Cross-section of the community completes 17th Concord 101
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Pictured (left to right) are: front row: Karen Green, Elizabeth Mueller, Pearl Asbury, Esmeralda Aguilera; Row 2: Lynda Womble, Sara Kull, Mylene Matthews, Takhiya Glover, Richard Walkup, Wayne Wilson, Daryl Huffman; Row 3: Mike Womble, Doug Kull,  Alecia Shirley Phifer, Clara Culnon; Row 4: Ramesh Chandanala, Youndolyn Smith, Rod Hanson, Meredith Buskey; Row 5: Pamela Lefebvre, Robert Skillman, Theresa Scott-Stills, Angela Banks-Johnson, Sandra Cusack, Chris Kallio; Row 6: Norman Lefebvre, David Anderson, Robert Stevenson, Kathy Murphy, Donald Watson, Evelyn Barbee; Row 7: Coretta Grant, James Macdonald, Chuck Howard, Ernest Johnson, Frank Hoover, Joanne Evans-Hoover; Not pictured: Ray Brickner, Brittany Craig, John England, Rosa González, Prakash Kammula, James McDonnell, Maria Melendez, Mei Olson, Clifford Patton, and Kimberly Strong.


CONCORD – The Concord 101 class of 2018 was recognized with a graduation ceremony on November 20. This year's class set a participation record for the second year in a row, with 47 active community members who were thanked at the ceremony by Mayor Bill Dusch for their involvement in the program.

Concord 101 is designed to inform citizens about their local government. Participants met on Tuesday afternoons or evenings and learned about what it takes to run City services such as solid waste and recycling, public utilities, police, fire, parks and recreation, and more. The course also included special sessions about Concord’s history, economic development, and tourism. The free 14-week course began in August.

The class was first offered in 2002, and alumni are a diverse representation of the community. Some are now serving in leadership roles in their neighborhoods or on City boards and commissions. Council Members Jennifer Parsley and John Sweat are both graduates of the program.

2018 participants were: Esmeralda Aguilera, David Anderson, Pearl Asbury, Evelyn Barbee, Ray Brickner, Meredith Buskey, Ramesh Chandanala, Brittany Craig, Clara Culnon, Sandra Cusack, John England, Joanne Evans-Hoover, Takhiya Glover, Rosa González, Coretta Grant, Karen Green, Rod Hanson, Frank Hoover, Chuck Howard, Daryl Huffman, Angela Banks-Johnson, Ernest Johnson, Chris Kallio, Prakash Kammula, Doug Kull, Sara Kull, Norman Lefebvre, Pamela Lefebvre, James Macdonald, Mylene Matthews, James McDonnell, Maria Melendez, Elizabeth Mueller, Kathy Murphy, Mei Olson, Clifford Patton, Alecia Shirley Phifer, Theresa Scott-Stills, Robert Skillman, Youndolyn Smith, Robert Stevenson, Kimberly Strong, Richard Walkup, Donald Watson, Wayne Wilson, Lynda Womble, and Mike Womble

At the ceremony, Mayor Dusch encouraged the graduates to take an active role in the community. He also welcomed continuing feedback on City services and programs. The next class will begin in fall of 2019, with applications available in May. Learn more about Concord 101 at

Peter L. Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
Phone: 704-920-5210

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