Five of seven LMV Directors at the 20th Anniversary celebration in 2010. Shown: Ann Rushlo, LMV Executive Director, Nancy Wallace, Anne Milograno, Jim Castilla, Karl Ermisch


Leadership Mohawk Valley is committed to the growth and development of individuals as effective leaders to the benefit of self, organization and community.

The History of Leadership Mohawk Valley:

Leadership Mohawk Valley (LMV) was created in 1990 as a joint effort of the Herkimer, Utica (now Mohawk Valley), and Rome Chambers of Commerce and area business leaders. Representing the Chambers were Ted Adams, Al Mardon & Bob Van Slyke. The founding Board Members of LMV were Debra Altdoerffer, Douglas Brewer, Richard Collins, Carolyn Dalton, Keith Heinrich, David Harvey, Carol Jubenville, Richard Kaleba, Julius Perillo, Charles Sprock, Ronald Williams and John Winske.

LMV “Develops Leaders Dedicated to our Community’s Growth and Excellence”

LMV has been successful because a sense of urgency to develop future leaders in the community was created over 20 years ago. The 10-month leadership program develops a knowledgeable group of people prepared to be leaders in the community and to shape its future. It also provides experience in group dynamics, team leadership, presentation skills and professional and personal growth. The “awareness and engagement” focus of the LMV program has produced 800 graduates from the region between Little Falls and Rome.

LMV and Community Trusteeship

LMV incorporates the philosophy of Community Trusteeship in its program curriculum. Simply stated, Community Trusteeship views our community as a gift or inheritance from past generations and recognizes those who held the community in trust. Throughout the LMV program year, participants broaden their perspectives, and confront the issues at large, thereby gaining a clearer picture of the community, as it exists today.

Ultimately, the program concludes by serving as a springboard for the participant’s future community leadership efforts. As clearly as we have received our inheritance, very soon, we will be leaving our legacy for the generations that follow. LMV is a valuable asset towards achieving our preferred future.