LEADERSHIP SEACOAST ELECTS OFFICERS FOR 2012-2013 ———————————————————————–

Leadership Seacoast, a non-profit organization fostering informed and engaged leaders, recently returned from its annual retreat where the organization, elected officers for the 2012-2013 year. Carol Walker Aten was elected to serve as chair of the board of directors. She will be replacing outgoing chair, Angela Carter, who is retiring from board service after serving two successful terms (six years) for the non-profit organization. Patrick Closson was newly elected to serve as vice-chair of the board of directors; Rick Dexter will continue to serve as the organization’s secretary; and Cindy Boyd will be stepping down as treasurer, a position she has held since joining the board in 2007, but will be sharing responsibilities with the newly elected Callie Car until June. All elected officers will serve a one-year term ending in June 2013.

Approaching its 25th year of broadening awareness of regional issues, Leadership Seacoast is a six-month program of study where members of the seacoast community from various business backgrounds are exposed to all aspects of community dynamics. Students learn about area issues and how individuals or groups can build better, brighter, smarter communities. “I am extremely excited about my new position and about the amazing non-partisan programming Executive Director Jennifer Wheeler has helped bring to our community—and to our region.” said Walker Aten, incoming board chair. “Leadership Seacoast serves as a catalyst for moving a community forward, there is no better time to apply to the program, and challenge your assumptions and expand your horizons.”

Annually, 30-35 individuals from local businesses, government, general community, and non-profit sectors are accepted into the program which features varied points of view on issues affecting the seacoast community. The nomination process has begun and applications are currently being accepted for the 2013 program year. For more information, visit www.leadershipseacoast.org