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About Leadership Portage County

Leadership Portage County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing leaders in Portage County. Their goal is to enhance the county's economic, business, governmental, educational, cultural, social, and civic development. They achieve this by stimulating interest in community involvement, assisting individuals to become involved in committees and boards, and providing a network of resources for program graduates to use in their future leadership roles.

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.

Executive Director

Andra Polasky

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

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Leighann Fink

Board President

LPC Class of 2021

Judicial Attorney for the Honorable Betty Sutton at the Ninth District Court of Appeals

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Shirley Mars

Board Vice President

LPC Class of 2007



Kaitlyn McNerney, MBA

Board Treasurer

LPC Class of 2018

Chief Financial Officer at Neighborhood Development Services

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Josephine Ahart, MA, LPC

Board Secretary

LPC Class of 2020

Marketing & Development Manager at National Alliance for Children's Grief (NACG)

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President of Portage Development Board

LPC Class of 2013

Brad Ehrhart


Sabrina Christian Bennett

LPC Class of 2005

Portage County Commissioner, Owner of Bennett Land Title Agency

Bio coming soon...


Mark Frisone

LPC Class of 1995

Executive Director of Family & Community Services and Axess Family Services


Lori Calcei

LPC Class of 2018

Portage County Recorder

Bio coming soon...

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Owner and Chief Consultant of GrayZone Solutions

LPC Class of 2023

Jared Hostetler


Associate Director of Mental Health &

Recovery Board of Portage County

LPC Class of 2016

Karyn Kravetz

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Joy Pahls

LPC Class of 2022

Branch Manager at Hometown Bank Kent

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