Leadership Greater Syracuse Announces the Class of 2024



Michele Diecuch


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Leadership Greater Syracuse Announces the Class of 2024

(January 10, 2024 – East Syracuse, NY) – Leadership Greater Syracuse (LGS) announces the 34th class of its flagship program – beginning this month.

While they participate in this year-long program, the LGS Class of 2024 will learn how to become stronger leaders while being immersed in the achievements and challenges of the Syracuse community.

LGS’s flagship program inspires people to make a difference in the community where we live and work. To date, the program has graduated nearly 1,500 participants—80 percent of whom still live in the Syracuse community. Participants come to LGS from corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses with varying job roles and backgrounds.

“The unique part about LGS is that by participating in this experiential learning opportunity, class members build new skills, networks, and connections that last a lifetime,” said Michele Diecuch, LGS executive director. “Participants leave the program energized and often with different goals than when beginning the program.”

LGS’s flagship program builds leaders who go on to make a difference with their employers and help to contribute to a stronger and engaged Syracuse community. Throughout the year, participants grow as leaders by working collectively to become educated about and engaged in local government, health initiatives, economic development, volunteer opportunities, and more.

“The Syracuse community is on the precipice of big growth, and it’s important for us to continue to build a pipeline of strong leaders who will give back to the community in various ways,” said Diecuch. “LGS’s program fosters that mindset.”

Participants in the LGS Class of 2024 (listed below) represent a cross-section of individuals who are diverse in age, race, ability, residence, profession, and employment sector.

Leadership Greater Syracuse, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1991 by CenterState CEO, Onondaga County, the City of Syracuse, and Onondaga Community College. It is financially supported by many organizations including United Radio, Community Bank, and Turning Stone Resort Casino. For more information about Leadership Greater Syracuse, visit http://www.leadershipgreatersyracuse.org.


LGS Class of 2024

Name Employer Residence
Alexander Alois A Tiny Home for Good Syracuse
Brian Altamuro Lotte Syracuse
Timothy Andersen C&S Companies Cicero
Kaitlyn Axenfeld Dannible & McKee Syracuse
Caitlin Bergett Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists East Syracuse
Marsha Bleser SRC Cicero
Tracy Bruno Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Syracuse
Cierra Butler Syracuse Urban Partnership Syracuse
Mario Cabral Equitable Syracuse
Kenyata Calloway Ninety-Two Syracuse
Heather Chemotti Hematology Oncology Assoc of CNY Camillus
Monu Chhetri Deaf New American Advocacy Inc. Liverpool
Eric Comtois OCM BOCES Cortland
Lisa Cornish Riccelli Northern Companies Syracuse
Kaitlyn Cosme Dairy Farmers of America Syracuse
Matthew DePerro CBD Companies Auburn
Debra Doran Suburban Propane Liverpool
Brett Findlay OneGroup NY, Inc. Canastota
Stephanie Fraser Excellus BCBS Syracuse
Austin French NBT Bank Syracuse
Matthew Funiciello JF Real Estate Syracuse
Christa Glazier CenterState CEO Liverpool
Maggie Goss Hueber-Breuer Construction, Co. Fayetteville
Kellie Hatton Clear Path for Veterans Manlius
Amber Ingalls Onondaga Community College Baldwinsville
Courtney Lyon Loretto Health & Rehabilitation Center Wampsville
Kathryn Masters NY Air National Guard Cazenovia
Ann Marie Mosher Empower Federal Credit Union Baldwinsville
Lauren Myers M&T Bank Manlius
Jessica Nguyen Turner Construction Company Liverpool
Maria Noone Firley, Moran, Freer & Eassa, CPA Clay
Tamika Otis KeyBank Liverpool
Colin Potter Mower Manlius
Barbara Rauscher AccessCNY Syracuse
Shawnee Robert Baxter Baldwinsville
Mac Romal VIP Structures Syracuse
Christopher Rougeux Lotte Biologics Syracuse
Adam Sayre National Grid Fayetteville
Cory Schad Central New York Community Foundation New Hartford
Shannon Shoff Town of DeWitt Parks and Recreation Syracuse
Andrew Snyder Wenger Corporation Baldwinsville
Robert Squire SUNY Upstate Medical University Cicero
Sean Szudzik AmeriCU Credit Union Fayetteville
Megan Thomas Onondaga County Water Authority Syracuse
Emily Tills Nourished with Emily, LLC East Syracuse
Chelsea Tyszko Turning Stone Resort Casino Syracuse
Jennifer Walck Bowers and Company CPAs PLLC Syracuse
Lauren Wetterhahn Inclusive Alliance IPA Inc Syracuse
Craig Witmer City of Syracuse Syracuse
Amanda Woods Empower Federal Credit Union Liverpool
Noah Zinserling CRAL Contracting Syracuse