Fifteen graduate from Leadership Douglas County |

Fifteen graduate from Leadership Douglas County

Staff Reports

At a ceremony held last week, 15 Douglas County residents were honored as they graduated from Leadership Douglas County.

The graduates included Britta Appel, Office of the Attorney General; Lee Bonner, Douglas County Commission; Nancy Bridges, Douglas County; Jeremy Davidson; Rene Hoogendijk, Carson Valley Medical Center; Alicia Main, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce; Brandy McMahon, Douglas County; Christopher Oakden, Douglas County; Nikki Schmidt, Douglas County; Eric Schmidt, Douglas County; Jeff Schwarz, The Ridge Tahoe; Steve Thaler, Town of Minden; Trent Tholen, Douglas County Assessor’s Office; Lee Wendt, Padgett Business Services; and Dylan Zigenis, Brady & Associates.

The students 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 110 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. Each of the nine class days started with a classroom session on various aspects of leadership conducted by Marlene Rebori of the University of Nevada, Reno. From there, the class hit the bus 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 commissioners 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.

At the graduation exercise, moderated by Program Chair Steve Lewis of the Cooperative Extension, the class and an audience of alumni and presenters heard from keynote speaker Bret Simmons of UNR, who spoke on “The Progress Principle.”

The graduates also offered brief opinions of their LDC experience.

“An outstanding program for anyone who wants to learn more about Douglas County, make educated comments and decisions and get more involved in the community,” said Wendt.

“Experiencing Douglas County’s public and private sectors, getting to know people you would not normally know, strengthening your leadership skills and being part of an amazing group of alumni,” added Thaler.

Recruitment for the Leadership Douglas County Class of 2012, which will begin in January, is ongoing. Applications and information are available at or by calling the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 782-8144.

Dick McCole, a real estate agent with Re/Max Realty Affiliates in Gardnerville, has recently been re-appointed as a member of the board of trustees for the Northern Nevada Regional Multiple Listing Service for a third consecutive two-year term starting Jan. 1.

The service has more than 2,600 agent members who together closed a total of $3.2 billion in sales in 2011 as of Oct. 31.

“I enjoy being a part of the MLS planning and implementing process that embraces new changes in technology,” McCole said. “Anything we can do to speed up the process and deliver faster, up to date, correct listing and sales information to our Realtor members and their clients is our goal. We also have the ability to police each transaction to make sure there is no unfair advantage taken or incorrect MLS information given. We want all the seller’s listing and sold information to be correct and easily accessible.”

For more information, call McCole at (775) 721-1438.