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

Lee Wochner
CEO & Creative Strategist
Counterintuity LLC

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

Jan Britz
Burbank Unified School District

Board Member and Legal Counsel
Ernie Burger
Burger Law Group

Past President / Treasurer – Current
Gary Olson
Burbank Chamber of Commerce

Fundraising Chair
Barry Gussow
Keller Williams

Joy Forbes
Community Development Director
City of Burbank

Michael Walbrecht
Vice President Public Affairs
Warner Bros.


Board Members

Alethia Calagias
Community Relations Specialist
Logix Federal Credit Union

Michael Cusumano
Real Estate Investor
Cusumano Real Estate Group

Tom Engman
King King Alleman & Jensen

David Escobar, CFP
Vice President
UBS Financial Services, Inc

Dale Fontanez
Project Manager Technology Development
Sempra Utilities SoCal Gas Co.

Jamie Keyser
Manager, Community Engagement
The Walt Disney Company

Barbara Miller
Burbank PTA Council

Scott Rife
Self Employed
Private Banking

Eric Schockman
Woodbury University

Susan Sebastian

Jef Vander Borght
Vander Borght Group

Terry Walker
Director, Participant Service Center
Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans

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

Bill Wiggins
Executive Director
Automation Plating Corp.


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 Unified – 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