2021 Collective Impact Fellowship Announced
The Rider-Pool Foundation has announced the participants of the seventh year of the Collective Impact Fellowship. This cohort represents leadership across sectors that address social determinants of health at a community level including education, housing, nutrition, and mental health. The Fellows are as follows:
Dalairis (Dolly) Amaro, Site Coordinator, Communities in Schools
Hasshan Batts, Executive Director, Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley
Nate Boateng, Project Analyst – Network Transformation, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Sherri Brokopp Binder, Executive Director, Ripple Community Inc.
LaTarsha Brown, Partnership and Communication Coordinator, Community Bike Works
Hannah Clark, Senior Planner, Michael Baker International
Veronica Gonzalez, Executive Director, Valley Health Partners Community Health Center
Katarah Jordan, Director, Second Harvest Food Bank
Leonard Lightner, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Allentown
Samantha Shaak, Program Manager, Rider-Pool Collective Impact Fellowship and
Director of Community Innovation and Evaluation, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Reverend Maritza Torres-Dolich, Pastor of Outreach, Christ Lutheran Church and
Executive Director, St. Stephens Outreach Center
Tony Winters, Public Health Informatics Fellow, Centers for Disease Control
The Foundation created The Collective Impact Fellowship Program in 2014 to address and make measurable improvement to complex quality of life challenges within neighborhoods surrounding Allentown’s downtown Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) by training and supporting current and emerging non-profit and community leaders. To date, 63 Collective Impact Fellows have completed the program and are working in neighborhoods surrounding the NIZ and across the Lehigh Valley. Additional support for this program is provided by The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust.
In 2021, the Fellowship has adopted an advanced framework that incorporates several returning Collective Impact Fellows in mentoring roles, new local leaders to the program, and a focus for community improvement in and near the neighborhoods that make up census tracts 18 and 20 in Allentown.
Through the next nine months, the new cohort of the Fellowship will participate in an intensive program of virtual training from national experts in effective project design and evaluation, theories of action, authentic community engagement, and effective communications and messaging. These new skills can be used to address complex community issues and develop stronger cross-sector partnerships.
The Rider-Pool Foundation’s intent is to serve as a means to improve the quality of life in the community, to build on the community’s strengths and add to its vitality, and to increase the capacity of the community to serve the needs of all its citizens. The Trustees of The Foundation have carried forth Dorothy Rider Pool’s wishes and are particularly sensitive to her interests in education, disadvantaged children, and the development of future leadership in our society.