Danville Express

Living - June 22, 2007

Leaders train for San Ramon Valley

The 25 members of the 16th class of Leadership San Ramon Valley were honored June 7 in ceremonies that culminate the 10-month Leadership program. The course is designed to give participants an historical perspective and in-depth look at the issues facing the community and to sharpen their leadership and management skills as well.

The 10 monthly day-long sessions began in September and discussed 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 for these sessions included current elected officials and experts in their fields of study. The program also assigns fieldwork, which brings the participants one-on-one with the activities and issues within the community.

Leadership San Ramon Valley's Class of 2006 teamed with the city of San Ramon and 2nd Wind Athletics to produce the inaugural "Run Like the Wind" half marathon and 5K running race in San Ramon on March 25. The two events attracted more than 1,100 runners, and raised proceeds in excess of $15,000, which will be distributed among a community organization and several school athletic booster clubs.

Leadership is seeking applicants for its 2007-08 program, which will begin in September. Contact program executive director Nancy Lieber at 355-2554 or e-mail lsrv@pacbell.net. Applications are available on Leadership's Web site: www.leadershipsrv.org.

Completing this year's program are Darlene Amaral from the city of San Ramon; Janet Auer, Chevron; Jack Barton, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District; Michael Biondi, Country Club Elementary School; Lisa Bretschneider, Now We're Cooking; Joe Buenavista, Bernstein Global Wealth Management; Preston Canzius, Chevron; Judy Castro, Realtor; John Collins, Lawrence Livermore National Labs; Janli Degenhardt, Chevron;Andrew Dillard, Town of Danville; Tina Fashoro, Marvel Mortgage; Rebecca Fontaine, Fontaine Fire; Nora Harlow, East Bay Municipal Utility District; Marge Jensen, Touchstone Marketing; Grace Kar Kam, ATI Architects & Engineers; Sharon Keeton, Montevideo Elementary School; Jennifer Ludwig, ENGEO, Incorporated; Christine Mabry, Town of Danville; Charles Ortmeyer, Law Offices of Charles Ortmeyer; Janet Pedersen, city of San Ramon; Robert Scott, Sunset Development Co.; Tricia Stenger, Oakland/East Bay Junior League; Susan Weaver, Lafayette Library; Mark Wollan, Community Presbyterian Church.


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