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Denise Lesniak

Executive Trainer

Highlights of Parish involvement and experience:
An impactful parish involvement of mine is teaching PSR to 7th grade students at St. Columbkille Parish. As a former school teacher and parent of two daughters, I thought this was a positive approach to connect with my parish. I was paired with another adult who is several years younger than I. We conversed each week to plan lessons, and I deeply appreciated the regular opportunity to dialogue with her and students about the Catholic faith. The experience enriched my understanding of the catechism, and I truly benefitted by the intentional connection I made with St. Columbkille PSR leaders. I think I modeled to my daughters the importance to learn about our faith; and though I was asked to return, I voluntarily ended my teaching after a couple of years.

My second parish involvement is an annulment. This experience brought me close to the Catholic Church. I delved into learning about Church teachings; and once I gained clarity on the subject of annulment, I sought direction from St. Columbkille’s Deacon and priest. I proceeded through the annulment process, and an annulment was granted. This experience taught me about the dedication and accountability of Church leaders and the power of God’s love.

Highlights of Professional background:
Bowling Green State University, Bachelor’s of Science in Education – Speech and English
University of Akron, Master’s of Arts in Communications
Greater than 30 years total experiences:
• Teacher of Speech, English, and Communications
• Junior advertising executive, primarily managing production of printed materials and coordination of advertising plans
• Mid-level supervisor
• Trainer for topics related to improving job performance, such as time management, goal setting, quality improvement, compliance, and supervision
• Dale Carnegie Trainer: Present principles within Dale Carnegie’s books, How to Win Friends and Influence People and Stop Worring and Start Living in a course format to professionals
• Program manager for residency program
o Work in collaboration with physician director to manage training program of emergency medicine residency physicians
o Recruit medical students to Cleveland, OH for emergency medicine residency
o Write and oversee program policies
o Speak nationally on compliance topics and professional growth strategies
o Write manuals
o Develop assessment tools
o Train support staff on processes and work requirements
o Develop and oversee training schedules, meetings, minutes, and internal communications
• Committee member participation


Areas of expertise you can provide advice on:

Listed in no particular order:
• Public speaking – writing, delivering, coaching
• Program planning – strategies for success, oversight, measuring outcomes
• Training programs - planning content, developing materials
• Stress management
• Relationship building
• Making conversation – finding “common ground”
• Internal business communications
• Employment interviews
• Writing (job) position descriptions
• Performance improvement plans
• Quality improvement projects
• Time management
• Policy writing
• Manual writing
• Running a meeting
• Office organization, including use of Microsoft Office applications

Denise Lesniak
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