Wilda Alessi began her tenure as Leadership York's Executive Director in June 2016. Prior to joining our staff, she worked for the York County Economic Alliance for over 12 years, serving as a member of the senior management team from 2013-2016, most recently as Vice President, Chamber Operations. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program, and a 2015 graduate of Mentorship York.
She has served on the Leadership Council of Healthy York County Coalition, Executive Committee of York County Literacy Council, is Past President of the Junior League of York, and a member of United Way of York County’s Emerging Leaders Society.
Program Coordinator, Leadership For Diverse Schools
Lori joined the staff at Leadership York in June 2016. She is a graduate of the Leadership for Diverse Schools class of 2010. She has a Master’s degree from Gratz College in Differentiated Instruction, a Master’s degree from York College in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania in General Science Secondary Education, and an Associate’s Degree from York College of Pennsylvania in Business Administration. In addition to being the LDS Program Coordinator, Lori is a full-time science teacher at Dallastown High School. At Dallastown, she works on the district diversity team, the student assistance program, and coordinates the high school No Place for Hate program. Lori has also been a summer playground director for 12 years for the Manchester Playground program.
Program Coordinator, Leadership Training Program
Kraig has been associated with Leadership York since 2006. He is a graduate of the Leadership Training Program class of 2007 and served on Leadership York's board of directors from 2007–2014, including a term as president in 2012-2013. He holds a degree in Merchandising/Marketing from International Fine Arts College and a Chef’s Diploma from The French Culinary Institute. In addition to being the LTP Program Coordinator, Kraig is a full time REALTOR and has been for 14+ years. His previous community work includes Habitat for Humanity, DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, Planned Parenthood, and the REALTOR’s Association of York and Adams Counties (RAYAC), where he chaired several committees and served as the 2010 board president. Kraig is the proud recipient of the 2012 REALTOR of the Year for RAYAC and the 2012 Preserving the Trust Award from Berkshire Hathaway, which is awarded each year for achievements in community outreach.
Kraig is excited about sharing his local knowledge and leadership experience with the LTP classes and knows that training individuals in accepting leadership roles in our community is key to a better community.
Alumni Relations Coordinator
JJ Sheffer joined Leadership York's staff in May 2012. She has worked in York's nonprofit community for over 15 years, and brings with her extensive program, communications, and fund development experience. She currently serves on the board of directors of York County Economic Alliance and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and is an active member of the Women's Giving Circle of York County Community Foundation. Her past community involvement has included affiliations with the Martin Library Honors Committee (an endowment-building initiative) and Planned Parenthood of Central PA Advocates, as well as seven years on the board of York Young Professionals (two as president) and five on the steering committee for YorIT, a giving circle of York County Community Foundation. JJ has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University. She is a member of the Mentorship York class of 2011 and the Nonprofit Leadership Academy class of 2015. She is president of New Muse Entertainment, a company that plans special events in the greater York area, and runs CoWork155, York's first coworking community.
Program Coordinator, Future Leaders of York
Joan joined the Leadership York team in 2013 shortly after retiring from her teaching position at Eastern York School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Millersville University and is a certified elementary and special education school teacher. Since her graduation from the Leadership for Diverse Schools Class of 2010, she has presented “Exceptionalities in Learning Abilities” to LDS class members. Her community service includes Christ Lutheran Church of Spry Church Council, various Dallastown booster clubs and as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her son Nate is a FLY graduate.
Program Assistant, Future Leaders of York
Liz joined the Leadership York staff in 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA degree in Mass Communication. Most recently she was a photojournalist for the Sunbury Daily Item in Sunbury, PA. She also worked at Olympic National Park in Washington State. Her volunteer activities include the York County SPCA, Civil War Reenactments, Cub Scouts, and her church youth program.
Our Board of Directors
2016-2017 Officers & Directors
President: Josh Carney
President-Elect: Ben Chiaro
Vice President: Peter Ruth
Secretary: Kyle Joines
Treasurer: Gina Webb
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