Graduates of the 2016 Community Builders of Greene County leadership program were honored at a ceremony held at The Foundation Room of the Community Foundation of Greene County.
Eight individuals received the Community Builders Nonprofit Leadership certification for completing the course on management and leadership of nonprofit organizations. Each graduate received a framed certificate, a pin, a chocolate hammer and a copy of How Effective Nonprofits Work.
The eight individuals who earned the Nonprofit Leadership certification were:
Eric Braun, Community Action Southwest; Caitlin Carlisle, Farmers Insurance; Don Chappel, Greene County Industrial Developments, Inc.; Cathy Garber, Children’s Bible Ministries; Alisa Hatchett, PA Career Link; An’Etta Neff, Community Foundation of Greene County; Teresa Roberts, Second Sam Nine; Petrina Supler, Soup’s Marketing and Sandy Wilson, Producers Supply.
The 2016 Community Builder of the Year Award was presented to Don Chappel, Executive Director of Greene County Industrial Developments, Inc. and Teresa Roberts, board member and co-founder of Second Sam Nine. The award, which is based on nominations by class members, recognizes the participant who displays the characteristics of a community builder throughout the program.
Community Builders provides training for persons interested in volunteering their time and talents to support Greene County nonprofit organizations.
The nonprofit leadership program explores leadership, nonprofit governance and boards of directors, financial management, communication and team work, strategic planning, public relations, grant writing, fundraising and volunteer engagement. This series is geared to helping citizens become better volunteers with non-profit organizations in the community, whether it be through activities such as serving on non-profit boards, volunteering on fundraising committees, or providing volunteer services.
Instructors for the program are local and regional experts in each of the topics: Introduction to Leadership was led by Joy Eggleston, Director of Operations, Washington Health System Greene. Strategic Planning was led by Bruce Decker, Founder and Principal Partner of Collective Impact. Marketing Your Success was led by Lynn and Joe Manning, Principal Partners, Alpha Omega Communications. Introduction to Board Governance was led by Darlene Bigler, President and CEO of Community Action Southwest. Financial Management for Boards was led by Thomas G. Milinovich, CPA, CFP, Milinovich & Company. Effective Communication was led by Jon Laughner, Penn State Cooperative Extension. Engaging Volunteers was led by Nancy Riggle, Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging, Greene County Coordinator. Developing Nonprofit Resources was led by Bettie Stammerjohn, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Greene County..
Local leaders serving on the Community Builders steering committee in 2016 were Karen Bennett, Director, Greene County Department of Human Services; Darlene Bigler, Executive Director, Community Action Southwest; Kim Grimes, Vice President, CFGC board; Thelma Szarell, Secretary CFGC Board; Barbara Wise, Executive Director, Greene County United Way, Bill Monahan, Monongahela Township Supervisor and Nancy Riggle, Greene County Coordinator Area Agency on Aging.
The 2017 series of Community Builders of Greene County will begin Monday, August 28, 2017. The program will meet every other Monday through December 4, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 each session. Registration will open later this spring. For more information on Community Builders of Greene County, or to be placed on the list, call 724-627-2010, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.