Leadership Program

The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce proudly presents its Leadership Somerset County program. The leaders of tomorrow need opportunities to both enhance and encourage their participation in making Somerset County a better place to live. Leadership Somerset County is designed to bring together a diverse group of individuals who share a common goal of becoming leaders prepared to face future challenges, thereby ensuring that Somerset County is led by able, resourceful, and vigorous individuals, both now and in the future.

Leadership Somerset County is a civically minded program designed to promote awareness and generate interest in serving the community as leaders.

The 2023-2024 Leadership Class


  • Alyssa Bandzuh, County of Somerset
  • Amanda Prince Commonwealth Technical Institute
  • Brooke Elliott, Swanky Skin & Lash Studio
  • Chelsea Primel, Swanky Skin & Lash Studio
  • David Krouse, Somerset County Jail
  • Emillee Swank, Swanky Skin & Lash Studio
  • Heather Ream, Somerset Trust Company
  • Isaac Knotter, Somerset Trust Company
  • Joshua Beistel, Drive Devilbiss Healthcare
  • Karen Aikey, CVS Health
  • Kelley Duppstadt, Somerset Inc.
  • Roslyn Pugh, Uptown Works / Business Services by Ro
  • Taylor Gontis, Riggs Industries
  • Zachary Waggle, Somerset Welding & Steel

The 10-month course runs from September to June with monthly half-day sessions.

Monthly Sessions
Oct 19 - Human Services/Community Non-profits/Civic Engagement
Nov 16 - Healthcare
Dec 14 - Judicial System & Local Government
Jan 18 - Business Development & Entrepreneurialism
Feb 15 - Economic Development
March 15 - Education & Workforce Development
April 5 -  Regional Leadership Session -REI Bedford
April 19 -  Agriculture, Energy & Natural Resources
May 17 - Our Heritage/Quality of Life
June 28 - Graduation Ceremony/Wrap up session