Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Helping nonprofit leaders do better at doing good

2018 Cohort

The Board Leadership Institute began in January, in the wake of the devastating Thomas Fire. Nine Ventura County nonprofits scrambled to meet urgent needs brought on by the Thomas Fire, while their top board and staff leaders honed their skills to ensure their organizations’ long-term survival.

On June 28th, 33 leaders graduated as the first cohort of the intensive six-month program. They shared stories about how they used what they learned to make their organizations stronger, and reflected on the fire and how they can be more resilient in future disasters. At a culmination ceremony, they also were awarded certificates for having completed the course of training.

  • ARC of Ventura County
    Julie Duran, Director of Development; Mary Platt, Board Member; Tad Endicott, Board Member
  •  Camarillo Ranch Foundation
    Marissa Lopez Elkins, Executive Director; Charles Devlin, President; Martin Daly, Treasurer
  • Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara
    Andrea Roschke, Finance Chair & 1st Vice Chair; Phil Dipaola, Board Member; John Ray, Board Member
  • Coalition for Family Harmony
    Caroline Prijatel-Sutton, Executive Director; Christine Van Nuys, Board Chair
  • El Centrito Family Learning Centers
    Teresa Segovia, Executive Director; Catherine Awsumb Nelson, Board Member
  • Community Conscience
    Robin Britt, Executive Director; Fran Brough, President; Margaret Fieweger, 1st Vice President;  Larry Marquart, Assistant Treasurer; Cara Cohen, Board Member
  •  Kids & Families Together
    David Friedlander, CEO; Sharon Watts Woolley, Board Chair; Sharon Cromartie, VP, Administration; Stephanie Caldwell, Board Member
  • Ventura County Arts Council
    Margaret Travers, Executive Director; Friday Gretchen, Board President; Fernando Albert Salinas, Board Member; Brian Bemel, Board Member
  • Ventura Land Trust
    Derek Poultney, Executive Director; John Hankins, Secretary; Susan LeFevre, Board Member; Dennis Kulzer, Board Member; Ed Wehan, Board Member; Don Wood, Board Member