On June 2nd Warren County ESC presented the newly established Jimmy Allen
Community Partnership Award to the following leaders.
Pictured L to R: Christye Leasure, WCESC Superintendent Tom Isaacs, and Chris Johnson
Christye Leasure, Vice President, GMi Companies
Christye Leasure is VP of Strategic Initiatives at GMI Companies. She started with the company in 1984 and has held numerous positions in the company including Customer Service, Industrial tech, Operations Director of Ghent Transportation, and Operations Manager of Vivid Board division. She graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio with a B.S. in Communications. She is very active in the community serving on several civic boards, Area Progress Council of Warren Co., past Chair of the Warren County Chamber Alliance, 9 years on the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce board, Board member of the Warren County Foundation and sat on the Goering Center Family Business board for three years. She resides in Lebanon, Ohio with her husband Mark, two grown sons and two Lab pups named Buster and Bandit.
Chris Johnson, President/CEO, Ralph J. Stolle Countryside YMCA
Chris Johnson was chosen as the CEO of Countryside YMCA in 2018. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering followed by twelve years spent at General Electric where his leadership strengths became apparent. He, his wife Allison, and their four children were drawn to Lebanon for the small town atmosphere and have been Lebanon residents since 2004. Chris and his family are active in the community with Chris serving civic groups such as Lebanon Rotary Club, Internal Affairs of Warren County, Lebanon Harmon Civic Trust, Lebanon Schools capital improvement tax levy, coached youth sports, as well as serving as executive pastor at Antioch Church.
The Partnership Award was created in 2023 and named after long standing Board Member, Jimmy Allen, who passed away in April 2022. He served as a board member at both Carlisle Local Schools and then Warren County ESC for nearly 25 years collectively and was a proud advocate of the Warren County community, school districts, and students.