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Inaugural class selected for Berks County’s Nonprofit Management Certificate

by Berks County Community Foundation

Feb 13, 2020

READING, PA – The 24 members of the inaugural class for Berks County Community Foundation’s new Nonprofit Management Certificate program have been selected.

The executive directors and high-potential staff members begin the 11-month professional development program next week.

“The program gives local nonprofit leaders the chance to improve or renew their management and leadership skills close to home,” said Heidi Williamson, senior vice president for programs and initiatives at the Community Foundation.

The inaugural class members:

  • Carolyn Bazik, Co-County Wellness Services, Executive Director
  • Ryan Breisch, Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, Executive Director
  • Crysten Campbell, Alternative Consulting Enterprises, LLC, Executive Director
  • Elise Chesson, Family Promise of Berks County, Executive Director
  • Chloe Ciferri, Adalyn Rose Foundation, Executive Director
  • Alexander Civil, Bring the Change, Executive Director
  • Susan Coughlin, Reading Choral Society, Executive Director
  • Crystal Davis, Brookeside Montessori, Inc., Head of School
  • Michelle Dech, LGBT Center of Greater Reading, Executive Director
  • Daniel Egusquiza, Barrio Alegría, Executive Director
  • Bronwen Gamble, Reading Public Library, Executive Director
  • Mallory Hoffman, Exeter Library Association, Executive Director
  • Joy Kessock, Hannah’s Hope Ministries, Program Manager
  • Levi Landis, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, President and Executive Director
  • Doug Long, Helping Harvest, Director of Development
  • Lydia Messinger, Boyertown Area Multi-Service, Executive Director
  • Molly McCullough Murrill, Wyomissing Area Education Foundation, Executive Director
  • Alice Moyer, Little Acts of Love, Executive Director
  • Joseph Rudden, The Rudden Family Foundation, Executive Director
  • Virginia Rush, The Wyomissing Foundation, Foundation Associate; Capital Campaign Review Board, Managing Director
  • Christine Sinclair, Mentors for Berks Youth, Executive Director
  • Christi Terefenko, VOiCEup Berks, Executive Director
  • Sheila Tulli, United Way of Berks County, Director of Resource Development
  • Barbara Werner, Community Prevention Partnership, Executive Director

The program includes group lunches, nonprofit management webinars, and daylong in-person nonprofit management classes led by faculty members from The Nonprofit Center at LaSalle University.

The Community Foundation is covering the majority of the cost of the program. However, each nonprofit is contributing $500 for each participant. If the program is successful, it will be repeated in 2022, Williamson said.

This professional development opportunity was designed exclusively for Berks County’s nonprofit executive directors and high-potential staff members. Note that Berks County Community Foundation is not an accredited educational institution, but rather a nonprofit that seeks to bring professional development opportunities to the community for local leaders.

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