BLF 2017

Scholarship Programs for Diverse Leaders

BoardSource is pleased to announce the recipients of two very special scholarship programs for this year’s conference:


Judith O’Connor Memorial Fund Scholarship Program

BLF JOC Recipients 2015The Judith O’Connor Memorial Fund Scholarships for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders program was created in 2005 to honor the legacy of Judith O’Connor, the former president & CEO of BoardSource, and to educate emerging sector leaders about exceptional nonprofit leadership and governance.

This year’s scholars went through a competitive selection process and bring tremendous talent, passion, and commitment to their work with nonprofits across the country and around the globe:

  • Dechen Albero, board member, Global Youth Connect
  • Jody Braunig, executive director, Girls on the Run New Orleans
  • Noelle Ferrari, board secretary, Babysteps Ministry
  • Elizabeth Gibbons, managing director, American Society of Adaptation Professionals
  • Akemi Imai, president, Makoto Taiko
  • Kavita Khandekar Chopra, deputy director, Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Inc.
  • Korri Krajicek, executive assistant and secretary to the board of directors, Florida Holocaust Museum
  • Ramah Kudaimi, director of grassroots organizing, U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights
  • Felicita Monteblanco, Washington County nonprofit network program coordinator, Vision Action Network
  • Barby Moro, director of student affairs – NFL, Southern Scholarship Foundation
  • Alankrita Narang, business operations specialist, Boston Harbor Now
  • Shelby Pedersen, chief executive officer, ICAN-Arizona
  • Nick Rudolph, board president, Pigtown Main Street, Inc.
  • Sakala Rutherford, vice president, board of directors, Amara Legal Center
  • Philip Scott, in house counsel, Association of Christian Schools International
  • Jarell Skinner-Roy, program manager, College Possible
  • Kate Solis Silva, associate director of development, Chicago Lights
  • Joyce Tan, compliance officer, Christian Credit Counselors, Inc.
  • Joe Dorman, chief executive officer, Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Chihuly Scholarships

Host & Planning Committee Scholarship Fund for Local Leaders of Color

In partnership with the Host & Planning Committee — and with the generous support of the Campion Foundation, the Medina Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, the Washington Statewide Capacity Collaborative, the Hugh & Jane Ferguson Foundation, and Sonya and Tom Campion — BoardSource has provided scholarships to 40 leaders of color who are serving as executive directors or board members at Washington State-based nonprofits with annual budgets of $500,000 or less. Recipients of these scholarships include:

  • Cynthia Yongvang, executive director, Hmong Impact Giving Circle
  • Akemi Matsumoto, founding board member, Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment
  • Victor Valdez, executive director, King County Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • Christina Shimizu, board member, APACEvotes
  • Sharonne Navas, executive director, Equity in Education Coalition
  • David Hsieh, executive director, ReAct Theatre
  • Mona Han, executive director, Coalition for Refugees from Burma
  • Erin Okuno, executive director, Southeast Seattle Education Coalition
  • Carolyn Bilal, board member, Idriss Masjid
  • Shakhida Ismailova, executive director, Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association
  • Patty Liang, executive director, Deaf Spotlight
  • Shino Harada, executive director, New Traditions
  • Susan Welsh, board member, Na’ah Illahee Fund
  • Faaluaina Pritchard, executive director, Asia Pacific Cultural Center
  • Jasmit Singh, board member, Khalsa Gurmat Center
  • Issa Ndiaye, executive director, The West African Community Council
  • Analia Bertoni, executive director, South Park Information and Resource Center
  • Joomi Kim, executive director, Korean Community Service Center
  • Lilliane Ballesteros, board member, Mari’s Place
  • Mary Toews, executive director, Mari’s Place
  • Lupita Torrez, executive director, Para Los Ninos
  • Basari Mohamath, board member, Cham Refugee Community of Seattle
  • Floribert Mubalama, executive director, Congolese Integration Network
  • Diana Mena, board member, Colectiva Legal Del Pueblo
  • Jaclyn Mena, board member, Colectiva Legal Del Pueblo
  • Marivic Baniaga, executive director, Pacific Asian Empowerment Program
  • Ariele Belo, board member, Deaf Spotlight
  • Nadia Mahmood, executive director, Iraqi Women Association in Kent
  • Lola Zakharova, executive director, Seattle-Tashkent Sister City Association
  • Venice Buhain, executive director, The Seattle Globalist
  • Atem Yel, executive director, Jieng Community of Washington
  • Jose Vasquez, board member, South Park Merchants Association
  • Luis Fernando Ramirez, executive director, Entre Hermanos
  • Rita Meher, executive director, Tasveer
  • Rania Qawasma-Dana, executive director, Architecture for refugees-USA
  • Minh Duc, executive director, Helping Link
  • Florence Sum, board member, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation
  • Millicent Borishade, board member, Mother Africa
  • Sharon Williams, executive director, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

BLF Attendees

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