Namedropper 9/19/2018

September 19, 2018

First cohort

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During a ceremony celebrating the first University of Scranton cohort to complete its Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program, the second students of the new program were welcomed. They include: Athena Aardweg, community services specialist, NEPA Alliance; Angeline Abraham, assistant director, Employment Opportunity Center; Eloise Butovich, leadership gift officer, University of Scranton; Diane Dutko, chief operations officer, the Luzerne Foundation; David Falchek, executive director, American Wine Society; Kristen N. Follert, director of quality assurance, NEPA Community Health Care; Katlyn J. Gardner, development and human resource director, NEPA Community Health Care; Shannon Hayward, director WIC administration, Maternal and Family Health Services Inc.; Elizabeth Hughes, director of communications, Earth Conservancy; Gretchen Hunt Greaves, director, nutrition programs and resource development, Commission on Economic Opportunity; April Kemp, program director, Marley’s Mission; Teddy Michel, regional director, Ignatian Volunteer Corps of NEPA; Lauren Pluskey McLain, director of development, the Kirby Center; Todd Pousley, community revitalization manager, NeighborWorks NEPA; Joseph Salva, president/founder, Individual Abilities in Motion; Janine Tomaszewski, associate vice president of college relations, Johnson College; Tonyehn Verkitus, executive director, Luzerne and Lackawanna Medical Societies; and Alison Woody, director of competitive grants/donor stewardship, Geisinger Health Foundation.

The certificate program launched in 2017 combines a rigorous academic component taught by Kania School of Management faculty with expertise in nonprofit organizations, a mentorship and experiential learning, according to the university. The program includes capstone project that requires participants to form a comprehensive plan to solve a current issue faced by the nonprofit organization they represent.

The program helped Patrick Quinn, director of residential and adult services, ARC of NEPA, a member of the first cohort, “refine knowledge and define direction” for his career and the nonprofit organization he serves.

Other members of the university’s first cohort and the organizations they represent are: Linda Armstrong, founder and executive director, Dress for Success; Angel Atell, director community youth, United Neighborhood Centers; George Brown, executive director, Highlights Foundation; Travis Davis, director of business development, Allied Services; Gus Fahey, director of community education and revitalization, United Neighborhood Centers; Michael Ferguson, assistant vice president of risk management/finance, Allied Services; Dorothy Grill, lecturer, Marywood University and Lackawanna College; Mary Ann Iezzi, executive director, Dress for Success; Ryanne Jennings, executive director, the Cooperage Project; Kristen Kosin, executive director, Meals on Wheels; Maureen Maher-Gray, acting executive director, NEPA Youth Shelter; Michele Minor Wolf, executive director, Victims’ Intervention Program; Daniel Nowakowski, campaign manager, United Way/Lackawanna/Wayne; and Janet Sweeney, vice president, Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

For more details, visit the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program webpage or contact 570-941-4047.

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