Leadership Academy kicks off with community project

The 15th anniversary Robert Mayer Huntington Beach Leadership Academy kicked off with a new facilitator, President and CEO of Performance Excellence Partners Rachel Ramirez. With her came the concept of a group project focusing on the community, allowing the class to have their specific legacy when they finish the program in July of 2019.
The goal of the leadership academy is to identify, motivate and prepare our next civic and business leaders. The annual 10-month academy has provided young professions with leadership development in Huntington Beach. Participants gain an understanding of local government, public safety, education and healthcare systems as well as the city’s business figures, economic climate and social uniqueness. Through panel presentations and learning sessions led by community leaders and subject experts, the academy presents a wide spectrum of views rather than advocating for specific programs or particular solutions.
The Class of 2019 includes participants from the public and private sectors, including representatives from both small and large businesses.
This year’s class roster is:
Rachel Butler, The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
Eric Dieterman, Huntington Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division
Angie Florence, The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel
Kevin Keller, Visit Huntington Beach
Debbie Killey, Republic Services
Kathryn Levassiur, Huntington Beach Short Term Rental Alliance
Tim McGrath, Golden West College
Cheryl McKenzie, Huntington Beach Union High School District
Amit Patel, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
Elahine Perez, Pacific Shores Boutique
Courtney Robinson, Ed.D, Ocean View High School
Tracy Rosas, The Boeing Company
Cathy Scott, Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa
Brian Seitz, Huntington Beach Police Department
Teresa Taylor, Cre8ive Experiential Partners
Brittany Tesmer, Visit Huntington Beach
Mark Thornberry, Huntington Beach Fire Department
Corvi Urling, Planet Home Lending
Tyler Witte, Virtual Office Solutions
Shawn Wood, Student Movers, Inc.
As the leadership academy moves through the programming, each participant becomes aware of current community issues and challenges and in the process builds a network of support and opportunities with each member of their class.
The program facilitates the growth of community leadership by educating professionals with special attention paid to integrity, vision, personal responsibility, commitment and community trusteeship. The class project affords each participant the unique opportunity to develop their potential for public responsibility and leave a lasting impression on their community as they work toward advancing an organization’s goal or solving a shared problem.
The academy starts in September and goes through July. The application period closes the last day of August prior to the start date. For information and to apply, please visit

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