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October 31, 2005


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Nonprofit Health Sector Executives Receive 2005 TCWF Sabbatical Program Awards

Foundation Provides $35,000 Grants to Eight Nonprofit Health Organizations to Cover Paid Leaves for Hard-Working Leaders

Woodland Hills (CA) — Eight nonprofit health sector executives will be recognized by the Sabbatical Program of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The leadership support program — now in its third year —provides $35,000 grants to eight California-based organizations to cover their leaders’ salaries and expenses during the sabbaticals, which last a minimum of three months.

The eight awardees are: Shannon Rose Chavez of North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center, in Lompoc; Shirley J. Cole of North County Lifeline, Inc., in Vista; Cherry L. Houston of Critical Learning Systems, Inc., in Alta Loma; Camille Schraeder of Redwood Children’s Services, Inc., in Ukiah; April Silas of Homeless Children’s Network, in San Francisco; Diane L. Sommers of Suicide Prevention of Yolo County, in Davis; Lue N. Yang of Fresno Center for New Americans, in Fresno; and Richard Zaldivar of The Wall Las Memorias Project, in Los Angeles.

“A health nonprofit can suffer from a loss in productivity and efficiency when its executive leader suffers from stress, fatigue and burnout,” said Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO. “The Foundation is proud to recognize these eight individuals, who work tirelessly on behalf of their organizations’ health missions, with the 2005 TCWF Sabbatical awards.”

The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Program was created to improve the long-term effectiveness of nonprofit health service organizations by providing their executives with the rest they need to continue their leadership activities. The $30,000 grants are intended to cover the executive’s salary during the three- to six-month sabbatical. (In addition, each organization receives up to $5,000 for the professional development of the managers who will take on extra responsibilities in the absence of the sabbatical recipient.)

“Many of these dedicated individuals have worked selflessly for years in the nonprofit health sector, with little time for rest, reflection or rejuvenation,” said Sandra Martínez, TCWF program director. “By recognizing the leadership of these executives and supporting their organizations during the sabbaticals, we are helping frontline health providers improve the health of diverse California communities, now and in the future.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992, with the mission of improving the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. The Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking Program prioritizes eight issues for funding: diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging, mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women’s health, and work and health. The Foundation also responds to timely issues and special projects outside the funding priorities. Since 1992, TCWF has awarded 4,093 grants totaling more than $493 million. Please visit TCWF’s website at for more information.

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