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WATERTOWN — Eleven north country residents have been named to a young professionals philanthropic council, which aims to empower participants to make a difference and help strengthen communities.

Max M. DelSignore, Northern New York Community Foundation donor services coordinator, said in a prepared statement that participants now “don’t have to wait to be leaders.”

“This program will empower our council to make a lasting impact in our local communities,” he said. “Our goal is to have this experience give council members a greater sense of belief in our region and a willingness to strengthen it.”

The foundation announced Thursday the following people as members of the nonprofit’s new Leadership, Engagement, Access and Direction Council for professionals ages 21 to 45:

n Andrea C. Pfeiffer — marketing and community relations director for River Hospital, Alexandria Bay.

n Samuel P. Burgess — works in the business and estate practice groups within Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall LLP, Watertown.

n Erica C. Demick — sales and marketing manager for YesterYear Vintage Doors, LLC, Hammond, and cofounded the Business and Economic Development Group for the Hammond and Chippewa Bay communities.

n Stacey J. Eger — curriculum coordinator with the Jefferson-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Watertown.

n Erika F. Flint — executive director of the Watertown Urban Mission, Watertown.

n Trevor C. Garlock — financial representative with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., Watertown.

n Jason S. Jantzi — architect with Bernier, Carr & Associates, Watertown.

n Tracy L. Leonard — director of the North Country Healthcare Providers Educational and Research Fund Inc., Watertown.

n John Nuber — investment associate at RBC Wealth Management, Watertown.

n Erin Simser — marketing manager for Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes, Black River/Fort Drum.

n Robert Sligar — of Carthage Savings & Loan.

Each member will participate in strategic grant making, learn about the work of nonprofits and develop skills to become a community leader. LEAD Council also is a steppingstone from the agency’s youth philanthropy councils in both Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties to the agency’s board of directors.

The group will make at least $5,000 in grant recommendations supporting community programs or projects to the foundation’s board of directors later this year.

For more information, call 782-7110.

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