by Jill Paulsen, program officer
Cleveland is a town where you can make a real difference. Where you can lead.
Just ask our 30 newly minted Ladder to Leadership fellows, participants in a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Center for Creative Leadership. The 16-month program is designed to develop the next generation of community health leaders. Cleveland is one of only eight regions across the nation to be selected for the program. The Cleveland Foundation is pleased to serve as the local sponsor.
Like its project partners, the Cleveland Foundation is committed to leadership development and improving the health of all our most vulnerable communities – where people are often economically disadvantaged and have inadequate access to health services. Through the Ladder to Leadership program, an impressive cohort of Cleveland health professionals will use face-to-face training sessions, individualized executive coaching and mentoring, and team project work to grow their leadership potential.
At a time when many folks often decry a dearth of Next Gen leaders, it’s up to us—and now our cohort of Ladder to Leadership fellows—to demonstrate that Cleveland’s got great “bench strength.”
As I’m sure the Ladder to Leadership program will show, there are new leaders throughout the sector, and in this case, specifically at our community health organizations, who are open to change, willing to improve their skills, ready to take on new responsibilities, and excited to learn from their peers/elders. Indeed, we all must be if we want to improve our community.
We’re pleased and fortunate to partner with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to offer the Ladder to Leadership program in Cleveland. Be sure to check back soon for updates on the program and the progress of its 30 fellows.
Congratulations to Cleveland’s Ladder to Leadership fellows:
Chip Bonsutto, Catholic Charities
Keith Brown, Benjamin Rose Institute
Michael Byun, Asian Services in Action
Darilynn Cardona-Beiler, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
Therese Conner, Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential
Jenice Contreras, Care Alliance Health Center
Laurel Domanski-Diaz, Neighborhood Family Practice
Natalie Friedl, Community Assessment and Treatment Services
Jeanine Gergel, North Coast Health Ministry
Lena Grafton, St. Vincent Charity Hospital
Habeebah Grimes, Positive Education Program
Martha Halko, Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Yvonka Hall, Cleveland Office of Minority Public Health
Eileen Koch, Center for Families & Children
Carol Levanoff, Achievement Centers for Children
Kirsti Mouncey, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Kate Nagel, Cleveland Clinic
Sean Shacklet, Alzheimer’s Association–Cleveland Chapter
Marlene Shivak, Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve
Sharon Shumaker, PLAN of Northeast Ohio
Diane Solov, MetroHealth System
Susan Tager, New Directions
Jassen Tawil, Cleveland Sight Center
Tara Taylor, YMCA of Greater Cleveland
Teleange Thomas, City of Cleveland Public Health Department
Heather Torok, Recovery Resources
Lita Marie Townsend, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Fatima Warren, Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland
Mark Weiss, Montefiore
Judith Wright, Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio