Jeremiah Program was thrilled to celebrate the graduation of six remarkable and determined young women on Saturday, December 13, 2014. They and their children were recognized for their amazing transformation and work over the past few years.
Three graduates earned their associate degrees and three earned bachelor degrees, including one in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota!
We wish these women and their smart, talented children all the best as they continue their journey.
Josephine Reed-Taylor, Carleen Rhodes, and Sandy Santana were voted on Jeremiah Program’s governing board of directors at the organization’s December 11 meeting.
Josephine Reed-Taylor is Deputy Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, overseeing Georgia’s 28 technical colleges as well as the state’s Office of Adult Education and the Quick Start workforce development program. She is recognized for reorganizing the Office of Adult Education to provide greater access and make more comprehensive services available to the more than one million adults in Georgia who do not have a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. Her previous experience includes positions as senior vice president of academic and student affairs, dean of educational services, and dean of students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Reed-Taylor has a doctor of education in educational administration and a masters of arts in educational administration, both from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor of arts from Spelman College. She also attended the Institute of the Management of Lifelong Education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Carleen Rhodes is president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, acting as the top steward of the organization’s human and financial resources. Prior to joining MN Partners in 2003, Carleen served as president of the Minnesota Children’s Museum. She previously was a partner in the national consulting firm of Bentz Whaley Flessner providing strategic and capital campaign counsel to universities, health care and cultural institutions across the country. Before that, she held fundraising positions at the College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota Private College Fund and the American Heart Association. Carleen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English literature from St. Cloud State University. She serves on the boards of directors of Commonbond Communities, Generation Next and the Montessori Center of Minnesota, chairs the University of Minnesota Buckman Fellowship Board and co-chairs Heading Home Minnesota.
Sandy Santana is interim executive director of Children’s Rights. He joined the organization as chief operating officer in 2012. From 2006 to 2012, he served as Managing Director and General Counsel of Legal Outreach, a law-related college prep organization, where he was responsible for the organization’s overall management and strategic growth initiatives. Prior to joining Legal Outreach, he served as a corporate associate in the Boston office of Goodwin Procter LLP (2004-2006) and in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP (2001-2004). His legal practice focused on international corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity matters. Mr. Santana received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Congratulations to Amanda Volmer, office administrator for Fargo-Moorhead, who has been chosen for the United Way of Cass-Clay 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program!
The purpose of the program is to mobilize the caring power of women, energize and inspire emerging leaders to make a difference, and provide opportunities to deepen leadership opportunities for local young women. The program is designed to build networks and strengthen connections to improve the quality of life in the Cass-Clay community.
The 35 young women chosen to participate will meet once each month and participate in sessions focusing on various issues pertinent to young female leaders. Each session is led and presented by volunteers and local leaders and includes topics relating to communication, public speaking, defining leadership, community leadership and philanthropy.
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