Emergent Community Leaders

The mission of the Laurentian Chamber of Commerce’s Emergent Community Leaders is on community development through accessible education and community involvement through professional and leadership development. This group meets the second Wednesday of the month at 11:30 a.m. at various Chamber member restaurants.


  • Kristin Pessenda, Chair – American Family Insurance
  • Nicholas Mathiowetz – NorthRidge Community Credit Union
  • Paula Giryn – ArcelorMittal
  • Cassandra Hainey – VINE
  • Shawn Herhusky – ReVive

Current Projects: The Emergent Community Leaders implemented a leadership program that starts in October and goes through the spring. This class brings together leaders from across the region to learn how to grow, lead and implement change.