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Leadership Development Ceremony Recognizes 36 Students in Orange County

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On December 8, 2022, nearly 100 guests came together for a Recognition Ceremony to celebrate those who completed Cal State Fullerton’s Fall 2022 Leadership Development for Public Agencies certificate program. This program is offered through CSUF Extension & International Programs (EIP) and aims to help emerging public leaders further develop successful leadership skills and behaviors.

CSUF EIP works directly with Orange County agencies, which nominate and sponsor an employee to participate in this highly-coveted, semester-long training. In Fall 2022, 36 employees from 13 public agencies completed the program!

“Since 2007, over 600 public employees have successfully completed our Leadership Development certificate program,” says CSUF EIP Program Manager Winnie Kang-Abreu. “It’s wonderful to see the impact that this program has on so many students’ educational and professional lives.”

The graduation was held virtually and included three guest speakers: Debra Leahy (Dean for Extension and Associate Vice President for International Programs, CSUF), Charlene Reynolds (Airport Director, John Wayne Airport, Orange County) and Michele Warren (Director of Human Resources, Golden Empire Transit District).

Here is the list of agencies and graduate names. Congratulations to all who completed the program and the many who have already earned a promotion!

City of Anaheim

  • Shant Boodanian
  • Katherine Harrell

City of Costa Mesa

  • Fanni Acosta
  • Anna Baca
  • Olivia Rogers

City of Fullerton

  • Cinndy Barrios
  • Travis Kowalec
  • Kristi Nordell
  • Amber Vera

City of Irvine

  • Kavita Deepak
  • Karen Gerardo
  • Claudia Landeras-Sobaih
  • Kristina Perrigoue

City of Tustin

  • Erica Demkowicz

County of Orange

  • Rosanne Jin
  • Ron McClellan

Golden Empire Transit District

  • Nicholas Hubbert
  • Robert Williams

Irvine Ranch Water District

  • Esteban Rendon
  • Melody Seesangrit

Lutheran Social Services Southern California

  • Lakesha Campbell
  • Mirian Rodriguez

Mesa Water District

  • Kaying Lee
  • Camille Shehadeh

OC San

  • Sterling Harris  
  • Matthew Killion
  • Rebecca Long

Orange County Transportation Authority

  • Jose Esparza 
  • Jonathan Lee
  • Josue Valle

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • James Barnewolt
  • Bear Dolbeare
  • Ana Gallardo
  • Patrick Lujan
  • Wade Prater
  • Clarence Tinney

Interested in joining the next Leadership Development for Public Agencies certificate program? Talk to your agency’s human resources department for nomination and sponsorship and visit

Debbie Vengco