ALF masthead
ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
January, 2013
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Chair's Message
Sr. Fellows' Regional Retreat
Committees Set Priorities
Join the Communications Committee
Class Steward Council Created
Encore Program Update
Class XVII Acceptances
ALFers on the Move/Checking In
ALF Network Use Policy
Save the Dates for ALF Events
Community Events
Like Us!
Quick Links
Community Partners

Two-Star Partners


Western Health Advantage

One-Star Partners

Gilbert Assoc

Kaiser block  

PG&E logo

2013 Directory
& Dues Notices

Keep your eyes on your mailbox for the 2013 dues invoices, on their way shortly!  We hope you are able to continue to support ALF by paying your dues and making a contribution to support our programs.

Also, please visit the ALF web site ( to make sure your contact information and photo are up-to-date -- the new ALF directory will be printed soon! 

2012 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
Matt Kelly, Class XI
Martha Lofgren, Class IX

Parnell Lovelace, Class XV
Garry Maisel, Class IX
Dennis Mangers, Class I
Patricia Marquez, Class XV
Kris Martin, Class II

Cyril Shah, Class XII
Tom Stallard, Class VII
Pam Stewart, Class VIII
Stephen Tse, Class VII

2012 ALF-MV  Boosters
ALF Boosters support ALF-MV with a gift of $600 or $50/month

Joe Coomes, Class III 
Lina Fat, Class III 
Susan Frazier, Class VI
Ed Glavis, Class VI
Larry Greene, Class XV
Jose Hermocillo, Class III

Bill Kennedy, Class IX
Ken Larson, Class V
Laura Mason-Smith, Class III
Randy Reynoso, Class V

Babs Sandeen, Class XII
Bev Scott, Class IX
Terry Street, Class XV
Gary Strong, Class XI

Fred Teichert, Class III
Carlos Urrutia, Class IX
Michele Wong, Class VIII

Upcoming Events

February 1, noon
Table of Eight: Woodland

March 3-4
Sr. Fellows' Winter Retreat
Napa River Inn

April 5
Class XVI Commencement Dinner

May 22, 5-7 pm
Class XVII Welcome Reception

July 28-30
Sr. Fellows' Taking Stock Retreat, Westerbeke Ranch
Dear ,

BonnieHappy New Year!

We're excited about the upcoming Sr. Fellows' Regional Retreat, open to all members of ALF-MVC, on March 3-4 at the Napa River Inn.  We've got a terrific agenda lined up to examine how change happens in the region and how you can "Bring the Outside In" by incorporating the experience of others to your own work or joining with initiatives currently in progress.  Please register to attend today!

Another exciting development in the works for 2013 is a proposal to develop what we're calling ALF-MVC Cohorts, which we conceive to be groups of 10-12 Senior Fellows spanning several classes who will participate in a year-long program together.  Cohorts will meet for a few hours a day, once a month, for one year at a time.  The purpose of the Senior Fellows Cohort Program is to:
  • Provide an opportunity to be connected with others who care deeply about pursuing a purpose-driven life and who share the ALF values and the experience of uniting, strengthening, and serving.
  • Set aside time and a supportive space for each participant's own reflection and authenticity.
  • Experience a safe and comfortable environment to be able to share challenges and opportunities and both give and receive supportive coaching and feedback.
  • Explore what each Fellow has learned through his/her life experiences and continue to grow and learn from one another.
  • Create a forum for ALF Senior Fellows to meaningfully connect with other Fellows beyond their individual classes.

Are you interested in joining a planning committee to further develop and implement the cohort program?  Please let us know you would like to join the committee. 


As always, we welcome you to get in touch if our staff or I can be of service to you.  We look forward to an exciting 2013 -- I hope to see you at one of our upcoming activities!
Bonnie's signature
Bonnie Ferreira


A New ALF-MVC Year

Gary Strong Gary Strong, Class XI

Ah yes, January - time to once again look forward to the hope of the new year.  A couple of years ago we moved the ALF-MVC fiscal year to coincide with the natural calendar, so it is a new year for ALF as well.  I'm particularly excited to begin my year as board chair for this fine organization.  It is gratifying to see that those former board chairs who came before me care enough to want to continue to lend their leadership to the chapter.  We've got Roy Brewer (IX) who volunteered to take the helm of the fund development committee, and Susan Frazier (VI) who is staying on board as the chair of the fellowship committee.  It is great to have them in those roles, and close by for advice and support.

In last month's edition, Susan mentioned our new board members who will be terrific.  Ed Phillips (V) has the distinction of being one of the founding board members of our chapter and has also provided leadership on the national level of ALF.  Our latest addition, Gary Orr (VIII) joins a rich list of past board members from that class, and Becky Johnson (XV) has already hit the ground running with her outstanding contributions to our strategy day back in November.

I knew this was going to be an exciting year in the M-V-C, as we move into our second year of both the Encore Fellows Program and the Sr. Fellows Taking Stock Retreat (July 28-30); plus Scott Syphax (VIII) and David Lowe (XIII) continue to showcase our members (and others) on Studio Sacramento.  But during our strategy day, the board identified a host of other ways that we can continue to unite, strengthen, and serve.  You'll hear more about these as the year goes by.

Here's to a great year in 2013!


 <<back to top>> 


SrFellowsRetreatRegister TODAY:
ALF Sr. Fellows' Regional Retreat is March 3-4, 2013

Make your hotel room reservation by February 3rd!

napa river innALF returns to the Napa River Inn for the traditional Sr. Fellows' Retreat, now in its new late winter/early spring time slot, designed to remove conflicts of elections, holidays, and competing retreats of other organizations.

ALL members of ALF are invited to attend - Board, Sr. Fellows, and current class members.

Both the Fellowship and Community Leadership Committees are working jointly to develop the agenda to balance both the fun, social aspects you've come to expect with the insightful looks into the issues our region is facing. 

Full details are available at the online ticketing site.  Register for the retreat today, then call the Napa River Inn to make your room reservation at the ALF discounted rate of $199: Call Karen Kaminski at 707-251-8550 ext 1.



 <<back to top>> 


Committees Set Priorities for the New Year
Fellowship Committee 

Susan Frazier The Fellowship Committee, chaired by Class VI's Susan Frazier, met to kick off the year with an overview of current activities and an eye to what more can be done to foster and maintain connections between the members of ALF-MVC. We developed a frame to look at activities to:
  • Connect in a meaningful way
  • Connect to network
  • Connect for fun
  • Offer Personal Development
The existing activities were arranged in these categories with three events crossing boundaries - the Exemplary Leader Award Dinner, the class commencement dinner, and the new class welcome. Then the committee brainstormed ideas for each of the above categories. The new ideas to explore are highlighted in the diagram in bold.
fellowship com graphicThe brainstorming yielded many potential new activities for the year, which you'll be hearing more about as they are developed.  In the meantime, we invite you to join the committee to help us plan (we meet every third Thursday at noon).

AND, be sure to get the summer Taking Stock Retreat on your calendar for July 28-30 at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma.  Where the traditional fall retreat has been recast as an early spring regional issues retreat, the Taking Stock Retreat focuses more on the inner self and how we individuals find change within to affect the change around us.  More info will follow.

Community Leadership Committee
Scott Syphax As the lead planners of the Sr. Fellows' Regional Retreat this March 3-4 in Napa, the committee, chaired by Scott Syphax (VIII), has spent the past few months developing an enticing agenda to take a look at change and how it happens, particularly by looking at several regional issues and identifying tipping points, challenges, and successes and how they might apply to other initiatives in which our Fellows are involved.

The committee continues to develop content for the once-a-month collaboration with KVIE and Scott Syphax for Studio Sacramento.  Do you have a topic suggestion?  Email the ALF office to let us know.

Would you like to help us model civil discourse around the topic of gun control and rights?  The committee would like to find three ALFers to have a civil, intelligent conversation with Scott on Studio Sacramento.  No expertise needed, just the ability to listen and reflect, ALF-style.  Email Scot at the ALF office if interested in participating.

Other new ideas are bubbling to the surface to further engage the ALF Fellows in the activities of the region, with potential forums and new leader welcome receptions on the horizon.  Stay tuned for a busy 2013!



 <<back to top>> 


Join the Communications Committee!

Help ALF Communicate to its member and the region

Please consider joining the ALF Communications Committee, a new group born from the board of directors' strategic planning retreat last November.

The committee will develop a strategy to better communicate the activities of the chapter and its members both within its membership and to the greater regional leadership.  If you are skilled in message development and the use of social media tools - we need you!

Email Scot in the office -- the first meeting will be in February.



 <<back to top>> 


New Way to Deepen Connections: Class Steward CouncilClassSteward

ALF Board creates council to help connect ALFers to the activities of the organization

connect As the membership of ALF continues to grow and as each new class pushes a previous class further away from their time together, the Board of Directors has identified increased communication as an important tool to keep members connected.

In response, the board has created the Class Steward Council, a committee of representatives from each class committed to keeping their classmates up-to-date with the activities of the chapter and encouraging engagement.  Stewards will serve a one year term and meet 3-4 times a year. 

The following Fellows have volunteered to be this year's inaugural council, with openings still available for some classes:
  • Class I: open
  • Class II: open
  • Class III: Burda Gilbert (with Sam Oki)
  • Class IV: Shirlee Tully
  • Class V: Ed Phillips & Griselda Barajas
  • Class VI: open
  • Class VII: Tom Stallard
  • Class VIII: Pam Stewart
  • Class IX: Garry Maisel
  • Class X: open
  • Class XI: open
  • Class XII: open
  • Class XIII: Stella Premo
  • Class XIV: open
  • Class XV: open
  • Class XVI: Mery Santos 
This is a great opportunity to support your classmates and work with members of other classes for the mutual benefit of the Sr. Fellows network and individual members.

If you'd like to join the council, please contact Scot in the ALF office to get on the listserv for announcements.



 <<back to top>> 


Encore Fellowship Program Has
Seven More to Match

The Encore Program leverages the experience of executives to improve local nonprofits

The Encore Fellows Program kicks off 2013 with seven new Encore candidates already scheduled to be matched with nonprofits. One of the seven candidates have found a match with Blake Young's (Class XVI) Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and is due to start in February. The Encore Fellow will be tasked with expanding the capacity of their Adult Education program by creating new technology workshops as well as developing a training curriculum. We are truly grateful for the continued support of our program sponsors: The Morgan Family Foundation, Intel, HP and Agilent.

Recruitment for 2013 Encore Fellows Program is underway. If you are interested in becoming a Work Host or an Encore Fellow, please visit our website ( to apply, or for questions about the program, please contact Karen at the ALF office,


Class XVII Invitees Begin to Confirm
Participants begin their class year in May, 2013 

class XVII logoAfter sifting through the nearly 300 nominations, Class XVII will be another stellar group of diverse, regional leaders, thanks to everyone who nominated and participated in the selection process chaired this year by Babs Sandeen, Class XII.

Three more leaders have recently decided to joined Class XVII:
  • Lorcan Barnes, President, Christian Brothers High School
  • Julie Hirota, CEO, Blue Line Gallery
  • Aldo Pineschi, Consultant
They join the following Class XVII members previously announced:
  • Naaz Alikhan, Principal, Williams + Paddon Architects
  • Terry Harvego, Owner, Firehouse Restaurant
  • Vikram Janardhan, CEO, Insera Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Tony Lopez, Vice President of Operations, PRIDE Industries
  • Jeremy Meyers, Deputy Superintendent, El Dorado County Office of Education
  • Scott Shapiro, Partner, Downey Brand
Keep an eye out in future newsletters for more confirmations as they come in, and, if you run across any of our new class members, make sure to give them a big ALF welcome!

If you have ideas for potential ALF Fellows, nominations are accepted year-round through the nomination form on the ALF web site.  Nominations are kept in the database for up to three years.

ALFers on the Move/Checking In

Keeping up with the activities of ALF members.  Have news to share? Email  

Class II
Faith Whitmore has taken a new job as new Congressmember Ami Bera's (Class VII) District Director. 

Mike Ziegler's
PRIDE Industries' PRIDECleanŽ retail products are now available to consumers at five local Walmart locations.  Walmart will feature the products in its Marysville, Roseville, Antelope, Citrus Heights and Yuba City locations as a five-store pilot program, with plans for expanded distribution, locally and nationally, pending successful product sales.  Each purchase of PRIDEClean products contributes to important social good. PRIDEClean products are packaged and labeled by people with disabilities at PRIDE Industries, creating jobs for people most often excluded from employment.

Class III 
Jose Hermocillo was elected to serve as Board chair of Sierra Health Foundation for 2013-2014.

Sergei Shkurkin has changed the name of the consulting company he has operated since 1994, from Sergei Shkurkin and Associates, LLC, to True Management Services, LLC.  According to Sergei, "a lot of what we have done over the years is help organizations get an accurate perspective on their operations and prospects, so I thought that our name could reflect that." For the last 18 years the consultancy has provided a wide range of services to clients in our region and around the world, including fund and organizational development for non-profits, assistance with entry into emerging markets, and development of training curriculum in these areas. In 2013, True Management Services, LLC will focus on opportunities in our region; supporting non-profits in the role they will play in health insurance enrollment, and continue to develop strategies to help organizations of all kinds meet their goals for growth and profitability.

Class V 
Vicki Barber will retire at the end of June, after 30 years with the El Dorado County Office of Education.  She has been elected to five terms as El Dorado County superintendent of schools - starting in 1994. She began working at the county Office of Education in July 1983 as the director of special education, promoted to assistant superintendent in 1984 and became deputy superintendent in 1990.  



Class VII 
Miss China Stephen Tse says he "finally followed the advice that, 'If you have the ability to see beauty all the time, you never grow old.'"  So, with his son, Tony, went to the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas on December 19th, to "see beauties from around the world. Tony and I had a fantastic time, participating as one of the 50 cheerleaders of 'Miss China Cheering Squad' for Diana JiDan Xu." Diana won the National Costume Competition. Stephen has a picture or two (maybe more), if you're interested.

Class VIII
The city of Lincoln, City Council members, and the public bid a fond farewell to Councilman Tom Cosgrove during the Dec. 11 council meeting.  Tom, who served on the council 18 years and was mayor four times, decided not to run for re-election this year.  Read more.

Class IX
Bev Scott has left the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) and will lead the nation's fifth-largest transit system and its oldest subway at Massachusetts Bay (Boston area) Transportation Authority.  She'll preside over the campaign to reinvest in the widely used, but financially strained agency.  The Boston Globe reports that she was aggressively courted by state officials, and is the first woman and the second African-American leader of the T, arriving at a time of record ridership, as well as financial uncertainty.

Class XI
Claire Pomeroy, who leads the UC Davis Health System, will take a new job as president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, a New York nonprofit that supports medical research.  Claire had previously announced her departure from UCDHS by this coming June. 

Class XIV
The community is invites to celebrate Chief Rick Braziel's retirement from the Sacramento Police Department on Feb. 1st at the Sacramento Convention Center.  Tickets are available here:

Class XV
Becky Johnson is branching out beyond her role of heading up public affairs nationally for Siemens Rail Systems. She's now also working for Siemens Building Technologies to help building owners modernize equipment with little or no capital outlay. She's putting Sacramento in the national spotlight by speaking on a panel at the US Conference of Mayors in Washington, DC earlier this month. Her two fellow panelists were US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FCC Chairman Julius Genochowski.



Metro Chamber Recognizes ALFers
The Chamber is recognizing several members of ALF for their achievements in business and involvement in the regional business community.  Awards will be presented at their annual dinner on February 8th:
  • Al Geiger Memorial Award - Scott Syphax (VIII), Nehemiah Corporation of America
  • Small Business of the Year - Chris Johnson's (XVI) The Johnson Group,
  • Centennial Business Hall of Fame - Wells Fargo Bank, work home of Gary Orr (VIII) and Randy Reynoso (V)
  • Business Hall of Fame - KVIE Public Television, lead by David Lowe (XIII); and Nugget Markets, Kate Stille's (XV) company
  • Volunteer of the Year - Stan Van Vleck (XIII), Van Vleck Ranch/DiMare, Van Vleck and Brown, LLC; Downey Brand, LLP

ALF Network Use Policy

Balancing member services and ALF communications

network As our chapter has grown, so has the need to communicate between members.  In the early days of email and the internet, that communication was primarily a function supported by the small cadre of Sr. Fellows at that time.  Now, with sixteen classes and approaching 400 Sr. Fellows, the ALF Board has rewritten the policy for the use of the ALF electronic network.  The policy attempts to strike a balance between keeping our members informed of conversations and events in the community and official ALF business.  In essence, the ALF listserv is reserved for ALF business, while members can submit their activities for listing in this newsletter and can post on our Facebook page.  Please review this policy, which can be found on the ALF web site.


calendarTable of Eight: Woodland
Friday, February 1, Noon 
Tom Stallard invites you to join him and seven other ALFers for lunch at Aria Mediterranean Bistro in Woodland.  RSVP

ALF Sr. Fellows' Regional Retreat
Sunday, March 3 - Monday, March 4
We return the the Napa River Inn for a mixture of fun and taking a look at the important issues our region faces.
Register for the Retreat
Reserve your hotel room ($199): Karen Kaminski, 707-251-8550 ext 1.

Class XVI Commencement Dinner
Friday, April 5
Celebrate with the class as they join the Sr. Fellows network upon the completion of the First-Year Fellows program.

Class XVII Welcome Reception
Wednesday, May 22
Welcome the new class at a reception in their honor.

Sr. Fellows Taking Stock Retreat 
July 28-30 
Join together at Westerbeke Lodge in Sonoma for a few days of ALF contemplation and reflection in a beautiful outdoor setting.


Community Events
Submit your community events to for listing here in future newsletter editions.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala
Friday, February 1, 5-9 pm
Sacramento State University Ballroom
Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference
Saturday, April 13, 9 am - 4 pm
UC Davis, Freeborn Hall 
The 13th annual conference, presented by the Hispanic Empowerment Association of Roseville, offers 40 career educational pathway workshops, live entertainment, and recruiters from Sac State, UC Davis, and private schools.  Contact Class X's Rene Aguilera 916-532-5998,

Go Red for Women Luncheon
Friday, May 3, Noon
Red Lion Woodlake Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel)
Join several ALFers in the 2013 American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign to increase awareness of heart disease, the leading cause of death for women. Those serving on the Go Red Executive Leadership Committee include Garry Maisel (IX), Kathy McKim (XII), Kate Stille (XIV), Nancy Brodovsky (XIV), Chris Delfino (XIV), and Becky Johnson (XV).  The Committee is seeking support for this event. Please contact one of them of go here for details.