Emerging Leaders Receive Stettinius Awards

Three emerging community leaders are winners of the 2014 Stettinius Awards for Nonprofit Leadership  

(RICHMOND, VA)… The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the following individuals as the 2014 recipients of the Stettinius Awards for Nonprofit Leadership – Ross Altenbaugh, Allyson Drake and Pete Shrock.  Now in its 10th year, the awards program seeks to recognize outstanding professionals who provide effective organizational leadership within the charitable sector. After reviewing nominations of many exceptional candidates, the selection committee chose these three individuals to receive $10,000 grants each to pursue professional development activities of their own design.   

Ross Altenbaugh – Executive Director, Hillard House

Ross has served Hilliard house for five years in the roles of Director of Child Services and now Executive Director.  Her 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector have enabled Ross to utilize her leadership expertise to restructure Hillard House from a transitional home serving 19 families to a housing program serving 55 families.  Over the course of two years as Executive Director, Ross has strived to cultivate team capacity and program expansion, partner cultivation, and fund development all on a limited budget to better impact the lives of families in our community.  Ross will use her award to attend an executive leadership course at Columbia University Business School, attend the Brand ManageCamp Conference to sharpen skills in developing messaging and agency brand, and participate in the BoardSourch Leadership Forum to be exposed to new perspectives on governance.

Allyson Drake – Chief Executive Officer, Full Circle Grief Center

Full Circle Grief Center was founded in 2008 by Allyson to serve as a comprehensive grief resource center in the Richmond area to help meet the needs of grieving children, families and communities.  Allyson serves as the Chief Executive Officer and through this role has carefully developed a business strategy and board of directors that offer expert guidance to grieving families in the community.  Allyson will use her grant award to get her certification in Thanatology (the description or study of death and dying and the psychological mechanisms of dealing with them), offered by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.              

Pete Shrock– Vice President, Strategy and Design, Comfort Zone Camp

Pete has served at Comfort Zone Camp for eight years in the role of National Program Director conducting development fundraising strategies, Program and Leadership Team meetings, organizational development, budget management and advocacy work.  Additionally, Pete is the Founder and Chief Executive officer for COREmentor, a Consulting and Behavioral Leadership Program.  With his award, Pete plans to attend the Duke Leadership Program at Duke University.  This intensive program offers more intentional and strategic thinking in leadership as opposed to relying on intuition.

The Stettinius Fund for Nonprofit Leadership was established by Cadmus Communications Corporation to honor Wallace Stettinius’ retirement from the Cadmus Board of Directors.  An active board volunteer throughout his business career, Stettinius expanded his scope of volunteer work in his “first” retirement to become a trusted advisor, teacher and mentor to many area nonprofits.  Stettinius is a former chairman of The Community Foundation, serving on its board from 1986 - 1995.  This year, The Community Foundation committed $30,000 from unrestricted funds to support the awards.  The deadline for 2015 nominations will be announced in January.