Deb Dake-Morrell is a Supervising Program Administrator for Valley Water, where she leads the best team ever! Deb and her team work with the community to resolve violations of the Ordinance that protects the creeks and waterways of Santa Clara County. A highly sensitive issue, she brings her background in conflict resolution and human relations to the job on a daily basis. Deb’s favorite part of the work she does is the people and the reward of doing her part to return creek-side land to its natural habitat.
Michael Lin is a tax manager at Johanson & Yau Accountancy Corporation, a CPA firm located right next to San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose. Michael provides tax planning and compliance services for individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates and trusts, and specializes in estate and tax planning, tax return preparation, and conflict resolution for his clients.
I still remember the nervous excitement I felt as I pulled in to the parking lot of Blach Construction for my first day of Leadership San Jose. It was much akin to starting at a new school and having to make all new friends. Luckily, I didn’t have to eat the catered TOGO’s alone in a bathroom stall. In fact, I was privileged to meet and spend the next 8 hours with 35 other amazing cohort members with such different temperaments, talents, and convictions. I left that day with both a genuine appreciation of my fellow cohort members and deeper understanding of myself.
Rosario Neaves is a dynamic, thoughtful, creative communications expert and spokesperson who has driven results for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, regional businesses and local government. She serves as Director of Communications for the City of San Jose – America’s tenth largest city and the center of innovation in Silicon Valley – where she leads a team of Public Information Officers and is driving a comprehensive communications strategy to strengthen public engagement and ensure government openness and transparency.