Leadership Los Alamos Profile: Jonathan Creel

Leadership Los Alamos 2015-16 graduate Jonathan Creel. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA News:

Enrollment is open through June 25 for the Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017 and everyone is welcome to apply.

Between now and then, the Los Alamos Daily Post is publishing a series of Q&A profiles on recent LLA graduates who talk about their experience in the program.

Leadership Los Alamos is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax exempt organization founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing our area.

In the Leadership Los Alamos program, participants learn as much about themselves as they do about leadership, teamwork and the community. To learn more, visit About Leadership Los Alamos and Applying to the Program.

The Leadership Los Alamos profile series continues with 2016 graduate Jonathan Creel, director of interpretation at the Los Alamos Nature Center:

LLA: How many years have you lived and/or worked in Los Alamos?

Creel: I moved here two years ago to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center staff. 

LLA: Why did you enroll in Leadership Los Alamos?  

Creel: Two former graduates, Liz Martineau and Alex Zubelewicz encouraged me to join because I was eager to learn more about the resources, opportunities and needs in Los Alamos. This is a fantastic community and I wanted to identify ways to help the community and find potential collaborations with other groups and organizations.  

LLA: What was your biggest “take-away” from the class? 

Creel: By far the biggest take away would be the friendships I made throughout the class. Our conversations and activities highlighted community needs and really opened my eyes to ways we all can help make Los Alamos an even better place to live. 

LLA: What are you doing with what you’ve learned? 

Creel: I am actively reaching out to other organizations and individuals in hopes of forming partnerships that will help promote all of our community organizations. Creating a long-lasting, community activity that focuses on sustainability or restoration of our natural environment is now a personal goal for me. LLA helped me identify some areas of need where I can really make a difference.