Leadership Long Beach Hosts Annual Community Welcome Reception

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Leadership Long Beach (LLB) will introduce its 28th Institute class (adult principled leadership training program) during its annual Community Welcome Reception on Monday, August 29 from 5:30-7:00p.m. at Rancho Los Alamitos, 6400 Bixby Hill Road, near CSULB at Atherton and Palo Verde. Local government officials, community and business leaders from the vast LLB alumni network will be on hand to connect with the organization as it communicates its plans in serving Long Beach for the upcoming year.

The Community Welcome Reception kicks off the program year for Leadership Long Beach, which throughout the year will inform, activate and connect the Institute program class to the Long Beach community. The organization will also continue to engage its alumni toward the betterment of the community through events and service activities.

The Class of 2017 will be the 28th Institute class of Leadership Long Beach and will add principled leaders to the community through the interactive, experiential training and education provided in the year-long program. The Institute is a civic engagement program designed to develop community leaders by increasing their knowledge of the Long Beach community and creating networks of individuals who can help each other solve community challenges.

“We are very excited about this year’s class,” says new Leadership Long Beach Board President Julie Larkins. “This group once again represents emerging leaders from every corner and sector of our community and we welcome their enthusiasm to join our 1000+ alumni from the past 27 years who continue to work together to make Long Beach the best it can be.”

Throughout the 10-month program, class members attend monthly day-long sessions, learning about various aspects of the Long Beach community and focusing on leadership principles and values. Each class concludes their year by completing service projects which demonstrate their understanding of community issues and benefit Long Beach. Since its inception, LLB class have completed over 125 community service projects, many of them still enhancing the city following their class.

Leadership Long Beach Institute Class of 2017

Kenny Allen, Evolve Theater

Jason Bennett, Farmers & Merchants Bank

Kathleen Boyd, Erman Retirement Advisory

Nathaniel Brown, Brown McClain Law

Marco Cabibbo, P2S Engineering

Teresa Chandler, City of Long Beach, Department of Health & Human Services

Kymberly Cloughesy, Molina Healthcare

Joy Contreras, Community Volunteer

Helen Dosta, Habitat for Humanity, Los Angeles

Farrah Farhang, City of Long Beach, Technology and Innovation

Amanda Garcia, Reliable Energy

Lindsey Gervacio, Families in Good Health

Mario Gonzalez, Port of Long Beach

Martha Gonzalez, Long Beach Memorial

Frank Gutierrez, Long Beach Unified School District

Katherine Larson, Keller Williams Pacific Estates

Elena Larssen, First Congregational Church of Long Beach, UCC

Jeff Liberman, Long Beach Police Department

Kevin Lutke, The Boeing Company

Elizabeth McCann, Long Beach City College Foundation / Junior League of Long Beach

Brenda McDowell, Community Volunteer

Nicole Meek, Aquarium of the Pacific

Abigail Mejia, City of Long Beach, Office of the Mayor

Tamekia Mosley, PHASSE2 Consulting

Nima Novin, Ernst & Young

Tess Parkhouse, Long Beach Fire Department

Robert Pfingstorm, City of Long Beach, Civil Service Department

Antonella Schaub, City of Long Beach, 3rd Council District office

Drew Schneider, Long Beach Airport

Sayon Syprasoeth, United Cambodian Community

Erin Wilson, Precious Lamb Preschool

Shawna Wright, KRA Corporation

Susan Wyant, Team Pennywise

Guests can RSVP for the reception at https://2016llbcommunityreception.eventbrite.com. For more information about the Community Welcome Reception, contact Oscar Cosby at 562-997-9194 or o.cosby@leadershiplb.org.

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