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On the 4th of April, the Fort Bend Chamber held its 21st Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership (ENL) graduation ceremony at The George Ranch Historical Park recognizing another remarkable class of outstanding nonprofit leaders. The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The George Foundation, designed this program to strengthen nonprofit organizations and better equip them to serve the community. The ENL program combines a real-world, organization-based perspective with current thinking and concrete skills to bolster the capacity and effectiveness of the Fort Bend nonprofit sector. Class participants are selected each year from a wide spectrum of the area’s populace. Congratulations to the graduates of the Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership, Class of 2024.

Presenting the Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership, Class of 2024:

Ana AliciaAcostaFort Bend Museum
EileenAkersonChild Advocates of Fort Bend 
CarolAlcortaRosenberg Richmond Helping Hands
AuvonnieAlexanderUnited Against Human Trafficking
DevonAndersonJustice Forward TX
Rene’CannavoEast Fort Bend Human Needs Ministries, Inc.
KarriAxtellThe Arc Fort Bend County
Sarah BethBacaARTreach
DeniseBeanFamily Life and Community Resource Center
JenniferBrenemanFort Bend Women’s Center
SadeBrownFort Bend Chamber of Commerce
MadeleineCalcote-GarciaFort Bend History Association
MarkDavisForever Families Inc.
AnthonyEmersonThe Brookwood Community
DominicFarinoRupani Foundation
CharlotteFosteyThe Menninger Clinic
CrystalGonzalezTerry High School/ CORE
ShannonGoreFort Bend County Social Services
TaylorGrimesFamily Houston 
HannahHarrisonGiGi’s Playhouse – Sugar Land
EmmaHaymakerThe Brookwood Community 
TracyHobdyRosenberg Railroad Museum
ChrisKnightPTSD Foundation of America
DawnLawlessCounseling Connections for Change, Inc.
KameelaLewisLamar Educational Awards Foundation
TanaLichayTransitions – Birds Nest
AlondraLopez HuertaHope For Three Autism Advocates
DahliaMorenoHope For Three Autism Advocates 
AliceMunoxBrazos Bend Guardianship Services  
ChelsiOestreichFort Bend Junior Service League  
KristiePhillipsFort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels
EsmeraldaReyesMain Street Ministries
CandiceReyesHer Well
DanikkaRobertsForever Families, Inc.
MeganRoizHouston ToolBank 
LindsayRolphFort Bend Junior Service League
NellSchwartzEast Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Inc.
David L.Sincere, Jr.Fort Bend Transformation Church
ShayeSkinnerThe Sanctuary Foster Care Services
MelindaStephensonClothed by Faith
BrianTeagueWe Love HTX 
Kyra M.TircuitCreative Dreams Outreach Center
CristinaUmanzorHope For Three Autism Advocates
JaneWoodEast Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Inc.
ArielZagalaCatholic Charities Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston-Mamie George Community Center

The concept for the ENL program grew out of what was perceived as a significant opportunity to develop and sustain nonprofit board and staff leadership in Fort Bend County for the effective use of community resources. ENL is an eight-month program, September through April, with approximately 50 participants. Sessions begin with an overnight opening retreat in The Woodlands followed by seven, one-day sessions covering Board Governance, Organizational Audit, Strategic Planning, Assembling the Workforce, Fundraising and Financials. The Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership program is completed with a Capstone and Graduation ceremony.

Excellence for Nonprofit Leadership Class of 2025 applications are now available. For more information on the program contact Juliette Nessmith at [email protected] or 281-566-2161. 

About the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce is a 5-star accredited and the largest single-county chamber in the greater Houston region. As the advocate for excellence in Fort Bend County and beyond, we do essential work to protect the business interests in our region.  The organization has been able, over the last 50 years, to be a strong and successful voice for business due to the solid and impressive investment of our members. The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce creates, enhances and promotes the dynamic environment in which we work and live.

About The George Foundation

The George Foundation invests in Fort Bend County, Texas to enhance our community and the quality of life of those in need. Through grants to local nonprofits and scholarship opportunities for aspiring local students, the Foundation strives to positively impact the lives of our neighbors.