Twenty-four leaders participate in 30 hours of professional training through May

HENDERSON, Nev. – Leadership Henderson recently accepted and announced its class of 2013, the 13th graduating class of the program offered by the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The 23 community and business leaders will receive more than 30 hours of professional leadership development training, which began with a two-day kickoff event in October and will continue through May. During the next seven months, participants will meet with Southern Nevada decision makers and 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.

Class participants include Shelley Bishop, operations manager for Bishop Air Service; Ebony Black, associate director for DeVry University; Bill Bokelmann, owner of Maxx Promotions; Jason Chan, market development manager for Century Link; Diwen Chen, manager of strategic development network for St. Rose Dominican Hospitals; JC Cudiamat, senior sales and marketing officer for Nevada State Bank; Lisa DeBenon, director of Beautiful Savior Lutheran School; Mariya Fedorchenko, senior risk management for NV Energy; Alex Fugazzi, partner and attorney for Snell & Wilmer; Lisa Garland, casino host for Emerald Island Casino; Aviva Gordon, partner and attorney for Ellis & Gordon; Barbara Harmon, human resources manager for Olin Chlor Alkali; Matt Hortt, head librarian for adult services at Henderson Libraries; Matt Hutchings, senior partner and president of Dolomite Technologies; Marcus Kline, business relationship manager and vice present for Nevada State Bank; Courtney Lancaster, human resources, safety and security supervisor for the Regional Transportation Commission; Savannah McBride, account executive with Trosper Communications; Margaret McKenzie, provisional manager for Desert Living, Inc.; Scott Muelrath, president and CEO of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce; Melanie Myer, partner with Partners Insurance Company; Gary Thompson, attorney with Chasey Honodel; Kevin Tillis, patient access manager at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals; Cody Walker, economic development officer for the city of Henderson; and Deborah Winiewicz, director of transformational care at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals.

“Leadership Henderson delivers a unique network experience for the business elite,” Muelrath said. “I am very proud to be a part of the Class of 2013. It’s been a long time coming for me to be able to participate in the program, and I very much look forward to working with such exemplary people.”

During the experience, participants will choose a local organization to partner with as part of their service to the community. The Class of 2012 aligned with the School Based Health Center at Basic High School, raising more than $30,000 for the free medical clinic for Henderson schoolchildren.

“The success of the program lies with the volunteers who support it,” said Rebecca Fay, director of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board and a 2007 graduate. “Most of our Foundation Board is comprised of Leadership Henderson graduates. It’s a testament to the professional development training that lends itself to its participants. Our current class and alumni of the program are the cream of the crop as it relates to Southern Nevada.”

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.

“Our alumni have a great grasp on the type of individuals who will not only benefit from this development program, but in turn, will ultimately lend their talents to the vision of Leadership Henderson and that is to continue building our community for years to come,” said Amber Stidham, Leadership Henderson steering committee chairman and a 2006 program graduate.

For more information on the Leadership Henderson program, contact Rebecca Fay at 565-8951 or

Leadership Henderson s a non-profit organization that operates under the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation.