American Leadership Forum


ALF Fellows

Annually, 20 to 24 established leaders drawn from every sector throughout this region are invited to participate in a year-long intensive leadership development program. The program consists of monthly seminars and intensive dialogue.

ALF Fellows are members of the class currently participating in the ALF Fellows Program. Senior Fellows are individuals that have participated in and graduated from ALF’s Fellows program.

How does one become an ALF Fellow?

Participation in ALF’s Fellows Program is by invitation only. Members are selected for their recognized leadership position in the community, as well as their potential to provide collaborative leadership and regional stewardship in the future.

The selection process is also designed to create a diverse group within each class of Fellows, bringing together individuals from different sectors, ethnic backgrounds, religious traditions, political affiliations, genders, geographies, and more.

Nominations for future Fellows come from ALF Senior Fellows and selected organizations. Nominations are reviewed by the ALF Fellows Nominating Committee and invitations extended by the board of directors.

2015/2016 Fellows – Class VI

  • Blain Bibb JaniTek Cleaning Solutions
  • Kilolo Brodie California State University, Stanislaus
  • Brenna Butler-Garcia San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Susan Dell’Osso Cambay Group
  • Dillon Delvo Little Manila Foundation
  • Francine DiCiano United Way of Stanislaus County
  • Pat Dodd E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Anita Hellam Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus County
  • Marian Kaanon Stanislaus Community Foundation
  • Bruce Logue LifeSpring Church
  • Graeme Mitchell University of California, Merced
  • Michael Nguyen Health Plan of San Joaquin
  • Andrea Colavita Pinkham Service Employees International Union Local 1021
  • Ken Riddick Modesto Bee
  • Stuart Schofield Dr. Stuart Schofield DDS
  • Mike Strasser Mercy Medical Center-Merced
  • Octavio “Tavo” Valencia United Way of Merced County
  • Paula Yang Healthy House Merced
  • Nancy Young City of Tracy
  • Andres Zamora Livingston United School District

2014/2015 Fellows – Class V

  • Glen Barnes First Baptist Church of Lodi
  • Wanda Bonnell California State University, Stanislaus
  • Tom Bower Foster Farms
  • Isabel Cabral-Johnson Hilmar Unified School District
  • Shannon Ding AT&T
  • Mathew Francis Pacific Rim Advisory Group
  • Lewis Gale University of the Pacific
  • Kyle Hoffman University of California, Merced
  • Fred Just Kaiser Permanente
  • See Lee Hmong Movement Organizing for the Next Generation
  • Kelly McMurray Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • Michael Moradian Jr. Peace of Mind Pest Control, Inc.
  • Kathryn Nance Stockton Police Officers Association
  • Ric Ortega Grassland Water & Resource Conservation Districts
  • Leng Power Disability Resource Agency for Independent Living
  • Don Ramsey Feet Changing Lives
  • Wendy Spencer Building Young Leaders Education Center
  • Vickie Trask Stanislaus County Office of Education
  • Hengsothea Ung Asian Pacific Self-Development and Residential Association
  • Matthew Weber Downey Brand Attorneys LLP
  • Lisa Wegley Mercy Foundation, Mercy Medical Center
  • Moses Zapien City of Stockton Council

2013/2014 Senior Fellows –  Class IV

  • Solange Altman Law Office Solange Goncalves Altman
  • Rapunzel Amador Lewis Amador Lewis Inc. Consulting Engineers
  • Scott Bidermann University of the Pacific
  • Michael Congdon Wells Fargo
  • Pam Galley Kaiser Permanente
  • Jose Gonzalez Planada Elementary School District
  • Renee Hall Drummond & Associates
  • Nicholas Hatten San Joaquin Pride Center
  • Lamar Henderson All Dad’s Matter-Merced County Human Services Agency
  • Daryn Kumar Memorial Medical Center
  • Lee Lor Merced County Office of Education
  • Mary Nicholson Healings in Motion
  • Charles Nies University of California, Merced
  • Carol Ornales Visionary Home Builders of California
  • RoseMary Parga Duran Merced City School District
  • Jose Antonio Ramirez City of Livingston
  • Kelly Turner Symple Equazion
  • Ruben Villalobos Law Office of Ruben Villalobos
  • Kelly Wilson Boys and Girls Club of Tracy

2012/2013 Senior Fellows –  Class III

  • Donna Alley Le Grand Union High School District
  • Rebecca Ciszek Stanislaus County American Red Cross
  • Lisa Cooper University of the Pacific
  • Lynn Dickerson Gallo Center for the Arts
  • Richard Dye PG&E
  • Mark Erreca PMZ Real Estate and Erreca Cattle Company
  • David L. Gianelli Gianelli & Associates
  • James R. Jessee, III E&J Gallo Winery
  • Corinne Lucero University of California, Merced
  • Andre Matthews City of Merced Police Department
  • Susan Mattos Mattos Newspapers, Inc.
  • Frances Mizuno San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority
  • Ken Monroe Holt of California
  • Michael Murphy City of Merced
  • Veronica Napier Kaiser Permanente
  • Samuel Nunez Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
  • Robert O’Connor Foster Farms
  • Monica Ojcius Center for Human Services
  • Rhodesia Ransom Sow-a-See Foundation, Tracy
  • Jose R. Rodriguez El Concilio – Council for the Spanish Speaking
  • Tsia Xiong Merced Organizing Project
  • John Yarborough Delicato Family Vineyards

2010/2011 Senior Fellows – Class II

  • Oscar L. Cabello, Jr. Wells Fargo Bank
  • Sean Carroll Ross Carroll & Associates
  • Claudia G. Corchado Livingston Medical Group
  • Susan Eggman CSU Sacramento
  • John Ervin Modesto City Schools
  • Kenni Friedman Modesto Community Leader
  • Dan Huber Foster Farms
  • Mark Martinez San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Ildefonso (Alfonso) Nava Planada Middle School
  • Tom Osteen Kaiser Permanente
  • Maria Pallavicini UC Merced
  • Evan Porges Prime Shine, Inc.
  • Sondra Roeuny University of the Pacific
  • Dejeuné Shelton Great Valley Center
  • Ger Vang Lao Family of Stockton

2009/2010 Senior Fellows – Class I (Inaugural Class)

  • Steve Arounsack California State University, Stanislaus
  • Debra Brady First United Methodist Church
  • Debra Brown Kaiser Permanente
  • Wendy Byrd Modesto Junior College
  • Ben Duran Merced College
  • Lisa Finer Wells Fargo Bank
  • Ron Foster Foster Farms
  • John Garamendi, Jr. University of California Merced
  • Kathy Halsey AT&T
  • Flip Hassett United Way of Merced County
  • Dennis Lee Central Valley Asian-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Linda Lopez Office of Congressman Cardoza
  • Noah Lor City of Merced council
  • Virginia Madueno IMAGEN, LLC
  • Marian Martino Martino Graphic Design
  • Pat Patrick Lodi District Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert Santos Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital
  • Cynthia Wagner-Weick University of the Pacific