Leadership Wilkes-Barre Team


Lori Nocito, LWB ’02

Executive Director


Since 2003, Lori Nocito has been the executive director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, a leadership development and community awareness organization serving Luzerne County. Prior to that, she spent 15 years in the corporate sector, serving as the advertising sales manager for The Times Leader Newspaper and advertising director of Sunday Dispatch, and as a columnist for The Citizens’ Voice Newspaper. She also served as director of public relations for the Pittston Area School District.

Lori’s volunteer activities include: Chairperson of the Pittston Tomato Festival, and the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network. Member of the Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, member of the Luzerne County Bar Association Lay Advisory Board, Luzerne County Head Start Board of Directors, PNC Bank Community Advisory Board, Geisinger Northeast Advisory Board, The Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern PA Board, Circle 200 Executive Women’s Network, Association of Leadership Programs, member of the International Leadership Association, member of the United States Military Academy Selection Board and is co-chair of The Commonwealth Medical College Gala committee.

She was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal.  She also received a Community Partner award from Luzerne County Head Start and was named Greater Pittston Person of the Year in 2001. She received the Wyoming Valley Women’s Club Woman of the Year award and the Thomas M. Kobeski Community Spirit Award. In 2013 she received the Luzerne County Dress for Success ‘Sister of Success” award.   In 2014 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian American Association of Luzerne County and Community Spirit Award from the YMCA.  She is the 2015 recipient of the Athena Award presented by the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce.

She was the 2009 commencement speaker at Penn State University, Wilkes-Barre. Nocito earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Penn State University. She is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre and Coro Leadership New York City. Lori earned a Certificate in Leadership Development from Wilkes University and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Leadership Development and Organizational Management from New York University.

Lisa PRofile PicLisa Borchert, LWB ’06

Director of Operations

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from College Misericordia. She also holds an A.A.S. degree in Nutrition Science from Luzerne County Community College. She is a member of the Osterhout Library Board of Directors and serves on the Building & Grounds, Personnel, Nominating/Board Development and Rooftop Party Planning Committees.



jess profileJessica Cronauer, LWB ’04

Program Director, Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre &

Intercollegiate Leadership Wilkes-Barre/ Communications Director






profile picSusan Smith. LWB ’06

Office Manager


Susan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. She is a member of the Rainbow Alliance, having served as past Board Chair. Susan continues to serve on the Leadership Wilkes-Barre Alumni Council.






 Sally Tavaglione

Office Assistant

Sally is a native of Pittston and a 2004 graduate of Masters Leadership Wilkes-Barre. She has been very active for several years at the Apostolic Church in West Pittston and currently serves as the Mission Secretary. Sally resides in Forty-Fort and enjoys reading, working outdoors, and spending time with family.



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