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The Toll Fellows Alumni blog - sponsored by generous donations to the Toll Fellows Alumni Giving Society - is designed as a place where alumni can share news with each other, get the latest on what's happening with the program and with CSG in general. Any alumni can submit news stories, updates, photos, etc. for inclusion on the blog. Those submissions can be sent to Krista at krinehart@csg.org. Enjoy!
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Gail Finney Representative Kansas Education: B.A. Business Administration and M.B.A Profession: Small business owner Family: Husband, Jerrold, three sons and three grandchildren Pets: 2 dogs, Spike and Rico Hobbies: Gardening and politics 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Leadership has a harder job to do than just to choose sides. It must bring sides together." -Rev. Jesse Jackson 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? In my opinion, an effective leader is one whom emphasizes honesty and integrity, listens with sincerity, openly communicates and is not afraid to stand-up for the people they represent or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Jacqueline "Jackie" Winters Senator Oregon Education: Jefferson High School, Portland OR; Oregon University Continuing Education System Profession: Public Agency Administration, small business owner Family: Four boys, eleven grandchildren, stepson, stepdaughter and beloved late husband, Ted Pets: None Hobbies: Making friends all over the world 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "I expect to pass through this life but once, If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to my fellow human beings - Let me do it now Let me not defer it or neglect it . . . for I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Richard Sliwoski Director, Dept. of General Services Virginia Education: M.A. in International Relations, Salve Regina University; M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies, US Naval War College; M.B.A. Xavier University; M.S.C.E. and B.S.C.E. Worcester Polytechnic Institute Profession: Engineer Family: Wife, Leslie - Sons, Michael (deceased) and Christopher - Daughter, Lauren Pets: Oliver and Bailey, miniature Australian Shepherds Hobbies: None 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Remember, fame is fleeting." 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Treating everyone, no matter what their station in life, with dignity and respect. 3. What is the best piece... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Lonnie Reed Representative Connecticut Education: B.A. Whitman College; M.A. Journalism, University of Washington Profession: Investigative journalist; writer/producer/director- television documentaries & specials Family: Husband, Parker - a blended family of seven children and grandbaby LuLu Pets: Glynnie, a tortoise shell cat who runs the house Hobbies: Skiing, tennis, biking, hiking, kayaking and occasionally sailing other people's boats 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill "Example is leadership." -Albert Schweitzer 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Truly listening... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Dustin "Dusty" Johnson Chief of Staff, Governor's Office South Dakota Education: B.A. University of South Dakota; M.P.A. University of Kansas Profession: Chief of Staff, South Dakota Governor's Office Family: Wife, Jacquelyn - Sons, Maxwell, Benjamin and Owen Pets: None Hobbies: Watching basketball, camping 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "The essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." -Theodore M. Hesburgh 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Hiring good people, setting high expectations, holding people accountable 3. What is the best piece of advice you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Ann Manwaring Representative Vermont Education: B.A. Economics and Business Administration, Ohio Wesleyan University; M.S. Internet Strategy Management/Technology, Marlboro College Graduate Center Profession: Small business owner Family: Single Pets: Black lab, Jim Hobbies: Photography, travel and political/policy junkie 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "The real leader has no need to lead - he/she is content to point the way." -Henry Miller 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Keep focused on the goal, bring others with you. Give staff good training, good reinforcement and give them their wings. 3. What is the best piece of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Alan Williams Representative Florida Education: B.S. & M.B.A., Florida A&M University Profession: Marketing and Business Consultant Family: Wife, Opal - Daughter, Adrianna - Son, Alan Pets: None Hobbies: Reading, basketball, baseball, football and golf 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -Martin Luther King, Jr. 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Effective leadership involves several fundamental principles: critical thinking, social change, decision-making and relationships. Leaders must envision what the world... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Mildred Edwards Executive Director, African American Affairs Commission Kansas Education: B.S. Healthcare Administration, M.P.H and Ph.D. in Psychology from Witchita State University Profession: Executive Director of the Kansas African American Affairs Commission and member of the Kansas Board of Regents Family: Daughter, Leah Pets: No time for pets, would love to have a puppy though Hobbies: Reading, traveling and developing the leadership potential of women 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Leadership develops daily, not in a day." -John Maxwell 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? The very essence of leadership is you have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Elliot Paggliaccio Deputy Comptroller New York Education: M.A. in Social Work Profession: Deputy Comptroller Family: Wife, Wendy - Daughter, Libby - Stepsons, Alex and Spencer Pets: Dog, Lily Hobbies: Tennis, softball, reading and chess 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do and become more, you are a leader." -John Quincy Adams 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? I believe effective leadership requires defining the key guiding principles prior to developing the plan of action. 3. What is the best piece of advice you ever... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Alan Calandro Director, Office of Fiscal Analysis Connecticut Education: B.S. Business, UCONN; M.A.Government, College of William and Mary Profession: Director, Office of Fiscal Analysis Family: Wife, 2 children Pets: None Hobbies: Sports, woodworking 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Ralph Waldo Emerson 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Vision, and the overcoming of obstacles to achieve it. 3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Don't think of ways that things can't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Kyle Yamashita Representative Hawaii Education: Aiea High School, Leeward Community College Profession: Small business owner Family: Wife, Karen - Sons, Dustin and Tyler Pets: Dog, Duke - Cat, Pepper Hobbies: Playing the saxophone and the ukulele 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "If your going to think anyway, think big." -Unattributed 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Shared leadership 3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Be patient. 4. What do you hope to get out of your Toll Fellows experience? One thing I can use that I have never... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Michael Montero District Court Judge Nevada Education: B.S. Oregon State University; J.D. Washburn School of Law Profession: District Court Judge Family: Wife, Jeannette; Daughters, Meg, Madison and Julianne Pets: I own a ranch and have three daughters that love animals. We have nearly everything imaginable, and to my children, everything is a pet. Hobbies: Volunteer work 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? I really do not have one. I hope I will after my Toll Fellows experience. 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Communication and the ability to make the difficult decisions. 3. What... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Jerold "Jerry" Bonnet General Counsel Indiana Education: B.S. Indiana University; J.D. University of Tennessee; M.B.A. University of New Orleans; currently studying Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University Profession: Attorney, General Counsel for Indiana Secretary of State's office Family: Wife, Monica - Sons, Jeffrey and Gabriel - Daughter Rachael Pets: Two dogs, Mr. Wishbone and Mrs. Layla Hobbies: Reading, gardening and cooking 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "In our description of nature the purprose is not to disclose the real essence of the phenomena but only to track down, so far as it is possible, relations between the manifold... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Bernard Dean Deputy Chief Clerk of the House Washington Education: B.A. and M.A. Political Science, Washington State University Profession: Government Executive Family: One daughter in high school Pets: None Hobbies: Reading about history, politics, foreign affairs and global economics, traveling in Europe, watching movies, running and weightlifting 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraining enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." -Theodore Roosevelt 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Michael Summers Delegate Maryland Education: B.A. History, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Profession: Legal/Public Affairs Family: Wife, Marisa and two sons Pets: None Hobbies: Reading and golf 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "To lead, one must follow." -Lao Tzu 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Accessibility - put people first. 3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? No matter what you have been tasked with doing, do it better than it's ever been done before. Strive to go beyond expectations. 4. What do you hope to get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Jason Frierson Assemblyman Nevada Education: B.S. Health Science and J.D., University of Nevada Profession: Senior Attorney, Clark County District Attorney's Office; Assemblyman Family: Wife, Abby - Baby boy due late July Pets: Yellow lab, Midas and and evil Collie mix, Marley Hobbies: Family, travel, weight lifting and fishing 1. What is your favorite leadrship quote? "The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army or in an office." -Dwight Eisenhower 2. What do you think is the key to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Russ Jones Representative Arizona Education: Studied Business Administration, San Diego State and Economic Development, University of Arizona - completed a 3 year work study with U.S. Customs & Treasury Profession: Nationally licensed Customs Broker, Arizona Surplus Lines Insurance Broker Family: Wife, Janet - two children and four grandchildren Pets: Dog and cat Hobbies: Flying, reading, hunting, historical venues and camping 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit." -Ronald Reagan 2. What do you think is the key... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Sean Connaughton Secretary of Transportation Virginia Education: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; J.D. George Mason University Profession: VA Secretary of Transportation Family: Wife, Teresa - Daughter, Courtney - Son, Sean, Jr. Pets: None Hobbies: Running, reading, visiting historic sites 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Happiness and moral duty are inseperably connected." -George Washington 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Working cooperatively with many different types of people and entities in an open and receptive manner seems to bring the best results in both team-building and problem solving. 3. What is the best piece of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Karen Rohr Representative North Dakota Education: PhD Nursing Research/Education Profession: Bioethics and Clinical Research Director Family: Single (husband deceased); three grown children Pets: None Hobbies: Mountain biking, cross country skiing, reading novels 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Leaders are made, not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal worthwhile." -Vince Lombardi "The single most important ingredient in the formula of leadership and success is knowing how to get along with people." -Theodore Roosevelt "A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Dan Saddler Representative Alaska Education: B.A. English, Miami University of Ohio; M.A. Journalism, The Ohio State University Profession: Legislator - former journalist, PR professional, legislative staffer and governor's press secretary Family: Wife, 13-year old twins and two adult stepsons Pets: 2 dogs, 1 rabbit, 3 chickens, 1 hedgehog, 1 bearded dragon and too many birds to count Hobbies: Flying (private pilot), songwriting and performing, and reading 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke 2. What do you think is the key to effective... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Mike Brubaker Senator Pennsylvania Education: B.S. in Agronomy, West Virginia University Profession: Senator Family: Wife, Cindy - three adult children Pets: Cat, Stripes Hobbies: Reading, gardening, walking, golf 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Effective communication, clarity and vision are a leader's most important tools. 3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Whan you expect the best from people,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Spencer Cronk Commissioner of Administration Minnesota Education: B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison Profession: Commissioner, MN Department of Administration Family: Partner, Brendan Pets: None Hobbies: Staying active (running, biking, golfing), traveling and learning history. 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." -Harry S. Truman 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Listen but be decisive. I value the philosophy of 'servant leadership' - that as public officals, we must serve the needs of our constituents and listen to our stakeholders. However, at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Jim Schowalter Commissioner, Dept. of Management & Budget Minnesota Education: B.A. Macalester College; M.P.P., Harvard Kennedy School of Government Profession: Commissioner, MN Dept. of Management & Budget Family: Wife, Stephanie - Daughter, Julia - Son, Sam Pets: Mack (aka Gus Gus) Hobbies: Cooking and home construction 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Culture eats strategy for lunch." 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Adapting. Accept that there may be a difference between your plan and what the world serves up. 3. What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Treat others with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Bruce Fitzgerald Acting Director, Emergency Management Agency Maine Education: B.A. Political Science, University of Maine Profession: Acting Director, MEMA Family: Single Pets: Cat, fish Hobbies: Travel, skiing, kayaking, outdoor activities 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better." -Harry S. Truman 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? I believe a leader is only as good as the people he/she surrounds themselves with.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at Toll Fellows
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Raul Burciaga Director, Legislative Council Service New Mexico Education: B.S. Health Sciences, Chapman University; J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law Profession: Attorney; Director, NM Legislative Council Service Family: Wife, Marty - Son, Michael - Daughter, Marisa - Granddaughter, Samantha Pets: Dog, Diva Hobbies: Dallas Cowboys, reading nonfiction, some photography 1. What is your favorite leadership quote? "May people and government respect the rights of all. Among individuals as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace." -Benito Juarez 2. What do you think is the key to effective leadership? Consistency, professionalism, integrity, open-mindedness, follow-through and commitment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Toll Fellows