The Four Star Leadership Alumni Advisory Board is comprised of five alumni who have remained connected and engaged with the program. They have been selected to provide unique and diverse perspectives and assistance in guiding future programming.
The Alumni Advisory Board is a volunteer group, responsible for meeting with Four Star Leadership staff to discuss past experiences and make recommendations for future classes in order to keep the program on the forefront of leadership training opportunities as well as brainstorm ways to keep fellow alumni connected and participating.
Four Star Leadership is excited to lean on the group’s talent to take the program to the next level and is grateful for the Board’s service and leadership in expanding opportunities for future classes.
Garrett "Gator" Falkenstine is currently a junior at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California, majoring in health, medicine & society with the ultimate goal of obtaining a master's degree in sports medicine. He prescribes to a servant leadership lifestyle with a can-do attitude and describes himself as a patriotic, affable, gentle giant. Falkenstine is committed to fostering the Four Star community by combining the 4C's: Caring, Character, Communication and Common Vision as a member of the Alumni Advisory Board.
Riley Juenemann Firestone, Colorado 2016 alumna
Riley Juenemann currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she attends Tulane University. She is finishing up her final year of undergraduate studies as a double major in mathematics and computer science with a management minor. Juenemann has been involved in interdisciplinary research projects in computational biology and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in applied math. With an advanced degree, she hopes to contribute to research and development efforts in biotechnology. She shares that Four Star Leadership gave her the confidence to move halfway across the U.S for undergrad and she still incorporates the 4C’s of leadership: Communication, Common Vision, Caring and Character, into coursework, research, extracurriculars, music and daily life.
Bruny Alonso Orama Miami, Florida 2018 alumna
Bruny Alonso Orama graduated from The Honors College at Miami-Dade College (MDC) with an associate degree in political science. During her two years at MDC, she began to work with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a Lead Student Presenter. Orama is a certified NAMI speaker, and has delivered mental health presentations to both the NAMI board and at the Nicholas Children’s Hospital. She has also worked with the Andrew Goodman Foundation as a Vote Everywhere Fellow and is the executive secretary of Project Global Story, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Currently, she is a junior transfer student at Swarthmore College, working toward obtaining a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in psychology.
Grace Lei Anne Reitzig Wasilla, Alaska 2017 alumna
Grace Lei Anne Reitzig is a successful cadet at the oldest senior military college in the U.S., Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. She is currently a sophomore majoring in international business with minors in naval science, Chinese and accounting. Upon graduation, she plans to commission into the United States Marine Corps as an intelligence officer. She shares that the impact of her time at Four Star Leadership is still rewarding as she gained leadership experience and helpful knowledge.
Jesse Wren Pilot Knob, Missouri 2016 alumnus
Jesse Wren currently attends Truman State University majoring in interdisciplinary education studies. Upon graduation from TSU with a Master of Arts in education, Wren plans to pursue a joint J.D. and Ph.D. in educational leadership. Wren reports that Four Star Leadership had and continues to have a monumental impact on his life both personally and professionally. He reports that he better understands his strengths and weaknesses, is proud of his beliefs and is able to maintain considerate dialogue with those around him. He is able to show respect for those with different beliefs and perspectives, attributing these personal and professional qualities directly to his experience with the four core principles of the program: Character, Common Vision, Communication and Caring. He aspires to use what he learned in the program and the connections made in order to become a leader in the field of education.
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