News - December 2005

United Way Honors Graduates of African American Leadership Development Program

More than 40 African Americans from the Rochester area were honored for their successful completion of United Way of Greater Rochester’s African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP). United Way volunteers, staff, and community leaders paid tribute to program graduates during formal commencement ceremonies held Thursday evening, November 3rd at the Hyatt Regency of Rochester.

Since the program began in 1992, more than 400 graduates have been honored – and it’s estimated 75% have served on local committees or boards for community and nonprofit organizations. AALDP encourages community awareness, leadership, and networking. Participants receive training from community leaders in effective communication, leadership styles, board and committee responsibilities, team building, decision making, and conflict resolution.

“The program’s success is tremendous,” said Peter C. Carpino, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Rochester. “These individuals have made a strong commitment to making a positive impact in our community. They are tomorrow’s leaders - serving the needs of our community today, and I applaud them for being catalysts for change.”

The keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony was Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, president of Bennett College for women. Dr. Cole is also chair of United Way of America’s Board of Trustees, and is the first African American to serve in that leadership position. She spoke about the importance of diversity in leadership, inspiring, and encouraging AALDP graduates to lead by example.

This marks the 14th year United Way has offered this leadership development program for African Americans. AALDP is a unique ten-day leadership development program designed to increase and broaden the participation of African Americans in policy-making leadership roles in the greater Rochester community.

Members of the African American Leadership Development Program 2005 graduating class include:

Anthony T. Banks Eastman Kodak Company
Melissa L. Barrett Unified Court System, Rochester City Court
Andrea C. Bell Jewish Home of Rochester
George Breedlove  
Tonya Brooks Rochester Institute of Technology
Brenda Brumfield Anthony Jordon Health Center
Michelle N. Butler Eastman Kodak Company
Dawn G. Charleston ITT Space Systems LLC
Torri Cowans ARC of Monroe County
Nicolle L. Crocker Rochester City School District
Angela Cuyler Preferred Care
Bertha Davis-Wall Jewish Home of Rochester
Cory Dukes Paychex
LaShunda C. Echols-Smith Successful Pathways, Inc.
Kevin D. Eldridge Eastman Kodak Company
Brenda Evans Rochester General Hospital
Ernest S. Flagler City of Rochester- Fire Department
Todd L. Gillenwater Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Cecil A. Gittens Eastman Kodak Company
Woodrow Hammond Retired
Lori Harris Rochester Institute of Technology
Andre’ G. Hill Eastman Kodak Company
BeLinda L. Lewis Thomson West
Robert W. Lewis The Jewish Home of Rochester
Willie J. Lightfoot, Sr. City of Rochester- Fire Department
Benjamin J. Ligon Eastman Kodak Company
Melanie Marshall-Funchess Charter School of Science & Technology
Karen Y. Moore Preferred Care
Desiree Y. Morton Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Ernest J. Myers University of Rochester
Kabutey Ocansey City of Rochester
Darryl B. Parker City of Rochester
Trevor A. Payton  
Komekia E. Peterson DePaul Community Health Services
Annette M. Powell Thomson West
Cynthia A. Powell Action for a Better Community
Ulandus Powell-Quinn University of Rochester
Franklyn D. Reynolds Energy East
Teheran K. Simmons EDS
Cynthia Snowden ITT Space Systems LLC
Gloria A. Trott Eastman Kodak Company
Cookie Waller City of Rochester-Teen Court
Angelette D. Williams ITT Space Systems LLC
Ruth Wilson ITT Industries

Applications for next year's class will be available in May 2006. For further information about AALDP, please contact Program Coordinator Rodney Young at (585) 242-6556.


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