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Senior Fellows in the News


CPAs With Heart

Congratulations to Gilbert Associates, Inc., President and CEO, Dave Ljung (Class XIII), for inspiring others in his field, including shareholder Bobbie Hales (Current Class XXI.) Under Dave’s leadership, Gilbert Associates received the 2017 Public Service Award from the California Society of CPAs. The purpose of the award is to reward visionary professionals and the firms they lead for extraordinary efforts in serving their communities. 

“We support the community through cash contributions to various organizations, pro bono services to a variety of nonprofits, and board and other voluntary services,” said Dave in an email. “And on our Community Service Day, our entire firm of nearly 70 employees provides support to a variety of charities.


Fellow tapped for Sacramento Police Department Chief

Congratulations to Daniel Hahn (Class XV) who has accepted an offer to become Sacramento’s next police chief.  How will this Senior Fellow incorporate ALF values to run the department?  Here is a hint from a recent article in the Sacramento Bee:

“For over a century, we’ve been dealing with the same exact problems that we are dealing with now in terms of police-community relations. If you look at the late 1800s, the mid 1900s, through Watts in the ’60s and all these other things, you have communities that feel disenfranchised, you have communities that feel like their opportunities for jobs and just quality of life are not the same as other communities, so they are frustrated and they are angry and all of the above. 

It just seems to me like it’s time to end that. It’s time to do something that actually works and quit nibbling around the edges and doing small token things.”

Sounds like we will be in good hands. Good luck Chief Hahn!


Congress Enlightened by Senior Fellow 

Congratulations Kevin Kitrell Ross (Class XVII), for being asked by The White House to lead Congress in its opening prayer on June 20, 2017. “Rev Kev” is the senior minister of Unity of Sacramento. Watch the video


Fellows Bring Home Emmy Awards

The 46th Annual Northern California Emmy Awards honored two of our own last month in San Francisco.

Joyce Mitchell (Class V) received The Governors’ Award, the highest Award a local chapter can bestow.

Joyce, a broadcast-news pioneer for women and a journalism instructor at Sac State for 16 years, is now an independent documentary producer at 4 U Productions. She has four other prestigious regional Emmy® Awards for her documentary work and twenty nominations. Joyce also won an Associated Press California-Nevada Best Documentary award for a program on teens and violence.

An HIV/AIDS activist since 1986, Joyce currently chairs the Sacramento nonprofit Capital City AIDS Fund. Joyce is committed to using television to help raise awareness and improve/save lives.

Rob Stewart (Class XIX) won his an Emmy for “Interview/Discussion-Feature/Segment with Rob on the Road’s 2016 episode Heroes and Helping Hands’ “103-Year Old Knitter.” In this segment, Rob joins spry Bobby Avrut, a woman dedicating her life to ensuring babies in the hospital receive her hand-knitted hats and booties.


Senior Fellow Steps In on One Foot

ALF-MVC favorite Stephen Tse (Class VII) and his wife Maggie celebrated their 47th anniversary in grand style, despite a few setbacks and even a life-changer.

Stephen Tse announced to the Carabiner that his seven-member wealth management team resigned from Merrill Lynch on June 28th and moved to Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

“It was not an easy decision,” Tse said in an email. “Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

Stepping into a firm change is a big decision, especially when stepping in on one foot. Tse was scooping leaves from the pool, slipped, fractured his fibular and has been in a wheelchair/crutches/boot for more than three months. That did not deter the business decision—or the anniversary cruise. The secret to Stephen and Maggie’s long and happy marriage?

“We had an 80-day honeymoon,” Tse explains.  “We drove all over U.S. and toured Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. I always has the last word, ‘Yes, madam!’”

Tse new work email address is




Congratulations to our Sacramento Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award winners, and all the ALF fellows nominated this year by their peers for their professional achievements, leadership, entrepreneurial skills and positive influence in our community.

Nancy Bui-Thompson (Class XIV), is in her third term representing Ward 2 on the SMUD Board of Directors, two of which she served as president. For more than15 years, Bui-Thompson has served as a technology and management professional. She is currently a director at Public Consulting Group in their technology practice.

Cassandra Walker Pye (Class X), founder, 3.14 Communications, is a recent addition to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation board. She has more than 30 years of experience in communications, government and advocacy. She is an executive trainer, strategic facilitator and brand coach.

Dr. Janine Bera (Class XX) is a primary-care physician in Elk Grove, affiliated with Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. She is chief of documentation and coding.

Comstock’s Magazine’s Annual Issue, “She Who Leads, a Salute to Women in Leadership” featured two ALF fellows.


On Leadership:

Britta Guerrero (Class XIV), CEO Native American Health Center

“I remember my aunt used to say to me when I was young, that if for some reason you find yourself with a seat at the table, you save the chair next to you for the next one,” she says. “I’ve really done my best to do that. It’s not been easy.” 

Martha Lofgren (Class IX), Partner, Brewer Lofgren

“I would hope to be transparent. I think in most things we do, it’s best to be pretty open about what you do, [and] be worthy of trust. That way, people say, ‘This is a woman who leads, and I trust the direction we’re going in.’”

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