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Leadership York executive director retiring, replacement named

Carolyn Warman departs after 16 years at helm; Wilda Alessi to take over next month

Carolyn Warman is stepping down after 16 years of leading the organization Leadership York. - (Photo / Submitted)

There’s a change at the top of training organization Leadership York, which is saying goodbye to its retiring long-time leader while welcoming her replacement.

Carolyn Warman is retiring after 16 years as executive director of the nonprofit, Leadership York officials announced in a news release, while York-area business official Wilda Alessi has been named to take her place.

Alessi, vice president of chamber operations for the York County Economic Alliance, will begin her position with Leadership York on Monday, June 27.

Warman, who has led Leadership York since 2000, will be honored by the YCEA with its “Business Achievement Award” at its 2016 Business Achievement Dinner next Tuesday, May 10, at the Wyndham Garden York.

YCEA officials said the business award is presented to an individual or individuals who have developed a successful enterprise, created jobs, a product and opportunities, have established high moral and ethical values that set a standard of excellence in the marketplace, and whose leadership has thrust the region into economic prominence.

Warman holds a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College and has served on many York-area community and other organizations.

Alessi has worked for YCEA for more than 12 years, serving as a member of the senior management team since 2013.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership York’s leadership training program and a 2015 graduate of Mentorship York, a Leadership York program.

Alessi “has the skills and personal qualities that make her a great fit for Leadership York,” M.R. Brezler, the organization’s board president, said in the news release.

“We were looking for an individual with a servant-leader approach, mindset for continuous improvement, professionalism, strong communication skills, established relationships in the community, and a positive attitude. We believe we have found those qualities in Wilda,” Brezler added.

Leadership York’s mission “is to train, connect and inspire individuals to serve the York community in leadership positions,” the news release added.

It was founded in 1978 and has more than 3,000 graduates of its six programs.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at doconnor@cpbj.com.

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