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Congratulations to future health leaders

April 24, 2009

Sometimes the connections made by the Community Foundation link individuals to opportunities that will help them and the community. That’s the case with the recent selection of 21 winners for the Ladder to Leadership program, which awarded fellowships through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership in nine locations across the country.

Our area winners will participate in a 16-month leadership curriculum, including face-to-face training sessions, individualized executive coaching and team project work.

“Health is such an important priority for our community,” said James McCrary, Senior Program Officer of the Community Foundation. “We are proud to be part of making it possible for emerging nonprofit leaders to take advantage of this excellent training. By participating as fellows, they will not only enhance their professional growth but add to the number of skilled health professionals who can provide needed leadership in the greater Birmingham area.”

Winners receiving the fellowships for training to begin in 2009 are: Julie Beckham, The Literacy Council; Anna Bloom, Autism Society of Alabama, Martin Bohnenkamp, The Samaritan Foundation; Kathy Bowden, Oasis Women’s Counseling Center; Barbara Buchanan, Planned Parenthood of Birmingham, Jennifer Caraway, YWCA of Central Alabama; Patricia Cornelius, Lakeshore Foundation; Sharon Elam, The Safe Place, Suzette Harris, Jefferson County Department of Health; Curt Harrison, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham; Lisa Hatcher, AQAF; Holly Hilton, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham; Beth Johns, United Way of Central Alabama; Allison McGuire, Sowing the Seeds of Health at UAB; Mike Mitchell, The ARC of Jefferson County; Maria Norena, UAB Minority Health and Disparities Center; Genesis Player, Exchange Club Family Skills Center; Jeralyn Powell, Media for Health; Judy Prince, Cooper Green Mercy Hospital of the Jefferson Health Care System; Rachel Reinhardt, Jones Valley Urban Farm, and Christie Mac Segars, Children’s Aid Society.

Congratulations to this great group. We know they will be part of building a brighter future for our community in the important area of health.

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