Leadership – Douglas County, Colorado

At Leadership Douglas County (LDC), we are creating a strong community through our programs for all leaders — civic, business, service, religious and non-profit. Founded in 1999 by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Douglas County helps emerging and recognized leaders expand their skills, and enhance their knowledge of local and state issues, as well as leverage their individual passion to make positive changes in our community.

LDC provides the opportunity for participants to broaden their knowledge of the community while enhancing their leadership skills. The program brings diverse people together to learn from each other, creates an expectation of servant leadership, and builds in real opportunities to teach knowledge and skills.

This signature program is a ten-month opportunity for leaders and emerging leaders to come together to learn about the issues facing our region, and to promote community stewardship, while creating lifelong networks that foster professional goals. The tone for the entire program year is set at an overnight retreat in September. This highly interactive experience focuses on team building exercises that are critical to the successful interaction of the class. The retreat also includes diversity training and an introduction to facilitative leadership.

Hands-on community service projects are a core component of the program experience. The class contributes time and energy to one or more projects. Over the years, Leadership Douglas County has touched the lives of hundreds of people in Douglas County.

Meet the Class of 2014

Victoria Brazitis 
Business Development Coordinator
City of Lone Tree

Juliet Case 
Director of Member Services
Parker Chamber of Commerce

Chris Cooper 
Support Services Manager
City of Lone Tree Police Department

Timothy Friday 
Assistant Director of Utilities
Town of Castle Rock Utilities

Colbe Galston
Business Librarian
Douglas County Libraries

Bradlee Heyden 
Captain, Prof. Standards Div.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Rebecca Hernandez 
Administrative Assistant
Town of Castle Rock Police Dept.

Diane Leavesley 
Executive Director
Douglas County Housing Partnership

Kris Medina 
Executive Director
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

James W. Piper, Jr. 
Division Chief of Training
Town of Castle Rock Fire & Rescue Department

Jill E. Romann 
Chief Deputy
Douglas County Coroner’s Office

Nicole Sanders
Assistant Vice President

Diane Spomer 
Deputy City Clerk
City of Castle Pines

Carleen Thomas 
Staff Development Manager
Erickson Living/Wind Crest Retirement Village

Michael Weakley 
Environmental Health Specialist
Tri-County Health Department

Marian Woodward 
Assessment Manager
Douglas County Assessor’s Office