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Catalyst Leadership Program – Class X Graduation

The Catalyst Leadership Program celebrated Class X’s graduating class on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Governor’s Council Room at the California State Capitol.

Welcome remarks were given by SACC Chief Operating Officer, Frank Louie, followed by remarks from Office of the Governor Appointments Secretary Mona Pasquil. Mona shared “A piece of humble pie a day never hurt any one.”

New to the program this year, Program Director Julius Cherry offered comments on his first year and his gratitude to each of the graduating students. He offered a final piece of advice to graduates by stating “You’re old at 40 if you stop learning, but you’re young at 80 if you keep learning.”

The fourteen graduating Catalyst students were given the opportunity to share their experience with the program and introduce the non-profit organization that they partnered with. Some partnering non-profits included Invictus Foundation, API Next, Institute for Internal Auditors, My Sister’s House, WALK Sacramento, Gateway Community Charter, Capsity, Light House Family Resource Center, Phillppine National Day Association and the Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation.


Graduating Class X Students:
Alyssa Chow, Family Wealth Law Group, LLC
John Costa, PG&E
Rosie Dauz, My Sister’s House
Dmitri Godamunne, Capsity
Nikki Khamsouksay, Sacramento State University
Kirin Kumar, WALK Sacramento
Bianka Melecio, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce
John Na, SMUD
Tam-An Nguyen, Kaiser Permanente
Alex Shigenaga, Sacramento State University
Jennifer Simek, PRIDE Industries
Kathleen Soriano, University of Southern California
Jenny Tipple, Kaiser Permanente
Laura Vo, SMUD

The success of this program wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors:
Kaiser Permanente
PRIDE Industries
Sacramento County Airport
California State University, Sacramento

More photos from the celebration can be found on our Facebook page:

Our application for Catalyst XI is now available online:


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