Casey Foundation Announces Tenth Class of Children and Family Fellows

Posted March 1, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog Casey Announces Tenth Classof Fellows 2016

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has select­ed 16 lead­ers from 13 states for the tenth class of its Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Fel­low­ship. These men and women — accom­plished lead­ers from the pub­lic, non­prof­it and aca­d­e­m­ic sec­tors — will use the 16-month Fel­low­ship to work with­in their agen­cies, orga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­ni­ties toward spe­cif­ic, mea­sur­able improve­ments for chil­dren and families.

Now in its third decade, the Fel­low­ship is an inten­sive exec­u­tive lead­er­ship pro­gram designed to give more child and fam­i­ly-serv­ing pro­fes­sion­als the con­fi­dence and com­pe­tence to lead major sys­tem reforms and com­mu­ni­ty change ini­tia­tives that get results. The eight women and eight men cho­sen for the 20162017 class work in dis­ci­plines from juve­nile jus­tice to edu­ca­tion to child wel­fare, hous­ing and health.

This new class of Casey Fel­lows is poised to have a pro­found influ­ence on how chil­dren and fam­i­lies fare in this coun­try,” said Casey Foun­da­tion Pres­i­dent and CEO Patrick McCarthy. The Fel­low­ship gives them the tools to achieve large-scale results and a pow­er­ful net­work to expand their reach.”

The Chil­dren and Fam­i­ly Fel­low­ship equips out­stand­ing lead­ers to reach even high­er and accom­plish even more for the chil­dren and fam­i­lies they serve,” said Lisa Hamil­ton, vice pres­i­dent for exter­nal affairs at the Foun­da­tion, who over­sees the Fel­low­ship as part of a port­fo­lio of results-based lead­er­ship devel­op­ment initiatives.

More than 100 lead­ers have par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Casey Fel­low­ship since the Foun­da­tion began the pro­gram in 1993. Fel­lows stay con­nect­ed through the Casey Fel­lows Alum­ni Net­work, which is designed to sup­port rela­tion­ships among the Fel­lows and to con­tribute sig­nif­i­cant­ly to sus­tained move­ments to improve out­comes for chil­dren, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. Alum­ni include Soraya M. Coley, pres­i­dent of Cal Poly Pomona; Daniel Car­di­nali, recent­ly named pres­i­dent and CEO of the nation­al phil­an­thropic orga­ni­za­tion Inde­pen­dent Sec­tor; Anne Williams-Isom, chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Doug Ammar, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Geor­gia Jus­tice Project; and Hyeok Kim, Seat­tle deputy mayor.

The first exec­u­tive sem­i­nar for the new class of Fel­lows begins April 5 at the Casey Foun­da­tion head­quar­ters in Bal­ti­more, Maryland.

The tenth class of Fel­lows includes:

Bob­by Cagle
Geor­gia Divi­sion of Fam­i­ly and Chil­dren Services
Atlanta, Georgia

Raquel Donoso
Mis­sion Promise Neigh­bor­hood Mis­sion Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Agency
San Fran­cis­co, California

Felipe Fran­co
Deputy Commissioner
NYC Admin­is­tra­tion for Children’s Services
New York, New York

Drea­ma Gentry
Exec­u­tive Director
Part­ners for Edu­ca­tion at Berea College
Berea, Kentucky

Deep­malya Ghosh
Asso­ciate Exec­u­tive Director
The Child Cen­ter of New York
Jamaica, New York

Riti­ka Kurup
Mont­gomery County/​Dayton Cam­paign for Grade-Lev­el Reading
CSAP Lead/​Assistant Director

Day­ton, Ohio

Susan Lam­p­ley
Senior Pro­gram Officer
Melville Char­i­ta­ble Trust
New Haven, Connecticut

Ira Lust­bad­er
Lit­i­ga­tion Director
Chil­dren’s Rights
New York, New York

Kris­ten McDonald
Vice Pres­i­dent, Pro­gram & Policy
The Skill­man Foundation
Detroit, Michigan

Mark Payne
Exec­u­tive Director
Cease­Fire Illinois
Chica­go, Illinois

Frank Pra­do
Direc­tor of Operations
Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program
Tal­la­has­see, Florida

Matthew Ran­daz­zo
Chief Exec­u­tive Officer
Nation­al Math and Sci­ence Initiative
Dal­las, Texas

Esther Shin
Exec­u­tive Vice President
Urban Strate­gies, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri

Sta­cy Spann
Exec­u­tive Director
Hous­ing Oppor­tu­ni­ties Com­mis­sion of Mont­gomery Coun­ty (HOC)
Kens­ing­ton, Maryland

Kristie Stut­ler
Admin­is­tra­tive Coordinator
Ken­tucky Depart­ment of Juve­nile Justice
Frank­fort, Kentucky

Josephine Wong
Deputy Direc­tor
King Coun­ty Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ty and Human Services
Seat­tle, Washington

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