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Rider-Pool Foundation Announces 2019-2020 Collective Impact Fellowship

October 11, 2019 at 9:07 AM

The Rider-Pool Foundation has announced the participants of the sixth year of the Collective Impact Fellowship Program as follows:


  • Nate Boateng, Project Analyst, Network Transformation, Department of Community Health, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Karim Brown, School Parent Liaison Facilitator, Allentown School District
  • Milagros Canales, Community Liaison for Jordan Heights, Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown (CADCA)
  • David Fagerstrom, President/CEO, Greater Valley YMCA
  • Daniel Farrell, Executive Director, Allentown Housing Authority
  • Sandra Genzel, Director of Program Operations, Head Start/Early Head Start of the Lehigh Valley Pre-K Counts, Community Services for Children, Inc.
  • Christopher Kocher, President, Wildlands Conservancy, Inc.
  • Lisa Liddington, Program Director, School-Based Health and Child Advocacy Center, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Eric Lightman, Executive Director, Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley
  • Sam Mullay, Development Director, Livin' The Dream
  • Laura Savenelli, Assistant Director, Impact Operations, United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley
  • Kimberly Velez, Major Gifts Officer - Corporate and Business Partnerships, Lehigh Valley Health Network


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, 50 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.


Through the next nine months, the new cohort of the Fellowship will participate in an intensive program of 110 hours of training from national experts in effective project design and evaluation, application of collective impact strategies, 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.


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