Business professionals learn how to become effective leaders during 19th year

HENDERSON, Nev.The Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation recently announced the Leadership Henderson class of 2019, which features local community and business leaders. During the program, students will receive more than 30 hours of professional leadership development training and meet with Southern Nevada decision makers to learn about Henderson’s key topics and infrastructure.

The Leadership Henderson program works to strengthen and educate community leaders by providing participants with in-depth insights into a variety of issues impacting residents of Henderson and Southern Nevada. Sessions include interactive panel discussions and exercises with top-level business, civic and governmental leaders.

The 2019 Leadership Henderson class includes: Verabella Aster, owner of Aster Signing Services; Hazel Branch, senior manager of human resources at Levi’s; Sgt. Anthony Branchini, Henderson Police Department; Asia Dean, director of strategy and business development, Dignity Health; Alexa DeFalco, branch manager, Wells Fargo; Melisa Eichbauer, general manager for Findlay Volkswagen; Melissa Eure, project coordinator for G.C. Garcia, Inc.; Eric J. Gilliland, senior director in employee relations, College of Southern Nevada; Paul Haber, business development for XIT Solutions; Katrina Hone, director of operations, H1 Law Group; Surya Katikireddy, process engineer for VSR Industries; Shakita Kirkland, adult services lead, Henderson Libraries; Daniel Lake, director of security and emergency management, Dignity Health; Kim MacClafferty, relationship manager for Bank of Nevada; Melanie Marcano, resource development manager, Miracle Flights; Christina Martin, owner of Diced Kitchen; Chris Martin, site director for RDI Corporation; Royal Marty, CEO, Substrata; Elizabeth Mercier, tax manager for Campbell Jones Cohen; James Millington, COO, Inc.; Chris Molina, attorney for McDonald Carano; Kristine Neiman, human resources, City of Henderson; Dave Reichart, realtor, DG Realty; Sue Rodrigues, owner of My Coach Sue; Amanda Stanek, partner, Encore Group; Wade Takashima, owner of Creative Fit; Jamie Thalgott, assistant city attorney, City of Henderson; Jonathan Via, business banking officer for Nevada State Bank; Steve Weggeland, owner of Liberty Lock and Security; Leticia Wells, assistant director, College of Southern Nevada; and Lorraine Williams, director of business development, Opportunity Village.

Soon, the Leadership Henderson Class of 2019 will partner with an organization to help raise funds for projects that build a better community.

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Leadership Henderson is governed by the Henderson Chamber Foundation Board and guided by a steering committee. The majority of the participants have been identified and recruited by alumni of the program and all were chosen through a selective application and interview process.

For more information on the Leadership Henderson program, contact Kelly Green, Leadership Henderson director, at 702-565-8951 or

Leadership Henderson is a nonprofit organization that operates under the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a nonprofit corporation organized to manage and distribute funds and resources to further the development of the community through activities that are exclusively charitable, scientific, or educational. The Foundation is responsible for the creation and success of both the Henderson Business Resource Center (a business incubator) and the Leadership Henderson program.

For more information about the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation, visit