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ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
Fall 2014
In This Issue
Exemplary Leaders Dinner
ALF-MVC Facebook
New Team Member
ALF Out & About
Future ALFers
Career Opportunities
Community Partners

2014 ALF-MV
Star Club Members
2014 ALF-MV  Boosters
Upcoming Meetings

ALF Board and Committee meetings:

ALF Exec Comm meeting
October 22, 3:30-5:00 pm
ALF-MVC office

ALF CLC meeting
October 28, 10-11:30 am
ALF-MVC office


Dear ,


Fall is upon us and with it comes time to reflect on the year past and consider what the next year holds for us. As a network we, ALF-MVC, have continued traditions such as the Exemplary Leaders Dinner, engaged Sr. Fellows through the inaugural Cohort Program, and further diversified our group by welcoming in Class XVIII. ALF Fellows have played an instrumental role in shaping this year's success. Looking forward, we look to you, our Sr. Fellows, to provide us with your input and insight to help guide our future.


Look out for the ALF survey which we have thoughtfully created to capture the breadth and influence of our ALF Sr. Fellows. The data we intend to collect will quantify the collective impact you have made in our region. By gathering and then providing this data to you, we hope that you will be able to help us tell the story of how ALF Fellows continue to contribute and make meaningful strides in creating a vibrant community. Additionally we hope to hear how else we may be of service to you and our ever growing network. We truly hope that you will help us by completing this survey.



Please take a look below for some information about the 2014 Exemplary Leader Dinner, our Facebook status, our new team member, and more. 


As always, we welcome you to get in touch with our staff or myself if we can be of service to you.


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Bonnie Ferreira

2014 Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner
We had another wonderful event on September 10th as we honored Joe Genshlea, Kevin Johnson, and Susan Frazier. 

These individual embody the type of leadership necessary to accomplish great things in our communities. We are fortunate to have these wonderful leaders in our region who have worked tirelessly to create, change, advocate, mentor, and more. 

Many thanks go to co-chairs Mike Campbell (II) and Alice Perez (VI) who led this year's committee, along with support from David Sobon (XVIII) as auctioneer. This amazing event would not be the success it is without the support of our many ALF Fellows who support it. Thank you!

Do you know a leader deserving of this prestigious award in 2015?
Nominate him or her now! Go here for full details, criteria, and the online nomination form.
ALF-MVC Facebook

Social media, social leadership 

No, we do not use our Facebook page to post cat videos or cartoon captions of a martian talking to a fungo. What we do use it for is to connect with ALF Fellows and potential fellows, post pertinent information regarding the ALF-Mountain Valley Chapter, and share interesting news or stories that pertain to dialogue and leadership. We would like to invite you to do the same. Simply 'like' the ALF-MVC page and then invite your classmates to like us as well. See a post you enjoy, be sure to like, comment, and/or share it!


Like Us!
Chris Aguirre joins ALF-MVC staff

Chris joins the ALF team as Program & Membership Services Director

Chris, most recently, worked at UNICO Engineering where he managed public outreach efforts, as well as, other community based projects outside of engineering related work. Prior to UNICO, Chris spent seven years at Valley Vision.


Chris has led a variety of regional scale projects that included public outreach, facilitation, and research. He was also very involved in health care related projects, including the 2007, 2010, and 2013 Community Health Needs Assessments for the major health systems in the area. Additionally, Chris has coordinated a number of large-scale events that include the Valley Vision Legacy Feast and the 2013 and 2014 BIG Day of Giving events.   


Chris hold a Master's of Science in Community & Regional Development from UC Davis and a Bachelor's of Arts in Ethnic Studies from Sac State. He is a co-founder and past Board President of Alchemist CDC, a local non-profit that works to ensure food equity and support residents in creating vibrant, healthy communities. Chris is an avid mountain biker and bicycle builder. He resides in historic Folsom with his wife and two daughters.

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ALF Out & About
The KVIE Art Auction featured many wonderful works by a wide variety of artists. One such artist, Michele McCormick, Class XI, contributed one of her works called "Vineyards." This beautiful image sold for greater than retail value under enthusiastic bidding; the wine experts out there will notice that those are Petit Verdot vines. Check out more of Michele's work here.     

The American Women Artists 
named Kathy Lemke-Waste, Class X the Board President in August. The nonprofit is dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in visual fine arts. Read more about Kathy's involvement in the arts and her engagement of other ALF Fellows to advance the American Women Artists organization in this Sacramento Bee article.

Your utilities are in good hands with Class XV members! SMUD named Arlen Orchard as general manager and CEO in March, while Becky Johnson is just over a year into her role as the senior manager for the Sacramento Division (counties of Sacramento, Yolo, Colusa, and Solano) of PG&E!


The King Fire is now contained but not until it burned nearly 100,000 acres. Charlie Downs, Class XII had a close view of the fire from his home in Camino. Charlie shared the profound appreciation the people of El Dorado County expressed to all of the personnel who came to protect the lives and property of the community. Thank you to the nearly 8,000 firefighters and support crews for their hard work! 



David Hosley, Class VII, is working for the Center for Asian American Media as an executive producer on two documentaries - 

one about three generations of family farmers in the San Joaquin Valley and the other about Montagnard teenagers whose parents immigrated to North Carolina after the Vietnam War. He's also joined the board of the Sacramento Stanford Alumni Association chapter. Despite David's b

usy schedule he was still able to hit the links at El Macero with Marty Tuttle, Class VII  


Opening night for the finale show of The Temp! Join William Ishmael, Class XII, on November 6th at 1616 Del Paso Blvd. William's work will be up in The Temp until Thanksgiving. For more information and a sneak peak of "Simple Shapes, Sometimes Corroded" click here.

Dennis Mangers, Class I, was recently appointed as the first non- attorney public member in history to head the Regulation, Admissions and Discipline Committee of the California State Bar. He is currently serving his second term as a public appointee of the California State Senate to the Board of Trustees of the State Bar. On September 24th he was elected to become the next Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and will begin a two year term in January. He is currently serving on the Mayor's Task Force on the Performing Arts and the sustainability of the Arts.


The Placer Community Foundation established a scholarship program in honor of John G. and Lilian M. Walsh for students in the Auburn area who are pursuing a degree or certificate in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). This funding will help prepare local students for highly skilled advanced manufacturing jobs in our region. This effort to align philanthropic resources with economic development is supported by the Foundation's CEO, Veronica Blake, Class XIII, along with fellow ALFers Sonbol Aliabadi, Class XII, Ruth Burgess, Class V, Ken Larson, Class V, and Jim Williams, Class VIII.


Rick Fowler, Class III, is now Chief Operating Officer of Sacramento's second largest law firm, Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard. Rick started the job in July and will set the strategic direction for the firm in a time of big changes and challenges in the legal industry.


In September 2014, Julia Burrows, Class XII joined e.Republic, publisher of Governing and Government Technology Institute. Julia now leads e.Republic's Washington, D.C.-based Governing Institute. The three-year-old Institute focuses on improving state and local government performance and strengthening public sector innovation, leadership and citizen engagement. Besides directing the Governing Institute's research and advisory operations, Julia will continue to build out the Institute's Senior Fellows network of former government officials and help launch and sustain several initiatives with work based in both Folsom, CA and Washington, DC.

Future ALFers?

Welcome happy, little babies!

Jennifer Baker, Class XII, and Schuyler Wilcox entered parenthood on May 22 with Marceline Alexandra. 

On June 21st Michelle Brattmiller Smira, Class XIV, welcomed Ellis James to the Sacramento Region!

 Meanwhile, fellow Class XIV member, Seth  Merewitz and wife Tali welcomed their third child  Gaavriel Nissim.



Career Opportunities 

New positions for your view and consideration

Are you or someone you know looking for new employment options? Visit the links below to view positions. We will also create a page on the ALF-MVC website to post positions; if you have any announcements please email a brief description and link (if applicable) to Chris at

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