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Cedar Valley Nonprofit Award winners announced

April 11, 2014

Julianne Gassman, assistant professor and director, UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, 319-273-2204,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association has announced the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Award winners. Recipients will be honored at the 10th annual Cedar Valley Nonprofit Awards Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the Commons Ballroom.

Award winners are as follows: Nonprofit Business Partner of the Year, Ferguson Enterprises; Robert Koob Award for Collaboration, Leader Valley, Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber; Nonprofit Board Member of the Year, Paul Kammerdiner, Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens; Gordon Mack Award for Student Leadership, Jenna Manders, Teen Trust, Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa; New Nonprofit Employee of the Year, Megan Thompson, Boys and Girls Club; Legacy Award, Gloria Wilder, Boys and Girls Club; Nonprofit Staff Leader of the Year, Kathy McDonnell, Presbyterian Village; Exceptional Nonprofit of the Year, Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley. Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley will receive a cash gift of $1,000, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, in recognition for its outstanding efforts.

The Veridian Community Engagement Fellowship Awards will also be presented. These awards are given to honor UNI faculty members who have enriched the quality of life in the Cedar Valley by engaging the community in their research and teaching. Award winners are Ai Wen, instructor of biology, and Wendy Miller, assistant professor of art. UNI also selected and is awarding Kamyar Enshayan, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education; Jennifer Cooley, associate professor of language and literatures; and Tim Kidd, associate professor of physics, for their community engagement efforts.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance is a national certification program that prepares students to become the next generation of leaders in the nonprofit sector.

For more information, contact Julianne Gassman, director of the UNI Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, at or 319-273-2204.