At a ceremony last week, sixteen Valley residents were honored as they graduated from Leadership Douglas County.
The graduates completed an 11 month program of site visits, classroom instruction and homework assignments, along with a class project, to earn the graduate status.
Along the way, the class heard from more than 100 presenters as they spent nine days immersed in areas such as public safety, education, water and agriculture , state government, tourism and heritage and economic development.
Seven of those days started with a classroom session on various aspects of leadership conducted by Dr. Marlene Rebori of the University of Nevada. From there, the class hit the road and toured facilities associated with the day's subject area, and had the opportunity to hear directly from the experts at those stops.
To graduate, the class had to complete a number of homework assignments, including the publishing of a letter to the editor, attendance at a Douglas County commission meeting and seven other assignments drawn from a list of possibilities.
Finally, as a class, the graduates had to identify, plan and execute a class project. They chose to undertake an oral history of one of the Valley's pioneer families.
At the graduation ceremony held at Genoa Lakes, which was moderated by Program Chair Steve Lewis of Cooperative Extension, the class heard from keynote speaker Nancy Saitta, a justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.
This year's graduates include Marcus Armstrong, Carson Valley Medical Center; David Aymami, Douglas County Sheriff's Office; Brynn Bertucci, U.S. Bank; Chad Cox, GE Energy; Stephanie Waggoner, Appoggio Core Training Studio; Gary Dove, Kiwanis of Carson Valley; Susan Endter; Brian Fitzgerald, Douglas County Parks and Recreation; Dominique Etchegoyhen, Legacy Land and Water; Lisa Granahan, Douglas County Economic Vitality; Shari James, Dr. James the Dentist; Chris Johnson, Minden Tahoe Airport; Paula Lochridge, Main Street Gardnerville; Ursula Prebezac, City National Bank; Marilyn Presti, Carson Valley Medical Center Foundation; and Holly Spiers, GE Energy.
Recruitment for the Leadership Douglas County Class of 2013, which will begin in January, is ongoing.
Applications and information are available at www.carsonvalleynv.org or by calling the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 782-8144.