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Young Professionals

The Rising Leaders Council, TGP's young professionals, is a remarkable group of young professionals committed to the mission of The Gathering Place. They harness their talent and passion to become the organization’s next generation of leaders through fundraising, friend-raising, volunteering and empowering professional development.

Their fundraising initiatives and events raise more than $25,000 annually in support of The Gathering Place’s programs and services offered free of charge to those impacted by cancer.

Objectives of the Rising Leaders Council are:

If you are interested in volunteering with the Rising Leaders Council, please submit an application here. For more information or for questions, contact Simone Swanson at or at 216.455.1522.


Chair - Julie Gurney, Benesch

Vice Chair - Lisa Hacker, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Governance Committee, Chair - Lora Brand, Falls Communication

Race for the Place Committee, Chair - Jennifer Lynch-McKinney

Sports Related Fundraisers, Chair - Joe Sass, The Riverside Group

Volunteer Committee, Chair - Leslie Brandon, Buckeye Relief