The sixth class of Leadership Lake Houston celebrated the graduation of 22 individuals from various industries across the Lake Houston area May 9 in a ceremony held at Italiano’s restaurant in Humble.

Graduates of Class Six are: Ian Adler, McCord Development; Erica Badamo, The Village Learning Center; Austin Bird, Berkeley Eye Center; Robyn Choiniere, Picture It Sold Real Estate Photography; Chase Christianson, Kingwood Medical Center; Chris D’Camp, Walgreens; Rene DeLaricheliere, CenturyLink Communications; Jonathan Frey, Humble ISD; Kathleen Goerner, Humble ISD; Asdrubal Gutierrez, Harris County; Daniel Kilgore, Pearson Carpet Care; Eric Lacey, True Love Christian Church and Childcare; Kathy Lemman, Community Bank of Texas; Sagan McClure, Lone Star College-Kingwood; Morgan McGrath, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce; Kayla Price, Price Financial; Tricia Racine, Memorial Hermann Northeast; Britney Samperi, Community Resource Credit Union; Mandy Stelzer, Lake Houston Family YMCA; Betti Welch, Insperity; Rachel Williamson, Chick-fil-A, Wilson Rd./Beltway 8; and Jennifer Wooden, City of Humble.

After the graduation ceremony, the class was introduced to one of the newest chamber programs, Leadership Lake Houston Alumni, with a Champagne toast and information about the program, which is specifically for those seeking to continue their education within the community with those who have gone through the leadership program.

The purpose of the Leadership Lake Houston program is to help local leaders develop and build their skills to enable them to make an impact on the growth and vitality of the community. Being part of the program also provides an opportunity for area professionals to develop relationships with other community stakeholders and fellow classmates.

The selection process is competitive, with a limited number of applicants chosen each year for the program. Once selected for the program, each applicant will attend one-day sessions, once a month for eight months, to learn about various aspects of the community and will receive training for successfully serving on committees and boards. Session topics include economic development, government, justice and public safety, education, health care and social services. The program fee is $895 with partial scholarships available.