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ALF Mountain Valley Chapter
Winter 2014/15
In This Issue
2015 Cohort Program
Bridging Leadership
ALF Survey
Gold Lake Retreat
ALF Out & About
ALF All Access
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Community Partners

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

ALF Board and Committee meetings:

ALF CLC meeting
January 27, 10-11:30 am
ALF-MVC office

ALF Board of Directors mtg
January 28, 3:00-5:00 pm
ALF-MVC office

ALF Fellowship Comm mtg
January 29, 3:00-4:30 pm
ALF-MVC office 

Dear ,


The holidays are here and I hope you have the opportunity to fully enjoy the season with friends and family. Looking back on the past year it has been my pleasure helping lead such a wonderful organization as its Board Chair. Over the course of 2014 we have featured a number of ALFers on Studio Sacramento, graduated Class XVII and welcomed Class XVIII, started the Class Stewards Program, and had a blast at the Exemplary Leaders Dinner. Through the above mentioned programs and more we have upheld our core values and our mission to UNITE, STRENGTHEN, and SERVE. We now have over 400 ALF Fellows who represent the diversity of our region, ethnically, geographically, by sector and so on. Furthermore, we have diversified our revenue stream by developing a new way to engage Fellows and carry on meaningful dialogue through the Cohort Program.


The Cohort Program, launched in February of this year, was and is a big success. The inaugural year allowed participants to reconnect, spend time on their personal development, and learn about cutting edge theories and social constructs. Facilitators Kevin McCarthy and Susan Frazier, Class VI along with Stella Premo, Class XIII, and ALF staff reflected on the year and developed an even more robust program for 2015.  


The 2015 Cohort Program will be a great opportunity to experience something similar to your first-year program with fellows from different classes. Participants will have the opportunity to connect, design, learn, and experiment through different exercises. As Joe Barr, Class XVII, put it, "What's great about the cohort program is that I got to continue learning and growing in that special "ALF space." I looked forward to those days when we'd get together and I could leave the pressures of daily life behind for a few hours. Just as important, I connected with many people from other classes, forging new friendships and (re)discovering just how special ALF really is." I hope you will sign up here to experience this amazing program.


Finally, I have thoroughly appreciated working with the ALF-MVC Board, our CEO Bonnie Ferreira, and our two newest staff members - Karen Nelson, who returned in July, and Chris Aguirre, and look forward to continued success. I am also extremely pleased to welcome Scott Syphax, Class VIII, as the incoming Board Chair for 2015.



Wishing you a Happy Holiday and Prosperous New Year!



Babs Sandeen 

2014 ALF-MVC Board Chair

Bridging Leadership


ALF-MVC is truly fortunate to work with leaders committed to improving our region in a myriad of ways. One such way is by cultivating younger talent that will develop our economy and champion projects to improve it. Metro EDGE does just that by raising the profile of young, local talent with the support of the Metro Chamber Board of Directors. Two directors in particular have just been honored by Metro EDGE for their work to support a thriving community for young professionals to live, work, and play. On December 16th James Beckwith, Class XIII, and Gordon Fowler, Class XVII, were presented the first-ever BRIDGE AWARDS recognizing their vision to bridge leadership to the next generation. Congratulations to James and Gordon for their work to pay it forward.


Our ALF Chapter is excited to also support different approaches to bridge generational leadership in the upcoming year. Dialogue will take place with the intent to explore and identify ways to further engage young leaders and transitioning/retiring leaders. Randy Sater, Class X, and Gordon Fowler will be leading this effort via an ad hoc committee.


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ALF Survey
We obtained good data from the all ALF survey administered in the October/November timeframe

The survey was designed to capture "who we are," the impact of ALF-MVC, and the experience and engagement level of ALF Fellows. 

Data gathered from the survey was reported out and utilized at the November ALF-MVC Board Retreat. For a synopsis of the survey results click here

Gold Lake

Gold Lake Retreat

Immerse yourself in the Sierra Nevadas! ALF-MVC and ALF Great Valley have secured the Gold Lake Resort (deposit pending) from Thursday, August 27th - Sunday, August 30th 2015. 

The four-day, three night retreat will be a mix of self-reflection and learning facilitated by Kristen Jacobsen and Susan Frazier along with outdoor fun, breaking bread, campfires, and planting the seeds for greater dialogue. There are hiking trails, scenic picnic areas, and, of course, a pristine lake to enjoy. Secure your spot with a deposit now! 

ALF Out & About

A new multi-modal bridge which helps connect the north and south portions of the City of West Sacramento was named after Mike McGowan, Class IV. The Mike McGowan Bridge provides a safer route for cyclists and pedestrians while also sharing the passage with cars. Referring to the bridge, Mike stated, "It represents the spirit of West Sacramento. People come here to do the right thing for the community, not necessarily themselves." 


Scott Syphax, Class VIII, received the California Community College Distinguished Alumni Award during their annual convention November 20-22 in Rancho Mirage. Scott commented, "I'm so honored to have been chosen for this distinguished award and owe so much of who I am today to my experience at Cosumnes River College."


Michael Ziegler, Class II, President/CEO of PRIDE Industries and Jud Riggs, PRIDE Industries Board Member, recently completed a tour of select PRIDE's locations across the country. The tour provided an opportunity to meet with employees who provide facilities support services to military bases and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and those who keep a number of PRIDE's federal commissary sites well stocked. In a week's time, they met with 11 customers and nearly 1,500 employees. They returned completely inspired.

Michael Ziegler commented, "PRIDE is a purpose-driven company founded in the basement of a church. We exist to help people with disabilities have a job. The dignity and self-esteem attached to every paycheck is brought to life each time I visit with our awesome employees. The trip was an overwhelmingly way cool experience!"

Becky Johnson, Class XV, Sacramento Division Executive Manager of PG&E has been appointed to serve on the executive operating committee as the treasurer for InfraGard, a public-private partnership with the FBI focused on protecting critical infrastructure.

One of Michele McCormick's, Class XI, many amazing
photographs, "Rocky Terrain", has been accepted by the Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition. The competition, held every two years, was juried by Gregory Kondos.  More than 1,300 artwork submissions were received, and 75 were selected to be exhibited at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville.  The top five artworks, to be announced at the opening reception on January 17, will then be exhibited at the Crocker.

Wes Doak, ALF-MVC Founder, is working at Patrick James in the Pavilions Shopping Center Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during the holidays. Stop by and say hello. Possible discounts for ALFers!

Stella Premo, Class XIII, has been learning the ropes at her new gig with NextEd. She is excited to be part of the implementation team aligning high school pathway programs with economic development. Stella will also be interning with the 2015 cohort facilitation team. She teaches yoga at Zuda in Roseville on the weekends and will gladly help you with your adho mukha svanasana, a.k.a. down-dog. 


David Sobon, Class XVIII, was featured in a Comstock's article explaining David's knack for raising funds for an

array of organizations. David organized his first auction twenty years ago to help raise funds for his son's school. The event was a success and eventually he created David Sobon Auctions, which not only helps for-profits and nonprofits with auctions, but overall fundraising events. Read the article "Sold!" here


On December 9th Steve Ramirez, Class XVI, was selected as Chairman of the Board of Ronald McDonald Houses, Inc.
Steve will chair the board that oversees 344 Ronald McDonald Houses in 58 countries with over 5,000 employees, 305,000 volunteers, an
annual budget of $560,000,000, and global assets of $2,500,000,000.  Ronald McDonald Houses serve over 9,000,000 sick children and their families every year.

In 2015 Ronald McDonald Houses are adding houses in India, Vietnam, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago, Jordan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Dennis Mangers, Class I, was recently elected to be Chair of the Board of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and will serve a two year term in that capacity. He is also serving on the Mayor's Task Force studying the potential for a new Center for the Performing Arts in Sacramento. Earlier this year he became the first public, non-attorney in history to serve as the Chair of the Regulations, Admissions and Discipline Committee for the State Bar of California. The Committee provides oversight of the process in which errant attorneys are disciplined. He is also continuing as field faculty and mentor for the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program and recently spoke to Class 6 on the subject of Philanthropy. 


Looking for Encore Opportunities...


Are you a retired Sr. Fellow looking for an 'encore' career? Are you a nonprofit executive looking to integrate retirees into your organization? The Encore Felllows Program may be for you. As you may know, the Encore Program (aka Sac/Sierra Encore Fellows Program) matches highly experienced professionals with nonprofit organizations where they can perform high impact work and help those organizations build capacity, grow strategically, ultimately making a significant impact on the broader community. Since we started this program locally in 2012, we have matched over 20 Encore Fellows in our region - over 75% of those organizations, within our ALF network. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Karen Nelson at the ALF office.



ALF All Access - Sports & Entertainment

ALF welcomed our existing sports team organizations to the Verge

On December 3rd ALF hosted a reception, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, at the Verge Center for the Arts. The ALF All Access Receptions are an inside peek at relevant topics that impact our region. Guests heard about the status of the major sports teams and some exciting plans that each team has in store in the next year. Thank you to our speakers, Warren Smith, Class X (Sacramento Republic FC), Lial Jones, Class VI (the Crocker Art Museum), Ben Gumpert (Sacramento Kings) and Jeff Savage and Chip Maxson (Sacramento River Cats).

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