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Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner

 2020 Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner 

The ALF-MVC board of directors is excited to announce our 2020 Exemplary Leader Honorees: 

    Cassandra Jennings (Class III)

    President & CEO

    Greater Sacramento Urban League







    Arlen Orchard (Class XV)

    General Manager and Chief Executive Officer






    Christina Kazhe (Class XII) 


    Kazhe Law Group, P.C





2019 Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner

The ALF-MVC board of directors is excited to announce our 2019 Exemplary Leaders Awards Dinner: 




 Friday, September 27, 2019

5:30 pm Reception

6:30 pm Dinner & Program

9:00 pm Close


Hyatt Regency Sacramento

1209 L Street

Sacramento, CA 95814


Sponsorships starting at $2,750+ and Tables of 8 at $1,750 are available! Contact our staff at 916-920-5669 for more information. To purchase tickets click here.















 Capital Public Radio

Five Star Bank 

Lucas Public Affairs

PRIDE Industries 

Principal Financial Group

Sierra Health Foundation



University of the Pacific 







Funds raised by the nonprofit ALF-MVC will be used to support ALF programs and to provide scholarships to ensure diverse representation from communities across the region.

The Internal Revenue Service recognizes ALF-MVC as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID no. 91-1792774.  


About our Honorees:

David Hosley, Ph.D.

David Hosley is an expert on mass media and society who has led media and nonprofit organizations in California and Florida.  He is currently overseeing the creation of digital content in 4K for a national public television organization.

Dr. Hosley has more than five decades of media experience, starting as a journalist at 14, and serves as executive producer on public television documentaries for the Center for Asian American Media.  Halfway Home: Asian American Arts in the Central Valley will be shown on stations across the country in May, 2019. 

Last year he won a national award from the Asian American Journalists Association for Arnold Knows Me: The Tommy Kong Story.  Previously, he managed KVIE, KCSM and KQED in public broadcasting, and was a producer, reporter and anchor at news radio stations in San Francisco, New York and Miami.

Dr. Hosley has been active in regional planning efforts serving on the boards of the California Asian-American Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Metro Chamber as well as the Ironstone Concours Foundation, three of three dozen nonprofit boards on which he has served.  He chaired the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture and Environmental Science and was a founding member of the advisory board of the Center for Regional Change Advisory Board at UC Davis.  Dr. Hosley hosted the Great Valley public affairs series which was carried on three television stations in the Central Valley. 

He was the founding executive director of the Great Valley American Leadership Forum chapter and later served on the chapter board while putting in a decade on the ALF National Board. At UC Merced, Dr. Hosley was the President of the Greater Valley Center, Executive Director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, and interim Vice Chancellor for University Relations.

Dr. Hosley holds a co-terminal B.A./M.A. from Stanford University in communications and a Ph.D. from Columbia in sociology.  He’s written a book on the history of foreign correspondence on radio in World War II, and co-authored Hard News on the history of women in broadcast journalism.  Dr. Hosley has taught at the University of Florida, Florida International and three times at Stanford, most recently strategic management in the nonprofit environment at the Graduate School of Business.

An avid amateur athlete, Dr. Hosley played rugby for Columbia University and the University of Florida and toured to Australia and New Zealand with the Hastings Old Boys, was an all-star softball player in San Francisco and Sacramento, and has sailed from British Columbia to Maine and the Virgin Islands.  He currently is a professional rugby referee and serves on the David Williamson Rugby Referee Scholarship committee.

Dr. Hosley is married to gayle yamada, and they are the proud parents of daughter Heather who works for a technology company in San Francisco.


Garry Maisel

 Garry Maisel's commitment to community is evident in his every action as President and CEO of Western Health Advantage (WHA).

As President, Garry has provided leadership at WHA from its start-up in 1996 to current recorded annual revenue of more than $750 million. WHA focuses on improving healthcare access and affordability and is known for developing innovative programs to expand coverage to the uninsured.

The Company's growth and quality earn it a regular spot on the Sacramento Business Journal's annual list of Top 50 Fastest-Growing Companies, most recently in 2015. Garry leads WHA’s growing workforce, which provides award-winning customer service to more than 135,000 members in the Sacramento and North Bay Regions.

In addition to positioning WHA to improve access to healthcare, he also believes in leveraging his organization to support various non-profit organizations and community causes. An active community board member, Garry currently lends his expertise and experience to:

  • WEAVE – Women Escaping a Violent Environment (Past Board Chair)
  • Valley Vision – A Leadership Organization Dedicated to the Sacramento Region
  • Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council (Current Board Vice-Chair)
  • Sacramento Region Community Foundation
  • Mercy Foundation (Past Board Chair)
  • B Street Theatre (Current Board Chair)
  • Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (Past Board Chair)
  • American Heart Association – Sacramento Division (Current Board Chair)
  • The University Foundation at Sacramento State
  • The Chevo Foundation – Dedicated to Parkinson’s Research and Education
  • Meristem – Serving Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum
  • California Association of Health Plans (Past Board Chair)
  • Health Plan Alliance – A National Organization of Provider-Aligned Health Plans (Current Board Chair)

Garry holds a degree in finance and economics from California State University Sacramento and has accumulated 26 years of experience in healthcare plus 10 years in the banking and finance industry, including time as the Chief Financial Officer for a regional community bank. Garry has received numerous awards, including the Sacramento Metro Chamber 2010 Businessman of the Year Award; the 2011 Individual Arts Leadership Award from the Sacramento Arts & Business Council; the 2014 Executive Leadership Award from Community Link Capital Region, and the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award from UCP Sacramento.

Whether he is providing quality healthcare coverage to employers and individuals or expert counsel to nonprofit organizations, Garry Maisel is perfectly suited to lead an organization committed to the people and businesses of the Sacramento and North Bay Regions. 


Cassandra Walker Pye

For over 30 years, Cassandra Walker Pye has enjoyed a successful career in communications, government, politics and advocacy for corporate interests in global, national, state and local arenas. In January 2015, she founded 3.14 Communications, LLC.

Prior to launching 3.14 Communications, she was SVP for APCO Worldwide, a global communication consultancy. In 2003, Pye was appointed deputy chief of staff to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and served on his post-recall election transition team. She is former corporate affairs VP and political director for the CA Chamber of Commerce, executive director for the JobsPAC, director of public affairs for the CA Retailers Association, director of governmental relations for the CA Grocers Association and state relations manager for the Food Marketing Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC. An award-winning writer, Pye is a regular contributor to CA Grocer magazine.

Pye is State Board President for California Women Lead, sits on the Board of Directors for New Way CA, is Board Chair for Street Soccer USA (Sacramento), a director of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and an American Leadership Forum (ALF) senior fellow. She and husband Kelvin have four adult sons. They reside in Sacramento.



Previous Honorees (with titles at time of award)

2018: Congresswoman Doris Matsui, U.S. Representative for California's Sixth Congressional District; Daniel Hahn, Chief of Police, Sacramento Police Department; Faith Whitmore, CEO, Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center

2017: Basim Elkarra, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations- Sacramento; Lial Jones, Mort and Marcy Friedman Executive Director, Crocker Art Museum; Patrick Mulvaney, Executive Chef, Mulvaney's B&L

2016: 20th Anniversary- founders, Sr. Fellows, and sponsors

2015: Kathy McKim, Vice President, External Affairs, AT&T; and Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, City of West Sacramento

2014: Joe Genshlea, Attorney, Genshlea Law; Susan Frazier, Consultant/Community Leader; and Kevin Johnson, Mayor, City of Sacramento

2013: Brice Harris, Chancellor, California Community Colleges; Larry Vanderhoef, Chancellor Emeritus, University of California, Davis

2012: Vicki Barber, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools; Joe Coomes, Sacramento Attorney; and Tom Stallard, Woodland City Councilmember & Former Yolo County Supervisor

2011:  Scott Syphax, President & CEO, The Nehemiah Companies
2010:  Fred Teichert, Executive Director, Teichert Foundation 
2009:  Pat Fong Kushida, CEO, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce 
2008:  Darrell Steinberg, incoming Calif. State Senate President pro tem 
2007:  Allen Warren, President & CEO, New Faze Development, Inc. 
2006:  Dennis H. Mangers, President, California Cable & Telecommunications Assn. 
2005:  Muriel Johnson, Supervisor, County of Sacramento 
2004:  William H. Lee, Publisher, The Observer Newspapers 
2003:  Michael Ziegler, President & CEO, PRIDE Industries 
2002:  Lina Fat, Executive Chef, California Fats 
2001:  Robert T. Matsui, Representative, US House of Representatives 
2000:  Donald Gerth, President, California State University, Sacramento; Joe Serna, Jr., Mayor, City of Sacramento (posthumous) 
1999:  Sandy Smoley, Secretary, California Health & Human Services Agency 

  Previous award winners Michael Ziegler, Sandy Smoley,
   Dr. William H. Lee, Lina Fat, and Dr. Donald Gerth.

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