Twenty-four students graduated Thursday night from Leadership Snohomish County, a training program aimed at producing leaders to tackle community issues and problems.
During seven months of classes, the group toured agencies in the county to learn about problems and needs, and also teamed up to help four community agencies.
"It’s a wonderful program," said Louise Stanton-Masten, president and CEO of the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce. "I think what it does is provide a great group of individuals who have a demonstrated commitment to service in Snohomish County with information and tools to help them continue down that path."
The chamber is among the partners in the program, along with the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Snohomish County.
This year, the group’s projects included helping the Center for Career Alternatives develop a program to match youths with mentors to explore various careers; securing sponsors to provide 1,000 pairs of shoes to Clothes for Kids; working with the Single Women’s Coalition to develop a directory of services for single homeless women; and working with LEAD on America to educate youths about the dangers of methamphetamine through a Web site and links to community resources and anti-drug groups.
The new community leaders were honored during a reception and graduation ceremonies held Thursday night at the Boeing Co.
New graduates include:
Juli Boyington, Everett Community College; Marie Bradford, The Everett Clinic; Michele Bye, Frontier Bank; Pat Copeland, Edmonds Community College; Lisa Dominski, the Boeing Co.; Carol Frye, United Way Snohomish County; Marc Geordeadis, Merrill Lynch Financial; Kurt Hintze, the Boeing Co.; Leslie Hynes, Snohomish County Fire District 1; Carol Johnson, Camp Fire USA Snohomish County; Faith Lumsden, Snohomish County.
Randal Lyman, Randy’s Ring &Pinion; Stefan McIntosh, Luminous; Dennis Mochon, Community Transit; Anita Morris, Everett Police Department; Terri Murakami, Snohomish County PUD; Mari Acob-Nash, Edmonds Community College; Mike Neumeister, Boys &Girls Clubs of Snohomish County; Lisa Nielsen, the Boeing Co.
Joan Rovenseifner, The Little Red School House; Tim Serban, Providence Everett Medical Center; Pamela Seines, Group Health Cooperative; Pam Sipos, YMCA of Snohomish County; and Claudia Overton Underhill, Everett Community College.