Pictured here are the 2011 BARLA graduates and members of the BARLA Advisory Committee.

Members of the 2011 Bay Area REALTOR® Leadership Academy (BARLA) successfully completed the program this week. This year’s BARLA graduates are Sue Bose, Kevin Cole, Debra Cummins, Desiree Docktor, Anne Hansen, Penelope Huang, Linda Scheifler Marks, Mike O’Neill, Robert Pedro, Gema Smith, David Steil, Frank Vento, Jane Volpe and Aaron Wheeler.

BARLA is an alliance spearheaded in 2009 by past SILVAR president Julia Truesdale Keady involving members of the three neighboring Associations – SILVAR, the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® and the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. The goal is to develop a leadership program designed to identify, train and develop existing and emerging leaders to serve and advance organized real estate.

Participants this year attended full-day sessions held monthly through September. The curriculum featured theme-oriented sessions which gave participants an overview of organized real estate’s impact on local, state and federal issues, candidates, non-profits and communities.

Members of this year’s Advisory Committee are Suzanne Yost (Chair), Julia Truesdale Keady (Vice Chair), David Tonna, Karl Lee, Jeff Bell, Al Louie, Barbara Lymberis, Suzan Getchell-Wallace, Debbie Sharp, Marianne Osberg and Association Executives of the three associations.