The Phoenix-based Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has named its eighteenth class of Piper Fellows— five nonprofit leaders who are dedicated to improving health, well-being, and access to opportunity in Maricopa County.
This year's Piper Fellows are Katie Cobb, president of Barrow Neurological Foundation; Trinity Donovan, CEO of AZCEND; Barbara A. Sloan, executive director of Phoenix Family Services at the Salvation Army; Meg Sneed, director of quality and data services at the Fresh Start Women's Foundation; and Kate Wells, president and CEO of the Children's Museum of Phoenix.
Each of this year's fellows will take a self-designed professional development sabbatical focused on leadership skills and programs that can help her organization become more effective and resilient. In addition, each fellow's organization will receive a grant of up to $90,000, which includes support for the fellow's study and travel as well as professional development for the organization's staff, and will be eligible to apply for an Organizational Enhancement Award to implement a class or program developed during the fellow's sabbatical.
"Piper Trust believes in supporting both the organizations working to create positive change and investing in the bold and talented people behind them," said Piper Charitable Trust president and CEO Mary Jane Rynd. "We are pleased to provide this group of exceptional Arizona leaders the opportunity to meet with change agents across the country and expose them to new ideas, to grow professionally, and to strengthen resilience in our community."