Forty emerging leaders from the Greater Akron area have been chosen for the Torchbearers Class of 2019.

Applicants completed a detailed process to be considered for membership.

"The incoming class of 2019 is made up of nearly equal thirds of government, nonprofit, and for-profit industries, " said Stephen Knittel, co-chair of Torchbearers’ membership committee, in a news release. “This will be a great class of leaders and we are thrilled to welcome them to our organization.”

 “The growing excellence of our applicant pool each year speaks to the talent that can be found in Greater Akron, and I am thrilled with the diversity and potential of the class of 2019,” said Torchbearers President Hillary Stewart. “I have no doubt that this group will quickly get to work growing our community, and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”

The new class will gather for the first time in mid-December, and they will begin their year-long journey of leadership development curriculum beginning in January 2019.

The following applicants were selected:

Maureen Aebi, Sikich; Jena Beckett, Summit County emergency management; Tifanie Botzer, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; Dalton Bowling, PNC Financial Services; Roneisha Campbell, Canton City Schools;

Stephen Craig, Kent State University; Adam Curry, J.M. Smucker Company; Kirsten Delpinal, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; Sonja Dittmann, City of Barberton community development; Tom Dolezal, FirstEnergy;

Tim Faix, University of Akron; Michael Fay, University of Akron; Heather Flohr, Leadership Akron; Daniel Glass, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs; Maribeth Graham, Zumper Regional;

Tristan Griffin, Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Christopher Guy, Sherwin Williams; Willie Harper, Direction Home;  Raina Henderson, Northeast Ohio Network for Educational Technology; Andrew Henry, University of Akron.

Katie Jacque, State of Ohio forensic scientist; Colleen Kelly, Summit County executive assistant; Rachael Kosakowski, Jobs for Ohio's Graduates; Arica Leonard, Leadership Akron;  Allyse Love, Westfield Bank;

Jennifer Martin, Bober, Markey, Fedorovich; Lauren Marsh, Akron Fire Department; Rana Matar, Summit County Clerk of Courts office;  Dustin Miller, Sikich; Heather Morrow, International Soap Box Derby;

Sam Myers, Area Wide Protective; Sierra Oden, Akron Children’s Hospital; Evan Pannell, Pickard Commercial Group;  Jessica Prusak, Goodwill Industries of Akron; Tiffany Roper, Summit County social program analyst;

Andrew Rothermel, Huntington Bancorp; Sam Scala, Kenmore Construction; Abby Strbjak, Sikich; Becca Thacker, Social Security Administration; and Matthew Tweddle, Akron Children's Hospital.

Torchbearers, founded in 2003, is an organization of emerging leaders focused on enhancing the Greater Akron community through leadership development, talent attraction and retention and community service.