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New Director and 30 Grads for Leadership Mendocino

Friday, May 31, 2019

Surrounded by colleagues and family at the Solar Living Institute all 30 members of Leadership Mendocino Class XXVI received their diplomas. Each of the accomplished class members described their class project and shared recollections about their year.

The overriding theme was appreciation and respect for their fellow class members. Projects include joining the Board of Directors of Plowshares, the Ukiah Boys and Girls Club, Nuestra Alianza de Willits, the Mendocino Fire Safe Council and more.

Three members are working on a comprehensive inventory of youth activities in order to see what is missing, particularly in the life skills area and how to improve it. Three members known at the Mendo Maidens rode their bikes to San Francisco to raise money for bike repair stations around Ukiah.  One is working with Brooktrails to increase fire readiness.

One of the most ambitious projects is a Leadership Institute for administrators of nonprofits, particularly those who are new to their jobs. It will include trainings applicable to the job with such topics as management, working with boards, and fundraising.

Another is a new Girl Scout Troop for young girls. Proactive disaster preparation communication with the Latinx community. Servicing our Seniors is doing an analysis of Redwood Coast Senior Center programs to determine future activities and sustainability.


The event was also the passing of the baton from five-year program director Heidi Cusick Dickerson to the new director Holly Madrigal. “Leadership Mendocino couldn’t have a more perfect leader, “says Dickerson. “I have loved every minute of my tenure in this amazing program and look forward to it getting event better with Holly.”

Leadership Mendocino Class XXVI members include: Angie Bakker, Redwood Community Services; Alysia Ballinger, California Conservation Corps; Megan Barber Allende, Community Foundation of Mendocino County; Janelle Bird, Mendocino College; Rachel Britten, Farm Girl Auctioneer;  Leo Buc, Consultant; Stefanie Chen-Welch, self-employed; Ryan Dent, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley; Beverly Draudt, Adventist Willits Health Clinic; Teel Gordon, Americorps VISTA; Donte Graham, The Royal Barber Shop; Kasie Gray, W Real Estate; Kiersten Hanna, Braggadoon Signs & Graphics; Barbara Howe; Lucy Kramer, NCO Gardens Project; Sarah Livingston, Redwood Community Services; Lydia Lopez, Project Sanctuary; Sarah Marshall, NCO Gardens Project; Patrice Mascolo, Healthy Mendocino; Clinton Maxwell, Mendocino County Office of Education; Paula McDonell, public health researcher; Julie McGovern, Alex Rorabough Recreation Center; Brenda Moreno Sanchez, Mendocino County HHS; Lia Morsell, Bison Media; Bianca Nieto, NCO Administration; Aurelia Ramirez, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley; Amanda Reiman, Flow Kana; Travis Scott, Visit Mendocino County; Lila Van Meter, Renegade Consulting; Justin Wyatt, Ukiah Police Chief.

Leadership Mendocino, a program of North Coast Opportunities, is a 10-month program in which class members meet once a month and learn about Mendocino County’s health care, education, economy, forestry, agriculture, tourism, businesses with a day in Covelo. Applications are being accepted through June 3. For more information or to get an extension for the application deadline email or call 467-3230.