The ALP Board of Directors represents a broad spectrum of membership representing communities across the nation.
David Sachs grew up in Baltimore, moved to MA for college and stayed for nearly 20 years. During that time, he married, went to graduate school and began a career in leadership development. He moved back to Baltimore in 2005. David's passion is to create transformational learning experiences. He has pursued this professional passion in higher education (Harvard Business School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, and the Maryland Institute College of Art) and the corporate sector (T. Rowe Price).
Our program is a single program equivalent to the flagship or core programs offered by other organizations. 10 months in duration. While we meet for a day/month similar to other programs, we supplement those full-days with a variety of field experiences (e.g. police car ride-a longs, overnights at transitional housing shelters, visits to key social service providers and economic assets), evenings at cultural institutions and lunches with civic leaders. The programs objective is to help participants become more effective civic leaders in Baltimore by helping them to develop a better understanding of the regions challenges and assets, building a network of authentic collaborative relationships, and strengthening their civic leadership skills.
In Cheri Gangers' role as director of community programs, she is responsible for the Chambers community engagement programs, including Leadership Twin Cities and the Minnesota Keystone Program. She also provides support for the Chambers Executive Womens Council and Small Business Committee. Prior to joining the Chamber, she held positions with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Saks Incorporated. She studied Political Science and Latin American studies at the University of Iowa.
Christopher has been the Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Austin since 2014. He has served three tours on the Leadership Austin Board and was Chair in 2013, then interim CEO for eight months and then he was asked to serve as CEO. Christopher Kennedy is a community engager focusing on building the interpersonal and communication skills that forge successful working relationships with clients, consumers, boards, public-private partnerships and community leaders. He is the CEO of Leadership Austin and is a small business owner. Before starting his businesses and working at Leadership Austin, he had a 22-year career at the Lower Colorado River Authority responsible for managing all administrative functions that supported the public utility needs in the 58 county Central Texas service area. He serves on the advisory councils for the Austin Young Chamber, Young Women’s Alliance of Austin and the Junior League of Austin, a member of Austin Area Research Organization (AARO).
Andre Santiago, Vice President for Programs, oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of all programs at Leadership Greater Hartford as well as the organizations extensive consulting and training services. Having joined the staff at LGH in 2007 as a program assistant, he has risen through the ranks serving as Program Director overseeing youth programs and then as Senior Program Director. In the course of his tenure, he has had involvement with and/or provided leadership to most of the core programs offered by LGH. He has served as the LGH lead in numerous consulting and training contracts including Hartford Decide$ (the city-wide community engagement project in which the citizens identify and select capital projects throughout the city) and the Community Policing Leadership Institute now serving the fourth cohort of Hartford police officers. He is a certified Enneagram trainer and frequently is a facilitator in LGHs Consulting & Training services.
Andre has served on numerous boards and currently serves on the Board of InterCommunity, which provides physical, mental health and addiction services. Andre is a member of the 2016 class of Hartford Business Journals 40 under Forty, which recognizes outstanding young leaders in the region. He was recently elected to the national Board of Directors of the Association of Leadership Programs.
Executive Director, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, LA - A South Louisiana native, Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As a student, Ashleys passion for developing leaders inspired her to develop and launch UL Lafayettes interdisciplinary minor in leadership studies. Upon graduation, Ashley joined the team at Girl Scouts of LouisianaPines to the Gulf leading their recruitment and retention efforts to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana, a non-profit designed to convene, build, and activate leaders in the Acadiana community. Under her Leadership, LIA has grown its programming, launched a new brand, and implemented its first strategic commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Baginski joined Leadership Lake County in January 2012. She has over 35 years of experience in communications, marketing and management in public, private and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Baginski was Laketrans first Director of Public Relations and Marketing from 2000 through 2010. During that time, she earned numerous national awards for communications and was an annual presenter at the American Public Transit Associations Marketing & Communications conference. Prior to Laketran, she was the Director of Development for Society for Rehabilitation, a nonprofit rehabilitation agency for children and adults with disabilities. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University in the College of Education.
She has been a long-standing and active member in the Mentor Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Governors Council on People with Disabilities Youth Leadership Forum, and Leadership Lake County. She is a graduate of Leadership Ashtabula 1996 and Leadership Lake County 2004. Dr. Baginski graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in May of 2016.
Dr. Baginski earned her Associate of Arts in Business from Lakeland Community College in 1996; Bachelor of Arts in Management at Ursuline College in 2000; her Master of Arts in Education from Marietta College in 2008; and her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education with a specialization in Leadership and Life Long Learning from Cleveland State University in 2011. Her dissertation was a narrative study the lives of students serving in New Orleans in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina and the role community service played in preparing them to be there.
She is a member of Lakeland Community Colleges Hall of Fame. In 2008, she received the Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award from Governors Council on People with Disabilities for positively impacting the lives of students with disabilities. In 2014, she was a recipient of Lakeland Community Colleges Woman of Achievement Award.
Terence is a public service leader at the University of Georgia, where he has demonstrated exceptional abilities in curriculum development, facilitating leadership training, providing technical support to leaders in the state of Georgia, delivered multiple programs focused on strengthening communities and exceeded all expectations by aiding, building, and instilling leadership confidence in individuals to enable them to positively impact on their communities.
While at the Fanning Institute, Terence worked with several nonprofit organizations, community leadership programs, and youth to develop and deliver programs that advance leadership development in individuals and organizations. His expertise includes program start-up and development, large-scale systems reform, training, consulting, administrative support and coaching, board development, strategic planning, conflict transformation training, and executive coaching. He also has experience helping community leaders with performance issues and building healthier communities in underserved areas stricken with the challenges of poverty, poor education, and gangs.
Terence also worked on several Public Service and Outreach programs, including the PSO Facilitation Academy, Great Commitments Student Tour, and New Faculty Tour.
Since arriving at the Fanning Institute, Terence has received the 2019 Sisson Community Leadership Development Award and was named Vice President of Staff for the UGA Black Faculty and Staff Organization.
He serves as chairman of the elder board at MC3 Church, as well as president of the Men‘s Ministry. Other related civic affiliations include serving as a member of the board of directors for the Decatur-DeKalb YMCA, approved U.S. Chamber facilitator, Hephzibah Children's Home/Hephzibah International Ministries and National Youth Advocate Program, VP of the Tip Off-board at Parkview High School. He is also an active Rotarian and board member in DeKalb County, Georgia. He is a graduate of Leadership DeKalb 2009, Leadership Georgia 2010, and program chair for leadership Georgia 2012.
Terence has more than 30 years of experience as a leader in the public service arena.
Tami serves as the Director of Leadership Development for the Greenville Chamber working with Chambers Leadership Development programs. Tami has served as a State Examiner for the South Carolina Governors Quality Award and served on the Board of Examiners for the National Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. Her backgrounds in the education and corporate sectors combined with her passion for the community have intersected in her current role with the Greenville Chamber connecting individuals to their passions in the community by engaging and inspiring the current and future leaders of our community.
Nicole A. Morristell is currently the director of Leadership Lackawanna, (Scranton, PA) a 501(c)(3) charitable, nonprofit organization dedicated to community leadership and professional development. Its five programs - Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Leadership U, Core, Executive and Welcome Scranton! - enhance the skills, connections, and knowledge of emerging and established leaders, enabling them to better serve in our communities, workplaces, and organizations. Established in 1982, Leadership Lackawanna has graduated more than 2,300 community leaders.
Nikki comes to Leadership Lackawanna from the local Girl Scout organization where she served in several positions over the years. She is a 1998 graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School, Tunkhannock, PA and a 2002 graduate of Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.
Nikki is actively involved with The Nature Conservancy, Countryside Conservancy, Association of Leadership Programs, Supporters of Camp Archbald, and Haiti Partnership.
Training language instructors from multiple cultures while studying applied psycholinguistics in Mexico City sparked Mike's lifelong interests in human behavior and communication.
Over 25 years, Mike served as a Tri-lingual interrogator in the U.S. Army, established his first company by the age of 25, motivated people to excel at his fitness Boot Camps, and served as a Regional Manager for an international healthcare company based in the United Arab Emirates. A former on-call interrogation analyst for CNN, Mike has been interviewed hundreds of times for TV, radio, newspapers and magazines. He participated in nine documentaries in the past 15 years; "Songs of War" won an International Emmy.
Under Mike's leadership for the past 11 years, Leadership Rhode Island has received numerous accolades, including the Excellence in Public Service Award by Common Cause RI, two National Innovation Awards from the Association of Leadership Programs and three Community Outreach Awards from the RI Press Association for public forums in partnership with The Providence Journal and Rhode Island College. LRI’s innovative Make RI Stronger social enterprise is recognized by Gallup as an inspiration for the global strengths movement.
On the heels of serving as the Rhode Island Chairman for the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve since 2012, Mike spearheaded the national transformation from an executive strategic subcommittee to ESGR's first board of directors since its inception in 1972. He was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service before being recruited to serve as President of the board of FORGE, a national nonprofit focused on decreasing veteran suicides through The Overwatch Project.
Mike is a board member for the Association of Leadership Programs and co-creator of the National Leadership Network representing 700,000+ community leadership program alumni across the country.
Executive Director, Ottumwa Leadership Academy, IA.
Hollie was hired to launch Ottumwa Leadership Academy as its Executive Director in 2012. Hollie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Central College and has a wealth of experience in leadership, strategic planning & marketing, public relations, and public speaking. She is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, a certified Speaker, Trainer, Coach with the John Maxwell Team and holds a Diversity & Inclusion certificate from Cornell University.
Prior to joining Ottumwa Leadership Academy, Hollie was the Program Director for the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Additional roles held earlier in her career include Communication Coordinator at Ottumwa Regional Health Center, Public Relations Coordinator at William Penn University, and Chamber Director for the Albia Area Chamber of Commerce. Hollie and her husband Dan have two children: Jessica and Carson.
Lisa Winkelbauer serves as the Director of Leadership Orlando, a program of the Orlando Economic Partnership. Her responsibilities include all program planning and execution for all Leadership Orlando programs, including two classes per year and the alumni association. She has been with the organization for 23 years. Prior to that, she was the Director of Leadership Osceola County. Leadership Orlando started in 1975. It is a regional program, covering seven counties in Central Florida.
Lisa‘s involvement with ALP has been a programming/content committee member for the 2019 Annual Conference in Tulsa and host of the 2022 Annual Conference in Orlando.