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About Leadership Portage County

Our Mission

The mission of Leadership Portage County is to provide unique insights into Portage County; explore and develop various styles, theories and examples of leadership; to provide opportunities to build relationships and networks; and to serve as a catalyst for volunteerism and positive change in Portage County.

Leadership Portage County is committed to:

  • Identifying and developing individuals in Portage County who have leadership potential and interest which would positively contribute to the economic, business, governmental, educational, cultural, social, and civic development of the county;

  • Stimulating an increased interest in and a commitment to community involvement;

  • Assisting individuals to become actively involved on various committees, boards, and task forces concerned with community betterment;

  • Providing a network of human resources available to each program graduate to be applied in his or her future leadership endeavors.

Andra Polasky

Executive Director

“I am excited and honored to lead such a dynamic leadership program. I had the privilege to be part of the 'best class ever' in 2007, sponsored by Coleman Health Services, and those leadership and life lessons, along with the professional network I made along the way, profoundly impacted my career." Polasky brings with her over 20 years of experience in director roles of development, community outreach, and program management within the non-profit sector. Most recently, she served in senior director roles in development within a large hospital foundation and at a local university.  Polasky is a Portage County native and is a graduate of the University of Akron. She and her husband raised three children in Brimfield Township and enjoy time spent with family and her two small grandchildren.

Board of Directors

Leighann Fink, President
Sherry Rose, Vice President

Kaitlyn McNerney, Treasurer
Josephine Wheeler Ahart, Secretary

David Dix, President Emeritus

Sabrina Bennett

Brian Boykin

Carolyn Budd

Lori Calcei

Sydney Campbell

Brad Ehrhart

Mark Frisone

Jared Hostetler

Karyn Kravetz

Shirley Mars

Joy Pahls

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