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ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
December, 2010 Update

In This Issue
Exemplary Leader 2011
Sr. Fellows' Retreat Photos
Sr. Fellows' Dues
SACOG's Rural-Urban Connections Strategy Forum
Affinity Groups, Tables of 8
Partner Profile: Kaiser Permanente
Checking In with ALFers on the Move
Save the Date
Quick Links
Community Partners

Two-Star Partner
Wells Fargo

One-Star Partners


Gilbert Assoc

Kaiser Permanente


Western Health Advantage

Sr. Fellows Partners

Silver Star Partners

Sierra Health Foundation

2009/2010 ALF-MV Star Club Members
Star Club Members support ALF-MV with a gift of $1200 or $100/month

Doni Blumenstock, Class I
Roy Brewer, Class IX
Rick Fowler, Class III
Ken Larson, Class V
Martha Lofgren, Class IX
Dennis Mangers, Class I
Kris Martin, Class II
Tom Stallard, Class VII
Pam Stewart, Class VIII

Stephen Tse, Class VII

2009/2010 ALF-MV Boosters
ALF Boosters support ALF-MV with a gift of $600 or $50/month

Lina Fat, Class III
Rick Fowler, Class III
Jose Hermocillo, Class III

Bill Kennedy, Class IX
Bev Lamb, Class I
Laura Mason-Smith, Class III
Betty Masuoka, Class VI

Dear ,

Happy Holidays from the staff at ALF!  We appreciate the incredible support of our members as we work together for the good of the region.  Thank you for all that you do in the region and for ALF!

Bonnie, Scot, & Kris

Scott Syphax Named ALF Exemplary
Leader 2011

Scott SyphaxJoin us in honoring Scott Syphax on March 23 at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento

The ALF-MVC board of directors is proud to announce the selection of Scott Syphax to receive the 2011 ALF Exemplary Leader Award at the organization's annual dinner on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel.

Scott, a Class VIII Sr. Fellow, is the President and CEO of The Nehemiah Companies, a Sacramento-based social enterprise and development corporation. Through the Nehemiah Community Reinvestment Fund, Nehemiah has leveraged over $880 million in projects to spur development in low-income and underserved communities. 

Through Scott's visionary leadership as CEO, Nehemiah has created the Nehemiah Emerging Leader Program (NELP) designed to develop growth and diversity in regional civic involvement of culturally diverse participants.


Scott is a recognized leader in Sacramento and throughout the nation.  Though he serves on boards across the country, he is a longtime activist in the Greater Sacramento region and committed to make a difference here at home.  "He is also a beloved member of Class VIII who willingly shared his past, his present and his hopes for the future during our year as Fellows. I trust Scott implicitly and continue to marvel at his energy and commitment to ALF and our region," said fellow classmate Pam Stewart.  Darrell Roberts, Class X, added, "Scott is the type who, as busy as he is, finds time for anyone seeking his counsel. I have personally benefited from his willingness to be a sounding board regarding project growth, relationship development and creating a caring community."


We hope you will join us on March 23 to honor Scott, an outstanding leader in our regional community.

See the Fun: Sr. Fellows' Retreat Photos
Retreat 2010Official ALF Photographer Stephen Tse captures the spirit of another great retreat

Over 60 Sr. Fellows enjoyed getting in fellowship with one another at the Sr. Fellows' Retreat at the PlumpJack Olympic Valley Inn in the Tahoe region October 23-24. 

The Fellowship Committee enlisted the talents of ALF members for this year's program: Class XIV members shared some of the personal and professional  growth they've experienced through their time together, a Sr. Fellows' panel spoke about long term changes they've experienced after being in their class, Rene Aguilera kept the dance floor busy with kickin' tunes, Tom Stallard led a morning hike, and Judge Jim Garbolino kicked-off a discussion among Fellows about how we stay refreshed and engaged in our professional and community work.  Participants rated the program the best in years on their post-event evaluations!

Stephen Tse, Class VII and official ALF photographer (and self-described Chinese Paparazzi) captured the event through his multiple camera lenses, all for you to view and enjoy:  Day 1 Photos, Dinner & Day 2 Photos.  Thank you, Stephen!!

Keep an eye out for an announcement about next year's retreat dates, coming soon!

Senior Fellow's Dues Notices Are On Their Way

checkbookSupport ALF by paying your annual dues

The ALF Board of Directors has changed fiscal years to follow a calendar year, a change from the previous May 1 through April 30 fiscal year. 

ALF remains financially sound, due primarily to the support of our members -- ALF-MVC relies almost entirely on the commitment and support of our Fellows!

Keep an eye out for the dues notice coming in the next few days -- with dues at just $20/month, we hope all members will be able to participate in this level of support for ALF!

Participate in SACOG's Rural-Urban Connections Strategy Forum
ALF partners with SACOG to support December 10th forum

The Rural-Urban Connections Strategy takes a closer look at the region's growth and sustainability objectives from a rural perspective.  Recognizing the valuable agricultural, natural and open space resources in the 6-county region, the RUCS project aims to develop an economic and environmental sustainability strategy for rural areas.

The RUCS forum will take place on December 10th at 7:30am at the Sacramento Convention Center.  It will include a half-day of activities and information that: highlight the role of agriculture in the region, explore agricultural conditions and challenges, identify market opportunities for expanding regional activity, and share innovations from the project thus far.

The forum is free and open to the public. Registration is open now. More information can be found at or by calling (916) 321-9000.

New Ways to Connect: Tables of Eight, Affinity Groups
Pick a restaurant and a date for a Table of Eight or make a reservation to join a table; Join or start an Affinity Group

forksTables of Eight
No agenda, no topic, no facilitators -- here's another low-key yet fun opportunity to meet and mingle with a small group of ALFers. 

You pick the restaurant and the date, the ALF office sends out and tracks the invitations and everyone pays for their own meals.

Contact the ALF office any time to get started!

Sign up to attend one of these Tables of Eights now taking reservations:

ALF EaglesALF Affinity Groups
The ALF Eagles, a golf affinity group of ALFers, enjoyed their first outing last month!  ALFers Stephen Tse, Class VII, and Alice Perez, Class VI, have started the group to enjoy a day on the links with other ALFers with the same passion.  And, of course, there was the 19th hole... see pictures of the fun!

NEW GROUP TO START: ALF Adventurers, to be led by Class IX's Roy Brewer and Charlie Downs, Class XII.  Hatched from the Sr. Fellows' Retreat, the Adventurer's group will poll the members and schedule activities such as bike riding, hiking, rock climbing, etc.  Keep an eye out for an email asking for interested persons, or email Roy or Charlie to express your interest.

Affinity Groups join together a group of ALFers to share in the joy of being with one another and sharing a similar interest.  A women's group is in full swing with regular monthly meetings as is a group of African American men, and a group of ALFers in the throes of parenting.  Log onto the ALF web site and click "Affinity Groups" under the "For Senior Fellows" tab for more information. 

Do you want to start an Affinity Group?  Maybe around books, movies, bowling, or a particular issue?  The possibilities are endless.  The ALF office can help you get one set up!

A look at one of ALF's Community Partners

Kaiser PermanenteKaiser Permanente is proud to be a Community Partner sponsor of the Mountain Valley Chapter of the American Leadership Forum, and shares in ALF's mission to unite local leaders, to strengthen leadership skills, and to work together to serve the needs of our community.

Recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, Kaiser Permanente has been serving the Greater Sacramento area since 1965.

As the largest health care provider in the region, we are proud that more residents in Greater Sacramento -- nearly 642,000 people -- turn to us for their health care needs than any other area provider. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by more than 12,600 local physicians and employees.

Kaiser Permanente's expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technological advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management.

Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. And as the largest private-sector employer in the area, we are committed to being a strong community partner and growing leaders who are dedicated to not only making a difference in their workplace, but in their community as well.

We know that healthy communities and a healthy environment are critical to everyone's well-being. Through our Community Benefit program, we continually invest in programs and services that focus on improving access to care for the uninsured, underserved, and vulnerable populations.

For more information about Kaiser Permanente, visit

Checking In with ALFers on the Move
Here's a look at what some of your fellow Fellows are doing...



Dennis Mangers was appointed by the governor to a three-year term on the California State Bar Board of Governors.


Carlene Ellis' daughter Stephanie and her David, along with Jack, 2-1/2, and Connor, 3 months, are moving back to El Dorado Hills.  They are actually purchasing a home in Serrano about 1.5 miles from our home.  Carlene and family are SO excited about their return!


Shelton Duruisseau has been appointed Associate Vice Chancellor of the University of California Davis Health System (UCDHS), a 30-year veteran of the institution.

Rick Fowler helped found Golden Pacific Bancorp, the region's newest community bank, and serves as its vice chairman and loan committee chair.  Rick is also chairing the UC Davis Health System's Scholarship Committee, and is chairing UC Davis' School of Education Advisory Committee.  As CEO, Rick is leveraging the robust back office capabilities of The Community College Foundation to help increase the capacity of regional nonprofits through collaborations and management services agreements. 


Doug Pringle and his organization, Disabled Sports, hosted 75 Wounded Warriors disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan at a ski week as part of their rehabilitation Dec 5-12. Another ski camp will be conducted in March at Alpine Meadows Resort and a summer sports camp will be held in Sacramento in June.


Randy Reynoso will assume the leadership of the San Francisco Bay Region for Wells Fargo's Business Banking.  He'll spending four days in SF and one in Sacramento.

Albert Najera has been appointed by President Obama to be the U.S. Marshal of the Eastern District of California.  He was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to the position on 10-26-10.


Chris Henderson has accepted a new job as General Manager, West Coast Operations for Cash Cycle Solutions.  I will be relocating to the San Diego area early in 2011 with his family.

Jay Schenirer was elected to the Sacramento City Council in November.


David Hosley has been appointed vice chancellor for University Relations to oversee fundraising, trustee relations, government relations and communications.


David Ashby was one of eight nonprofit executives from throughout the state to be recognized with sabbatical awards from The California Wellness Foundation.  The Sabbatical Program Award was created to improve the long-term effectiveness of health-focused nonprofits by providing their executives with the rest they need to continue to direct their organizations' missions. The leadership support program - now in its eighth year - provides eight organizations each with a $35,000 grant to cover the leader's salary and expenses during the sabbatical, which lasts a minimum of three months.


Carlos Urrutia will be retiring from his position as Rocklin City Manager on December 31, 2010.  During his 26-year tenure, Carlos led Rocklin through its development period and built a financially stable City with a high level of public services and sound public infrastructure.   Today, Rocklin is regarded by many as one of the premiere cities in the Sacramento area. Money Magazine named Rocklin one of the "best 100 places to live in the nation," and Family Circle Magazine selected Rocklin as one of the "top 10 Cities in the Nation to raise a family."  Carlos will now pursue other interests which include his new business, Carlos Urrutia Consulting (,) pro-bono work with the International City Management Association in Latin America, teaching, and riding his bike as he prepares to ride from Salzburg to Prague in the Spring.


Linda Cutler was named president of the Mercy Foundation, starting her new role on December 1st.


Kim Box received the Freedoms Foundation Meritorious Certificate of Honor for community service due to her work leading the nonprofit Pathway to Prevention and driving awareness and education of Teenage Drug and Alcohol Addiction.

Jim Keddy received the "Champion for Young People" award at the Nov 19th Sierra Health Foundation Regional Youth Development Conference.

Mary Rotelli was promoted in August to the General Manager of Teichert Precast Products.

Sam Spiegel retired from chief of the Folsom Police Department on 10/26 and stayed on as interim for a couple of weeks.  He reports that he's "going to exhale for a while then see what is next on the horizon." Retirement event is scheduled January 21, 2011, 5:30pm at 3 Stages at Folsom Lake College.


Max Villalobos was promoted from Kaiser South Sacramento October 15 to become Kaiser's Senior Vice President and Area Manager for the Napa-Solano Area.


Wendy Rae Hill, besides getting married in November, initiated "Lavender Angels," a volunteer late-night community guide pilot project in the Lavender Heights area in Midtown, a partnership between the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center, Midtown Business Association, and Sacramento Police Department. Wendy reports it "would not have been possible without the ALF Network!"

Patrick Mulvaney and wife Bobbin Patrick and Bobbin gave birth to a new 900 square foot cafe at the newly restored Crocker museum on 10/10/10- Cafe & mother doing well, verdict still out on father. The cafe hours coincide with the museum's and the pair are looking forward to a series of family meals starting with one featuring rice and beef from our very own Stan and Nicole VanVleck.   Patrick & Bobbin have received a Judge's choice award from the Business Journal at the Partners in Philanthropy lunch this past Friday and SACOG has named their operation the Regional Business of the Year as an organization which has made a significant difference in the Sacramento region.

Richard Pan was elected to the state Assembly in November.

Stella Premo left the Vanir Foundation in October to become the Director of Development for California State University, Sacramento.


Seth Merewitz is now a Partner at Best Best & Krieger after his firm of 13 years, McDonough, Holland & Allen, closed its doors earlier this year.  Seth will be working in BBK's Los Angeles office.


Wes Doak has been named the Sacramento Area Restless Leg Syndrome Foundation Representative, and is working with them to develop a directory of regional resources for folks who suffer from this frustrating, and as yet incurable, ailment. If any ALFers know of any regional resources please drop him a line at

Will Kempton received two honors this year.  First, he was named by the American Public Works Association as one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders in the nation for 2010.  Second, The OC Metro magazine has selected him as one of the hottest 25 people of Orange County.  Will adds, "No, this obviously has nothing to do with looks or fashion."   The magazine every year identifies 25 leading Orange County professionals who help drive the County's business community, and he feels fortunate to have been named this time around.



ALF Exemplary Leader Award Dinner
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Join us in honoring Scott Syphax with the Exemplary Leader Award