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ASU Lodestar Center to honor nonprofit graduates

May 05, 2009

Students receiving professional certificates and academic degrees in nonprofit studies will be recognized for their achievements on May 6 at a reception hosted by the ASU Lodestar Center.  The event, held on the second floor of the Walter Cronkite building at the ASU Downtown Campus, will begin with a Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNpS) graduate poster session and reception at 5 p.m., followed by the presentation of certificates.  The invited speakers are Dr. Debra Friedman, University Vice President and Dean, ASU College of Public Programs, and Pam Gaber, the President and founder of Gabriel’s Angels.

Students being recognized have earned a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies, or a Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) professional development certificate.

“ASU offers the widest array of educational offerings for leading and managing nonprofit organizations of any university in the nation,” said Dr. Robert F. Ashcraft, director of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and professor of nonprofit studies in the School of Community Resources and Development. “It is with great pride that we celebrate the achievements of our talented students. The graduates who have earned our academic degrees and our professional development education certificate validates that nonprofit professionals wish to lead and manage their organizations with the best available knowledge and tools a provided by our outstanding professors and practitioner experts.”

Students who will receive a graduate certificate: Sharon Abramson, Saso Andonoski, DuWayne Eilers, Leigh Hersey, and Samuel Holdren. 

Students who will receive a Master of Nonprofit Studies degree: Nicole Almond Tucker, Ruby Alvarado Hernandez, Kara Anderson, Megan Birkey, Jill Christiansen, Katherine Coleman-Burns, Genevieve Croker, Athelyn Daniel, Corina Frolander, Rachael Goldberg, Tanisha Gordon, Brittany James, Krishna Kelley, Christopher Korte, Damon Lemmons, Cassandra Mazur, Elizabeth Mikkelsen, James Potts, Susan Rossi, Shawn Rudnick, Susie Sands, Andrea Sok, Amy Steinman, Aaron Stiner, Amber Stubbs, Chela Sullivan, Brooke Todare, and Bella Williamson. 

NMI professional development certificates will be awarded to: Karen Bever, Ann-Mary Johnson-Lutzick, Carla Landwerth, Teresa Moore, Philip Reller, Julie Schaffer, Charla Triplett, Cathy Tullgren, and Sarah Whitmore.

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation (formerly the ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management), is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education, research and technical assistance. The ASU Lodestar Center exists to enhance the quality of life in communities through the advancement of nonprofit leadership practices and provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, donors and volunteers by offering a selection of capacity building workshops, conferences, classes, and programs. For more information, visit:

Ashley Gilliam,
ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation