The 6th Annual Harford County Champions for Children and Youth Awards ceremony took place on Friday, June 22, at Harford Community College’s Chesapeake Center. Leanna Gefrich, Coordinator for Youth Programs at the College was one of the recipients of the Champion for Children awards. This award, presented by the Harford County Department of Community Services Local Management Board, honors those who have made a major contribution in Harford County to help improve the lives of children and young adults through the age of 21. Introductory remarks expressing appreciation for all those who have made a difference in children’s lives were made by Kevin Keegan, Chair of the Harford County Local Management Board.
From a flourishing summer camps program to the College’s Fine Art Academy to her commitment to Destination Imagination, Leanna is truly deserving of this honor. As Coordinator for Youth Programs, Leanna has led Harford Community College in offering a wide array of youth camps, programs, and classes to youth in this community from preschoolers through high school. Youth courses have over 4,200 enrollments per year in 340 course sections.
Eight local professionals were presented with certificates on May 24 at the University Center in Aberdeen after completing Harford Community College’s CORE Leadership program which focuses on professional leadership development for established leaders.
This 10-week program was designed specifically for mid- to senior level managers. Modeled after the Harford Leadership Academy (HLA), CORE Leadership is a highly interactive program designed to enhance the skills of local leaders. Participants are expected to have experience managing people and processes, a track record of increasing leadership responsibility, and a desire to pursue leadership excellence. Participants are challenged to further build their leadership skills and understand how their natural style can be honed for greater success in their work and personal life. CORE Leadership is also intended to provide new methods and strategies to confront challenges in the workplace. Each of the 10 weekly sessions focuses on a different aspect of leadership, including a Gettysburg Battlefield tour which focuses on leadership during crisis.
The CORE Leadership facilitators and lead instructors are Scott Walton (founder of Velocity Performance Apparel) and David Litterello (Business Intelligence Manager at Siemens Healthineers). Partnering with invited guest presenters, they led participants through a variety of key topics and exercises to promote understanding and use of best practices.
CORE Leadership Program Participants pictured are: front row, left to right: Kim Parks-Bourn, Donna Burdette, and Dwayne Adams; back row, left to right: Josh Fenwick, Karl Tessing, Theresa Hartman, Will Reiber, and Terry Trouyet.