Community leaders to gather for Lourdes Leadership Summit

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Thursday, 05 April 2012 04:00
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SYLVANIA—The Lourdes University Alumni Association is hosting its third annual Leadership Summit April 11 in the Franciscan Center from 8-9:30 a.m.

The event is titled “Partnering for Better Communities: How Local Nonprofits and Corporations Work Together” and features presentations from Stephanie Cihon of ProMedica, Mark Makulinski of Lockney Manufacturing and Mike Szuberla of Toledo Botanical Gardens.

In Ms. Cihon's 10 years as community relations director for ProMedica, her role has evolved from communications into advocacy and public affairs. She is responsible for ProMedica’s community partnerships, including the obesity prevention initiatives and hunger-free community efforts. Ms. Cihon has spoken at regional and national professional conferences to share the work ProMedica has done in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Mr. Makulinski is the CEO of Lockrey Manufacturing, a local company with $15 million in sales and 80 employees. This employee-owned company supports community service in a generous way. From 2002 to present, it has allocated 5 percent of the bonus pool toward community service activities, which has amounted to upwards of $24,000 per year. Mr. Makulinski is personally involved in many of the education related charitable programs supported by Lockrey and is the chairperson of Toledo Rotary’s community service committee.

Mr. Szuberla serves as manager of Toledo GROWs, the principal outreach program of Toledo Botanical Garden. In this capacity, he helps to coordinate services to more than 150 community gardens in northwest Ohio. Additionally, he helps to employ more than 100 adjudicated youth a year through a collaborative job-training program with the CITE program of the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Division.

The cost for the Leadership Summit is $10 per person and free for Lourdes alumni. Light refreshments are to be served. For more information, contact alumni relations officer Erin Hafner at 419- 517-8971 or email

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 19:58