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Graduates of the Fall 2019 Supervisor Academy

27 County Leaders Graduate from the Fall Supervisor Academy

Author: Human Resources
Date: 12/13/2019 4:36:11 PM

Graduates of the Fall 2019 Supervisor Academy

Congratulations to the 27 leaders who graduated from the Fall 2019 Supervisors Academy! Academy graduates were celebrated at the December 10th graduation ceremony for completion of the County’s 12th leadership academy for supervisors.  Executives and managers from each graduate’s department attended the graduation ceremony to honor their supervisors for this accomplishment.

Since the fall of 2014, 350 County Leaders have graduated from a five-day Supervisor Academy.  The Learning and Development Center, in partnership with the Centre for Organization Effectiveness, holds two Supervisor Academies each year for up to 30 County employees in supervisory positions.

In order to participate, supervisors must be nominated by their departments. The academy allows these supervisors to build skills and confidence in communication, delegation, leading teams, coaching, performance management and providing feedback, decision making, conflict resolution and facilitating meetings.  Participating supervisors also build a network of peers from across the County – people they can turn to for guidance, ideas and best practices as they apply the tools and information they learned, in their work.

Wade Horton, the County Administrative Officer, spends time in the academy describing his vision and answering questions.  Wade explains to the group, “Supervisors impact teams helping our community. Their influence in motivating, engaging, and supporting staff is essential in making a difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Tami Douglas-Schatz, Human Resources Director, also spends time with the academy participants speaking about the results of the 2017 Employee Engagement Survey and explains, “Your role as leaders, supervising your teams, is foundational to the engagement, motivation and contribution of your employees. Everything you do and say matters.” 

If you are a supervisor and are interested in attending a future Supervisor Academy, please let your manager know that you would like to be nominated by your department. The next Supervisor academy will be a regional academy with participants from other employers in San Luis Obispo County.

Fall 2019 Supervisor Academy Graduates




Jackson Luepke

Ag Commissioner

Kenn Burt

Central Services

Rachel Gerber

Child Support Services

Kelley Simmons

Clerk Recorder

Shannon Negrete

Health Agency

Gina Forgette

Health Agency

Jennifer Taranto

Health Agency

Kristin Ventresca

Health Agency

Michael Coughlin

Health Agency

Heidi Gavlak

Health Agency

Caroline Johnson


Melissa Blanchard

Public Works

Brendan Clark

Public Works

Charlotte Erlin

Public Works

Nola Engleskirger

Public Works

Nick Johnson

Public Works

Doug Spang

Public Works

Josh Vasquez


Robert Clark

Planning & Building

Lacey Minnick


John Armstrong


Amanda Martinez

Vet's Services

Hans Poschman

Social Services

Andi Franco

Social Services

Susie Hernandez

Social Services

Maribel Martinez

Social Services

Brandi Lees

Social Services

Alisha Spalding