Advancing Leadership Class of 2019 Graduates, Class of 2020 Open for Applicants

Join Advancing Leadership in celebrating the graduation of our 2019 ALA class! This dynamic group of leaders represented 17 businesses and 10 cities throughout King and Pierce County and completed two team projects for organizations in our community: The YES! (Youth Employment Service) Network and the Federal Way Day Center.


Meeting monthly from September - May, the ALA 2019 class learned how to apply individual strengths to leadership work, addressed current issues in regional and local sectors including government, education, social services, economic development and diversity and equity, networked with key local and regional leaders and applied their training to their chosen projects.


The YES! Network team partnered with the Federal Way School District and the local business community to organize and put on a series of training sessions and a job fair helping students with barriers to employment find summer jobs and learn valuable professional skills including interviewing, resume preparation, workplace etiquette, customer service and more.


The Federal Way Day Center team worked with the Federal Way Day Center (a local organization partnering with Catholic Community Services to address homelessness) to build their new website, launch Friends of the Federal Way Day Center and build support and awareness of Day Center services with a Battle of the Bands at the Federal Way Farmers Market.


Members of the 2019 ALA class are: Anissa Stella (TOTE Maritime), Asha Bhaga (Highline College), Chantel Arnone (St. Francis Hospital), Claudia Lawrence (FWCAT), Dan Dizon (FWPS), Deanna Simons (Key Compounding Pharmacy), Derrick Wheeler-Smith (FWPS), Diane Lyons (MSC), Eric Suckoll (SKFR), Gina Duckett (Qualstar Credit Union), Holly West (Columbia Bank), Jacqueline Garcia (Highline College), Jeff Mundell (FWPD), Joe Bowman (Integrity Life Church), Julie Westfall (SKFR), Keith Pon (FWPD), Kimberly Brazier-Preston (Valley Cities), Lana Bulanova (Trimark Hospitality & Federal Way Rotary), Layne Winter (SKFR), Paul Ross (FWPS), Ron Kurosky (Eagle Tire & Automotive), Sarah Asay (Keller Williams), Shawna Morency (MSC), Sue Bergman (FWPS), and Tony Pagliacco (Boeing).


Graduation is open to the public and will take place Wednesday, June 12, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Integrity Life Church, 37603 28th Ave. S., Federal Way WA 98003.


Are you interested in developing as a leader, expanding your knowledge of local and regional issues and building your network? Applications are now being accepted for the ALA Class of 2020. The link to apply is on the Advancing Leadership website:


For more information contact Amye Bronson-Doherty at