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

Standing in front of a projector screen, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association graduating seniors of 2019 pose together and smile. Each person has a tassle drapped over their shoulders.

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.

Standing behind a podium on stage, Robert Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, addresses the audience. Behind him is a projector screen and a small banner reading "Nu Lambda Mu, Honor Society, NACC." On the podium is a maroon and gold banner reading "Nonprofit Leadership Alliance", alongside the logo for ASU and ASU Lodestar Center.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.