New leaders selected for John Dame training

Ten up-and-coming executives in Central Pennsylvania have signed on for a leadership development program run by executive coach John Dame.

The program, dubbed the 10 New Leaders Project, offers participants 90 days of coaching by a coach from CEO peer group Vistage, as well as other opportunities to learn and network from established leaders.

The participants are:

  • Danielle Mariano, director of the bureau of budget and fiscal management in the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Joelle Shea, corporate communications manager for Gannett Fleming
  • Julie Walker, executive director of The Peyton Walker Foundation
  • Andy Shoop, controller at Advanced Powder Products
  • Kara Luzik Canale, vice president of chamber operations, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
  • Allan Mitchell, project engineer at KCI Technologies Inc.
  • Ettel Feinberg, manager of employee experience at U-GRO Learning Centres
  • James Scott, CEO of Team Scott Inspire
  • Luke Salter, account leader at Wenger Feeds
  • Christopher Boyd, account executive for Conexus

“Central Pennsylvania is rich in outstanding leadership, and these 10 participants are fine examples of what it means to be excellent leaders in the business market today,” Dame, founder of Dame Management Strategies, said in a statement.

In a new twist for the program, Dame plans to pair new participants with mentors who were past participants in the program. Participants also will be able to attend Dame’s Evolution Leadership Conference, slated for Oct. 8 at Spooky Nook Sports complex in Lancaster County.

Lancaster feed supplier hires top nutrition exec

Rajasekhar Kasula, Wenger Feeds’ new chief nutrition officer, will be joining the feed manufacturer’s executive leadership team in April.

The newest addition to a Lancaster County animal feed supplier’s executive team will join the company as its chief nutrition officer.

Mt. Joy Township, Lancaster County-based Wenger Feeds LLC, is welcoming Rajasekhar Kasula to its leadership group next month to help steer the company’s nutrition team.

Kasula is a professional animal scientist with over 30 years of experience in product development, technical support, and animal feed and nutrition. As chief nutrition officer, Kasula will lead Wenger’s product development, working with the company’s nutrition coordinator and nutrition services manager.

Wenger Feeds supplies poultry and swine feed and offers testing for eggs, water quality and feed. The company is a subsidiary of The Wenger Group Inc., which employs 300 people between Wenger Feeds and its other subsidiaries, feed distributor Nutrify LLC and Dutchland Farms, a wholesale egg marketing company.

Before hiring Kasula, the manager of Wenger Feeds’ nutrition team was focused mostly on client relations. The new position is expected to expand the company’s research into new varieties of feed.

“Since at our core we are a nutrient company, it only makes sense that we have a best-in-class nutrition team, and adding Rajasekhar only strengthens the strong bench of talent we have today,” said Phil Rohrbaugh, Wenger Feeds’ president and CEO.

Kasula will be moving to Central Pennsylvania from Austin, Texas, where he previously served in a nutrition leadership role for feed manufacturer Ridley USA.

“He will be a great resource for our customers by leading new innovation efforts and will work closely with our procurement team as we develop and execute new nutrition solutions that bring more value to our customer base,” Rohrbaugh said.