Now in its eleventh year, the program aims to improve the long-term effectiveness of health-focused nonprofits in the state by enabling their chief executives to take off at least three months for rest and reflection and come back to their organizations re-energized. Each organization receives $30,000 to cover its leader's salary during the sabbatical, plus $5,000 to cover expenses related to the professional development of managers and staff who assume extra responsibilities during the leader's absence.
The seven executives receiving sabbatical awards in 2014 are Sherilyn Adams of Larkin Street Youth Services; Raul Diaz of Path of Life Ministries; Mary Anne Foo of the 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.
"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, TCWF 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."