Scenes From 2019 Leadership Los Alamos Graduation Ceremony At Pajarito Ski Lodge Friday

Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) Board of Directors Chair Martha Katko gives Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris a congratulatory hug during the LLA Class of 2019 graduation celebration Friday at the Pajarito Ski Lodge. Morris, a graduate of LLA in 2017, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Among his contributions to the community, Katko mentioned that Morris spearheaded the Rotary Club of Los Alamos project to build a treehouse at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

On behalf of Michelangelo Lobato, the recipient of the LLA 2017 Distinguished Leadership Award, Ex-Official LLA Board Member Debbie Huling, left, accepts the award from LLA Board Chair Martha Katko. Lobato was unable to attend Friday’s celebration. A counselor at Chamisa Elementary School, Lobato also started the Los Alamos Teen Center and helped obtain funding for its facility near Ashley Pond. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Guest speaker LeAnne Parsons uses some visuals to demonstrate what is required to be an effective leader. Parsons is the founder and CEO of Legacy Now Lived, a coaching practice. Photo Kirsten Laskey/

Speaker LeAnne Parsons enlists some volunteers to help out during her presentation. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

2019 LLA graduate and Los Alamos County Housing and Special Projects Manager Andrew Harnden with LLA Board Chair Martha Katko. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left, LLA board member Debbie Hawes and her husband Rick, LLA 2019 graduate Kim Carrasco and her husband Sam and LLA sponsor and Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

2019 LLA graduate Bob Harmon, left, UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney and 2019 graduate Todd Nelson. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LLA Program Chair Kirsten Bell, left, and LLA 2019 graduate and Los Alamos County Library Manager Eileen Sullivan. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left, LLA 2019 graduate Joey Robinson, his brother and Los Alamos County Councilor James Robinson, River Irving along with her mother Emily Irving and father Ofc. Ben Irving, a LLA 2019 graduate. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left, LLA graduation speaker LeAnne Parsons, her husband Doug, LLA 2017 graduate Oliver Morris and his wife and LLA 2019 graduate Kateri Morris. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

LLA Board Chair Martha Katko speaks during the graduation celebration. She told the Los Alamos Daily Post that this year there were 23 graduates. The new session will begin in September and applications are available at She said every class is different. ‘Every year is different. You get a different dynamic … it’s just really great to be involved in the program,’ Katko said.