25 Selected For Inaugural Nonprofit Management Certificate Program

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FRAMINGHAM – MetroWest Nonprofit Network (MWNN), in partnership with Framingham
State University (FSU), is pleased to announce that 25 participants have been selected for the
inaugural Nonprofit Management Certificate for Practitioners program. The 12-week online
program is set to launch on September 24.

“This certificate program is an important step towards meeting MWNN’s goal of creating a
robust pipeline of next generation leaders who will be charged with leading MetroWest nonprofit organizations,” said Anna Cross, Executive Director of MWNN. “We were humbled by the enthusiasm applicants, funders and leaders of the nonprofit community expressed for the
program. We hope this program will give future leaders not only the skills and information
needed to lead organizations successfully, but also connect them to a network of colleagues and supporters who they can count on long after they complete the program.”

Generous support from the TJX Charitable Foundation, the Middlesex Savings Charitable
Foundation, Digital Federal Credit Union Charitable Foundation, Main Street Group Foundation,
the Rusche Epperly Family Trust, and individual donors, provided program support and
scholarship funds that were critical in providing access for applicants who would have otherwise been unable to participate.

The larger than anticipated pool included a diverse group of applicants from a number of
MetroWest communities and organizations.

It gives us great pleasure to announce the members of the Class of 2021:

Jessica Apsler, Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc.

Julie Blazer, OUT MetroWest

Meghan Burke, MassHire Metro South/West Workforce

Francesca Cerutti-Harris, Framingham State University

Christopher Chagnon, Minuteman Arc for Human Services

Kimberly Charles, Discovering Hidden Gems

Jannelle Codianni, ATAC-Amazing Arts Center

Melissa Cusson, South Middlesex Opportunity Council

Emily Denenno, Family and Community Resources, Inc.

Stephanie Di Dio, Family Promise of Natick

Cathleen Dinsmore, the Hopkinton Freedom Trail

Christian Espana, A Place to Turn

Shantae Holmes, Be Inclusive, Inc

Kevin Lopez, Hoops and Homework

Laura Mattei, the Sudbury Valley Trustees

Jordy Melendez, Nativity School of Worcester

Leah Parker-Moldover, SPARK Kindness

Tina Powderly, the Franklin Food Pantry

Raquel Riberti-Bill, ProGente Connections

Margie Rosario, Voices of the Community

Kathryn Roy, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts

Sonia Shah, the Natick Service Council

Bishnu Tamang, Women Thriving, Inc.,

Daniela Thermora, Wayside Family and Youth Services,

Jennifer Wiles, the HEART Play Program.

MWNN was created in 1991, in response to the need to bring MetroWest nonprofits together to share ideas, resources, and professional development opportunities. Today, as a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization, MWNN continues to offer the services and support that MetroWest
nonprofits are seeking; opportunities for collaboration, connections to the expertise of their
colleagues throughout the region, and access to resources that support and strengthen their


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