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Leadership Skagit 2018 ~ The Adventure Continues!


or the Economic Development Alliance Foundation, it is a rewarding adventure to sustain a program as valuable as Leadership Skagit. As we celebrate our 15th graduating class, it is exciting to celebrate Leadership Skagit as a powerful resource for Skagit County. That adventure continues with all of you, the Class of 2018. As you take the next steps of your leadership journey, we are proud of your accomplishments and commitment to serving our community. Your dedication and energy are evidence that community leadership is alive and thriving in Skagit County. Leadership Skagit graduates make a difference throughout our communities. Through their service, they provide stewardship to agencies like the Skagit Valley Family YMCA, the Latino Leadership Initiative, United Way of Skagit County and many more. Our graduates continue to advance their professional careers, pursue elective office and increase their service on boards, commissions and task forces. Thank you to Leadership Skagit’s founding partners, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Skagit Valley College and Washington State University Extension, for their vision to build a network of leaders. We are grateful to the individuals and businesses who give generously of their time, funding and in-kind donations and to the forward thinking companies and organizations that support their employees’ participation. With your investment, the program’s success continues to grow. For the members of the 2018 Leadership Skagit graduating class, your exciting work has just begun. And for Leadership Skagit, our 15th Anniversary is an amazing milestone! We look forward to your future achievements as the leaders of today and tomorrow. The adventure continues!

John Sternlicht CEO EDASC and the EDASC Foundation

Kathryn Bennett Director Leadership Skagit


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Table of Contents EDASC CEO and Leadership Skagit Team Coaches & Alumni TEAM: Taking A Stand.................................... 16 Leadership Skagit Director’s Letter................ 2 Committee Co-Chairs...................................... 9 TEAM: Team Inspire...................................... 17 Leadership Skagit Class of 2018................4 & 5 Leadership Skagit Presenters........................ 10 TEAM: Together We Can!............................... 18 Leadership Skagit Facilitators......................... 5 Leadership Skagit Alumni........................ 11-13 TEAM: Yellow Brick Road.............................. 19 Leadership Skagit: Not Business As Usual...... 6 TEAM: Level Up Skagit................................... 14 Sponsors.................................................... 21-23 TEAM: Skagit Reign........................................ 15

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“Developing Leaders today to Shape Our Tomorrow” ~ With pride we introduce the Class of 2018 graduates Rows 1-5 Left to Right: Row 1 (bottom row): Anusha Hewawasam, Cascade Job Corps College and Career Center; Katelynn Orelanna, Skagit Valley College; Bill Blake, Skagit Conservation District; Therese Rudzis, Skyline Moorage; Stephanie Edson, PeaceHealth United General Row 2: Kevin Gardner, Madrona Dental Services; Racheal Sholler, North Cascades Institute; Diana Peregrina, Sakuma Bros, Inc; Kelly Reep, SVC Foundation; Jackie Cress, Burlington Senior Center; Carolyn Tucker, Skagit Valley College; Heather Rudolph, RCI Dashboards Row 3: Conor Keeney, Andeavor Anacortes Refinery; Danny Hagen, Skagit County Assessor’s Office; Lisa Andrich, TRICO Companies; Rachel Erickson, Skagit Valley College; BC O’ Tierney, Shell Puget Sound Refinery; Anne Bayse, Freelance Writing Services; Sara Fish, Preview Properties Skagit LLC; Mike Lumpkin, City of Burlington Row 4: Paul Nielsen, Skagit County’s Prosecutor’s office: Michelle Johnson, Community Action of Skagit County; Claver Hategekimana, Skagit Valley College E-Learning; Amanda Sloan, Community Action of Skagit County; Peter Donovan, City of Mount Vernon; Spencer Pope, PDA Marketing Row 5: John Howe, Skagit Bank; Brad Tuininga, SVC Foundation; Connie Pangrazi, Community Volunteer, Arizona State University (retired); Mike Cavanaugh, Skagit River Brewery; Deb Aldrich, Community Volunteer; Neil Davis, HoneyDo Construction Services; Erika Davis, Cascade Natural Gas; Colleen Maxwell, US Bank 4

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Debbie Aldridge Community Volunteer/Samish Indian Nation Head Start (Retired) Anne Basye Freelance Writing Services Bill Blake Skagit Conservation District Mike Cavanaugh Skagit River Brewery Jackie Cress Burlington Senior Center Erika Davis Cascade Natural Gas Neil Davis HoneyDo Construction Services Peter Donovan City of Mount Vernon Stephanie Edson PeaceHealth United General Medical Center Rachel Erickson Skagit Valley College International Programs Sara Fish Preview Properties Skagit, LLC Kevin Gardner Madrona Dental Services Danny Hagen Skagit County Assessor’s Office, Claver Hategekimana Skagit Valley College E-Learning Anusha Hewawasam Cascade Job Corps College and Career Center John Howe Skagit Bank Michelle Johnson Community Action of Skagit County



Conor Keeney Andeavor Anacortes Refinery Michael Lumpkin City of Burlington Colleen Maxwell US Bank Paul Nielsen Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office Katelynn Orellana Skagit Valley College I -CATCH Program BC O’ Tierney Shell Puget Sound Refinery Connie Pangrazi Community Volunteer/ Arizona State University(Retired) Diana Peregrina Sakuma Bros, Inc. Spencer Pope PDA Marketing Kelly Reep Skagit Valley College Foundation and College Advancement Heather Rudolph RCI Dashboards Therese Rudzis Skyline Moorage Racheal Sholler North Cascades Institute Amanda Sloan Community Action of Skagit County Carolyn Tucker Skagit Valley College Human Resources Brad Tuininga Skagit Valley College Foundation Lisa Yandrich TRICO Companies

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A Great Big to our Facilitators Kristen Keltz and Kevin Meenaghan.

This will be Kristen and Kevin’s last year serving as facilitators for Leadership Skagit.We truly appreciate their dedication in helping inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

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Leadership Skagit: Not Business As Usual current and emerging leaders have the training and contacts necessary to step up as professionals in their field and into community leadership positions. Learning about Skagit County

Building a foundation At Leadership Skagit, the business of leadership includes new perspectives, conversations for change and actions for the greater good. With a heightened focus on servant leadership, this is not business as usual. Breaking new ground in 2004, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Skagit Valley College and WSU Extension partnered to create Leadership Skagit, a local leadership program that would inspire and encourage community leadership.

advancement of their professional careers in business, industry, government, non-profit and education. Bringing leaders together Leadership Skagit brings together individuals from industry, business, education, non-profit and government. With participants from Conway to Burlington, Sedro-Woolley to Anacortes, its goal is to ensure that

The curriculum combines leadership skill development with in-depth information on topics important to the future of our region. Class members tour industry and corporations; get up close and personal with agriculture, non-profit services, the school system and innovative small businesses and study the critical issues that impact families, infrastructure and economic development. Participants examine the issues facing Skagit County, the resources available to address these issues, and the opportunities for leadership involvement. The results are increased civic engagement and a deep understanding of our community challenges and potential.

From its beginning, the 9-month long intensive program set the bar high. Dedication, involvement, inclusiveness and innovation are the expected hallmarks of Leadership Skagit graduates. By June of 2018, the program’s graduates will number nearly 500. These individuals blend their commitment to community service with the 6

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The opportunity to make an impact now Committed to putting their knowhow and skills to work, each participant is a member of a small team, dedicated to create and complete a service project. They have one goal; provide lasting benefit to the community. Within the team, they practice leadership skill development including communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, and motivating groups to achieve a goal. Leadership Skagit teams have completed more than 75 projects throughout the county in partnership with agencies such as United Way Connecting with a network of of Skagit County, Friendship House, leaders Community Action of Skagit County and the Children’s Museum. The Class of 2018 is connected to

an extensive network of Leadership Skagit alumni. Demonstrating that community leadership is alive and

Proudly Fueling Life in the Pacific Northwest On behalf of the 17 Leadership Skagit alumni associated with Shell’s Puget Sound Refinery, congratulations to the Leadership Skagit graduating class of 2018! 13. Michelle Stahl, 2016

3. Janita Aalto, 2010

7. Jason Smolsnik, 2012 8. Stephanie Calkins, 2013 9. Sean Cornett, 2014

4. Cory Ertel, 2010

10. Kelly Tuohig, 2014

16. Ross Wilson, 2017

5. Parrish Miller, 2011

11. Nate Biletnikoff, 2015

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6. Rene Majumdar, 2012

12. Dan Peek, 2015


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thriving in Skagit County, graduates serve as leaders across a broad spectrum. From the boards of the Skagit Valley YMCA and Habitat for Humanity and, of course, the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, to elected offices such as county commissioner, city councilmember, county sheriff, county auditor and school board member, Leadership Skagit grads bring a fresh perspective to their work. Leadership Skagit alumni continue to seek public office, including a dozen running for elected office or re-election to public office in 2017 alone. Without a doubt, these motivated leaders are fulfilling the program’s mission to leave business as usual behind and to provide new avenues for lasting benefit and stewardship to our county and communities.

“I’ve lived in Sedro-Woolley for more than 30 years, but Leadership Skagit re-introduced me to the rich and diverse community called Skagit County. More importantly, I walked away knowing the Leadership Skagit alumni were making a difference in their profession and in our world. I cherish the friendships I formed in Leadership Skagit.”

Making a difference

Joining the network

Leadership Skagit is celebrating its 15th class of graduates. Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki, a graduate of LS’ 05, has seen the growth of the program and states,

Applications are available at www. and www.leadershipskagit. org. Upon successful completion of the program, Leadership Skagit graduates are awarded seventeen

academic credits in leadership at Skagit Valley College For information on the program, selection and application criteria or to become a Leadership Skagit sponsor, contact Leadership Skagit’s director, Kate Bennett, at 360.395.8727 or

You want to be a part of this network!

Applications are available online at or To explore Skagit County issues and enhance your leadership connections, contact Kathryn Bennett, Director at 360.395.8727 or 8

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2018 Team Coaches represent the public, private and non-profit sectors of Skagit County

Andy Heiser, LS’17, Coach; Kara Stamback, LS’12, Coach; Diane Bobko, LS’11,Coach; Tina Tate, LS’15, Coach; Janita Aalto, LS ’10; Dave Malsed, LS’12, Coach

Dorothy Elsner LS’15, Master Coach WSU Skagit 4-H Program Coordinator

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Thank You!

Leadership Skagit thanks its extraordinary facilitators!

Kevin Meenaghan, LS’ 14 and Kristen Keltz, LS’ 11

Co- Chairs of the Leadership Skagit Alumni Committee: Debbie Allen, LS’11, City of Sedro-Woolley and Becky Taft, LS’11, Skagit Bank

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.” ~ Albert Einstein

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to the leaders of our Alumni Committee… they do so much!


2018 Leadership Skagit Presenters Claire Swedberg, journalist and author of In the Valley of Mystic Light; Brian Cladoosby, Tribal Chairman, Swinomish Tribe; Shirley Yap, Refinery Manager, Shell Puget Sound Refinery; Dr. Ernest Tutt, SVC Professor, Communications and Ethnic Studies

Congratulations to the Leadership Skagit Class of 2018

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To strengthen and transform our communities by developing individual, business and community leadership that is informed, inclusive and connected through shared learning experiences.

Leadership Skagit Alumni Class of 2004 Jon Aarstad Arden Ainley Bonnie Anderson Brad Barton Kathryn Bennett James Bishop II Laurel Browning Peggy Flynn Georgiann Dustin Brian Gentry Jerold Heller Jan Iverson Michael Killien Debra Lancaster Jean Leib Mary LouMeader Anita Ordonez Ellen Rak Dee Raudebaugh Kraig Rosencrantz Gary Rowe Daniel Stahl Barbara Strauss Rissa Warner Don Wick Carrie Youngquist Jeanne Youngquist

Bruce Klewer Jennifer Larson Jodi Monroe Alan Muia Karen Parnell Katie Philbrick Karen Pitt Roger Ridgway Steve Schultz Kauleen Shelton Bill Short Alison Studley Peggy Taylor Mark Watkinson John White Sue Williamson Margie Wilson

Class of 2006 Jean Alden Michael Almvig Letty Alvarez-Gubitosi Michelle Dietz-Date Kent Egging Britta Eschete Glenna Finney Kendra Gentry-Decker May Haley Tawni Helms Stephen Hopley Stephanie Hooper Cathrin Hughes-Davies Travis Huisman Gary Lorenz William Malcomson

Kevin McKeown Tina McNealey Jill Reid Andrew Rice Joyce Shoop Robert Shrumm Sue Stolpe Tamara Thomas Lin (Wm) Tucker Lyle Turner Nelia Viloria

Class of 2007 Mary Anstensen Janie Beasley Terry Belcoe Mavis Betz Tonya Bieche

Class of 2005 Rebecca Bradley-Lowell Mindi Brock Dave Brookings LuAnne Burkhart Suzanne Butler Elizabeth Detillion Linda Duffield Ron Feld Steve Flude Millie Fosberg Lisa Geil Elizabeth Hoffman Lisa Janicki Leon John Russ Johnson

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Congratulations to all of the 2018 Leadership Skagit graduates, including Skagit Valley College employees: Racheal Erickson, Claver Hategekimana, Carolyn Tucker, Katelynn Orellana, Brad Tuininga, and Kelly Reep. We appreciate your leadership and dedication to our students and the community.

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Leadership Skagit Alumni Debbie Blunt Neta Simpkins Cahill Joyce Cardinal Tina Davis Michelle Fry Amy George Allen Grenz Rena Guadagnoli Trisha Logue Elinor Nakis Doug Noblet Lou Petersen Elizabeth Risser Ryan Sakuma Josh Scott Sherri Stites Carole Straathof Andrea Vallee Amy Wilcox

Class of 2008 Linda Bishop Tony Cook Jeff Drayer Kirk Dunn Maureen Enegren Kristin Garcia Delilah George Kim Grams Danielle Martin Susan Hirst Kirk Johnson Sue Krienen Erin Long Jeremy McCullough Dale O’Brien Kristen Ohlson-Kiehn Glenn Sakuma Corin Schneider David Scott Peggy Stowe Graeme Wilson Joan Youngquist Shegay Vanderpool Ed Zavala 12

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Class of 2009 Barbara Atterberry Jody Ayon Kerri Cook Rod Dalseg Tracy Donovan Mary Ann Douglas Michael Fredland William Freitas Bill Henkel Tom Howard Nancy Rytand Barbara Jensen Ellen Johnson Marge Milnor Brian Nicol Theresa Nording Lou Ann Reed William Reichardt Karen Rose Keith Rubin Liz Stoddart DeWolfe Sally Straathof Sandy Swartos Stacie Watnie Becky Williams Rose Mary Wilson

Class of 2010 Janita Aalto Lennart Bentsen Cindy Bjorklund Stefanie Boyer Kate Bratches Paul Budrow Lynn Christofersen Debbie Connolly Camille Danon Guy Davidson Cory Ertel Linda Jones Kimberly Geariety Aldi Kllogjeri Kathy Larson Barbara Leander

Irene Millay Issac Nelson Barbara Perusse Colleen Powell Regan Robertson Jill Rohrs Kari Russom Pamela Santangilo Scott Sutton Mike Trafton Tammi Wells Anthony Young

Class of 2011 Debbie Allen Kris Atkins Melissa Beaton Diane Bobko Deb Davis Bundy Richard Delaney Lindsey Dostart Cynthia Doussard Cynthia Eichner Kristen Ekstram Jennifer Fix Jessica Gigot Jim Gordon Pola Kelley Kristen Keltz Karen Kipling Susan Lange Ann Leason Parrish Miller Philip Prud’homme Julie Speck Tyler Steinman Joe Stewart Billie Stormont Becky Taft Nida Tautvydas Kelli Tolf Henry Van Larry West

Class of 2012 Becky Abel-Moore

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Josh Baldwin Annette Booth Marilyn Brink Julie Cowen Stephanie Hamilton Renee Majumdar David Malsed Marie Marchand Darcy Owings Martin Pedro Perez Leileah Petty Elena Roppel Jessica Samora Ryan Schols Sally Schroeder Quinn Slayton Jason Smolsnik Kara Stamback Lisa Swanberg Joe Thurmond Kim Walley Stacie Zinn Roberts

Class of 2013 Apryl Anderson Michelle Beach Tammy Belisle Felicia Boettger Carmen Anderson-Bruner Jackie Brunson Stephanie Calkins Tyler Claus Laura Fletcher Michael Frazier Jenny Goss Jessica Haag Bryan Harrison Christina Hansen Linda Henley Eric Irelan K.C. Knudson Eric Landon Brittany Litaker Mary Ellen Lykins Tammy Masalonis Mary McGoffin

Leadership Skagit Alumni Karen Mills Marci Plank Tina Pullar Lisa Rumsey Melissa Self Patricia Slater Angie Strunk Paul Tinnon Lanny Ulrich Tiffany Urland Thomas Williams

Class of 2014 Megan Anderson Rose Brierley Troy Buechler Anne Clark Alice Collingwood Sean Cornett Bekki Cox Wende Dolstad Ellen Gamson Libby Grage Stephanie Harper Lynne Jordan Jennifer Kerkvliet Pitner Lisa Knowles Kevin Meenaghan Rod Merrell Jeff Paxson Jesus Robles Wendy J. Rohrbacher Dani Baird Russell Chris Schaffner Becky Schlaht Christopher Shainin Diane Smith Melissa Snodgrass-Wold Rhonda Tingley Kelly Tuohig Carrie Wallace

Class of 2015 Carol Anderson Cameron Bigge

Nate Biletnikoff ShanĂŠe Coachman Michelle Cook David Cope Pam Davis Dorothy Elsner Anthony Esposito Diane Fox Raymond Goda Kim Gray Natalie Hood Robin Hoover Roland King Troy Kunz Danielle Lothrop Marna McLatchy Carpenter Linda Wise Miller Amy Moe Caroline Nazareno Mathew Nolan Dan Peek Eric Petersen Jeniffier Provalenko Ken Rogers Holly Shannon ReBecca Shotton Roosevelt Smith, Jr. Rick Star Tina Tate Melody Young

Class of 2016

Vernoica Lopez Jorge Manzanera Andy Mayer Beth Meenaghan Sue Mondello Amy Muia Lynn Murphy Steve Omdal Isabela Ordonez Mindy Otterstedt Duby Petit Rosalinda Sanchez Carla Schipper Michelle Stahl Philip Steffen Allen Stockbridge James Walker Lene Watson

Class of 2017 Sandra Benton Heather Brennan Jess Brown Sean Connell Melanie Horowitz-Coyne Alma Garibay Matt Gill Andy Heiser Mary Hudson Julia Johnson Ken Johnson

Andrea Bachman Kelly Bardford Rebecca Carroll Wendy Fauver May Fine John Gischer Beverly Harrington Tara Havard Amanda Hubik Christi Kinney Melissa Kirk Germaine Kornegay Justin Krupa Skagit publishing

Rosemary Kaholokula Jeri Kaufman David Lervik Ed McLaughlin Helen McPeak Kati Ortiz Andrea Petrich Amber Robinson Yadira Rosales Celia Ponce Sanchez Kimberly Savage Erika Savoy Jennifer Sheahan-Lee Adele Skinner Mary Staley Stefania Strzyzynski Sarah Tchang Jason Tyler Hilda Valdespino Sarah Ward Ross Wilson

Honorary Graduates Jim Duffield Laura Cailloux Jim Frey Maureen Harlan Pat Hammond Jennifer Korn-Leech

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Team: Level Up Skagit Team Members: Conor Keeney, Andeavor; Katelynn Orellana, Skagit Valley College; Paul Nielsen, Skagit County; Racheal Sholler, North Cascades Institute; Spencer Pope, Productive Dentist Academy

Coach: Andy Heiser, Skagit Valley College

Community Partner: United General District 304

Project: From Farm to School Growing a Community


nited General District 304 focuses on projects that increase general health and improving the quality of life for residents in Skagit County. One such program, Concrete F2S (Farm to School), teaches students about the benefits of healthy eating habits, gardening, and cooking all while increasing their access to locally sourced food. Level Up Skagit chose to partner with United General District

304’s Concrete F2S program because we are dedicated to environmental and educational development in Skagit County, with the ultimate goal of making a sustainable impact both inside and outside of the classroom. Level Up Skagit’s project set forth to procure quality classroom equipment and to renovate the classroom space to support a safe, consistent, and polished educational space for

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Concrete students. Level Up Skagit found a unique opportunity in this project to support an underserved community in Skagit County that benefits the health of Concrete residents and equips students with skills that will foster independence. Level Up Skagit team members had the opportunity to attend F2S class sessions to get a first-hand taste of the learning, and the team fundraised, fundraised, fundraised! Team members also rolled up their sleeves alongside the Concrete F2S Program Manager and instructor, Rachel Sacco, to renovate the classroom and always enjoyed a scratch-made, healthy lunch on the renovation days. Understanding and partaking in healthy, mindful food truly connects us as a community!

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“Many thanks to our partners and generous sponsors for helping bring Born Learning Trails to Storvik and Hillcrest Parks!” Donors

to foster growth in motor skills, letters, numbers, nature Team Members: Debbie Aldridge, Community observation, imagination, and Volunteer and Samish Indian Nation Head Start social/emotional interactions. The (Retired); Mike Cavanaugh, Skagit River Brewery; Jackie Cress, Burlington Senior Center; Erika Davis, stations are fun and encouraging Cascade Natural Gas; Sara Fish, Preview Properties; of one-on-one interaction between Brad Tuininga, Skagit Valley College the adult and child. Perhaps the Coach: Tina Tate, Friendship House best part is that the Born Learning Community Partner: United Trail is free and presented in both English and Spanish, which Way of Skagit County supports our goal of equitable access to early learning for all children in Skagit County.

Project: Born Learning Trail


id you know that 60% of Skagit County children are NOT ready for kindergarten? At the same time, 70% of Skagit County kids are cared for by family, friends and neighbors and generally not exposed to structured activities that help prepare them for kindergarten. These distressing facts are what compelled our team to partner with the United Way to bring Born Learning Trails to Storvik Park in Anacortes and Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon. The Born Learning Trail uses research-based content that includes 10 stations with activities

Timing could not have been better to partner with the United Way of Skagit County. After more than a year of planning, they just announced their bold goal: By 2025, ALL Skagit children entering kindergarten will be ready to learn. This project is a small but important step in helping us reach that goal. Our team feels a tremendous sense of accomplishment and gratitude to the United Way and our generous community for supporting this vision. Bringing these trails to Skagit County means a trip to the park won’t just be for fun – it will be educational too! Skagit publishing

Anacortes Parks Foundation Anacortes Rotary Club Burlington-Edison Kiwanis Cain, Chloe, & Calla Cress Cascade Natural Gas Corporation Dreabon Robillard Knowles Fidalgo Island Rotary Club Geoff & Susie DeVries Home Loan Center Homestreet Bank In Memory of Dan Aldridge James & Margaret Hanson Jenny & Brad Tuininga Joseph & Erika Davis Landed Gentry Homes & Communities Lyndie Case Mike & Victorian Gubrud Mike Cavanaugh Mount Vernon Rotary Club North Puget Sound Association of Realtors Preview Properties Skagit, LLC Sara Fish – Realtor Soroptimist International of Anacortes Soroptimist International of Burlington Susan Krienen & Ron Anderson Tina Tate WIN Home Inspection Inkind Donors Frontier Building Supply Gere-a-Deli Sherwin Williams Skagit River Brewery Ideal Rent-All


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Team: Taking a S.T.A.N.D. (Skagitonians Taking Action to Neutralize Disparities) Team Members: Connie Pangrazi, Community Volunteer/Arizona State University (Retired); Rachel Erickson, Skagit Valley College; Michelle Johnson, Community Action of Skagit County; Kevin Gardner, Madrona Dental Care; Peter Donovan, City of Mount Vernon; Brenna Clairr O’Tierney, Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Coach: Dave Malsed, Department of Natural Resources (Retired)

services to achieve long lasting personal success and selfsufficiency.

it into a ‘Hub of Hope’ that would be available 24/7 and could house Community Partner: all perishable and non-perishable Anacortes Family donations in a welcoming Center AFC receives numerous donations environment. of many types throughout the year, but the previous donation We successfully redesigned the The Anacortes Family Center drop-off at AFC was a table tucked space and created nearly 50% more into a crowded corner of the space for The Hub. We installed a emergency shelter. This resulted in freezer and refrigerator for cold no storage options for perishable food storage, in addition to new donations (which led to lots of shelving. We then stocked the he Anacortes Family waste) and limited space for shelves with clothing, food, toys, Center’s (AFC) mission existing donations. We identified books, kitchenware and more. is to serve homeless women, a shed on-site that housed a slew children and families in crisis by Throughout our leadership of unorganized and unknown providing shelter in addition to donations, so we decided to take journey, we learned that no one comprehensive transformational is an island! While we all came advantage of this space and turn from different backgrounds, geographies and beliefs, we shared a common passion for making our Skagit County community a better place for all of its residents. That passion bonded us together when things didn’t go as planned. Each team member contributed a unique strength to this experience, and we leveraged those strengths to ensure our project was fit-for-purpose and Inspiring Success, Delivering Excellence meaningful to everyone.

Project: Taking a S.T.A.N.D.




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Team: Team Inspire

Team Members: Anne Basye, Independent Writer/ Editor; Stephanie Edson, PeaceHealth; Claver Hategekimana, Skagit Valley College; Mike Lumpkin, City of Burlington; Heather Rudolph, RCI; Amanda Sloan, Community Action

Coach: Diane Bobko

Community Partner: Children’s Museum of Skagit County

Project: Shoot for the Stars!


fter stakeholders in Skagit County schools told us they wanted more after-school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) opportunities for early learning and lower elementary school kids, we partnered with the Children’s Museum of Skagit County to imagine, create and install a sturdy, portable planetarium exhibit. The new exhibit will give our youngest residents a fun and motivating early childhood experience of space—inside the museum and on the road. To really make sure all Skagit families can access this exciting learning

opportunity, we invested 10% of our budget in complimentary family memberships and passes that remove barriers to access for

underserved communities. Thanks to all the generous Skagit donors who helped us shoot for the stars!

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TEAM: Together We Can (TWC) Team Members: Lisa Yandrich, TRICO Companies, LLC; Kelly Reep, Skagit Valley College; John Howe, Skagit Bank; Diana Peregrina, Sakuma Brothers Inc.; Neil Davis, HoneyDo Construction Services

Coach: Janita Aalto, Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Community Partner: Camp Korey

PROJECT: On Stage with Camp Korey


the camp, we found that their Amphitheater was in serious disrepair and needed some ‘TWC’ (not a misspelling). Our main goals were to: renovate seating area to make it ADA Compliant and safe; upgrade the stage by making it larger with a roof for all weather, add safety railing and ensure it is ADA compliant; rebuild the rotted wood bridge; provide a new equipment shed for storage; and to create awareness in our

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ur Team Had The Desire To work with Camp Korey after visiting with them on their 200-acre property in Mt. Vernon, which was recently purchased in 2016. Camp Korey is one of only nine recognized Paul Newman’s ‘Serious Fun Camps’ in the United States. The camp relies heavily on the community for support in order to provide free camp sessions as well as programs to children who are diagnosed with over 30 major medical conditions. After touring

community for Camp Korey. Due to our amazing Skagit County community and our team’s dedication, the renovation was triumphant! In order to continue to promote Camp Korey and to thank our sponsors for their support, we helped in throwing a ‘Raise the Curtain’ unveiling of our project. Our phenomenal event had the camp’s founder as well as a Camp Korey family share their stories. Many of our prominent sponsors attended and enjoyed the location, meeting each other and having a delicious dinner provided by the camp. Our Mission had two goals that were driving factors in our projects success; provide service to others and develop our collaboration skills. Together we created a sustainable area that is one of the best experiences a child at camp can have, to let a kid be a kid.

Team: Yellow Brick Road #There’s no place like home Team Members: Anusha Hewawasam, Cascade Jobcorps; Bill Blake, Skagit Conservation District; Colleen Maxwell, US Bank; Therese Rudzis, Skyline Moorage; Carolyn Tucker, Skagit Valley College; Danny Hagen, Skagit County Assessor’s Office

Coach: Kara Stamback, Pransky & Associates

Project: There’s No Place Like Home


ur Team set out to find a project that would require our hearts, our minds, our courage, and our love of home. After meeting with Tim Holloran & Pauli Mickelson from Skagit Valley Special Olympics, we identified several areas where we could help. The team needed new uniforms to replace the 20+ year old ones that they had been recycling. They needed a website so that people could find out about the program, including volunteer opportunities, practice schedules, donating options, forms and calendars, etc. They also needed some sports equipment and some sponsorships for end of season pizza parties. Team Yellow Brick Road was able to meet all of those needs. Our wonderful community stepped up in a big way with donations of funds and sports equipment and time. We have new uniforms, a functioning

website, bike helmets, and multiple pizza parties arranged for years in the future. Our whole team utilized their skills and strengths to contribute to this effort. We developed wonderful

friendships and sharpened our leadership skills throughout the process. Our hearts, minds, courage, and love of home saw us through to a wonderful outcome. #There’s No Place Like Home!

“Leveraging passion for place through sustainable community impact." Thank you Skagit Reign for this wonderful experience. I cherish you each individually and as my teammates. You have provided me with a place to learn and grow and become a better leader. My gratitude cannot be measured. Thank you Leadership Skagit and Leadership Class of 2018 - what an incredible program. To anyone considering this program: you owe it to yourself! Become a better human. A leader. You will not be sorry. Mike Cavanaugh Owner, Skagit River Brewery Team Skagit Reign Skagit publishing


Community Partner: Skagit Valley Special Olympics

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A Special Congratulations From: Kathryn Bennett Class of 2004

Tina Pullar Class of 2013

Tina Tate Class of 2015

Don Wick Class of 2004

Paul Tinnon Class of 2013

Duby Petit Class of 2016

Congratulations to the leadership skagit Class of 2018! We celebrate all the leaders in our business and the community. deb davis Bundy Class of 2011

stephanie harper Class of 2014

danielle lothrop Class of 2015

duby petit Class of 2016

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Thank You to Our Leadership Skagit Sponsors The EDASC Foundation Board, and Leadership Skagit Volunteers and Staff are grateful to the following businesses, individuals and partner organizations for their generous support of the Leadership Skagit program

Program Partnership Support Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County Skagit Valley College Washington State University ~ Extension

Sponsorships and Scholarships To become a sponsor of Leadership Skagit or to provide a scholarship for deserving emerging leaders, contact Kathryn Bennett, Director at 360.395.8727 or



Leadership Sponsors

Shell Puget Sound Refinery Andeavor Anacortes Refinery

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Visionary Leadership Sponsors

Inspiring Leadership Sponsors

Swinomish Tribal Community

Dreamchasers RV of Burlington

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

North Coast Credit Union Skagit County US Bank

Leadership Challenge Sponsor United Way of Skagit County

Scholarship and Grant Support Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

Joan Penney and David Ryberg Scholarship Leadership Skagit “Pay It Forward” Scholarship Fund Mount Vernon Rotary “Bonnie Anderson” Scholarship Skagit Community Foundation “Expanding the Circle” Grant SWAN “Rising Swan” Scholarship Women’s Funding Alliance “Women in Leadership” Panel Grant

Challenge Day and Retreat Sponsors Andeavor Anacortes Refinery Port of Anacortes North Coast Credit Union Port of Skagit SaviBank Shell Puget Sound Refinery Skagit County Swinomish Tribal Community Transpac Marinas US Bank

“Leaders Create Leaders” Spring Reception Sponsor Skagit Bank

“Celebrating Our Graduates” Graduation Ceremony Sponsor Dreamchaser RV of Burlington


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“Pay It Forward” Scholarship Holiday Event Sponsors All About Hearing Annette Booth/Allstate ~ The Booth Insurance Agency Troy Kunz ~ Edward Jones Homeplace of Burlington Impressions Salon and Day Spa Skagit’s Best Salsa Skagit Valley Gardens

“Lifelong Learning” Alumni Sponsor Rick Bennett, Broker, Windermere Real Estate/ Anacortes

“Be the Change” Donors Kathryn and Richard Bennett Ron and Jan Wesen Maureen Harlan

“Exploring Skagit County” Supporters Anacortes Brewery and H2O Bayside Specialties, Inc. Dreamchasers RV of Burlington King Arthur Flour McIntyre Hall Padilla Bay Estuarian Reserve Port of Anacortes Samish Island Campground Camp Korey

Sedro-Woolley Chamber and Community Center Skagit’s Best Salsa Shell Puget Sound Refinery Skagit Historical Museum Skagit Publishing Skagit Regional Health Skagit Valley College Culinary Arts Skagit Valley College Cardinal Brew Skagit Valley College Foundation Skagit Valley Gardens Skagit Valley Malting Swinomish Casino and Lodge Swinomish Tribal Community The Bread Lab Trident Seafood United Way of Skagit County

Banking On

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On behalf of the Andeavor Anacortes refinery, we proudly congratulate Conor Keeney on his Leadership Skagit journey.


Conor and the Level Up Skagit team partnered with Concrete Farm To School program in order to expand the healthy food education and the local food shed. They were able is to make a sustainable impact inside and outside of the classroom by procuring classroom equipment, remodeling the bathroom, and improving the classroom garden with garden tool storage space to create a safe and enjoyable learning space for the children of Concrete.

Congratulations to the Leadership Skagit Class 2018

Leadership Skagit 2018  
Leadership Skagit 2018