from September through March, with two full-day sessions each month. Topics that the sessions cover include board development, business and industry, community insight and current issues, courts and the penal system, cultural diversity, health care, human and social services, and media and communications, among others.

Tuition for the program is $1,250 for Greater Binghamton Chamber members and $1,500 for non-members, according to the chamber’s website.



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