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ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
February, 2012 Update

In This Issue
Chair's Message
Farewell to Tim Skaggs
Exemplary Leaders 2012
Board Transitions
Committee Reports
Affinity Groups, Tables of 8
Encore Fellows Program
Partner Profile: Western Health Advantage
Sr. Fellows' Dues
Checking In with ALFers on the Move
Save the Dates
Quick Links
Community Partners

Two-Star Partners


Western Health Advantage

One-Star Partners


Gilbert Assoc

Kaiser block  

2011 ALF-MV
Star Club Members
Star Club Members support ALF-MV with a gift of $1200 or $100/month

Griselda Barajas, Class V
Doni Blumenstock, Class I

Roy Brewer, Class IX
Linda Clifford, Class VI
Martha Lofgren, Class IX

Paula Lorenzo, Class I
Laura Mason-Smith, Class III
Tom Stallard, Class VII
Pam Stewart, Class VIII

Stephen Tse, Class VII

2011 ALF-MV  Boosters
ALF Boosters support ALF-MV with a gift of $600 or $50/month

Lina Fat, Class III
Jose Hermocillo, Class III

Bill Kennedy, Class IX
Betty Masuoka, Class VI
Babs Sandeen, Class XII

Dear ,

There are signs of spring, new board members join as longtime members finish their terms, committees are ramping up for a busy 2012, and we FINALLY have a date for the Exemplary Leader Award Dinner, which moves to the fall.  Read on for more info....

Chair's Message 

Susan Frazier, 2012 ALF-MVC Board Chair

Connection.  It is the thing health experts say will make you live longer, resist stress, stay healthier.  The thing that makes certain times in your life stand out from others.  The thing we strive for when we join, participate, and give.  And it is the greatest gift of ALF.  That, in a nutshell, is why I am honored to be the ALF-MVC Board Chair in 2012.  

I am proud of the contributions ALF is making to the region via Studio Sacramento, the Encore Program, participation in the Asian Chamber's Catalyst Leadership and Nehemiah's Emerging Leaders Programs.  I am impressed by the volume of work and support for Fellows generated by the small but mighty staff, and I am in awe of the dedication of the scores of volunteers that guide all of these things forward with wisdom, insight and heart. 

But I am here because of the pivotal role of connection in our lives.  I know that helping create connections for others is gratifying work.  That no matter how much I give this year of time and talent that I will gain much more.
ALF is your organization.  It does not belong to the Board, or the staff or any particular set of volunteers.  It is instead a reflection of all of us, a gift to each of us, and it will give back whatever you put in and then some.  In this past year many new opportunities to connect have been created and I hope to help broaden the scope and participation in this important aspect of the organization.  To that end, I am championing a 2012 Senior Fellows' "Taking Stock" retreat and hope you will take time to participate in the survey that is being distributed.  I look forward to hearing your ideas on this and other ways to continue to shape our organization.

So welcome to 2012, a pivotal year in so many ways. I hope for your sake and ours, when deciding how to budget your busy days, that you let the gift of ALF be part of your life.  Join or start an affinity group, attend or host a table of 8, consider attending a retreat, the graduation or the annual dinner.  And most important, in these uncertain times, support another Fellow who needs it by giving to the organization so that scholarship funds remain an option.

I am looking forward to a year of fun, growth and prosperity for each of you and for ALF.

Join us for a Farewell to Tim Skaggs: THIS FRIDAY  
 Tim Skaggs
ALF Facilitator and Program Consultant to Leave Country for New Challenges

Tim Skaggs, ALF-MVC's program consultant and facilitator for over a decade (and even longer at ALF Houston), will begin a new chapter in his life with a move to Cambodia to begin a university leadership program.   


Join us for a farewell reception in his honor on his last day in Sacramento -- this Friday, February 10, 5:30 pm at Mulvaney's B&L in downtown Sacramento. 


We hope to see you there! 



OCTOBER 3rd: Celebrating 15 Years by Honoring Three Exemplary Leaders (New Date) 

Join us in honoring Vicki Barber, Joe Coomes, and Tom Stallard on October 3rd at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento 


Nehemiah The ALF-MVC board of directors is proud to announce the selection of three trailblazing, transformational leaders -- Vicki Barber, Joe Coomes, and Tom Stallard -- to receive the 2012 ALF Exemplary Leader Award at the organization's annual dinner on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the Sheraton Hotel (note that this is a new date since the previous announcement).  The event is presented by our friends at Nehemiah Corporation of America. 


Nancy Brodovsky (Class XIV) and Len McCandliss (Class III) will co-chair the celebration that supports the ALF Scholarship Fund.


Following ALF's Looking Back, Looking Forward 15th Year theme, the Exemplary Leader Award selection committee determined that for this anniversary year, the Exemplary Leader honor will recognize three exceptional people, representing different parts of the region but sharing a common history of trailblazing civic leadership.


The last 15 years have been witness to an amazing transformation in civic engagement.  The region's civic leaders are more diverse and connected across all sorts of boundaries and regional approaches are now the norm.  Our Exemplary Leader honorees are influential today but have been working in the community for years, and have been foundational in creating this transformation.


Please join us in celebrating these three exceptional people!  Stay tuned for more information about the event in the coming months.



Transitions on the ALF Board of Directors
 boardroomA big welcome to the new members; many thanks to those who've served their terms

The end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 ushers in a transition of board members whose terms have come to an end stepping aside for new members.

Please join us in welcoming the new directors joining the 2012 board:
  • Sonbol Aliabadi, Class XII, Executive Director, Sierra College Foundation
  • Michael Ault, Class XIV, Executive Director, Downtown Sacramento Partnership 
  • Nancy Brodovsky, Class XIV, Nonprofit Consultant 
  • Paul Curtis, Class XII, Director of Development, Food Bank of Yolo County 
  • Brian Dowd, Class XIV, Area Manager, Granite Construction 
  • Margaret Fortune, Class XII, President & CEO, Fortune School of Education 
  • Kathy McKim, Class XII, Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T 
  • Stella Premo, Class XIII, Director of Development, Sacramento State 
  • Shirlee Tully, Class IV, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, Sacramento Region Community Foundation

Leaving the board with much appreciation for their service to ALF are:
  • Julia Burrows, Class XII, Managing Partner, Valley Vision
  • Wendy Rae Hill, Class XIII, Sr. Legislative Assistant, California State Assembly 
  • William Ishmael, Class XII, Artist 
  • Laura Mason-Smith, Class III, Principal, Mason Smith Success Strategies 
  • Betty Masuoka, Class VI 
  • Kais Menoufy, President & CEO, Delegata 
  • Faith Whitmore, Class II, Executive Director, Francis House Center



The Fellowship Committee, charged with nurturing social links and bonds within the ALF network and chaired by Nancy Brodovsky, is reviewing the types and schedule of events provided to the ALF membership.  With the Exemplary Leader Awards Dinner moving to October, the Sr. Fellows' Retreat will move to early spring, with an added benefit of scheduling in away from other conflicts such as elections and other retreats scheduled by the Metro Chamber and Valley Vision.

Also, a new event, a Sr. Fellows' Taking Stock Retreat, is under consideration.  Based more on the curriculum presented in the current First Year Fellows' Program, this event will likely be in the summer months at a "luxury camping" location.  The committee wants your input on this idea.  Please take five minutes to complete a quick survey as mentioned in the chair's message above.

Community Leadership
The CLC, chaired by Scott Syphax, works to provide opportunities for ALF and its members to get directly involved in the Greater Sacramento region.  It plans the monthly partnered shows for KVIE's Studio Sacramento (Friday nights, 7:30 pm, KVIE Channel 6), explores partnerships with other organizations such as Valley Vision, SACOG, the Metro Chamber, and the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Have an idea for an ALF-partnered Studio Sacramento show?  We'd like to hear from you!
Garry Maisel chairs the ALF Development Committee as it develops partnerships with community organizations to helps provide financial stability for our chapter.  New members have joined recently and, with renewed vigor in the economy, the committee expects a successful 2012!

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 Return for 2012
No agenda, no topic, no facilitators -- this is a 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, are gearing up for their first gathering of the year.  Interested in joining? Email Scot at the ALF office to be added to the listserv. Enjoy a day on the links with other ALFers with the same passion.  And, of course, there is the 19th hole....

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. 

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!

Encore Fellows Program 
 Experienced professionals can impact the broader community through a Fellowship with a nonprofit

Encore logoALF-MVC is proud to be the program operator for Civic Venture's Encore Fellows Sac/Sierra Program.  The program matches highly experienced professionals with a paid Fellowship with nonprofit organizations where they can perform high impact work and help those organizations build capacity and grow strategically, ultimately making a significant impact on the broader community.

Since the Sac/Sierra Program launch in December, ALF has received inquiries from ten nonprofit organizations who want Fellows placed in their organizations. These nonprofits recognize the tremendous value that the Encore Program can bring to their organizations, whether its strategic growth or capacity building.

Along with our partner, the Nonprofit Resource Center, ALF is providing guidance and support to our nonprofit candidates to ensure a successful match as well as help potential Encore Fellows find meaningful, high-impact work to better our community. Our goal is to place 6-8 Fellows within this year, of which 2-3 will be placed within our rural areas.

Contact Karen Nelson, ALF's Encore Program Director, for more information.


A look at one of ALF's Community Partners

Western Health Advantage Since its inception nearly 15 years ago, Western Health Advantage has become a high-quality health plan for local business owners interested in providing affordable, responsive health coverage.

In keeping with its local mission, the company serves employers and individuals in Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, western El Dorado, and western Placer counties. We believe that "local" is a better way to do business. It ensures that our members enjoy responsive, local customer service, affordable coverage, excellent access to quality doctors and hospitals and unbeatable service.

Conveniently, that's our mission at Sacramento-based Western Health Advantage - To provide an affordable, high quality alternative to for-profit health insurance plans and national HMO's. We want to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors by expanding access to healthcare, which is why our charitable and community outreach efforts embrace the same goal.

Find out more at

Please Send in Your Sr. Fellows' Dues

checkbookConsider an additional gift to celebrate 15 years of ALF-MVC

Dues invoices went out this week along with your advance copy of the 2012 member directory, a benefit of your paid dues. 

Over the past fifteen years, our chapter has awarded nearly $1.1 million in scholarships for participants in our First Year Fellows Program, a program that costs us $12,500 per Fellow to provide. This commitment to our community supports the widest possible representation of diversity in our ever-expanding network. Scholarship funds are raised from the Exemplary Leader Awards Dinner and through Senior Fellows' gifts and contributions.

With dues at just $20/month, we hope all members will be able to participate in this level of support for ALF, but also ask you to consider giving more in celebration of 15 years of ALF in the Greater Sacramento region.

Checking In with ALFers on the Move

Here's a look at what some of your fellow Fellows are doing over the past several months...

Many thanks to ALF photographer and self-described "Chinese papara-Tse" Stephen Tse, Class VII, who has captured ALF members at various events:


Michael Ziegler received the Sacramentan of the Year award from the Metro Chamber of Commerce at their annual dinner in January.  Mike's organization, PRIDE Industries, recently partnered with Purple Communications™, Inc., a leading provider of innovative communications for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired, in an effort to improve the efficiencies of work for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals along with increasing the employment opportunities throughout the United States. The partnership creates additional PRIDE Industries employment opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in both public and private sector facilities maintenance contracts using Purple Communications technologies.  Separately, PRIDE Industries was selected by the Sacramento County Airport System to provide custodial services at Sacramento International Airport's new Terminal B. The contract began in October, 2011, creating 64 new local jobs, including jobs for people with disabilities.    



Jose Hermocillo has joined the boards of Valley Vision and the Capital Region Foundation.


The James Irving Foundation announced that Craig McNamara is one of five Californians to win this year's Leadership Award. This will provide the Center for Land-Based Learning with a significant grant that will help build capacity as well as launch their California Farm Academy, which is their new initiative to train beginning farmers. The official announcement and award will be made on February 13.

Doug Pringle
was one of the members of the West Point class of 1967 featured in a documentary produced on his class by CBS titled "Into Harms Way"  that has not yet been released. Doug is working on a project to help start a disabled sports movement in Vietnam. "What a great way to return to Vietnam and do something positive," he said.



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



Stephen Tse will be recognized with the Building Bridges Award from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.



President Obama appointed Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board in January.  After announcing her intent to step down as Dean of the McGeorge School of Law last spring, her successor will begin July 1st, but she plans to stay in the region, despite her required trips to DC to serve her new appointment.  The Metro Chamber also recognized Elizabeth as Businesswoman of the Year at their annual dinner in January.



Garry Maisel was recognized for Individual Leadership by the Sacramento Arts & Business Council in October.



In November, Civic Ventures recognized Gail Johnson Vaughan as a 2011 Purpose Prize fellow. Gail was recognized as a social entrepreneur over 60 who, in her encore career, is using her experience and passion to make an extraordinary impact on society's biggest challenges. The Purpose Prize program is the nation's only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of life. Gail was named a fellow because of her successful efforts to improve permanency outcomes for children growing up in California's child welfare system,  particularly her innovative fundamental budget reform methodology for funding specialized youth permanence services for foster youth age 11-18. 

Kathy Lemke Waste was elected to the Board of Directors of American Women Artists, a non profit organization headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  AWA is dedicated to the inspiration, encouragement and celebration of women in the visual fine arts.  She, along with other members of the group, will be exhibiting their work at the Arizona and Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson this coming fall through January, 2013.  Kathy is also profiled in January's issue of Southwest Art Magazine.


Ruth Blank is keeping exalted literary company these days, including the likes of Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic), Oprah book club favorite Wally Lamb (I Know This Much is True) and Hollywood badboy and author James Franco (Freaks and Geeks, Spiderman, 127 Hours).  Blank's short story, Tomato Season, along with contributions from these and other famous writers, appeared in the winter edition of the award-winning literary journal, Ploughshares.  When she isn't penning short fiction, Ruth serves as CEO of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. 



Paul Curtis joined the Food Bank of Yolo County as Director of Development in November.  His primary responsibility is fund development, but he also oversees the areas of communications, marketing, community relations, and volunteer coordination. The Food Bank of Yolo County provides food assistance to over 70 agencies and 20,000 residents of Yolo County monthly and has a strong focus on nutrition and fresh produce.

William Ishmael
was named 2011's Artist of the Year by the Sacramento Arts & Business Council at their October celebration event.

Max Villalobos helped Kaiser Permanente open the trauma center services at the Vacaville Medical Center in October.  The center's Level III status will allow Kaiser to accept and treat accident and violence victims, saving travel time and possibly lives. Previously, severely injured victims were airlifted to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek and UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.


Larry Lee's Sacramento Observer was inducted into the Metro Chamber's Business Hall of Fame at their January dinner.

Tina Reynolds
was recognized by the Metro Chamber of Commerce with the Al Geiger Memorial Award.


Roger Niello started his new job as President & CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce on January 1.  Class IX's Martha Clark Lofgren has been interim CEO since Matt Mahood, Class VIII, left the position for the same job at the San Jose Chamber.


Class XV Commencement Dinner
Friday, May 4
Celebrate with Class XV as they join the ranks of the Sr. Fellows

Class XVI Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 23
Welcome the new class as they begin their journey through the ALF program

ALF Exemplary Leader Awards Dinner

Wednesday, October 3
Presented by Nehemiah, join us in honoring Vicki Barber, Joe Coomes & Tom Stallard with the Exemplary Leader Award

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