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Northern Kentucky Young Professionals announce finalists for 2021 Next Generation Leader Award

FORT MITCHELL, Ky. — The Northern Kentucky Young Professionals (NKYP) group has announced the finalists for its 2021 Next Generation Leader Award (NGLA). The individuals have been selected by a review panel of community leaders as finalists from nearly 90 applications submitted by young professionals across the region. The three applications that are scored the highest are recognized as finalists. The top score in each category will be honored as the category winner.

The NGLAs salute and applaud young professionals age 40 and under for significant professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership and community impact. Finalists represent young professionals in seven categories based on primary job responsibilities across several industries.

The 2021 NGLA finalists are:


C.J. Fryer, Beechwood High School
Elsheika Thompson, Beechwood High School
Angela Walker, Cincinnati Public Schools


Ricardo Grant, NKU SoCAp Accelerate & Paloozanoire
Mark Ramler, Mansion Hill Properties
Joshua Reid, Inphlu

Medical & Health Care Services

Angela Brunemann, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Jessica Cleek, St. Elizabeth Physicians
Erica Neff, St. Elizabeth Physicians

Professional Services

Olivia Amlung, Adams Law PLLC
Ryan McClane, DBL Law
Carey Sanders, Fifth Third Bank

Public Relations, Media and Marketing

Cara Brooks, Duke Energy
Troy Fedders, St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Courtney Kleier, NKY Chamber
Lauren Vogel, Scooter Media

Public Service and Community-Based Organizations

Lauren Copeland, Brighton Center
Jessica Fette, City of Erlanger
Joe Klare, The Catalytic Fund

Skilled Trades & Technology

Jason Hickey, Terracon Consultants
Hannah Lowen, New Riff Distilling
Madison Smith, Fifth Third Bank

All finalists will be celebrated and category winners will be announced during the 2021 NGLA event  on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.