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Application for
the Class of 2016
now available!

Leadership Kitsap Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations
Now Being Accepted


To nominate go to:
Nominate LK Alumni Leader Here




Save the Date:

Leadership Kitsap Happy Hour

Wednesday, May 27th @ 4:30 - 6:30P

Featuring Leadership Speaker:

Meisha Rouser

Cloverleaf Sports Bar & Grill

1240 Hollis Street

Bremerton, WA 98310


Leadership Kitsap Class of 2015 Graduation Celebration - June 23rd @ Kiana Lodge

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy Hour begins at 5:00pm

Dinner is served at 6:00pm

Cost: $50 per person

Come celebrate the Class of 2015 and their accomplishments.

Please RSVP to Kathy Nelson

360-782-1058 or exdir@leadershipkitsap.org

Community Sponsors

Challenge Day/Event Sponsors
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Leadership Kitsap Foundation Welcomes

Katie Walters as Next Executive Director

Katie Walters has been named the next Executive Director of the Leadership Kitsap Foundation. Walters will replace Kathy Nelson, retiring after serving as Executive Director for 10 years June 30, 2015. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of the Leadership Kitsap program including fundraising, marketing, and curriculum development. Walters’ background uniquely suits her to assume this role. Walters is a long-time resident of Kitsap County. She brings over 20 years experience in non-profits and education. She was most recently the Marketing and Community Relations Director at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Prior to that role, she was a Communication Studies Adjunct Professor for Olympic College and freelance Communications Specialist. Walters currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Kitsap Regional Library, representing Central Kitsap and Bremerton.   Walters shared,“I am honored and humbled to assume the role of Executive Director as Leadership Kitsap celebrates its 20th year serving our community. I look forward to making a positive contribution to the vision and mission of Leadership Kitsap.” 

Walters is a graduate of the Leadership Kitsap Class of 2014. She has a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations with a Minor in Political Science from Gonzaga University. Walters holds a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Washington.


Thank you to all the supporters of Leadership Kitsap!

Over $7,200 was raised during the 24-hour community philanthropy drive. All

proceeds benefit the Hanten-Berger Scholarship Fund. Thank you Kitsap County!

Leadership Kitsap Outstanding Alumni Award Nominations Now Being Accepted – DEADLINE - MAY 31st


LKAA is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award. This annual award recognizes an alumnus who best exemplifies a servant leader in the community. Nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2015.

The award will be presented at the 2015 Graduation Ceremony on June 23rd at Kiana Lodge. For more information, contact David Emmons demmons@olympic.edu or Kathy Nelson, LK Executive Director, at exdir@leadershipkitsap.org.

To nominate go to: Nominate LK Alumni Leader Here

Leadership Kitsap Class of 2015 Community Service Projects

Team One– Aspire2Inspire
Diana Brink, Miah Davis, Gracie Johnson, Kelly Meade, Dedra Miller, Jim Mohr
The Aspire2Inspire Team is partnering with Q Youth Resources, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education, community, and a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth. In conjunction with our partner, we are organizing Camp Q, a 3-day, 2-night leadership retreat for LGBTQ youth living in Kitsap and surrounding counties.  The retreat provides a supportive environment that empowers youth to embrace their individual potential and to improve their leadership skills and to network with other youth. The team’s goal is to create a youth leadership experience for the Q Center that can be sustained for future years as a permanent activity of the center. Camp dates are April 24-26, 2015 at YMCA Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor. Project Needs:  donations to help cover costs associated with staying at the YMCA camp, meals, snacks, and materials for activities.  Contact Jim Mohr at jimmohr1@yahoo.com for more information or to help.

Team Two – Dare2Share
Monica Bernhard, Trish Chargualaf, Russ Clithero, Pam Davis, Talia DeCoteau, Robin Henderson 
Dare2Share’s community partner is ShareNet Food Bank located in Kingston.

ShareNet provides the greater Kingston area with emergency food provision, screened emergency power and rental assistance for clients faced with shut off notices or eviction and a weekend take home food program for school children.

Dare2Share’s goal is to increase community awareness by holding a symposium, raise funds for capital improvements and replenish food supplies by holding food drives at local school athletic events. The Suquamish Tribe has awarded a $5,000 grant to ShareNet. A luncheon fundraiser is being planned in the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal community on Friday, March 27, 2015. Contact Pam Davis at pamenise3@gmail.com for more information or to help.

Team Three – SHINE (Sharing Hope In our Neighborhoods Everyday)
Cori Berg, Rick Feeney, Tim Maule, Deirdre McKeel, Kristy Yeadon, Mark Yergeau 
Team Shine, Sharing Hope In (our) Neighborhoods Everyday, has partnered with Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound.  Team SHINE is organizing two events. The first event is a Health and Safety Fair on March 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Orchard Heights Elementary located in Port Orchard.  There will be multiple health provider booths, games, a Zumba class, gardening workshop, and a bike rodeo.  Our second event will be hosted in May and will be a Dodgeball tournament, at Sidney Glen Elementary, featuring a playoff between law enforcement and fire district personnel.  Project Needs: assistance with some of the games and bike rodeo as well as set up and clean up. Contact Kristy Yeadon at kyeadon@gmail.com or Mark Yergeau at myergeau@skfr.org for more information or to help.

Team Four – Team Decisive?
Chad Enright, Garrett Jackson, Andi Reed, Konnie Strom, Deborah Welsh, Marvin Young
Team Decisive? is partnering with Kitsap Foster Care Association (KFCA).  The team will be conducting a first-of-its-kind survey assessing Kitsap foster families, revamping the internet presence of KFCA, updating informational handouts, and hosting the annual Appreciation Dinner on May 20, 2015. Project Needs: help with web design, graphic design, some extra hands to work the Appreciation Dinner, and of course cash, in-kind donations, or other possible leads to funding sources.

Contact Garrett Jackson at g.jackson.brem@gmail.com for more information or to help.

Leadership Kitsap's Positive Impact on Kitsap County

For over 20 years, Leadership Kitsap service projects have helped to strengthen and transform the entire community. Each year, our service projects significantly impact the lives of thousands of Kitsap County residents.

Explore the positive impact of Leadership Kitsap service projects through our Community Impact Map.

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