About

Our Mission: To advance the effectiveness of community leadership programs and professionals

About the ALP

ALP is a community of leadership programs for professionals who are doing great things in their communities. The Association strives to recognize excellence, foster innovation, share best practices, build networks with colleagues, and provide educational training and development to advance the effectiveness of community leadership programs and professionals.

History

ALP began as the Association of Leadership Professionals. Originally chartered as a 501(c)(6) organization for expediency, ALP became a 501(c)(3) organization in 2010 to open new fund raising avenues. This move allowed ALP a tax exempt status on donations which helped ALP become the largest network of leadership programs in the nation.

The Association of Leadership Programs was formed in February 2012 as a 501(c)(3) organization. In June 2012, both organizations merged into one entity that is inclusive of community leadership programs and leadership professionals

To support the new organization, the Legacy Circle was formedChaired by Ted Carroll, Leadership Greater Hartford, CT, their financial support helped to launch ALP and provide members with a "virtual" office, including a website. New board members were added and Lura Hammond stepped in to become the manager of the association.

Founders

Founders Details

Griff Hall, Griff Strategic Leadership, MD
Mark Scheffler, Leadership Akron, OH
Lura Hammond, Leadership On The Move!, TX
Roger Duke, Volunteer, GA

National Conferences

(Conferences are held bi-annually)

National Conferences Details

2010 - Fort Worth, TX
2011 - Dallas, TX (with The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership)
2012 - Indianapolis, IN (with The Greenleaf Center)
2013 - Arlington, VA
2015 - Huntsville, AL
2017 - Phoenix, AZ

Regional Conferences

Regional Conferences Details

2010 - Columbus, OH
2011 - Louisville, KY
2012 - Houston, TX
2012 - Denver, CO
2013 - Greenville, SC
2014 - Macon, GA
2014 - Verona, NY
2014 - Madison, WI
2014 - Oklahoma City, OK
2016 - Winter Park, FL
2016 - Des Moines, IA
2016 - The Woodlands (Houston), TX
2018 - Wichita, KS
2018 - Buffalo, NY
Conferences are held bi-annually

Board of Directors

Cynthia Knapek

Cynthia Knapek

Chair
Cynthia Knapek

Cynthia Knapek Details

Cynthia Knapek is the President/CEO of Leadership Louisville Center. In 2012, she was named President of the Leadership Louisville Center, only the fifth director the organization has had since its founding in 1979.

Before joining Leadership Louisville, she was Executive Director of Brightside, an innovative public private partnership that works to build civic pride in the community and keep Louisville clean and green. Cynthia was named to Business First’s Top 40 Leaders Under 40 in 2001 and received the Citizen Laureate award in 2013 from the Younger Women’s Club. Cynthia was a founding member and the first President the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL). She is a graduate of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2009 and of Leadership Network in 2006.

Cynthia is active in several community organizations and serves on the boards of Greater Louisville Inc., Metro Parks Foundation and the advisory board for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville. She’s also served on the boards of the University of Louisville Alumni Association, the Mayor’s Commission on Public Art and the Catholic Education Foundation.

She has a Master’s degree from the University of Louisville. Cynthia married her college sweetheart Mark and they have two boys

cknapek@leadershiplouisville.org

Kay Fitzsimons

Kay Fitzsimons

Vice Chair
Kay Fitzsimons

Kay Fitzsimons Details

Kay Fitzsimons is the Director for the Community Institute at Lone Star College in The Woodlands (TX). Her programs include Leadership North Houston, Leadership North Houston Alumni Association, Leadership High School (Montgomery County, North Houston and Northwest), Lone Star Leadership College, and the Texas Community Development Institute (CDI Texas).

Kay grew up on a large farm in rural Nebraska and is a tried and true Husker fan even in the land of Longhorns and Aggies. She received her Bachelors of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is a graduate of the Fort Bend Leadership Forum and a Lone Star College System Academy.

In my life before community leadership development, I actually used my degree and managed the production of a network of nationally distributed sports magazines, newsletter and specialty publications for almost 10 years. I serve on various non-profit boards and advisory councils in addition to serving as an executive committee member of the national board of the Community Development Council (CDC).

I got my start working in community leadership development with the Fort Bend, Texas Chamber of Commerce in early 2000 directing programs such as the Fort Bend Leadership Forum, Leadership Excellence for Non-Profits and Youth in Philanthropy. The scope of that involvement has continued to expand through various positions within the Lone Star College System and my current position overseeing the Community Leadership Institute.

kay.l.fitzsimons@lonestar.edu

Juliann Jankowski

Juliann Jankowski

Past Chair
Juliann Jankowski

Juliann Jankowski Details

Juliann Jankowski is the Executive Director for Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, IN. She spent 10 years working in radio and television in Michigan, Indiana and New York City.She also spent 10 years in higher education serving in various administrative roles including campus dean for Davenport University. I have a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Juliann is involved in Rotary, the Michiana Diversity Leadership Initiative, the College Success Coalition, the United Way Education Impact Council, the Chamber Education Council, Notre Dame Community Leaders Advisory Council, and the Indiana Leadership Association. My husband Craig and I have three children.

juliannjankowski@gmail.com

David Sachs

David Sachs

Treasurer
David Sachs

David Sachs Details

David Sachs grew up in Baltimore, moved to MA for college and stayed for nearly 20 years. During that time,he married, went to graduate school and began a career in leadership development.  He moved back to Baltimore in 2005. David's passion is to create transformational learning experiences.He has pursued this professional passion in higher education (Harvard Business School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art) and the corporate sector (T. Rowe Price).

Our program is a single program equivalent to the “flagship” or “core” programs offered by other organizations. 10 months in duration. While we meet for a day/month similar to other programs, we supplement those full-days with a variety of field experiences (e.g. police car ride-a longs, overnights at transitional housing shelters, visits to key social service providers and economic assets), evenings at cultural institutions and lunches with civic leaders. The program’s objective is to help participants become more effective civic leaders in Baltimore by helping them to develop a better understanding of the region’s challenges and assets, building a network of authentic collaborative relationships, and strengthening their civic leadership skills.

Jessie Baginski

Jessie Baginski

Secretary
Jessie Baginski

Jessie Baginski Details

Dr. Baginski joined Leadership Lake County in January 2012. She has over 35 years of experience in communications, marketing and management in public, private and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Baginski was Laketran’s first Director of Public Relations and Marketing from 2000 through 2010. During that time, she earned numerous national awards for communications and was an annual presenter at the American Public Transit Association’s Marketing & Communications conference. Prior to Laketran, she was the Director of Development for Society for Rehabilitation, a nonprofit rehabilitation agency for children and adults with disabilities. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University in the College of Education.

She has been a long-standing and active member in the Mentor Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities Youth Leadership Forum, and Leadership Lake County. She is a graduate of Leadership Ashtabula 1996 and Leadership Lake County 2004. Dr. Baginski graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in May of 2016.

Dr. Baginski earned her Associate of Arts in Business from Lakeland Community College in 1996; Bachelor of Arts in Management at Ursuline College in 2000; her Master of Arts in Education from Marietta College in 2008; and her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education with a specialization in Leadership and Life Long Learning from Cleveland State University in 2011. Her dissertation was a narrative study the lives of students serving in New Orleans in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina and the role community service played in preparing them to be there.

She is a member of Lakeland Community College’s Hall of Fame. In 2008, she received the Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award from Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities for positively impacting the lives of students with disabilities. In 2014, she was a recipient of Lakeland Community College’s Woman of Achievement Award.

jbaginski@leadershiplc.org

Yemi Akande-Bartsch

Yemi Akande-Bartsch

Director
Yemi Akande-Bartsch

Yemi Akande-Bartsch Details

Yemi Akande-Bartsch has close to 20 years of experience in designing and facilitating leadership training, development, diversity & inclusion and coaching programs. She has served as vice president of leadership and alumni programs for FOCUS St. Louis, senior director of civic education for the Cleveland Leadership Center and program director for the Cleveland Executive Fellowship. Prior to joining FOCUS, she was managing partner at YsA Group, a leadership training and development company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

Yemi was also a lecturer at The Boler School of Business and Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts at Ohio’s John Carroll University, and was the host of a weekly radio show called Making the Case on Cleveland’s WJCU 88.7 FM, which featured interviews on Leadership and Legacy. She has also worked in the field of International education for many years. She has been working in the field of community leadership development for close to 10 years.

Barbara Boone

Barbara Boone

Director
Barbara Boone

Barbara Boone Details

Barbara Boone has had the distinct pleasure to have worked with 2 community leadership programs in her career. First with Leade she serves as Executive Director. Her time at Leadership Jacksonville began when participating in LJ Class 1991 representing the Junior League of Jacksonville. She brought a history of working in the social work profession and volunteering in the community to the organization. For the next several years, she was able to learn firsthand about community trusteeship from some of the finest community leaders in Jacksonville, most notably from longtime LT ED Eleanor Ashby who passed away. She was later hired as Program Director for Leadership Tallahassee take the organization into the 21st century.

Kathy Coffey

Kathy Coffey

Director
Kathy Coffey

Kathy Coffey Details

Kathy Coffey, Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County (LSC), is known for her enthusiasm, generosity and authenticity.

Just as she did with her TEDx talk entitled, “Connect and Lead, How We Create Community,” Kathy jumps in with both feet. She champions LSC’s mission wherever she goes, seeking people and organizations to engage in her quest to strengthen and diversify community leadership.

As a local leader who walks the talk, Kathy serves as a member of Lynnwood’s Human Services Commission, is a South Everett–Mukilteo Rotarian and sits on the board of directors for the YMCA of Snohomish County.

Prior to joining LSC in 2014, Kathy spent 16 years in higher education. She was Assistant Director of Edmonds Community College Foundation and Development Relations Coordinator at Bastyr University. She was also co-owner of Pivot Edmonds, a community magazine, online marketplace and community engagement site.

Cheri Gengler

Cheri Gengler

Director
Cheri Gengler

Cheri Gengler Details

In Cheri Gengler's role as director of community programs, she is responsible for the Chamber’s community engagement programs, including Leadership Twin Cities and the Minnesota Keystone Program.  She also provides support for the Chamber’s Executive Women’s Council and Small Business Committee. Prior to joining the Chamber, she held positions with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Saks Incorporated. She studied Political Science and Latin American studies at the University of Iowa. 

Stacie Hunt

Stacie Hunt

Director
Stacie Hunt

Stacie Hunt Details

Stacie Hunt has been President and CEO of Leadership Howard County since 2002. Stacie graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Business Administration. She worked for United Way of Central Maryland both in the Community Partnership Office of Howard County and in the headquarters in Baltimore. At United Way she handled fundraising, organization marketing and community building activities. Prior to her work at United Way, Stacie worked with another Howard County business, Meeting Planners Incorporated, providing meeting planning and logistical activities for a variety of clients. She also worked for a biomedical consulting firm handling the conferences and meetings for the National Institutes of Health, along with other health-related businesses.

Her volunteer activities have included PTA Council member at Jeffers Hill Elementary School, volunteer at Sarah’s House in Ft. Meade, Maryland, meal delivery for Meals on Wheels of Anne Arundel County, promotions work and teacher riding aid at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood, and a member of the United Way Partnership Office of Howard County marketing committee. Currently she is Vice Chair of the Howard County Library Board of Trustees, and a board member of the Bright Minds Foundation of the Howard County Public Schools’ Educational Foundation. She also serves on the Boy Scouts Good Scout committee, is a founding partner of the Board Bank, is actively involved in the Columbia Foundation Strategic Initiative Committee, and belongs to numerous groups that serve our community.

Stacie is a Leadership Howard County Graduate, Class of 2002. She and her family have been part of the Howard County community for over 18 years.

stacie@leadershiphc.org

Christopher Kennedy

Christopher Kennedy

Director
Christopher Kennedy

Christopher Kennedy Details

Accomplished leader with more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience and successful results in executive positions. Proven track record in developing and implementing strategic plans. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with ability to forge successful working relationships with customers and consumers, employees, boards, public-private partnerships and community leaders.

ckennedy@leadershipaustin.org

Tami Miller

Tami Miller

Director
Tami Miller

Tami Miller Details

Tami serves as the Director of Leadership Development for the Greenville Chamber working with Chamber’s Leadership Development programs. Tami has served as a State Examiner for the South Carolina Governor’s Quality Award and served on the Board of Examiners for the National Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Her backgrounds in the education and corporate sectors combined with her passion for the community have intersected in her current role with the Greenville Chamber… connecting individuals to their passions in the community by engaging and inspiring the current and future leaders of our community.

Nicole Morristell

Nicole Morristell

Director
Nicole Morristell

Nicole Morristell Details

Nicole A. Morristell is currently the director of Leadership Lackawanna, (Scranton, PA) a non-profit organization dedicated to community leadership and professional development. Leadership Lackawanna consists of a 10-month core program, a 5-week executive program, a 7-month youth program and several fundraisers, events and workshops. Established in 1982, Leadership Lackawanna has graduated more than 2,000 community leaders.

Nikki comes to Leadership Lackawanna from the local Girl Scout organization where she served in a number of positions over the years. She is a 1998 graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School, Tunkhannock, PA and a 2002 graduate of Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.

Nikki is actively involved with The Nature Conservancy, Countryside Conservancy, Association of Leadership Programs, Supporters of Camp Archbald, and Haiti Partnership.

In her free time, Nikki enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing and reading. Nikki resides in Dalton, PA with her husband, Ed and their two children, Ryder and Finn.

Mike Ritz

Mike Ritz

Director
Mike Ritz

Mike Ritz Details

Training language instructors from multiple cultures while studying applied psycholinguistics at Compania Linguistica in Mexico City sparked Mike's ongoing field research in what has become his lifelong interest -- human behavior and communication.

Over the past 20 years Mike served as a Tri-lingual interrogator in the United States Army, established his first corporation by the age of 25, motivated people to excel at his fitness Boot Camps in Boston and Philadelphia, and served as the New England Regional Manager for an international healthcare company based in the United Arab Emirates. A former on-call analyst for CNN, Mike has been interviewed hundreds of times for TV, radio, newspapers, and magazines. He has participated in nine documentaries in the past 11 years; "Songs of War" won an International Emmy.

Mike just completed his eighth year as the Executive Director of Leadership Rhode Island. Under his leadership, LRI has received many accolades to include the Excellence in Public Service Award by Common Cause RI, the National Innovation Award by the Association of Leadership Programs (twice), two Community Outreach Awards by the RI Press Association in partnership with The Providence Journal and Rhode Island College, and this past year was recognized by Gallup as an inspiration for the "15 million and growing" global strengths movement.

Shaun Rojas

Shaun Rojas

Director
Shaun Rojas

Shaun Rojas Details

Shaun Rojas is the Leadership Initiative Manager at the Kansas Leadership Center, KS. He is a lifelong Kansan and graduated from Wichita State University, majoring in Political Science. After working in the hotel industry during college, he began working as an intern at the Kansas Leadership Center in 2008 and have been there ever since.

He regularly talks with alums and make a point of actually experiencing what they’re going through. By watching and observing, and being a part of the experience, one can really see things from their perspective. That’s a great tool for making improvements in programs.

srojas@kansasleadershipcenter.org

Tammy White

Tammy White

Director
Tammy White

Tammy White Details

Tammy White is the President/CEO at Leadership Knoxville, TN. A native of South Carolina, Tammy has lived in Tennessee for over two decades. She joined Leadership Knoxville in March of 2009. Prior to that, from 1998-2003, she served the State of Tennessee, first as the East Tennessee Governor’s Office Regional Representative, and later joined the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Tammy is a member of many civic boards of directors, including the Junior League of Knoxville and the ALP; and is a past member of the Tennessee Association of Community Leaders board of directors. In 2008, Skirt! Magazine recognized Tammy as 1 of 5 “Women to Watch.” In 2010, she was appointed to the State of Tennessee Ethics Commission, and has enjoyed serving her local community and state in many other roles.

At home, Tammy has an daughter Courtney and a miniature schnauzer, Coco.

twhite@leadershipknoxville.com

Legacy Circle Founders

The Legacy Circle Founders are recognized for their unwavering commitment to community leadership. These individuals and organizations helped to launch ALP by providing financial support above and beyond their regular membership investment.