Fourth Leadership San Juans class graduates May 30

Leadership San Juan Islands newest class will graduate May 30, 3-5 p.m. at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center.

David Bentley, Carrie Burke, Georgeana Cook, Anna Maria deFreitas, Grisha Krivchenia, Christine Miller, Gail Leschine-Seitz, Kyle Loring, Paul King, Tracie Red Elk, Anji Ringzin and Amy Windrope will present their proposed service projects and receive certificates of completion.

Commencement speaker will be Merle Lefkoff, PhD, co-founder of the Madrona Institute. A special review will be presented by Cynthia-Stark Wickman. Refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public.

Smuggler’s Villa and Heartwood House on Orcas Island, and Lopez Islander Resort contributed to the program. Each participant was also sponsored in part or wholly by his or her employer or a local nonprofit.

This year, the following sponsors provided support: Hospice of San Juan, St. David’s Episcopal Church, San Juan Prevention Coalition, Spring Street International School, San Juan County Community Network, San Juan Island School District, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, San Juan County Fair Board, Friends of the San Juans, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lopez Island Family Resource Center and the San Juan Initiative.

Leadership San Juan Islands fosters local leadership skills through the study of culture, local government, economics, education, environment, history and social services. Visit

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