Rider-Pool Foundation Announces 2018-2019 Collective Impact Fellowship Participants and New Program Manager

August 16, 2018 – The Rider-Pool Foundation has announced the participants of the fifth year of the Collective Impact Fellowship Program as follows:

  • Sherri Binder, PhD, Executive Director, Ripple Community Inc.
  • Josh Bridges, Administrator, MH/ID/EI/D&A, Lehigh County Human Services
  • Nani Cuadrado, Acting Program Director, Street Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Kerri Green, Education Consultant, Youth Programs, Division of Education, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Renee Haines, Director, Allentown Public Library
  • Leonard Lightner, Director, Department of Community and Economic Development, City of Allentown
  • Thomas Parker, Superintendent, Allentown School District
  • Erika Riddle Petrozelli, Director of Donor Services, Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
  • Carmen Rentas, Pre-Engagement Specialist, Population Health, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • The Rev. Knoxley Samms, Youth Pastor, Union Baptist Church
  • Kim Schaffer, Executive Director, Community Bike Works
  • Lisa Weingartner, Senior Vice President, Valley Youth House

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 community leaders.

Through the next nine months, the new cohort of the Fellowship will participate in an intensive program of 180 hours of training from national experts in effective project design and evaluation, application of collective impact strategies, and innovative capacity building. These new skills can be used to address complex community issues and develop stronger cross-sector partnerships.

“We are excited to see this group of leaders commit to the Collective Impact Fellowship,” said Edward F. Meehan, MPH, Executive Director of The Rider-Pool Foundation and The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust. “In the first four years, we watched relationships develop, heard conversations start, and saw ideas take form that are shaping more effective programs for our community in health, education, arts, and social service areas. This program is clearly a catalyst for redefining collective, efficient work for the Lehigh Valley.”

Meehan credits Ron Dendas, Program Officer at The Rider-Pool Foundation for bringing the concept of the Fellowship to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and for ensuring the faculty and topics have remained on point with national trends for the last five years.

In addition, Meehan announced a new team member in Elsbeth Haymon, who has been named Program Manager. Haymon’s long history of involvement in non-profit work and governance in the region make her an appropriate fit to guide activities for the participants.

To date, 36 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.

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. https://rider.pooltrust.org/

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