Meet the 2015 Henry Toll Fellowship Class!

 


 

 

 

 
Marvin L. Abney
Representative           
Rhode Island
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "You cannot lead from behind."
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Raumesh Akbari
Representative
Tennessee
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Nothing about my life is lucky. Nothing. A lot of grace, a lot of blessings, a lot of divine order, but I don't believe in luck. For me, luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity. There is no luck with you being prepared to handle that moment of opportunity. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for the moment that is to come."

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Elliot Anderson
Assemblyman
Nevada
 
Favorite Leadership Quote:  "Lead, follow, or get out of the way; If you slept, you had enough time."
 
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Paul Baumbach
Representative
Delaware

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "When the people lead, the leaders will follow. Nobody cares what you know, until they know you care."
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 
Bev Benson
State District Court Judge
Hennepin County Fourth Judicial District
Minnesota

 

Favorite Leadership Quote:"Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead 50 percent of your time in leading yourself--your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct, invest at least 20 percent leading those with authority over you and 15 percent leading your peers."
 
 
 
 
 

 


 

 

 

 

Suzanne Bierman
Assistant Director
Division of Medical Services, Department of Human Services
Arkansas

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality."
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Amy Alexander Carter
Representative
Georgia
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership is not a designated position; it's a phenomenon. It is people following people because they want to, not because they have to."
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Kevin “Coach” Christie
Representative
Vermont

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Benjamin Downing
Senator
Massachusetts

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "History will never accept difficulties as an excuse."
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Becky Edwards
Representative
Utah
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Fetsco
Executive Director
Board of Parole
Wyoming 

 

Favorite Leadership Quote:"The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Blaine Finch
Representative
Kansas

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Daniel Forestal
Reresentative
Indiana

 

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Chris Hall
Representative
Iowa
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "A good teacher takes a little more share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit."
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Lee Harris
Senator
Tennessee
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Senator
Oregon

 

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Semper Gumby (always flexible)"
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Lewis Holley
Representative
North Carolina

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Service is the rent you pay for your time her on earth."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Shevrin Jones
Representative
Florida

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "I will not die the man that could have been, but never was."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Michelle L. Kirby
Senior Legislative Attorney
General Assembly
Connecticut

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determinations."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
Todd Lakey
Senator
Idaho

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 
Robert B. Lancia
Representative
Rhode Island
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
Lucas Lentsch
Secretary of Agriculture
South Dakota
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Stefanie Mach
Representative
Arizona

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "May your choices reflect your HOPES, not your fears."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Matsumoto
Representative
Hawaii
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
Valerie McCartan
Chief of Staff
Senate Democratic Caucus
Delaware

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "A true leader does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his/her actions and the integrity of his/her intent."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
Anne K. McKeig
Family Court Presiding Judge
Fourth Judicial District
Minnesota
 

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "True leadership is only possible when character is more important than authority."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Andrew McLean
Representative
Maine

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

John H. Merrill
Secretary of State
Alabama

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Some men see things as they are, and say Why? I dream things that never were and say Why Not?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

John M. Mizuno
Representative
Hawaii

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leader - a true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He or she does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of their actions and the integrity of their intent. In the end, leaders are much like eagles, they don't flock; you find them one at a time."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Deanne M. Mosley
Executive Director
State Personnel Board
Mississippi
Favorite Leadership Quote: "The most successful leader of all is one who sees another picture not yet actualized."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Michael Mower
Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the Governor
Utah
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Adrienne Nelson
Circuit Court Judge
Oregon Fourth Judicial Department, Position Four
Oregon
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, only plan, but also believe."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Ramón Luis Nieves
Senator
Puerto Rico

 

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Meg O'Leary
Director
Department of Commerce
Montana

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person-to-person. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
Paul D. Pate
Secretary of State
Iowa

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "There's no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Joyce Peppin
Representative
Minnesota

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "A leader, once convinced a particular course of action is the right one, must have the determination to stick with it and be undaunted when the going gets rough."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Tom Phillips
Representative
Kansas

 

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Price
Representative
Michigan
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Seek first to understand, then to be understood."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 
Claire Rouillard
Representative
New Hampshire

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Don't find fault, find a remedy."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Hilda Santiago
Representative
Connecticut
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "A leader is a person who stands for something and inspires others."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Sargent
Representative
Wisconsin
 
Favorite Leadership Quote:" You must do what you think you cannot."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
Representative
Illinois
 

 


 

 

 

 

Michael Sprinkle
Assemblyman
Nevada

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "You don't need a title to be a leader."
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 
Valencia Stovall
Representative
Georgia

 

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Everything rises and falls on leadership."
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Marc Theriault
General Counsel
Administrative Office of the Courts
Kentucky

 

Favorite Leadership Quote: "We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most foreign will become what we most trust and find most faithful."

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Toll
Representative
Vermont

 

 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Terri White
Commissioner
Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Oklahoma
 
Favorite Leadership Quote: "At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in."