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Two dozen complete leadership course

Two dozen Evanstonians graduated this month from a year-long training program for civic leaders organized by the Evanston Community Foundation.

It’s the 18th class to complete the program which now has nearly 500 alumni.

Two dozen Evanstonians graduated this month from a year-long training program for civic leaders organized by the Evanston Community Foundation.

It’s the 18th class to complete the program which now has nearly 500 alumni.

“This was one of the few experiences in my life that I felt was life changing — it grounded me,” says new graduate Carolyn Dellutri, the executive director of Downtown Evanston. “We are all agents of change, and what we learned in Leadership Evanston we will apply in the community.”

Leadership Evanston seeks to cultivate citizen leaders who will use their skills and knowledge to steward the community and build a network of engaged citizens.

Evanston residents and those who work in Evanston who are interested in participating in the program can apply for the next class, which runs from September through next June. The application deadline is June 30. More information and an application form are available online.

In addition to Dellutri, new graduates are:

  • Bridget Calendo, director of operations and outreach, ISEN, Northwestern University
  • Mary Collins, community service coordinator, Evanston Township High School
  • Ron Coulter, assistant security director, Evanston Township High School
  • Ellen Cushing, community volunteer
  • Norah Delaney, executive director, Evanston Art Center
  • Joan Ducayet, president, Evanston Fourth of July Association
  • Beth Geiger, community volunteer
  • Margaret Gergen, executive director, North Shore Retirement Hotel
  • Lise Jinno, executive director, Foundation 65
  • David Jones, coordinator of community relations, Connections
  • Liz Krupkin, community volunteer
  • Richard Katz, psychologist
  • Brian Miller, executive director, First Defense Legal Aid
  • Jay Miller, UIC central west case manager
  • Kim Perutz, community volunteer
  • Marjorie Rallins, director, CPT Clinical Informatics, American Medical Association
  • Ann Fisher Raney, executive director, Turning Point
  • Cindy Reed, security officer, Evanston Township High School
  • Jenny Ellis Richards, principal, Pratt Richards Group
  • Paul Schneider, director of transportation and engineering, City of Evanston
  • Loyce Spells, officer, Evanston Police Department
  • Michael Walker, managing director, Depository Investment Banking, Raymond James
  • Laura Weinman, director major & planned gifts, McGaw YMCA

Leadership Evanston graduates have served as Evanston aldermen and school board members and have been instrumental in creating significant local initiatives and organizations, such as the Westside Farmers Market and Citizens Lighthouse Community Land Trust.

Many Evanston non-profit and civic boards and organizations, such as the Center for Independent Futures, Seniors Action Service of Evanston, the Evanston Environment Board, Evanston/North Shore YWCA, Evanston History Center, and the Youth Job Center, benefit from the infusion of skills and perspective from Leadership Evanston graduates.

The foundation was established in 1986 as a publicly supported philanthropic organization dedicated to enriching Evanston and the lives of its people. The foundation builds community endowments, addresses Evanston’s changing needs through innovative grant-making, and provides leadership in bringing people together around issues of community concern.

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