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July 14, 2014


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Nonprofit Executives in the Health Sector Receive 2014 Cal Wellness Sabbatical Program Award

Foundation Funding Supports Seven Nonprofit Health Organizations With $35,000 Grants To Cover Chief Executives’ Paid Time Off

Los Angeles — Seven nonprofit health-sector executives will be recognized with The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Program Award at a luncheon in Los Angeles on September 9, 2014. The leadership support program — now in its 11th year — provides nonprofit organizations with grants of $35,000 each to cover salaries and other expenses during sabbaticals for their executive directors, which each last a minimum of three months.

The Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting leaders in the nonprofit sector to allow them to rest, reflect and recharge,” said Judy Belk, Cal Wellness president and CEO. “The sabbatical award not only acknowledges the contributions of these dedicated individuals, but it also provides resources to cultivate the next generation of leadership.”

The seven executives receiving the 2014 sabbatical award are: Sherilyn Adams of Larkin Street Youth Services; Raul Diaz of Path of Life Ministries; Mary Anne Foo of Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Inc.; Nahla Kayali of Access California Services; Kathryn Edith Powell of Petaluma Health Center; Belinda Rolicheck of Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus; and Madalynn Rucker of ONTRACK Program Resources, Inc. Visit’s Leadership Recognition portal for profiles of these honorees.

The program was created to support leaders in the nonprofit health sector by giving them time to rejuvenate, reconnect with loved ones and pursue other interests. Cal Wellness acknowledges the sacrifices that extraordinary leaders make to ensure their organizations thrive and improve the health of their communities. Each organization will receive $30,000 to cover its leader’s salary during the sabbatical, plus an additional $5,000 to cover expenses related to the professional development of managers and staff who will assume extra responsibilities during their leader’s absence.

“This year’s honorees provide essential services to their communities — through homeless centers, and direct health, violence prevention and substance abuse prevention services,” said Fatima Angeles, Cal Wellness interim vice president of programs. “The sabbatical award provides these exceptional leaders with the space to rejuvenate and helps ensure the overall health of their communities.”

The California Wellness Foundation is a private, independent foundation created in 1992 with a mission to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Since its founding, Cal Wellness has awarded 7,338 grants totaling more than $890 million.

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