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Music for Minors director invited to Harvard forum

Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management selected Music for Minors Executive Director Sonja Palmer to participate in its program July 14-20.

Palmer will join 140 nonprofit leaders at the program, which provides a forum for senior executives to examine their nonprofits’ missions and develop new implementation strategies in the face of changing operational environments and rising financial pressure. The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits nominated Palmer and will help sponsor her participation.

Music for Minors provides music education programs in elementary schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, reaching 17,000 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Palmer said she hopes to hone her management skills through the opportunity and assist Music for Minors as it transitions to a larger scale.

For more information, call 237-9130 or visit www.mfm.org.

MVHS graduate heads Navy squadron

The U.S. Navy named Cmdr. Ryan J. Bernacchi commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 192, the “Golden Dragons.”

Bernacchi, son of Elli Bernacchi of Los Altos, attended Loyola, Blach Intermediate and Mountain View High schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego before joining the Navy in 1996.

Bernacchi earned his wings in 1999 and numerous honors during his Navy career. The Navy presented him with the Individual Air Medal (with combat distinguishing device), Strike/Flight Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals (with combat distinguishing device), Navy Achievement Medals and various unit and campaign decorations. He has accumulated more than 3,000 flight hours and 450 carrier-arrested landings. As commanding officer, Bernacchi will oversee a squadron of more than 200 personnel.

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