Leadership Richardson graduates Class XXXII

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June 02, 2017
Applications are still being accepted for the 2018 Leadership Richardson graduating class. To learn more, click here. For more information, contact Kim Quirk

This month Leadership Richardson graduated its Class XXXII of future community leaders. The program, which consists of monthly all-day classes about all facets of community leadership, has graduated over a thousand local participants since its founding.

“The program’s success comes from… the strength of the syllabus, the active engagement and involvement of so many civic leaders and the legacy of its graduates,” says Kim Quirk, executive director of the Leadership Richardson program.

Carmen Williams, a strategic transportation analyst at Lennox International, was initially pushed to join Leadership Richardson last year after a leader from her organization saw her passion for the community.

“The program attracts leaders and equips them with the tools and… the resources to go forward and make an impact,” says Williams. “Class XXXII… has poured love over me and I will forever do the same for each of them.

Rane “Renaissance” Burress, a branch office manager for Transamerica Financial Advisors, felt the program was a great way to introduce herself to the Richardson community.

“Having recently moved to Richardson I was encouraged to apply for the program by many who had gone through before,” says Burress. “I learned more about my community than I ever would have on my own.”

Past participants have talked about how much it changed their outlook on leadership.

“As a Leadership Richardson alumna, I can attest to benefiting in many ways,” Leadership Richardson alumna and current member of the Richardson Board of Directors Beth Kolman said in an editorial last year. “I’ve enjoyed serving several terms on the city’s Cultural Arts Commission, and am currently the chair, but I would not have been aware of the opportunity to participate without hearing about it in LR.”

This year, the class had 42 students, the largest class yet.

“[A larger class] means more future leaders who have a broader knowledge of Richardson, as well as more friendships,” says Quirk.

Quirk says that the mantra of the Leadership Richardson program is that “You don’t graduate from leadership, you graduate into it.”

“Our hope… is that we have opened their eyes to the numerous ways an individual can impact their community,” says Quirk.

Listed below are the 42 graduates of Leadership Richard’s Class XXXII:
Karah Altman, Richardson ISD
Henry Arnold, Prestonwood Property Analysis
Jan Arrant, Methodist Richardson 
Tera Ashley, Pampillonia Jewelers
Jean Bono, JKBono Consulting
Rane Burress, Transamerica Financial Advisors
Warren Caldwell,  Homes North Texas
Sherry Daswani, Concentra
Maureen Doherty, Alexander Marketing Group
Megan Foreman, US Congressman Sam Johnson's Office
Rose Galloway, Richland College
Iram Hasan,  University of Texas at Dallas
Greg Hawkins,  Recreation Consultants of Texas
Hilarie Houghton, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Heather Hurd,  Frost Bank
Jane Ito,  CommScope
Marcie Johnson, The Johnson Firm
Jennifer Justice,  Strasburger & Price
Preston Knowlton,  Cushman Wakefield
Jeff Kort, Munn and Morris Financial Advisors
Scott Kramer, State Farm Insurance
Kristin Kuhne, Communities Foundation of Texas
Jeryn Laengrich, Cariloop
Matt Marcotte,  T-Mobile/MetroPCS
Marsha Mayo,  Retired
Kelly McBrayer, Texas Republic Bank
Diana Moore,  Cisco Systems
Ron Nag, Texas Instruments
David Nethery, Ameriprise Financial
Amit Patel, Jackson Walker
Coby Pewitt, Richardson Police Department
Nan Phillips, Nan Phillips Art and Glass Sculpture
Firuza Savchenko, State Farm Insurance
Kiki Schuck, Texas Instruments
Rhonda Sinz, ANBTX Insurance Services
John Spriggins, Richland College
Hunter Stephens,  City of Richardson
Rob Sullins, General Dynamics
Amy Taylor, Eisemann Center
Ed Whitesell, Technology Consultant
Carmen Williams, Lennox International
Elana Zelony, Congregation Beth Torah