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As Published by the Burlington County Times | On October 2nd, 2017 | WILLINGBORO — The Burlington County Times and the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce have selected a class of 25 talented leaders in the business world and the community for recognition as the 2017 Emerging Leaders in Burlington County.

The individuals chosen possess excellence and a collective hope for a future that will make Burlington County a great place to live and work for years to come.

“Congratulations to these 25 dynamic individuals, who are making contributions to better business and a healthier community in Burlington County,” said Amy Gianficaro, director of communications and community engagement at the Burlington County Times.

Emerging Leaders are young professionals who are rising stars, or others who have redefined themselves with new careers or by tackling new challenges later in life.

“The Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to join the Burlington County Times in honoring these outstanding individuals,” said Kristi Howell, chamber president and CEO. “They represent a broad cross-section of people, places and things that make Burlington County great. These individuals and the work they do in our community is why our region is such a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.”

The BCT will produce a special section published in the newspaper and online website on Sunday, Nov. 5. The section will profile the class members and highlight their achievements and involvement in the community. An awards reception will follow on Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Aloft Mount Laurel.

This year’s Emerging Leaders are:

  • Lavinia Awosanya, director of strategic partnerships, Food Bank of South Jersey.
  • Sean Balliet, associate partner, Baratz & Associates.
  • Trisha Baum, founder, Hand n Heart.
  • Jon Bodnar, director of group sales, Trenton Thunder.
  • Andrea Boscaglia, vice president and relationship manager, TD Bank.
  • Joshua Brown, township manager, Mount Holly Township.
  • David Burgos, vice president, Burgos Group.
  • Reynold Cicalese III, associate partner, Alloy Silverstein.
  • Mariel Giletto, counsel and chair, corporate law department, Parker McCay.
  • Ashley Griffiths, director, family and volunteer services, Habitat for Humanity Burlington County.
  • Chantay Harris, founder and CEO, TELL (Teens Experience Learning Life).
  • Greg Keresztury, director of operations, YMCA Camp Ockanickon.
  • Amy Leis, financial adviser, Janney Montgomery Scott.
  • Abraham Lopez, deputy mayor, Westampton Township; deputy chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Guadagno.
  • Kelly Lyons, executive director, Paws Discovery Farm and Garden State Discovery Museum.
  • Robert Mankowski, owner, Mount Laurel Animal Hospital.
  • George Morris, counsel, Parker McCay.
  • Christopher Nagy, superintendent of schools, Burlington County School District.
  • Ethan Ordog, partner, Begley Law Group.
  • Brendan Putnam, senior account executive, Quality Concepts.
  • Merrick Rosenberg, CEO and co-founder, Take Flight Learning.
  • David Suleski, president, #TechStarters.
  • Teresa Sydorko, director of communications and social media, Delco Development.
  • Edem Tetteh, Dean of STEM, Rowan College at Burlington County.
  • Noele Walters, billing coordinator and board of directors member, ARI and Feeding 5,000.

The 2017 class of Emerging Leaders was selected from a pool of candidates nominated by individuals in the community. Representatives from the Burlington County Times and the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce completed a first round of judging and then asked five area judges to do a final evaluation on a smaller group of nominees. The judges abstained from evaluating nominees with whom they work.

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