Who We Are
Founded by the Kitsap Chambers of Commerce and the United Way of Kitsap County in 1993, Leadership Kitsap incorporated in 1993. The first Leadership Kitsap class with 13 members convened in September 1994 and graduated in June 1995. As of June 2015, Leadership Kitsap has graduated 503 servant leaders into the community and developed 83 community service projects throughout the county. Leadership Kitsap strives to achieve these goals:
- To assist emerging leaders in business, government, and the community to expand their skills in and commitment to voluntary civic responsibility.
- To provide these women and men with an understanding of major public policy issues facing the Kitsap community.
- To enhance communication among leaders from diverse backgrounds and interests.
- To facilitate access between emerging leaders and the leadership of the Kitsap community.
The legacy of Leadership Kitsap is alumni who represent a community that is geographically, racially, and professionally diverse. They emerge from the ten-month program with a deeper commitment to civic volunteerism. They work together to provide the leadership needed to address the challenges ahead.
The Leadership Kitsap Board of Directors sets the tone, vision and mission of the organization; it has responsibility for managing and conducting the business of the organization in ways that assure its financial stability and continuity, including its curriculum, policies, and the recruitment and selection of program participants. All board members sign a Conflict of Interest Policy.
2017-2018 Board of Directors
Carrie Eastman, Sanchez, Mitchell, Eastman & Cure (President); John Gese, Kitsap County Seriff’s Department (President-Elect); Cindy Ross, Contract Management Services (Treasurer); Theresa Smith, Kitsap County Public Works (Secretary)
Cary Bozeman, The Bozeman Group; David Emmons, Olympic College Foundation; Jeff Faucett, South Kitsap Fire & Rescue; John Forsman, Suquamish Tribe / Clearwater Casino; Monica Houston, Kitsap Regional Library; Wendie Johnson, The Doctors Clinic; Wendy Kile; CHI Franciscan Foundation / Harrison Foundation; Dora Summers-Ewing, EXIDEO Consulting; Jennifer Yeaman, PSNS & IMF
Jeff Menge, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department (Project Co-Chair); Carli Schmitz, Housing Kitsap (Project Co-Chair); Carl Borg, Executive Director United Way of Kitsap County
Katie Walters, Executive Director
Olympic College, Port Madison Enterprises
Sound Options Group, Watson Furniture Group
A.Y. Petter Family Advised Fund at Kitsap Community Foundation, EXIDEO Consulting, Harrison Medical Center, Michael Milligan and Jeanne E Fund at Bainbridge Community Foundation, Morgan Stanley, United Way of Kitsap County
Challenge Day and Event Sponsors
Advantage Nissan, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Contract Management Services, EXIDEO Consulting, Harrison Medical Center, Holly Ridge Center, Home Builders Association of Kitsap County, Kiana Lodge, Kitsap Community Resources, Kitsap Credit Union, Olympic College Foundation, Panera Bread, Parametrix, Port of Bremerton, Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Port Madison Enterprises, Sanchez, Mitchell, Eastman & Cure, South Kitsap Firefighters Local 2876, Suquamish Tribe, Town & Country Markets
Bremerton Rotary Club
2013, a group of current and former Leadership Kitsap Foundation Board members met to develop a strategic plan. The group first worked to establish a set of guiding principles. These principles included: meeting Kitsap County’s leadership development needs; incorporating servant leadership values into non-servant organizations; and increasing class and Board diversity. Next, the group brainstormed a list of subjects that it felt were necessary to consider in developing a future vision for the organization. For instance: Whom should Leadership Kitsap target for class members? What is the optimum class size? What skills could LK offer a non-servant leadership organization in the community? What would the most efficient business structure of the organization be? To complete its work, the group prepared a list of recommended initiatives for the LK Foundation’s Board to consider. This plan is reviewed yearly in March. View Strategic Plan (pdf)