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Quarterly Newsletter of ALF-MVC
Summer 2015
In This Issue
Thank you 2015 BIG DoG Donors
New at ALF
Class XIX... And the Wilderness
All Access - Education & Healthcare
ELD Invitations Coming Soon
Cutting Edge Learning
Seating Class XX begins...
ALF In Action
Don't forget to...
Community Partners
2015 Star Club Members
2015 Boosters
Upcoming Events
 & Meetings:

ALF Board and Committee meetings:

ALF Nominations Committee 
September 9, 12:00 - 3:00pm
CPS HR Consulting Office

ALF Community Leadership Committee (CLC)
September 22, 10:00 - 11:30 am
ALF-MVC office

ALF Board of Directors
September 23, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
ALF-MVC office
September 25, 8:30am - 4:00pm
KVIE Public Television

All Access Reception - Education

September 30, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Capital Public Radio

All Access EXCLUSIVE - Conversation with the Congressman
October 19, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Capital Public Radio

All Access Reception - Healthcare
October 26, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The Firehouse Restaurant

November 10, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento

Dear  ,


Summer is usually a busy time... whether it's planning family vacations or running around with your children or grandchildren for their summer activities. It has been the same here at ALF.


We started off our summer by welcoming Class XIX in late May. In July, we began the nominations process to build Class XX! We visited all the counties we serve to achieve the most diverse nominations pool possible. And earlier this month, Stan and Nicole Van Vleck hosted our annual summer party in their gorgeous home. We have appreciated seeing all of our Fellows and Sr. Fellows in all of these activities and we loved your energy and continued engagement with ALF. With our 20th anniversary fast approaching, the best is yet to come!


Read on to see what we have in store for the next few months, including All Access Receptions and our annual Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner. AND check out our new revamped website!


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


Thank you,

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Bonnie Ferreira  


Thank you again to our 2015 BIG DoG Donors!

We almost QUADRUPLED the amount raised from last year... thanks to you!

We were one of the 529 participating nonprofit organizations in this year's Big Day of Giving. ALF received over $18k in donations and we wouldn't have gotten there without your support. Many thanks to our BIG DoG contributors:

Cecilia  Aguiar-Curry, Sonbol Aliabadi, Meg Arnold, Michael Ault, Merle Axelrad, Griselda Barajas, Joe Barr, Kelly Bennett-Wofford, Ruth Blank, Doni Blumenstock, Carol Borden, Kim Box, Nancy Brodovsky, Nancy Bui-Thompson, Donna Burke, Julia Burrows, Christopher Cabaldon, Michael Campbell, Joe Coomes, Lynne Cannady, Paul Curtis, Brian and Ginny  Dowd, Basim Elkarra, Carlene Ellis, Lina Fat, Bonnie Ferreira, Gordon Fowler, Susan Frazier, Michael Galane, Mario Gutierrez, Julie Hanson, Don Harris, Sam Hassoun, Carole Hayashino, Bob Herne, Rick Heron, Julie Hirota, Andrea Howard, Vikram Janardhan, B
Johnson, Vince Johnson, Gail Johnson Vaughan
, Lial Jones, Will Kempton, Mary Lou Lackey, Ken Larson, Paul Lau, Michael Lazar, Nancy Lee, Tony Lopez, Veronica and Kirk Lovejoy, David Lowe, Dennis Mangers, Martin Mariani, Patricia Marquez, Laura Mason-Smith, Len McCandliss, Elizabeth McClatchy, Kathy McKim, Keetha Mills, Jake Mossawir, Scott Myers, Michelle Odell, Gary Orr, Michelle Orrock, Debbie Oto-Kent, Ed Phillips, Aldo Pineschi, Stella Premo, Cassandra Pye, Kim Rhinehelder, Tina Roberts, Richard Robinson, Patricia Rodriguez, Kevin Ross, Vince Sales, Babs Sandeen, Mery Santos, Randy Sater, Angela Schrimp de la Vergne, Scott Shapiro, Genevieve Shiroma, Kevin Smith-Fagan, David Sobon, Tom and Meg Stallard, Pam Stewart, Kate Stille, Gary Strong Steven Stuck, Cass Sylvia, Scott Syphax, Renee Taylor, Teichert Foundation, Fred Teichert, Wendy Thomas, Tina Treis, Robin Trimble, Kirk Trost, Stephen Tse, Shirlee Tully, Marty Tuttle, Kara Ueda, Nita Vail, Rob Van Tuyle, Rob Waste, Barbara Webster-Hawkins, Kathleen Weis, Jim Williams, Shelly Willis, Barbara Winn, Michele Wong, Michael Ziegler

New at ALF...
Have you seen our new revamped look?

ALF has a new website. Check it out and let us know what you think. We will be actively posting community events, ALF photos, and Fellows' news. Please send us news, updates or community events, and we will post them for you on our social media platforms.

Also, there are two new voices in the ALF office. Brenda Anguiano, our intern and Cara Smith, who will be working with us on the Exemplary Leader Dinner, All Access Receptions and communications. 

Class XIX goes into the woods... 
Two weeks ago, Class XIX embarked on their trip to Gold Lake Beach Resort for their wilderness experience. If you see one of them out and about, welcome them back!

CLASS XIX Fellows:
Leticia Alejandrez, Director of Communications, The California Endowment
Lisa Baker, CEO, Yolo County Housing
Stephanie Bray, President & CEO, United Way CA Capital Region
Mac Clemmens, CEO, Digital Deployment
Michelle Coleman, Executive Director, Stand Up Placer
Torie EnglandPrincipal, Isador Cohen Elementary School 
Leilani Fratis, CEO, Placer SPCA 
Laiza Garcia, Political Action Committee Director, California Association of Realtors
Tia Gemmell, Owner, Riverview Media Photography
Kyle Glankler, Project Mgr, Rudolph & Sletten General & Engineering Contractors
Andrea Howard, Principal Planner, Parker Development Company
Patrick Hume, Councilmember, City of Elk Grove 
Sara Husby, Executive Director and Campaign Director, Tuleyome
Michael Marion, Associate Vice Provost, Drexel University
Stacy McAfee, Assoc Vice President for External Relations, University of the Pacific
Katie McCleary, Executive Director, 916 Ink
Frankie McDermott, Chief Generation and Grid Assets Officer, SMUD
Fredericka McGee, General Counsel & Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins
Carol RichardsonAssistant City Manager, City of West Sacramento
Sam Somers Jr.. Chief of Police, Sacramento Police Department
Rob Stewart, Producer, KVIE Public Television 
Jim Tabuchi, Executive Director, Sacramento Mandarins
Darrell Teat, Managing Director, Emerging Markets, The Nehemiah Companies
Donald Terry, Council Member, City of Rancho Cordova 
Cindy Tuttle, Mgr of Intergovernmental Relations, Yolo County Administrator's Office
Rick VitangcolAssistant Physician in Chief, The Permanente Medical Group

All Access Receptions in the fall!
ALF has three All Access Receptions in store for you in September and October. 

First, in September, ALF welcomes two new leaders in Education:
  • Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of Sacramento State University and 
  • Dr. Edward Bush, president of Cosumnes River College
The next is an EXCLUSIVE All Access event, open only to ALF Fellows and Sr. Fellows. On October 19, ALF presents Conversations with the Congressman - Everything you wanted to ask a Congressman - with our very own Ami Bera, Class VII.

A week later, on October 26, ALF hosts an All Access Reception to welcome healthcare leaders who have recently taken on significant roles in their organizations: 
  • Jeff Collins, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente Roseville; 
  • Sandy Sharon, senior vice president and area manager, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento; 
  • Jim McGrann, president and CEO, VSP Global; and 
  • Laurie Harting, chief of operations, Dignity Health Greater Sacramento.
We hope to see you at one or more of these upcoming events. Click on the following links to register:

Ready for our biggest event of the year?



Look out for your invitation in the mail in the upcoming weeks. We hope that you will be able to join us this year as we honor two exemplary leaders - Christopher Cabaldon and Kathy McKim! This year's dinner is on November 10, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento. 

To reserve your table now or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities contact Karen at   

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Will you be a part of Cutting Edge Learning?

Cutting Edge Learning with Kevin McCarthy

There are only two seminars left this year...Join your Fellow ALFers in one of this year's Cutting Edge Learning seminars! 

The second one in the series will be on September 25th at KVIE and will focus on evolving one's self in leadership. As a group, you will explore current research on fear, joy, and anger and how our propensity for each is not only pre-wired but also contagious. You will also explore the emotional and intellectual pathways that allow us to re-direct these patterns in service to building our capacity to learn and change. 

To register for one or both of the remaining seminars please click here.

Building a new class... Class XX

Thank you to all who participated in this year's Focus Groups.


This year's nominations committee is led by Pam Stewart and Ed Phillips. Our nominations committee has been hard at work to begin developing next year's ALF class - Class XX. We hosted six focus groups this year - Arts, El Dorado, LGBTQ, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo. From those discussions, we have almost 200 nominees in consideration. More to come in the next few months...     
ALF in action...
Get ready to celebrate! The Sacramento Region Community Foundation will host a benefit concert in honor of Dennis Mangers' 75th birthday (Class I). Thanks to the support of the California Musical Theatre, the concert will take place at the Wells Fargo Pavilion on October 5 at 7:00pm, and feature 18 of the hottest singers in the region, all of whom are donating their time for the cause. No admission fee is required, just an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to a fund established to provide financial assistance to young people seeking professional training in the performing arts. What's more, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation has generously provided a $10,000 match for this event in alignment with one of its strategic initiatives in the cultural economy sector.

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, Class III, was named the new 
executive director/CEO at the State Bar of California
where she will carry out the policies of the bar's board of trustees, as well as lead a senior management team responsible for a variety of programs, including admissions, discipline and regulation of 253,000 lawyers. Previously, Elizabeth served as the dean of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.
 Jim Cooper, Class VIII, was elected to the State Assembly representing the 9th district, which encompasses the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt and Lodi. He was named Assistant Majority Whip upon beginning his term and serves on a number of Assembly Committees. Prior to assuming office, Cooper retired as a Sheriff's Captain after more than 30 years with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and also spent 14 years with the Elk Grove City Council, serving as both Mayor and Councilman.
Matt Kelly, Class XI, instructor for Northern California Construction Training, continues his dedication to teaching the skills needed for careers in the construction industry. Through strong partnerships with the Sacramento County Office of Education and Sacramento County Probation Department, Kelly conducts training programs with young men at the Youth Detention Facility as well as with parolees and probationers. The program continues to achieve high graduation rates and has assisted many participants in obtaining employment in the construction industry.
Artist Merle Axelrad, Class XII, installed her first public art sculpture suspended in the lobby of a Los Angeles mental health clinic. Commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, "Butterfly Effect" features 10,000 monarch butterflies made from polyester and fiberglass, hanging from aluminum eucalyptus branches. The sculpture resembles a monarch cluster and was designed as a representation of change and to draw attention to the rapidly diminishing monarch population.
Babs Sandeen, Class XII, vice chancellor, resource development, for the Los Rios Community College District is co-chairing the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Conference on Community College Advancement in early October. The conference in Anaheim is expected to draw more than 450 attendees from across the country. In celebration of the district's 50th anniversary, Los Rios will also host its inaugural alumni and philanthropists awards gala on October 23 with
 honorees from each of the four Los Rios colleges.
A portrait of Donna Burke, Class XIV, taken
by Michelle McCormick, Class XI, was awarded third place at Blue Line Art's 2015 Membership Medley. The portrait was up against more than 150 pieces on display, including sculptures, paintings, photography, ceramics and drawings. 

Class XIV's Michelle Odell is this year's chair for the Sacramento Metro Chamber's Study Mission to Chicago from October 6 - October 9, 2015.

KVIE's Studio Sacramento featured Azizza Davis Goines, Class XV, CEO of the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, and past chair Michael Poindexter to discuss the organization, local community, and its Young Entrepreneurs Academy. Check out the full segment here!

Becky Johnson, Class XV, has a new role with PG&E, heading up a team of 2,000 people who are responsible for helping keep 134,000 miles of electric lines safe from outages and fires caused by vegetation throughout PG&E's 70,000 square mile service territory. She's already putting her new Drexel MBA to good use!

Joe Chinn, Class XVI, was appointed town manager for the 
city of Ross in Marin County after nearly 10 years as Rancho Cordova's assistant city manager. 

Under the expert direction of CEO Julie Hirota, Class XVII, Blue Line Arts in Roseville is picking up where Sacramento's Arts & Business Council (ABC) left off, taking over select programs after the council shut down. Blue Line Arts is a gallery in Roseville that also provides arts education for
children and adults. It will relaunch ABC's "Flywheel" program in 2016, which helps artists develop business skills, and also kick off a new program to develop public art for buses, in partnership with Regional Transit.
Rob Van Tuyle, Class XVII, became the new chief executive of BloodSource, the Sacramento-based blood bank. He represents BloodSource as a member of the board and executive committee member of Blood Centers of America, where he serves as chairman of the plasma committee.
Beginning in October, Jake Mossawir, Class XVIII, will take the reins as President/CEO of St. HOPE, a social enterprise founded in 1989 by Mayor Kevin Johnson. Jake will oversee St. HOPE's different divisions, which encompass the St. HOPE Development Company, St. HOPE Public Schools, St. HOPE Leadership Institute, the St. HOPE Endowment and St. HOPE Academy. These entities work in collaboration to help revitalize the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento through education, economic development, civic leadership and arts and culture programs.
Vince Sales, Class XVIII, VP of University Advancement at Sac State, joined the board of Gender Health Center. Gender Health Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the counseling needs of the greater Sacramento region and its most underserved populations, including the LGBTQI community with special focus on the transgender community.
David Sobon, Class XVIII, owner of David Sobon Auctions, was honored for his philanthropic efforts at the 2015 Sacramento Pride Awards. 

Ken Cooper, Class XVIII, former director of the Cosumnes River College Foundation in Sacramento, was named the new executive director of the Las Positas College Foundation.

Thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of Sara Dawn Husby, Class XIX, executive director and campaign director for Tuyelome, Berryessa Snow Mountain was named a National Monument by President Obama. The President selects National Monuments that help tell the story of significant events in American history and to protect unique cultural and natural resources for the benefit of all Americans. Berryessa Snow Mountain, a 331,000-acre array of rivers, rocks, mountains and diverse species, was one of just three new locations to receive the national distinction in July.
Tia Gemmell, Class XIX, owner and contributing photographer of Riverview Media Photography, received the Sacramento City Council District 4 Community Excellence Award by Councilmember Steve Hansen. The award was announced as part of the 2015 N Factor Awards, which recognize people who live or work in Natomas and give generously of their time, energy and resources to make the city a better place.
Darrell Teat, Class XIX, has been named president of the Nehemiah Corporation of America where he will drive efforts to expand the company's real estate development and community lending portfolio. Teat previously served as managing director of emerging and capital markets.