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Significant investment by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation supports advanced learning and development for promising nonprofit leaders

DENVER – May 8, 2015 – The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation today announced its 11th class of the prestigious Livingston Fellowship Program at their annual awards event and Growing Home President & CEO, Teva Sienicki, is a 2015 recipient. The Fellowship Program acknowledges aspiring nonprofit leaders by providing advanced learning and professional development through a $25,000 award.  Recipients use their fellowships for professional development activities that may include study, research, travel, executive coaching and peer learning.

The 2015 class includes:

  • Teva Sienicki, President & CEO, Growing Home
  • Cristina Aguilar, Executive Director, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
  • Rachel Basye, Executive Director, Arts Students League of Denver
  • Malik Robinson, Executive Director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
  • Stephanie Villafuerte, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center

Since 2005, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has funded 50 nonprofit executive fellowships. The Fellows have traveled nationally and internationally, attended elite academic programs, met with prominent leaders in their fields, and championed causes including homelessness, aging, mental health, and the arts. Senior Fellows will serve as mentors to the 2015 class, creating a growing network of inspired leaders to strengthen Colorado’s nonprofit community.

“I’m so excited to join this group of energetic and creative leaders,” says Teva Sienicki, President & CEO, Growing Home. “I see this award less as a recognition of what I have been able to accomplish with my team, but rather as a challenge to do better. Every child deserves to reach their potential, and I look forward to developing as a leader in order to bring better solutions to Colorado communities.”

This year’s fellows were nominated by a wide array of Colorado community leaders, narrowed down to a group of finalists by an advisory panel, interviewed by an independent consultant, and reviewed and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. They were selected on the basis of exceptional leadership qualities, potential for significant contribution to the nonprofit sector, and the ability to be a role model for other Colorado nonprofit leaders.

Teva Sienicki has provided executive leadership at Growing Home, a leading anti-poverty organization serving families with children, for thirteen years. She displays a high level of passion and vision for solving issues around poverty and closing the achievement gap for low-income kids. Teva believes in the power of creating a greater impact through partnerships and coalition building, developing a strong team to ensure outcomes and effectiveness, and leveraging passionate volunteers to meet the mission. Under Teva’s leadership, Growing Home has grown from a small shelter program serving 30 families per year to a comprehensive anti-poverty organization that served 4,612 families in 2014. Teva has a vision to scale Growing Home’s high quality programs and create a pipeline of services to enable every family in our community to break free of the destructive cycle of poverty.

The fellowship awards carry the name of Johnston R. Livingston (1923-2008), who served as a Trustee of the Foundation from 1979 to 2008. Livingston chaired the Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2000 until 2005 and had a passionate commitment to advancing leadership in Colorado’s nonprofit sector.


Gary Steuer                                                                 Nancy Shloss
President & CEO Bonfils-Stanton Foundation           NBS PR, LLC.
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