Leadership Burbank


About Leadership Burbank

Leadership Burbank is a community-based organization that offers a nine-month leadership training program for people who live or work in Burbank.
Through a hands-on curriculum, leaders and emerging leaders have the opportunity to enhance their personal and professional skills, gain a deeper understanding of community dynamics, and build a network of colleagues and associates throughout our city.
It is hoped that graduates will use the insights and contacts they develop through this program to enhance performance in their current endeavors and to enrich the community by involvement with local civic, government, business, religious and/or nonprofit groups.

Board of Directors | Class Schedule | Supporters

Board of Directors


Executive Board

Barry Gussow
Keller Williams World Media Center

Board Development Chair
Greg Bowman (Ed.D)
Retired Superintendent
Burbank Unified School District

Vice Chair
Mike Thomas 
MT Commercial Cleaning Service, Inc.

Tom Engman
King, King, Alleman, & Jensen

David Escobar
Vice President
UBS Financial Services

 Legal Counsel
Ernie Burger
Burger Law Group

Fundraising Chair
John Mazur
Senior Sales Account Executive

Gary Olson 
Burbank Chamber of Commerce

Michael Walbrecht
Vice President Public Affairs
Warner Bros.

Board Members

Lucy Burghdorf
Public Relations and Government Affairs
Bob Hope Airport

Alethia Calagias
Community Relations Specialist
Logix Federal Credit Union

Michael Cusumano
Real Estate Investor
Cusumano Real Estate Group

Dan Evans
Times Community News Editor
Los Angeles Times

Vicki Fenton 
Director of Facilities
Nickelodeon Animation Studios

Vic Georgino


Georgino Development

Barbara Howell
President and CEO
Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Renee Johnson

LBAA President
Burbank Senior Apartments
Cusumano Real Estate Group

Jamie Keyser
Manager, Community Engagement
The Walt Disney Company

Tom Kissinger
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Burbank Unified School District

Ken Nielsen

Woodbury University


Jack O’Neill

The O’Neill Group, LLC

H. Eric Schockman

Chair and Associate Professor

Center for Leadership
Woodbury University

Cristina Spratt

Senior Property Manager

Worthe Real Estate Group

Nerissa Sugars
Short + Sweet Media

Terry Walker

Community Relations

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Shanna Warren
Chief Executive Officer
Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and GEV


Class Schedule

Leadership Burbank begins in September of each year and culminates with the graduation in May of the following year.

Classes are held one Friday per month for nine months. Each class will meet from 8 a.m. t o 5 p.m. and will focus on topics such as:

  • Principles of Leadership
  • Simulated Societies
  • Dynamics of Community
  • Economic Viability
  • Infrastructure
  • Arts and Education
  • Safety, Social Justice and Tolerance
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Environment

The Leadership Burbank program is facilitated by the Department of Organizational Leadership at Woodbury University. 



  • Automation Plating Corp.
  • B&R Enterprises
  • Burbank Bob Hope Airport
  • Burbank Chamber of Commerce
  • Burbank Community YMCA
  • Burbank Temporary Aid Center
  • Burbank Council PTA
  • Burbank Unified School District
  • Burger Law Group
  • City of Burbank
  • Counterintuity, LLC
  • Cusumano Real Estate Group
  • Hotel Amarano
  • King, King, Alleman & Jensen
  • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • Sempra Utilities SoCal Gas Co.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and GEV
  • Warner Brothers
  • Woodbury University