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The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond is excited to announce the selected participants for the 2023-2024 cohort of Emerging Nonprofit Leaders!
The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program is a dynamic nine-month experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders in the Greater Richmond region. In this engaging program, participants will have the opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of their leadership capacity, advance their understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector, and strengthen their network of nonprofit colleagues. The program has demonstrated measurable results, building a cadre of over 200 talented leaders for the future of our local community for the nearly 20 years. The Community Foundation also supports the network of ENLP Alumni with programming and ongoing networking.
Nonprofit applicants were selected based on their potential to make a significant future contribution to the nonprofit community through assuming higher and increased levels of leadership, show substantive history of involvement in the nonprofit sector through employment, volunteerism, or board service and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development, continuing education, and lifelong learning.
Alex Rooke, Director of Early Childhood Home Visiting, Family Lifeline
Alisha R. Saunders-Wilson, Manager, Early Childhood Development, Thrive Birth to Five
Amber Lancaster, Founder and President, Start 1 Spark
Amma Gatty, Founder / Executive Director, Culture Encounters
Antonio M. Villa Payares, Executive Director, La Casa De La Salud
Ariel Youmans, Manager of Smoky's Spay & Neuter Clinic, Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Benjamin C. Carr, Director of Recovery Services, Caritas
Benjamin C. Cronly, Executive Director, The Byrd Theatre
Caitlin Berry, Health & Wellness Outcomes Manager, Sportable
Carolina Lugo, Director of Programs, Sacred Heart
Christina D. Bonini, Senior Green Infrastructure Projects Development, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Elizabeth Nice, Associate Director of Real Estate Development, Virginia Supportive Housing
Elvira De La Cruz Macedo, CEO, Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center
Katie Heishman, Pastoral Director, Richmond Hill
Kheila S. Jones, Executive Director, Atlantic Outreach Group
Kiaya N. L. Smith, Donor Relations Manager, Richmond Symphony
Kristen Walthall, U.S. Program Specialist, Children Incorporated
Kristin Riddick, Community Housing Programs Manager, Housing Families First
LaChelle M. Lewis, Director of Development, The Valentine
Laurie J. Hunter, Long Term Care Ombudsman Manager, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging
Patricia A Trotta, Housing Resource Line Program Manager, Partnerships for Housing Affordability
Shaletta H. Drawbaugh, Director of Operations, Urban Hope LLC
Susan M. Norkus, Donor Engagement Manager, Children's Hospital Foundation
Analise Adams, Program Director, Shalom Farms
Kate Ayers, Executive Director, Re-Establish Richmond
Raven Bates, Communications Manager & Office Coordinator, Virginia Community Development Corporation
Caroline Browell, Marketing & Communications Manager, Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia
Nausha Brown-Chavez, Program Manager, The READ Center
Sara Buckheit, Post Adoption Program Manager, Children’s Home Society of Virginia
Shannon Castleman, Executive Director, Oakwood Arts
Yong Chae, Finance Director, Senior Connections
Terry Ebright, Food Pantry Manager & Communications Associate, GoochlandCares
Catherine Estevez, Assistant Director, Communities in Schools VA
Diana Fales, Training Manager/Yardi Specialist, Better Housing Coalition
Sakina Jackson, Deputy Director, Child Care Aware of Virginia
Robert Larkin, Training Coordinator, Richmond Residential Services, Inc.
Erin Lingo, Agency Relations Manager, Feed More
Jessica Ramirez, Director of Advocacy & Public Relations, Rx Partnership
Tiffany Thomas, Director of Programs, Partnership for the Future
Lisa Thompson, Child Development Services Program Manager, ChildSavers
Aly Truesdale, Director of Development, Special Olympics Virginia
Sherman Urquhart, YouthBuild Program Director, Pathways
Stephen Vicoli, Transition Coordinator, The Healing Place, CARITAS
Pilar Waters, Program Director, U.S. Referrals, World Pediatric Project
Erin Wischer, Operations Manager, Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
Alle Witt, Grants Manager & Development Officer, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
Mary Beth Yates, Development Manager, Children’s Museum of Richmond
Congratulations to all who were selected to be a part of Emerging Nonprofit Leaders cohort!
MARCH 28, 2023 — The R.E.B. Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership seek to recognize those principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their position to create an exceptional educational environment. Every year, four principals are selected for this achievement – one each from the Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, and the City of Richmond school districts. Each awardee receives a $10,000 cash grant and an additional $20,000 to support a project of their choosing to benefit their school. The runners-up from each district receive a $10,000 award to support their proposed school project.
The following principals were selected as the 2023 winners:
Giuliana Brink, O.B. Gates Elementary School (Chesterfield)
With an R.E.B. Award, Ms. Brink will create a space and more opportunities for students to work collaboratively together. She will transform the school's old computer lab into a STEAM & Innovation Learning Lab to re-introduce and integrate Project/Problem Based Learning for all students.
Christopher Martinez, Patrick Henry High School (Hanover)
With an R.E.B. Award, Mr. Martinez will support the continuation of the school's PHamily Peer Mentors program, as well as create a PHamily Wellness space for staff to support their own mental health and wellness. The award will also support expansion of the PHamily Pantry that serves students and families with essential items such as food and clothing.
Karen Castillo-Rose, Henrico High School (Henrico)
With an R.E.B. Award, Ms. Castillo-Rose will bring joy to her school community by creating spaces for mindfulness including labrynth gardens, outdoor play areas, outdoor seating, and spirit swag for students demonstrating positive behaviors. She will also implement Grief Circles in partnership with Full Circle Grief Center, as well as provide social and emotional learning (SEL) support by engaging curriculum writers to create culturally appropriate curriculum.
Ta'Neshia Ford, Virgie Binford Education Center (Richmond)
Ms. Ford will use her R.E.B. Award to enhance the hands-on skills lab where students can practice various job skills and explore entrepreneurial endeavors. She will invest in virtual reality programming to allow students to take virtual field trips, purchase a driving simulator, and help purchase certifications and licenses needed for her students' employment.
The following candidates were selected as runners-up and will receive a $10,000 award to support their proposed school project:
Matthew Stittmatter, Elizabeth Davis Middle School (Chesterfield)
To create a teacher collaboration space, classroom libraries for every classroom, and an outdoor classroom.
Glynda Smith, Beaverdam Elementary School (Hanover)
To enhance the Beaverdam Community Hub by adding playground instruments, sensory boards, bikes and helmets, art easels, mindfulness signs, and an outdoor classroom to be available to students, families and other community members.
Kevin Schatz, Colonial Trail Elementary School (Henrico)
To create a cricket practice facility and an adaptive cricket program.
Shayla Holeman, Overby-Sheppard Elementary School (Richmond)
To enhance the STEM program, Experiential Learning, and the staff wellness room.
To learn more about how you can recognize an outstanding principal for the 2024 awards program, click here.
SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 — The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond is excited to announce the 2021-22 cohort of Emerging Nonprofit Leaders! “After a yearlong hiatus brought on by COVID-19, we are ecstatic to bring ENLP back to Richmond’s nonprofit community. We’re confident this year’s cohort can look forward to a curriculum that equips them to lead no matter the circumstances,” shared Scott Andrews-Weckerly, Community Engagement Manager for the Community Foundation.
The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program is a dynamic 9-month experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders in the metro Richmond area. In this engaging program, participants can foster a deeper understanding of their leadership capacity, advance their understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector, and strengthen their network of nonprofit colleagues.
This Earth Day, Conserve the Future Fund has announced five new grants totaling $100,000 to support organizations in Greater Richmond that focus on benefiting the environment, conserving natural resources and enhancing regional sustainability. This year’s grants support a wide array of projects, including supporting a K-12 STEM program and the planning & construction for greening a community center.
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Give to the Conserve the Future Fund
City Bees RVA is an engaging, program that demystifies our understanding of honeybees & helps educate the community on the importance of bees in our lives.
Thank you, committee members of Conserve The Future, for your commitment to environmental issues.
The Stettinius Fund for Nonprofit Leadership was established by Cadmus Communications Corporation on the occasion of Wallace Stettinius’ retirement from the Cadmus Board of Directors. The purpose of the Fund is to recognize and support outstanding professionals who provide effective organizational leadership within the local charitable sector. 2016 represents the twelfth year of the awards program.
President & CEO, Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Heather will prepare for and take the Virginia and North Carolina Bar Exams as well as attend the John Marshall Law School’s workshop for fair housing law practitioners, “Litigation Skills and Effective Advocacy under Fair Housing Laws”.
Regional Director of Community Based Services, UMFS
Erica will participate in the Alliance for Strong Families Executive Leadership Institute which is aimed at providing tools to tackle bigger complex systems. Erica will also attend the Adaptive Leader workshop with Cambridge Leadership Institute, focused on flexibility and innovation.
Chief Operating Officer, CARITAS
Karen will earn her Mini MBA through the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Karen will also participate in Executive Coaching; Specialized Advanced Skills Training offered by the Frontier Project; and attend the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference in Chicago.
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$50,000 to support ART 180's community-based after-school youth development programs.
$50,000 to provide general operating support for Maymont.
$40,000 to support the 2016-2017 MINDS IN MOTION program in participating Richmond-area elementary schools, and the expansion of the program to add a team of Teaching Artists and enable more residency programs.
$25,000 to provide funding for educational programming for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts visitors in conjunction with the 2017 exhibition, Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China.
$14,500 to support the purchase of a van for the Possibilities Project.
$25,000 to support The Center for Community Trustbuilding.
$25,000 to implement recreational access, river-based business development, and tourism recommendations of the Regional Rivers Plan.
$50,000 to support neighborhood revitalization activities in Richmond's Northside, including the Financial Opportunity Center, a community safety initiative and a corridor revitalization strategy.
$20,000 to hire a consultant to facilitate both an organizational assessment and strategic planning process to update NRC's three-year strategic plan.
$50,000 to the support the formation of the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust.
$60,000 to support continued provision of rapid rehousing services in Richmond and the Tri-Cities, placing households in permanent housing with time-limited financial assistance and stabilization services.
$25,000 to establish a comprehensive development program that increases the capacity of the CIS of Chesterfield Board of Directors to sustain and expand CIS programming.
$25,000 to provide capacity building support in the area of marketing and fund development.
$50,000 to support the Career Academy for students with disabilities, focused on obtaining employment.
$75,000 to support 250 students in quality after school and summer programming designed to support academic growth and connect students to quality enrichment experiences.
$22,000 to provide experiential programs to students in Richmond's underserved schools.
$50,000 to support the Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), which provides training and assessment for youth service providers in the Richmond region.
$25,000 to support Shared Services Alliance that will centralize key functions of early care providers.
$50,000 to support of FIELD, Family Involvement in Early Literacy Development.
$25,000 to support school-based mental health services for students in Goochland Middle School and 9th grade.
$45,000 to support the Wellness Integration and Learning Gardens programs that improve children's health and wellness through active classrooms, garden lessons, environmental modifications, and policy.
$25,000 to expand programming to low-income families living in extended-stay hotels in the Ashland area, that are being evicted due to a change in City ordinance.
$14,000 to support increase targeted access to fresh, healthy food and education programs in Richmond.
$22,000 to support healthy food production, distribution, and community-based programs.
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