Leadership Long Beach to Kick Off Program Year With Welcome Reception Celebrating its 27th Institute Class • Long Beach Post

It’s happening again: the 27th Institute Class of Leadership Long Beach will be presented at the locally renowned organization’s annual Community Welcome Reception on Monday, August 31 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM at Rancho Los Alamitos, Leadership Long Beach (LLB) announced last week.

Per usual, a mix of local government officials, community and business leaders and LLB alumni will be on hand to celebrate its newest graduating class. The meeting is the kickoff of this year’s LLB program, where the organization will incorporate its alumni into the community through events and leadership development courses designed to have leaders help solve community problems and make a positive impact. 

“We are extremely pleased to introduce the Institute Class of 2016 as well as announce our plans for Leadership Long Beach in the upcoming year,” said LLB Board President Veronica Davalos in a statement. “We met with many fantastic candidates for this year’s class and after making some very difficult decisions, ultimately decided to admit 32 local leaders into the program. Leadership Long Beach is thankful that there is such great interest in our principled leadership programs, and we hope that the others who applied will return again next year. We are sure that this new crop of leaders will help extend our reach in order to better serve our diverse community.”

LLB consists of a 10-month program that includes class members representing diverse segments of the community, where they attend day-long classes and learn about leadership values in the context of helping the Long Beach community. Upon graduating from the program, the graduating class completes service projects that demonstrate their understanding of the community, according to an LLB release. 

A total of 125 community service projects have been completed by LLB class alumni, and in 2011, LLB graduated its 1,000th participant from its three principled leadership programs. 

The Leadership Long Beach Institute Class of 2016 Includes: 

Adam Anderson, Kingdom Causes

Daysha Austin, California State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, District 59

Andrea Cairella, True Potential Counseling

Rene Canedo, PS2 Engineering

Alma Castro, City of Long Beach, Innovation Team

Martha Cota, Latinos in Action

Francisco Davila, City of Long Beach, Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez office

Joel Davis, Long Beach City Fire Department

Camille Donnell, First5LA

Emily Duval Ledger, Recreation Fitness

Debra Fixen, Shoreline Village Enterprises

Lionel Gonzalez, LBUSD Male Academy Leadership

Christina Gullickson, Press-Telegram/Los Angeles News Group

Marcus Hobbs, Personal Trainer

Danita Humphrey, Sentinel Offenders Services, LLC

Tasha Hunter, self-employed

Jason Lehman, Long Beach Police Department / WYSM

Marcos Lopez, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

Daniel O’Leary, The Boeing Company

Christine Petit, Building Healthy Communities

Teila Robertson, Long Beach City College

Luis Santana, Port of Long Beach

Susana Sngiem, United Cambodian Community

Sarah Soriano, Young Horizons

Andrea Sulsona, YMCA of Greater Long Beach

Misipouena Tagaloa, Molina Healthcare

Tracey Thorpe Wilson, Coldwell Banker

Megan Traver, Long Beach Unified School District

Jennifer Valko, Fostering a Change

Tyler Wawrzynski, Long Beach Fire Department

Sandy Wedgeworth, City of Long Beach, Department of Health & Human Services

Dina Zapalski, Long Beach Police Department

For more information about the Community Welcome Reception, contact Oscar Cosby at 562.997.9194 [email protected]

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