DOVER - Members of the Leadership Central Delaware Class of 2015 spent Thursday, April 2, at the office of the Delaware State News and Polytech High School during the group's annual Communications and Media Day.
Leadership Central Delaware is a yearlong program of the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce. Students are leaders of local businesses and organizations.
Delaware State News manager editor Andrew West is chair of the annual Communications and Media Day. He is a 2009 alum of the program.
The day started with a tour of Delaware Printing Company where the Delaware State News and other publications are printed on a state-of-the-art press.
The class was engaged in a reporting exercise and four participants were chosen to present news reports, recorded by high school students in the new studio at Polytech High School.
An afternoon panel discussion featured a discussion about identifying audiences with Delaware State News publisher Tom Byrd, WBOC's Dover bureau chief Michael Chesney and Dover public affairs officer 1st Lt. Sarah Bergstein.
The 2015 leadership class includes Josh Titter, Bancroft Construction Co.; Frank Taormina, Bayhealth; Sandee Gelven, Bayhealth; Felicia Cook, Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce; Chris Cooper, Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity; Ron Barisano, C.E.R.T.S Inc. Adult Action Center; Matt Ernest, DAFB; Sarah Bergstein, DAFB; Felicia Dorman, Dayspring Consulting Group; Cassie Porter, Delaware Economic Development Office; Tom Byrd, Delaware State News; Eric Hart, Delaware State University; Lisa Falconetti, Delaware Technical Community College; Lisa Strusowski, Delaware Technical Community College; Derrick Stanley, Dover Downs Inc.; Patrick McMaster, Dover International Speedway; Amy Balke, Incorporating Services Ltd.; Jake Wooleyhan, Kraft Foods; Mahala Duffy, Longevity Entertainment; Kareem Batie, Procter & Gamble — Dover Wipes Co.; Teresa Knotts, Procter & Gamble — Dover Wipes Co.; Neal Nicastro, PPG Industries; Kevin Washington, Primerica; Danielle Hufford, Shure Line Electrical; and Drew Kennedy, Spot-On-Marketing.