Community Resource Center Graduates 25th Class of its Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program
Three nonprofit executive leaders return to Durango with a reinvigorated passion for their roles
Denver, CO –Three nonprofit executive leaders from Durango, Sandhya Tillotson, Anne Marie Meighan and Barbara Casey, all recently graduated from Community Resource Center’s Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program in Denver and have returned prepared to make waves and do their good work even better.
Along with 21 other new and emerging nonprofit leaders from across Colorado, Sandhya, Anne Marie and Barbara all completed the 9-month program and expanded their leadership capabilities as well as discovered new management techniques. They also cultivated meaningful professional relationships by engaging with their classmates at bi-monthly professional development sessions and at a 3-day retreat to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center. Sandhya Tillotson and Barbara Casey were two of 11 leaders chosen by the Anschutz Family Foundation to receive a generous scholarship to participate in the program.
Anne Marie, who has served as the Program Director at the Adaptive Sports Association for the last 9 years, described one of her favorite parts about the program as:
“Having the ability to get to know dynamic leaders from a wide variety of nonprofits from around the state was immensely helpful. The organizations were all different shapes, sizes, and mission focuses, however the passion that drives leaders in this industry was consistent and contagious. This was a wonderful experience!”
It is rare that three leaders from the same county (or city for that matter) participate in the program in the same year. All three women sought out the program for different reasons. Sandhya, Executive Director of The Garden Project of Southwest Colorado, “was shooting from the hip as a brand new nonprofit director: trying to raise funds, manage programs and lead (her) organization forward.” The program provided Sandhya with concrete skills on nonprofit best practices while also boosting her confidence as a leader.
Barbara, Executive Director of CASA of the Southwest, found the program just by chance. Barbara has worked with the local CASA program for over 2 years. With a background in law, she previously taught business law at Fort Lewis College, worked as a legal research attorney, and practiced law as a partner with her husband. She and her husband have made Durango their home for almost 30 years, and it’s here that they raised their 3 children.
As graduates of the program, these three women join a network of over 700 nonprofit professionals who have participated over the past 25 years. These individuals and their experiences offer invaluable resources to participants. Graduates of the program provide each other with continuing opportunities for professional development and networking to further their development as leaders.