Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association sends off its graduating seniors at 2019 celebration

Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association sends off its graduating seniors at 2019 celebration

  • NLASA Class of 2019 at Senior Celebration

    ASU's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance 2019 senior class.

  • 2019 NLASA senior celebration

    The celebration honored the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance's 14 graduating seniors.

  • Magdelena Saucedo

    Outgoing NLASA President Magdelena Saucedo delivered remarks about the program's impact.

  • NLASA students at Senior Celebration 2019

    Graduating senior John-Martin A. Rigsby listens to the program.

  • ASU Watts College Dean Jonathan Koppell at the 2019 NLASA Senior Celebration

    Jonathan Koppell, dean of ASU's Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, spoke to the graduates.

  • Robert Ashcraft at 2019 NLASA senior celebration

    ASU Lodestar Center Executive Director Robert Ashcraft gave the opening remarks.

  • Janey Pearl Starks at 2019 NLASA Senior Celebration

    Janey Pearl Starks, a 2004 alumna of the program, gave a heartfelt keynote address.

  • Anne Kotleba at 2019 NLASA Senior Celebration

    Anne Kotleba is the program coordinator for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance at ASU.

  • Crowd at 2019 NLASA Senior Celebration

    Students, family members, faculty and community partners helped celebrate the graduating seniors.

April 23, 2019 (Phoenix, Ariz.) – The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association honored its 14 graduating seniors last night at the 2019 NLASA Senior Celebration Reception, at Balsz Community Center in Phoenix. Nearly 100 students, family members, friends, alumni, faculty and community partners helped send off the graduates as they leave ASU, with Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credentials in hand, to make their marks on the world.

The 2019 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance graduates and new CNPs are:

  • Dallas Amanda Charles, Bachelor in Global Management
  • Bailey C. De La Torre, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership
  • Raymon Guevara, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Elise Kelsheimer, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Anita Le, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Certificate in Applied Business Data Analytics and Cross-Sector Collaboration
  • Alexandra Mierzwa, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Minor in Business
  • Adrian Morales, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership
  • Lailani Newell, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Iris Ortega, B.S. Family and Human Development, Minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Suhey Ortega, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability & Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, Certificate in Cross-Sector Leadership
  • John-Martin A. Rigsby, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Certificates in Leadership and Ethics, Public Administration and Public Management
  • Magdelena P. Saucedo, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Sarah Sikon, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management
  • Corey Specht, B.S. Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Janey Pearl Starks, the Associate Director, Marketing & Engagement at Mountain Park Health Center and a 2004 alumna of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (then called American Humanics), delivered a stirring keynote address to the graduates about service, finding your path and making lasting connections, starting with NLA classmates.

Also giving remarks were Magdelena Saucedo, outgoing president of the NLASA; Robert Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation; and Jonathan Koppell, dean of ASU's Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

The NLASA also announced the recipient of the inaugural Community Partner of the Year Award, given to HandsOn Greater Phoenix.

ASU's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance program was founded in 1980 as a chapter of the national American Humanics program, with the support of the Phoenix Rotary Club 100 and local nonprofit organizations that recognized the need for highly skilled leaders in the nonprofit sector. American Humanics officially changed its name to the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance in 2011. Through the dedication of students and the support of the community, ASU has evolved into the nation's leader among the more than 50 universities affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Members of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association work in the classroom and the community towards the CNP credential, which can be earned with any undergraduate degree.