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NEWS | June 26, 2023

Leadership Northeast program grows Tobyhanna personnel

By Ms. Danielle Weinschenk

An employee at Tobyhanna Army Depot (TYAD) credits her personal and professional growth to an experience in the Leadership Northeast Core Program Class of 2023.

Leadership Northeast was founded in 1981 in response to the community’s need for leaders familiar with the general structure of the community, its problems and issues, and directing others. The organization’s portfolio includes six programs for people in all phases of their lives, from high school to the executive level. Its flagship is the Core Program, which consists of nine monthly leadership development sessions at locations across the greater Luzerne County region. Core Program participants must also complete a community impact project in conjunction with local nonprofits to fulfill a community need.

Team Tobyhanna’s own Therese “T” Paxton graduated from the Leadership Northeast Core Program on June 8. She says it was a transformative experience.

“My time with Leadership Northeast literally changed my life. The whole process was amazing – I didn’t know what I was getting into beforehand, but I’m glad I did.”

One highlight of the program for Paxton was learning more about her own predilections as a leader, skills necessary in her role as a Logistics Management Specialist at TYAD.

“One of the earlier programs we had was on the ‘Platinum Rule’ and learning about our personality styles. Honestly, I didn’t know where I was going to fit before we did the exercise. I learned that I fall pretty much at 100% as a socializer (which made sense to me afterwards, being that socializers believe that relationships are important, have strong feelings of personal worth, are enthusiastic, persuasive and are not afraid to take risks). As for my leadership style, I found that I fall under transformational and servant,” she said, noting that she’s already applied the knowledge to her interpersonal interactions.

A member of the Arts & Harmony community impact team, Paxton and her classmates worked on a project benefitting the Charlotte Casterline, M.D. YMCA Early Learning Center in Forty Fort, Pa. The building, which formerly housed Casterline’s medical practice, was donated when the physician retired and is now home to a day care. Until recently, the building’s third floor was underutilized, but thanks to the group and generous sponsorships, the space is now a welcoming destination – no easy feat, according to Paxton.

“Renovating the space was a lot of work; we did all the demolition and then removed wallpaper, painted, replaced old carpet with new flooring and obtained equipment to create a multi-use art space for the children. Our team worked hard to make this dream a reality.”

YMCA students can now engage in a variety of artistic endeavors to include music, painting, drawing and more.

A volunteer firefighter in Shavertown for many years, Paxton has long had a passion for her community – one that was amplified during the leadership program.

“I felt so great helping others during my community impact project. I want to keep that feeling and remain involved in making Northeastern Pennsylvania a better place,” adding that she hopes other members of Team Tobyhanna will join a community leadership program in the future.

“I can’t recommend it [Leadership Northeast] enough. I couldn’t wait every month for the training session – everything about the program was enlightening.”

Facilitating employee participation in community leadership programs aligns with the Invest in Our People and Connecting with the Community focus areas of TOBY2035, Tobyhanna’s long-range strategic plan. The plan aims to posture the organization for future success and has additional lines of effort dedicated to C5ISR Readiness and Strategic Communication.

Tobyhanna Army Depot is a recognized leader in providing world-class logistics support for command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems across the Department of Defense. Tobyhanna’s Corporate Philosophy, dedicated work force and electronics expertise ensure the depot is the Joint C5ISR provider of choice for all branches of the Armed Forces and industry partners.

Tobyhanna’s unparalleled capabilities include full-spectrum logistics support for sustainment, overhaul and repair, fabrication and manufacturing, engineering design and development, systems integration, post production software support, technology insertion, modification, foreign military sales and global field support to our joint warfighters.

About 3,200 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command. Headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the command’s mission is to empower the Soldier with winning C5ISR capabilities.