Introducing the 2018 Alden Fellows

We are pleased to announce the leaders selected for the 2018 Alden Fellows Program, a program developed because of our belief that Louisville’s nonprofit organizations are strengthened when more nonprofit leaders have access to high quality professional development opportunities.

Thanks to the generosity of Mr. William O. Alden, Jr., a donor at the Community Foundation of Louisville, each fellow receives a $5,000 grant and has 12 months to pursue either a self-directed program or attend a world-class, university-based leadership and training program. A Fellowship selection committee, comprised of leaders of local nonprofits and the CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville, recommends and selects the candidates.

“It’s exciting to introduce this new group of Alden Fellows and see all they will accomplish in the coming year. Our committee curated another amazing class who will further their success and strengthen leadership in our community’s nonprofits,” said Susan Barry, Community Foundation of Louisville President and CEO. “This just seems like the best way to honor what Mr. Alden, and our foundation, want for our community’s future.”

This year’s winners gathered with past Alden Fellows to engage in fellowship and spark new opportunities for growth and possible partnerships at the fifth annual luncheon on December 14. The 2018 class welcomed five individuals who each represent organizations in Louisville that are dedicated to helping our community become a true force for good. We are pleased to announce the following 2018 Alden Fellows:

Eileen Blanton has served as the Executive Director of Peace Education for 15 years. The Peace Education Program strengthens communities and schools by training youth and adults to build and sustain positive relationships. Peace Education does this by providing learning experiences to reduce violence, enhance personal integrity and foster mutual respect. During her Alden Fellowship year, Eileen will reenergize her spirit and gain clarity around the next bold steps for Peace Education by participating in an 84-mile white water rafting/wilderness trip with other leaders doing similar work around the country. The rafting trip will lay the groundwork for the courage, collective strategies and bold actions that are necessary to address the violence in the Louisville community.

Arthur Cox is the Executive Director of St. George’s Scholar Institute, a position he has held for over ten years. St. George’s mission is to launch youth into flights of self-discovery while creating opportunities that will impact their lives for the benefit of our community. St. George’s works to build community and its surrounding neighborhoods through tireless efforts to become a full-service community resource center. During his Alden Fellowship year, Arthur will work to recharge his spirit and to explore opportunities in youth entrepreneurship by attending the La Casa De Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara and visiting the San Diego Youth Entrepreneurship Program.

Dr. Brandy N. Kelly Pryor serves as the Director of the Center for Health Equity within the Louisville Metro/Jefferson County’s Department of Public Health and Wellness. The Center for Health Equity works to address the root causes of health disparities by supporting projects, policies and research working to change the correlation between health, longevity and socioeconomic status. Further, the Center recognizes research that supports the fact that people of color face an additional burden, and that working for equity necessitates working to address historical and contemporary injustices. Through her Alden Fellowship, Brandy will work toward wellness for herself and the individuals doing equity work within some of Louisville’s most marginalized communities.

Moshe Ohayon is the Founder and Executive Director of Educational Justice. Educational Justice endeavors to innovate and implement practical solutions aimed at closing the opportunity gap in education. Educational Justice’s newest initiative, EJ Activists, pairs the best and brightest high school students in our city with underserved middle schoolers for one-on-one tutoring every week. As an Alden Fellow, Moshe will focus on growing the impact of EJ Activists by enrolling in the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship offered through Stanford University’s School of Business or pursuing a fellowship through Entwine, which organizes social action initiatives abroad for emerging Jewish-American leaders.

Darcy Thompson is Executive Director of the Louisville Story Program. The Louisville Story Program (LSP) strengthens the bonds of community by amplifying unheard voices and untold stories. Through rigorous writing and oral history workshops, and with professional editorial support, participating LSP authors from historically underrepresented communities document the richness of lived experience in Louisville communities from the inside out, and in their own words. During his Alden Fellowship, Darcy will attend the Executive Program in Nonprofit Leadership at Stanford University, which mixes intensive sessions, hands-on workshops and insightful interviews with thought leaders from academia, nonprofits, for-profits and government.

New Fellow, Darcy Thompson, of the Louisville Story Program, spoke about the honor of being selected alongside the other Fellows for this coming year, saying, “We have a lot to learn. This [Fellowship] will help us forge the right path forward and be more helpful members of the nonprofit community here.”

Since the inaugural class of Alden Fellows in 2014, and each year after, a new class of five Fellows will be selected, resulting in over 100 Louisville nonprofit leaders who will gain from access to this opportunity. As the program grows, the Community Foundation of Louisville will bring fellows together to network and share their experiences with the nonprofit community – creating new connections and ideas that will strengthen our city. We look forward to seeing the growth of each Fellow this year and for years to come.