Rick Chambers

“Leadership Geauga provided me with the opportunity to surround myself with many leaders from all over the community. It allowed me to experience what Geauga County has to offer to its great residents. It also forced me to look at things from different perspectives that I might not have done otherwise. Overall it was an amazing experience and if I could go through the program again I would. If your organization is thinking about it then I would strongly urge you to give it a try.” – Rick Chambers ( LG ’16)

Judge Terri stupica

Judge Stupica continues to lead each day by educating the community about the opioid epidemic and volunteering for the Red Tulip Project. She believes that the Leadership Geauga experience is not just for nine months, it’s for life. Her advice to anyone who is considering applying to the program is, “Just do it! It’s an experience you’ll never forget.”


Beau Daane (LG ’16) is the Director of Sustainable Development at Covia. Beau believes that Leadership Geauga is a fantastic way to meet community leaders and learn more about the Geauga community.

Emma holbert

Emma Holbert (LG Youth ’16) is a Deburrer at Truline Industries. She enjoys volunteering at the Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and at the Children’s Program at her local church.

For those who are interested in the Leadership Geauga Youth Program, Emma highly encourages you to apply, “It was the best experience in high school! It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the community you live in and how to make an impact in your community.”

Jay giles

“As a member of society, I have an obligation to society. As a banker, it would be easier just to focus on banking, but there is so much more to be done. As Jonas Salk once said, ‘The reward for a job well done is the opportunity to do more.’ ” –Jay Giles (LG ’98)

Jay is a retired commercial expertise banker at Middlefield Bank. Jay continues to be involved in the following community organizations–Ohio Humanities Council, Geauga Growth Partnership, and Ohio Job and Family Services. Jay also teaches economics courses at Kent State University Geauga branch.

Jay’s favorite aspect of the Leadership Geauga program is becoming more knowledgeable about various sectors. “I felt knowledgeable about banking and economics, but through Leadership Geauga, I was educated about social services–the challenges of senior citizens, the challenges of high school students who need to work, and organizing these services.”


“As a leader, it’s so important that you live your life in a way that the world can take a look inside and you’d have no problem,”  – Pam Plott (LG ’98)

Pam served as the Leadership Geauga Board President from 2008-2009. In her own words, “The [Leadership Geauga] Board experience showed me how a board should operate. Policies were documented, strategic decisions were made–it was a great experience.”

Pam continues to stay involved in the community being active in the First Congregational Church of Claridon, serving on the Advisory Board for the Red Tulip Project, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Her time at Leadership Geauga was instrumental to pursuing her dream of consulting for nonprofits at Plott Financial Consulting. She truly believes that the confidence she gained and the people she met through Leadership Geauga helped her immensely in her transition from a career in public accounting to running her own firm.