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FITCHBURG — Nineteen men and women, sponsored by area companies as up and coming employees and future leaders in the region, have completed the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership Institute.

The institute is dedicated to providing participants with individual leadership skills and a deep understanding of the region.

The nine-month program focuses on education, government, health care, social services, justice system, media, arts and culture, environment and history.

Professor Mike Greenwood, business professor at Fitchburg State University and chairman of the Institute steering committee, is enthusiastic about this year’s participants and the meaningful professional, personal and community development they will take part in.

“I have been with the class since it’s reintroduction in 2011. Each year, I am amazed and impressed with the dedication of the participants,” he said.

Marty Connors, president of Rollstone Bank & Trust and past chairman of the institute steering committee, led the institute’s revival in 2010.

“I was in the 1991 class of the Institute and it was an integral part of my success in the community.

As chairman of the chamber’s board of directors in 2010, I felt we needed the program back to once again support our needs for leadership and succession planning,” he said.

Applications for the class of 2020 will be accepted until August 23, 2019. Contact Kat Deal, Events & Programs Manager, at 978.353.7600 x 235.

Intitute 2019 graduates were: Amy Bonilla, Rollstone Bank & Trust; Matthew Borseth, Fidelity Bank; Jared Brown, W. E. Aubuchon Company, Inc.; Jon Bullock, Enterprise Bank and Trust Company; Kathleen Craigen, Fitchburg State University; and Jill deSousa, Avidia Bank.

Also, Kyle Johnson, Johnson Controls; Brion Keagle, Fitchburg State University; Sweta Khajurivala, Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc.; andHeather Layton, Mount Wachusett Community College.

Also, Christine Lowe, Institute of Professional Practice; Rocco Mammone, Resource Management, Inc.; Mary May-Lucchese, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School; and Christopher Medley, Fitchburg State University.

Also, Peter Ryan, Johnson Controls; Frances Santos, Montachusett Home Care Corp. Jessica Senee, Leominster Credit Union; Jennifer Stone, Fidelity Bank; Anthony Trapasso, Halstead Insurance Agency, Inc.

The North Central Chamber is based in Fitchburg and serves many local communities in the region and Nashoba Valley.

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