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asba's Kristen Wilson accepted into the Generation Next Program

Tuesday, August 17, 2010   (0 Comments)
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ASU Lodestar Center announces Class III of Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy

PHOENIX— The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the third year of its Generation Next Nonprofit Leadership Academy (Gen Next). Twenty emerging, nonprofit leaders from the Valley were selected through a competitive application process to participate in the program’s third cohort. The 9-month program is comprised of best practice approaches to leading and managing nonprofits from renowned professors and practitioner instructors at ASU as well as established nonprofit leaders from organizations that engage with the ASU Lodestar Center.

This year’s cohort includes:

· Arlene Alen, Horses with Heart

· Sue Ellen Allen, Gina’s Team

· Carl Balderson, Upward Foundation

· Mary Chou-Thompson, St. Vincent de Paul

· Kerri Cole, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

· Emis Cox, Vangent

· Dawn Craft, Valley of the Sun Association for the Education of Young Children

· Jenna Diaz-Gonzalez, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

· Melissa Gable, Friends of Animal Care & Control (FACCs)

· Ciara Garcia, Tu Nidito Children and Family Services

· Shay Huff, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

· Virginia Johnson, Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona

· Kathryn Kelewae, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS)

· Karl Kleinebreil, Arizona Children’s Association

· Rebecca Klima, Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk

· Meagan Kukowski, City of Hope

· Courtney B. Langer, Community Alliance Against Family Abuse

· Malissa Stawicki, The Art Institute of Phoenix

· Karin Szymanksi, The Arizona Partnership for Immunization

· Kristen Wilson, Arizona Small Business Association

Each program day will focus on different topics relevant to the nonprofit community in Phoenix, including, but not limited to, public policy and advocacy, collaboration, and community development and outreach. Additionally, participants will complete group capacity building projects for various organizations in the Valley.

"I’m looking forward to building on the last two year’s of successful classes and growing an even stronger program,” said Laura Capello, Manager of Community Relations and Special Projects. "The program continues to attract some of the best and brightest young professionals in the nonprofit sector and their participation in this program truly strengthens our community.”

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit:

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