CFMC Announces  2019 LEAD Institute Participants

CFMC Announces 2019 LEAD Institute Participants

The Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) has selected 18 emerging nonprofit managers to join the LEAD (Leadership, Education and Development) Institute’s 2019 cohort.

LEAD is a year-long professional development institute presented by the CFMC’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence to foster strong, effective leadership in the nonprofit sector.

Kaki Rusmore, Director, Center for NonprofitIt’s a great asset for nonprofits to have employees who can think creatively about many aspects of the organization. The LEAD Institute cultivates the necessary skill sets for these key managers to effectively participate in organization-wide leadership and help their nonprofits thrive.”  – Kaki Rusmore – Director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the CFMC

Now beginning its ninth year in developing up-and-coming nonprofit talent, the LEAD Institute has served more than 130 nonprofit leaders in the tri-county area. This year’s LEAD Institute features 18 nonprofit professionals from all fields of nonprofit activity, including arts, environmental, educational and human services.

The 2019 class includes participants from nonprofits based in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties.

The 2019 LEAD Institute participants are:

Monterey County

  • Jody Rogers, Operations Coordinator, Alliance on Aging
  • Teressa Jimenez, Director of Development, CASA
  • Lenina Sanchez, Communications Coordinator, Community Human Services
  • May Nguyen, Central Coast Program Director, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water
  • Richard Cheatham, Director of Workforce Development Services, Goodwill Central Coast
  • Brandi Lamb, Executive Director, Osio Theater
  • Jennifer Ramirez, Executive Director, Partnership for Children
  • Ceci Romero, Deputy Director, Rancho Cielo
  • Clare Margason, Community Impact Director, United Way Monterey County

San Benito County

  • Laura Romero , Social Media & Marketing Coordinator, Benito Link
  • Salina Chacon, Grants and Projects Manager, Community Foundation for San Benito County
  • Mindy Sotelo, Executive Manager, San Benito County Farm Bureau

Santa Cruz County

  • Ivan Meza, Avenues Program Coordinator, Community Connection
  • Maribel Alvarez, Spanish Coordinator & Mental Health Specialist, Community Connection
  • Alexandra Dami, Director of External Programs, Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services
  • Iliana Cuadros , Health Records & Referrals Manager, Salud Para La Gente
  • Terri Steinmann, Director of Development, Santa Cruz Performing Arts
  • Darren Gertler, Workshop Coordinator, Watsonville Science Workshop

Maximizing Leadership Potential

The program is designed to maximize the leadership potential of capable nonprofit managers through monthly leadership and professional development seminars. The LEAD curriculum also includes individualized professional development plans, coaching sessions, and applied learning in the workplace. It emphasizes building leaders who are prepared to lead diverse communities.

LEAD participants gain significant new abilities which can be harnessed to address changing community needs and allows them to assume greater leadership roles. It is an opportunity to understand the complexities of running an entire organization, not just a department or program.”

About the Center for Nonprofit Excellence

CNE-logoThe Center for Nonprofit Excellence offers a comprehensive suite of services including workshops, institutes, networking, consulting, online resources and grantmaking focused on organizational development. For more information on LEAD or other resources for nonprofits, please visit or call 831.375.9712 x138.

LEAD is a program of the Community Foundation for Monterey County in coordination with the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County and the Community Foundation for San Benito County.
The mission of the Community Foundation for Monterey County is to inspire philanthropy and be a catalyst for strengthening communities throughout Monterey County. For more information, please call 831.375.9712, visit or stay connected at