Leadership Anchorage 20

LA20's graduation ceremony was held on May 15, 2017 at Kincaid Chalet.  Congratulations to all of the graduates and thank you to the mentors, family, alumni, and friends who came out to support them.  


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Photos by Matt Waliszek, Orzel Photo & Film

Leadership Anchorage 20

Marilyn Alvarenga

Marilyn Alvarenga is finishing up her BA degree at UAA in International Studies and Political Science. While at UAA Marilyn served as a founder and then president of the largest student-directed leadership organization in the state of Alaska NSLS, a leadership organization with over 1,100 university students that focuses on leadership training, workshops, speaker presentations, and seminars. Today, Marilyn works for an Alaskan consultant company headed by former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, as a Communications Consultant.  In her free time Marilyn loves to dance, go to the cinema, and catch a performing arts show!

Leighanne Atwood

Leighanne Atwood discovered her passion for dynamic leadership while serving as a trusted advisor to top level executives and leaders in fields including pharmaceuticals, state government, oil & gas and most recently community healthcare.  She credits her firsthand experience with diverse leadership in varied industries for providing the spark which began her pursuit of leadership studies.  With her participation in LA20, Leighanne hopes to learn how to connect her best leadership qualities with those of the cohort in order to grow personally and professionally, while learning how to become a catalyst for positive change in the community.

Loyd Bradley

Loyd Bradley, Jr. is a Finance Officer in the United States Air Force and an ambitious entrepreneur. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2014 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management. Loyd currently is partial owner and founder of Diversity Ltd LLC and Aesalon Capital LLC, both real estate investment companies, and Servpal LLC, a technology company where he is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer. Loyd also serves on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Board of Directors and sits on the Chamber’s finance committee. He is a volunteer enthusiast and is dedicated to helping build the surrounding communities. 

Alexandra Caldelas

Alex's love of travel and experiencing life in different places brought her to Alaska in 2015, and she reflects, "Anchorage has been a fantastic place to live!" As an Engineer, Alex really appreciates the work-life balance; the never-ending opportunities for outdoor adventures that Alaska provides are a great fit for her and her husband. "From sleepless summers spent conquering peaks and enjoying the town mountain biking trails, to winters with crunching snow under our bike tires and skis, this place is a great one to call home."

Ricardo Castillo

Ricardo Castillo is an operations supervisor at the Anchorage distribution center for Carrs/Safeway, managing the activities that distributes freight as far south as Auburn, WA to as far north as Fairbanks, AK . Previously, Ricardo has worked with local and national 3PL providers, held an internship in oil and gas, and served with the 501st infantry airborne unit at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Graduating with leadership honors at UAA after studying Supply Chain Management/Economics, Ricardo helped to find the Phi-Alpha chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon; Serving as the chapter's first President. In his spare time, Ricardo is a catalyst for service to community through his affiliation with Rotary Club Hillside and enjoys the outdoors with his wife and two daughters at their family owned cabin in Talkeetna. 

Mike Catsi

Mike Catsi was born to immigrant parents in Australia. Family, humor, fun, and integrity are central to who he is.  Mike likes to explore ideas and concepts, loves to travel, and question everything.

Jules Ferguson

As a life coach, Jules loves to help at-risk youth find meaning and purpose with the challenges that life throws their way.  His goal is to start a group home and career program for youth in Anchorage in order to provide them with the dream job of their choice and a clear path to attaining it. 

Rhiana Gay

Rhiana Gay grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She enjoys spending time with her family. She has a passion for teaching and learning; her hobbies include skiing, soccer, four-wheeling and reading a cozy book.  Rhiana is adventurous and loves traveling. 

Dacia Idom

Dacia Idom has been a storyteller since she can remember and continues on this path as the communications manager at Girl Scouts of Alaska. She strives to make her community stronger by using photography and writing to inspire and strengthen youth. Idom is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University.

Anntoinette Johnson

Anntionette Johnson spent her entire career in the Air Force before retiring in November 2014.  She recently relocated to Alaska this summer and is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Management.  

Leslie Kleinfeld

Leslie's parents never had to speak to her about school grades—they knew she was much harder on herself than they could ever be—a thirst for knowledge fired the drive within.  Never afraid to ask hard questions; looking for what is not obvious led to becoming a generalist.  Leslie's mother’s challenge with obesity inspired her business, Fit for Health, created in 1997 - Leslie truly believes that being “fit for health” is our greatest wealth. 

Heather MacAlpine

Heather is a life-long Alaskan, (minus a short stint in Las Vegas) who grew up in the Athabaskan village of Anvik on the Yukon River.  She's proud to be a 2012 graduate of the Justice program at UAA, always striving to be an example for her (5) children. She's excited to be a part of the Berkowitz administration and looks forward to working and strategizing with her peers about our part in making Anchorage a better place for everyone who calls this beautiful city home.

Xavier Mason

Xavier A. Mason is a graduate of UAA, earning a double major in Management and Marketing .  He has a passion for social entrepreneurship and learning, and was selected as a Truman Finalist and UAA’s spring 2015 commencement speaker. An avid traveler, Xavier has studied abroad at Charles University in Prague, learning about different philosophies of leadership, and aboard ship through the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program, studying the effects of globalization around the world. 

Virginia McClure

Virginia is a librarian from Kentucky with a strong interest in digital information technologies and a background in the culinary arts and restaurant industry. She came to Alaska two and a half years ago to manage the Mountain View Branch of the Anchorage Public Library. Virginia enjoys art of letterpress printing and looks forward to having a studio space in the near future. 

George Murray

George Murray is originally from Lynn, Massachusetts.  He recently retired from service in the United States Army.  He is pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry.  He currently serves as the AES Training Manager at ASRC. George is married to his lovely wife Kristi Murray and they have three children Hannah 17, Lindsay 15 and Andrew 10.  

Daryl Nelson

Daryl loves political issues and makes a political change by testifying in front of legislators to make a point.   He loves seeing the issues that he has have advocated for implemented. Daryl loves listening to classic country and rock music, and enjoys helping people and working with others.

Amy O'Connor

Amy spent a decade working to protect public lands as a law enforcement Park Ranger and trails program manager with the National Park Service, Alaska State Parks and the Municipality of Anchorage before a career shift into conservation and public engagement non-profit work in 2014.   Currently Amy owns and manages Crooked Fence Farm in the Butte area of the Mat-Su Borough.  She is passionate about providing local food and promoting a modern approach to family farming.  She serves on the Mat-Su Borough trails commission, the local PTA, and is a Board member of Envision Mat Su. Amy holds a B.S. in Biology from Saint Michael's College and will complete her Masters in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University.  In her non-existent free time you can find her hiking, fishing, restoring vintage campers and chasing around children, dogs and escapee farm animals. 

Kris Palmatier

Kris Palmatier is a lifelong Alaskan and West Anchorage High School graduate. Kris decided to pursue post-secondary education and enrolled at Alaska Pacific University where he has since received an associates degree in accounting and bachelor’s in business administration with a minor in finance and a concentration in nonprofit management. A lifelong artist, Kris attributes much of who he is as an individual and a professional to his early exposure to the arts. It was this exposure that gave Kris his voice and taught him that repetition does indeed have purpose, which has served to build his commitment to financial excellence.

Elisa Snelling

Elisa is a lifelong Alaskan working every day to give back to the community that raised her.   She is an Accounting Manager for Brews Brothers LLC, the current Vice President on the Anchorage School Board, and sits on numerous Boards and Councils around the Municipality.  Elisa has three children and her goal every day is to set the very best example she can for them. 

Danielle Stickman

Born and raised in Alaska, Danielle is Dena'ina and Koyukon Athabascan.   She enjoys hiking, running, yoga, climbing, creating art, dancing, and pretty much anything to do with the outdoors.   Danielle loves to try new activities and meet new people. 

Terranova Tasker

Terranova Tasker is a life-long Alaskan originally from Anchorage. A few shorts weeks after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Political Science degree, she joined the Dan Sullivan for U.S. Senate campaign as Coalition Director. After the conclusion of the successful campaign, she continued to work for Senator Sullivan as a Special Projects Assistant in his Anchorage office. This break from campaign life was brief. Terranova joined the Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate campaign in March 2016, making this her fourth U.S. Senate race in Alaska, including Senator Ted Stevens' 2008 campaign and Senator Lisa Murkowski's 2010 campaign.  

Terranova’s dedication to public policy has taken her all over the world from Washington, DC to London, UK to Vilnius, Lithuania. When she’s not on the campaign trail, you’ll find her on our outdoors trails hiking in the Chugach or cross country skiing at Kincaid.

Irene Turletes

Irene inherited her adventurous spirit and industrial ways from her parents, who both moved far from home to be engineers in the Last Frontier. Irene loves to travel and considers herself incredibly lucky to have had many opportunities for exploration, while still calling Alaska home. She has worked at R&M Consultants for eight years: first as a college intern saving money to travel and - since graduating from UAA in 2011 - as a Water Resource engineer. Off the clock, Irene enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities with her friends and dog, local beer, live music, cooking, and coffee.

Melinda Greig Walker

Melinda moved to Alaska in 1983 as a school psychology intern seeking outdoor adventure.  She traveled in, and worked with, the North Slope and Delta Junction School Districts that year, the following year with the Iditarod, Glen Allen and Anchorage School Districts, then full-time with the Anchorage School District until her retirement in 2013.  Throughout the years Melinda has enjoyed an active and athletic lifestyle, coached sport, mentored young women, and made long lasting friendships that are a part of what makes Alaska home.

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