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CLN Board and Officers


Kerri Brown, Present, class of 2008

Kerri, has varied experiences in the field of higher education and workforce development, with a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Communication and a Master of Education in Career & Technology Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She recently earned a graduate certificate in Executive Coaching from Bellevue University, where she works as a Relationship Manager in partnership with Jamestown Community College. Kerri has been active in CLN over the years, serving as co-chair of the Program Development committee prior to role of President-elect and co-chair of the Organizational effectiveness committee. Kerri enjoys spending time with her husband, Kyle (class of 2010) and two sons plus pursuing creative activities including nature photography.


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Past President

Kristy Kathman, Class of 2016

As Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s Deputy Director, Kristy helps property owners, businesses, and other JRC partners navigate a wide range of urban and business development processes. She also manages the Downtown Business Incentive programs, and helps out with the events that JRC puts on each year. She loves being part of the team whose job is to make the place she lives a better place to live.

Kristy has ridden her bicycle over 3,000 miles out west, and along the countryside in France. She has been to 47 states, and loves to travel, but believes there’s no place like home. Kristy is married to Jason, and they have two fantastic kids, Katie and Tommy. In addition to her family, Kristy is also passionate about volleyball, The Golden Girls, chips and salsa, and their two dogs, Charlie and Emma.


Jen Peters, Treasurer, Class of 2015

Jennifer is the Chief Financial Officer for Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corporation. Jen is a co-owner of Fresh Press Studios with her husband and business partners and an adjunct instructor at Jamestown Business College. Jennifer is the co-chair of CLN’s Financial Sustainability committee.

Jennifer earned her MBA from St. Bonaventure University. She lives in Lakewood with her husband, Gary, and daughter, Chloe. She enjoys the spending time outside as long as it’s warm and sunny.

President Elect

Robert Dahlin, Class of 2018

Info to come


Katie Young, Coordinator, Class of 2016

Katie was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Heber City, UT. She has her BS in Behavioral Science. She worked for Utah Valley University for 15 years before she and her family decided to adventure out and move to Lakewood, NY.

Katie and her husband Kirk have 3 beautiful children who keep them running. She enjoys being on the soccer field watching her boys and the dance studio with her daughter. She serves in her church and loves spending time with friends and family.


Zach Agett , Secretary, Class of 2018

Class of 2018, Zach is the Marketing and Events Manager at Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and also manages the Jamestown Up Close Brand. Zach is dedicated to making Jamestown and Chautauqua County the best place it can be and works closely with multiple attractions, businesses, and groups downtown to improve communication and promote Greater Jamestown.

Zach is married to Bree, CLN Class of 2016, and together they have created two awesome boys. In their free time, they love to get out and see all that Chautauqua County has to offer.

The Chautauqua Leadership Board of Directors are charged with the over site of the organization. This includes ongoing operation as well as plans for future growth and improvement of the CLN along with maintaining and improving the benefits offered to the current classes and the general membership. 

The Board is informed by and assisted by several member committees which support their assigned subject areas. The Coordinator handles day-to-day operations of the organization and interacts with both the board and the committees.

Board Directors

Bill Burley

Bill Burley

Director. 2018-2020

Class of 2005, Bill is currently a Board Member and a member of the Branding and Marketing Committee. He is a past member of the SkyJam Committee (2005 – 2009).

 Bill Currently works as a Real Estate Associate Broker at Century 21 Turner Brokers. He also serves as Secretary/Co-President of the Jamestown AM Rotary, as Marketing Chair on the Board of the Lakewood Memorial Library, and on the PR Committee for the Chautauqua/Cattaraugus Board of Realtors.

Bill resides in Celoron, NY with his partner Scott Mekus and dog Lexy.

Donna Flinchbaugh

Donna Flinchbaugh

Director. 2018-2020

Class of 2004, Donna is Branch Manager Northwest Savings Bank Mayville NY and Lakewood NY. She is a resident of Gerry, NY.
Former employers: M&T Bank 25 years; BVQI (NA) 4 years; YWCA of Jamestown 2 years
Graduate of Houghton College BS in Business Management and JCC, AAS Business Administration
Spouse: Todd Flinchbaugh, two adult children Tara (Lexington, KY) and Troy (Fredonia, NY)

Community activities: Chautauqua Leadership Network – Chair, Program Development Committee; past President, treasurer; Workforce Investment Board, board of directors, treasurer; Chautauqua Opportunities for Development, Inc. vice Chair; member Jamestown Noon Rotary club

Tim Piazza

Tim Piazza

Director. 2019-2021

Class of 2003, Timothy W. Piazza Ph.D. is the Talent Pipeline Manager and Apprenticeship Program Coordinator. Previously Tim was the Manager of Product Development for SKF Aeroengine North America.  He has spent all his professional career in research and development, post-secondary education and manufacturing.

Timothy, a lifelong resident of Jamestown, is married to an incredibly beautiful and talented wife who is a pre-K teacher at SWCS.  He has a ten-year-old son who luckily takes after his mother.

Steven Cobb

Steven Cobb

Director, 2020-2022

Class of 2019, Info to come

Lindsey Rensel

Lindsey Rensel

Director, 2020-2022

Class of 2018, Info to come