The 24 members of the 18th class of Leadership San Ramon Valley will be honored Thursday, June 4. The ceremonies culminate the 10-month Leadership program, which is designed to give participants a historical perspective and in-depth look at the issues facing the community and to sharpen their leadership and change management skills as well.
Completing the Leadership program in June will be corporate managers, firefighters, business owners, Realtors, civic employees and community volunteers who have attended 10 monthly day-long sessions since September.
They covered a variety of topics germane to the dynamics of the San Ramon Valley, such as education, the economy, local and state government, regional planning, community economics and cultural arts.
Speakers and panel members have included current elected officials and experts in their fields of study. More than a classroom situation, however, the program also assigns fieldwork, which brings the participants one-on-one with the activities and issues within the community.
As part of the program's curriculum, each year Leadership participants create a class project designed to enhance some aspect of the community. The class of 2009 is concentrating on the HEROES Project, a public awareness campaign that provides greater recognition to those who make a difference in youth's lives.
Leadership offers an opportunity for its participants to interact with educators, corporate executives and public officials and to bring back to their organizations and businesses a solid understanding of the issues and opportunities that face our community.
Many of the graduates go on to run for public office, sit on boards and commissions, take leadership roles in community service organizations or workplaces, or simply cast their ballots with a clearer historical perspective and a keener appreciation of all aspects of the complex issues affecting our community.
Completing the Leadership San Ramon Valley program on June 4 will be:
* Natalie Alvanez, Director of Marketing & Membership, Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau
* Dall Barley, Board Member, San Ramon Historic Foundation
* Elaine Betts, Owner, Go Far Consulting
* Gina Channell-Allen, Publisher, Danville Weekly
* Jim Coleman, Retired/Danville Sycamore Rotary
* Jim Crocker, VP, CFO, Aspire Investments/Danville Rotary
* Will Doerlich, Broker-Associate, Windermere East Bay Realty
* Jeff Fippin, Associate Engineer, ENGEO Inc.
* Raj Gumber, Senior Environmental Chemist, Dublin San Ramon Services District
* Lani Ha, Financial Services Supervisor, Town of Danville
* Karen Horton, Volunteer, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
* Mike Howl, President, MAH Development Inc.
* Gary Jones, Executive Pastor, New Life Church
* Steve Kay, Allied Financial Services/Danville Rotary
* Natalie Kurtz, Fire Inspector, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
* Donna Maxwell, Community Volunteer
* Linda McColgan, General Manager, New United Motor Manufacturing Inc.
* Karen McHenry-Smith, City of San Ramon
* Mike Picard, Battalion Chief, Operations, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
* Jeri Stegman, Director of Behavior Health, Gracer Medical Group
* Julie Vargas, Senior Administrative Analyst, City of San Ramon
* Steve Wilcox, Partner, Financial Advisor, Summit Financial Group/Danville Sycamore Rotary
* Mark Williams, Police Department, Town of Danville
* Tim White, Senior Vice President, Heritage Bank of Commerce
Currently, Leadership is seeking applicants for its 2009-10 program, which will begin in September. Interested individuals can contact the program's executive director Elaine Cortez Schroth at 355-2554, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Applications are available at www.leadershipsrv.org.