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Cenla Execbuilders Program Graduates Class of 2015
Tammy Moreau
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Cenla Execbuilders Program Graduates Class of 2015

Program develops emerging leaders

Eight Central Louisiana nonprofit leaders graduated October 2 from Cenla Execbuilders, a leadership development program for nonprofit senior staff. Cenla Execbuilders, a program of Community Development Works, is designed to identify and develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented leaders who will have maximum impact on the communities and constituents they serve in an environment of change and competing priorities.  

The following graduates completed the five-month program designed for nonprofit Executive Directors and potential executives seeking training and professional coaching support:

·       Kimberly Chelette, Program Specialist II, Volunteers of America North Louisiana, Central Louisiana Division

·       John Cotton Dean, Director of Regional Innovation, Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

·       Rochelle McMahon, Lead Advocate Supervisor, CASA West CenLA, Inc.

·       LaTessa Mathews, Program Coordinator, Volunteers of America North Louisiana, Central Louisiana Division

·       Francis Reeves, Interim Executive Director, Reading Education for Adult Development (R.E.A.D.)

·       Melinda Robinson, GoodTransitions Manager, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc.

·       Linda K. Shaw, Executive Director, Bread of Life Community Development Corporation of Louisiana

·       Karen Riley Simmons, Interim Executive Director, Sankofa Cultural Collective

The graduates now join a group of 30 Cenla Execbuilders alumni who participate in the program's peer leadership network. Cenla Execbuilders is a free program, and is open to new or experienced Executive Directors, or up-and-coming executives in Cenla who want to become more effective in their role as leaders of local nonprofit organizations. 

To participate in the 2016 program, call CDW at 318-443-7880 or toll free at 1-800-803-8075. For full details about Cenla Execbuilders and to complete the online application, visit the CDW website. Community Development Works is a program of The Rapides Foundation.


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