Leadership Program celebrates 22 graduates | SierraSun.com

Leadership Program celebrates 22 graduates

Courtesy photoThe 2012 North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership class graduated 22 future community advocates in May.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program has completed its ninth year. The final day and graduation celebration was held on May 31 at the North Tahoe Event Center. The North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program creates an opportunity for potential leaders to broaden their understanding of the region and its issues, challenges and opportunities, while honing and developing their leadership skills. Since 2004, the program has graduated almost 200 individuals.As part of the five-month program, participants work on action plans designed to improve or enhance some aspect of community life. These Action Plans are intended to provide the framework to allow for real-world changes in the community. Through interviews, surveys and research, teams developed a program rationale (why is the program necessary), a needs assessment, proposed budget, timeline, community collaborations and promotional packet. The results of these projects were presented during the final day program and included topics on: Professional Housing Solutions (PH Solutions); Lake Tahoe Food Hub; Tame the Flame (Home Fire Safety); The Tahoe Mind (Mentoring resources for entrepreneurs); and Professionals of Truckee-Tahoe (Professional Network). Topics this year were all introduced and selected by the class participants.Sponsors and location hosts in 2012 included the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Sierra Sun Newspapers, Truckee Rotary Club, North Tahoe Event Center (NTPUD), Cedar House Sport Hotel and Stella, Parasol Community Foundation, Town of Truckee and Sierra Nevada College.Scholarships were funded by the Leadership Alumni Group, Rotary Club of Tahoe City, Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe, Sustainable Community Advocates, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and Vail Resorts Echo Foundation Program. Information about the program, sponsorships, scholarship support and applications for the 2013 program can be found on http://www.TahoeTruckeeLeadership.com or by emailing cheri@tahoetruckeeleadship.com.About the Leadership ProgramThe North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program is a collaborative project of the North Tahoe Business Association, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Sierra Nevada College, a private four-year educational institution with campuses in Incline Village and Las Vegas. The five-month program begins in January and ends in May.2012 Graduating ClassBrad Altman andamp;#8212; Sagan Design GroupSean Barclay andamp;#8212; Tahoe City Public Utility DistrictMark Begin andamp;#8212; North Tahoe Public Utility DistrictAmanda Birchenough andamp;#8212; Tahoe Donner AssociationNathan Chorey andamp;#8212; Auerbach EngineeringScott Crawford andamp;#8212; Wells Fargo BankLindsay Downing andamp;#8212; Integrated Environmental Restoration ServicesLaura Kurtz andamp;#8212; Pacific Crest Grill/Bar of AmericaAllison Eybel andamp;#8212; Parasol Tahoe Community FoundationMichael Lavallee andamp;#8212; Town of TruckeeKristen Lew andamp;#8212; Sugar Bowl AcademyRachel Lyons andamp;#8212; Granite Peak ManagementScott Peterson andamp;#8212; Linthicum CorporationJavier Rodriquez andamp;#8212; North Lake Tahoe Historical SocietyPaul Sandhofner andamp;#8212; North Tahoe Public Utility DistrictBen Saviello andamp;#8212; Ski ButlersCassandra Sharpe andamp;#8212; Northstar CaliforniaSusie Sutphin andamp;#8212; Slow Food Lake TahoePaul Thibodeau andamp;#8212; Sierra Nevada CollegeChristin Wilcox andamp;#8212; Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake TahoeShawn Williams andamp;#8212; Domus Management CompanyRose Wolterbeek andamp;#8212; Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

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