Around town: Children’s Health Council prepares to search for new leader | New
In the latest Round Town column, information about a mental health youth nonprofit organization’s research of its next CEO, six community leaders recognized by the Midpeninsula Media Center, and funds to fight the impacts of the pandemic at the local level.
TRANSITION POINT … After more than 12 years at the head of the Children’s Health Council, Rosalie Whitlock plans to step down as CEO on June 30, 2022.
Whitlock, who has held the organization’s most senior position since 2009, will retire after 30 years of working with children and families. “We have a clear vision for the future, exceptionally skilled staff and leadership, dedicated volunteers, generous donors and rich collaborative partnerships with many members of our community,” Whitlock said in a May 26 statement. . “Our goal now is to maintain that momentum and move forward with our leadership, capabilities and task force. “
Whitlock has been hailed as a “highly collaborative and transformative leader,” Chairman of the Board Rebecca Robertson mentionned. “Under his leadership, the agency nearly tripled in size with innovative services and programs tailored to the diverse needs of our community.”
The board has formed a search committee and will lead the search for the organization’s next leader. “We are fortunate that Rosalie will stay with CHC until a successor is found,” Vice-Chairman and President-Elect Julie terrell hooper mentionned. “As we prepare to celebrate our 70th anniversary, we have a solid foundation for a smooth transition to new leadership for the future. “
HEROES OF THE HOMETOWN … the Midpeninsula Media Center recently recognized six locals who are making a difference in the community during its Local hero rewards ceremony, which was held virtually on May 29.
The event, which took a hiatus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, not only featured an awards presentation, but also short documentaries on each recipient, highlighting their stories. This year’s winners were Holly Chenette, a Preparation East a teacher who voluntarily takes care of stray cats in East Palo Alto; Sarahi Espinoza, a former undocumented immigrant who set up a non-profit organization and app to help undocumented students obtain college scholarships; Patrick ruth, creator of WomenSV, an organization to help survivors of domestic violence; Jessica radmilovic, a paraplegic athlete who is a recreation therapist at Palo Alto Veterans Health Care System; Evelyne keomian, founder of the Karat school project, which tackles poverty both in the Bay Area and in Africa through initiatives such as the distribution of school supplies to low-income children; and Chris Richardson, program manager for the Downtown Streets Team, which employs homeless people to help keep local streets clean. Each winner was nominated by members of the community.
“This year’s awards – although they started long before we even had the glow of an impending pandemic – nonetheless have a similar theme that couldn’t be more appropriate or more welcome than at this time,” said the director of production services Louise Pencavel said in his opening speech of the virtual ceremony. “In each of them there is a message of rebirth, hope and new beginnings.” For more information visit midpenmedia.org.
JOINING THEIR STRENGTHS … In an effort to tackle the community issues that have been created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Stanford University Office of Community Engagement set aside $ 228,000 for eight faculty-led projects with organizations in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The office collaborated with the university Bill Lane Center for the American West.
Together, the projects are tackling the impact of the pandemic on health, education, social services and the arts. They were selected from a pool of 45 proposals across Stanford. “Given the impact the pandemic has had on our region, it was important that we accelerate community benefit from our grants by focusing on projects that can move forward quickly to help those in need,” Megan Swezey Fogarty, associate vice president for community engagement, said May 19 in a Stanford News Service article.
One of the eight projects is the Local Impacts Labs University Collaborative led by a professor of political science. Jeremy Weinstein. It is associated with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Joint Venture Silicon Valley bring together teams led by professors and higher education institutions for “research impact partnerships that investigate regional systemic inequalities”.
Education teacher Adam Banks collaborates with the EPA Center provide more learning opportunities for young people in East Palo Alto, with the help of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts. The project involves working with the organization’s workforce development programs, apprenticeships and internships.