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Past Event - March 2, 2010

Nonprofit Leadership: Making a Difference by Serving Others

Cindy Skovgard

Pathways is a community-based Volunteer Hospice. It began as a community outreach program in 1985 that was developed by Lakewood Regional Medical Center. Ms. Skovgard’s 28 years of experience in community relations, fundraising, and nonprofit management has helped Pathways gain its reputation in the Greater Long Beach/Lakewood community as the organization people turn to for hospice, volunteer care-giving, and bereavement support. Ms. Skovgard studied Child and Family Development at CSULB with an emphasis in behavior modification. For the past 14 years, she has coordinated Pathways’ programs and services, in addition to community outreach efforts that include volunteer training, grant writing, a speaker’s bureau, and a number of community collaborations. Her professional affiliations include the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, National Association of Home Care and Hospice, Volunteer Hospice Network, Los Angeles County Commission on Aging, Women’s Business Council of Long Beach, and Soroptimist International of Lakewood/Long Beach.

Melanie Washington

MATFA serves youth ages 10-25 who are incarcerated in the juvenile detention centers and California Youth Authority. Many young lives have been turned around through MATFA, with many program graduates working at stable jobs and attending college. They have become as asset rather than a threat to their communities. Melanie Washington has experienced more than her share of violence. When she was very young, she saw gangs, domestic violence, and prejudice tear her family and community apart. Her mother, sister, and husband were all murdered. Then, on December 26, 1995, her 19-year-old son was killed by a young gang member he had befriended, taken into his home, and tried to help. It is a testament to Ms. Washington’s remarkable spirit of forgiveness that she began mentoring the young man who killed her son six months after his death. She is living her faith and helping make our communities a better place for all.

Justin Rudd

Justin Rudd is the founder and director of a nonprofit organization called the Community Action Team (CAT). The mission of CAT is to promote social well-being within the general public and to produce quality events within our community that benefit children, animals, and the environment. Mr. Rudd earned a business degree from Stamford University, a private, liberal arts, Southern Baptist School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has received numerous awards for his community activism, including the 2004 Outstanding Young Californian Award presented by the California Jaycees Foundation. Mr. Rudd was born and raised in the town of Ozark (population 15,000) and lived the first 26 years of his life in Southeast Alabama. He has lived in California since 1995. He admires positive thinkers, people who smile, people who give, those who serve, those who volunteer, and single parents.

Location Details:
College of Business Administration
California State University, Long Beach
Room CBA 139A
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS - 8501
Long Beach, California 90840-8306

Visitors to the campus must purchase a parking permit at a yellow kiosk for $5.00.

There is a yellow kiosk located in Lot 15 adjacent to the CBA building.

Please park in the multistory parking structure adjacent to the College of Business Administration building on Merriam Way. Campus Map.

NOTE: After purchasing your permit, you may park in the spaces marked "Employees Only" in Lot 15 after 6:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact Sweta Mohandos, Notable Speaker Series Coordinator, smohando@csulb.edu or Alexandra Jordan ajordan3@csulb.edu