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Signe Bell is Director of Nonprofit and Community Programs and Policy Scientist with the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS) in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and has been working with nonprofits and community organizations for more than 20 years. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and a Licensed Standards for Excellence® licensed consultant and directs the Nonprofit Management Certificate Course (NPMCC) program at the University of Delaware. Signe has a B.S. in Human Services and an M.P.A. with a specialization in Nonprofit & Community Leadership from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining the staff of the Center for Community Research and Service in 2002, she worked in the area of Youth Development with several youth serving nonprofits. Signe loves working with nonprofit/community leaders and boards and helping them attain their professional and organizational goals, as well as working with Public Policy and Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program students as they plan and prepare for a career in Public Policy and/or Nonprofit Leadership.
Jessica is the Associate Director of Research Development in the central VPR office at Michigan Technological University. She assists faculty across career stages on proposals ranging from seed research to team proposals. Jess has a background in fine art, design, and marketing. The transition to research development has been a welcome change to offer support that makes a real impact. She’s always on the lookout for opportunities to use her visual design skills to amplify research ideas. Jess works with research faculty on figures, illustrations, and other visualizations. She has employed Strategic Doing rules to help institutes on her university campus identify opportunities for impact and funding.
Mark Canada, Ph.D., is Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University Kokomo, where he oversees all Strategic Doing efforts on the institution’s strategic priorities. He also leads the KEY, an experiential-learning initiative that provides all IU Kokomo students with opportunities to learn through internships, retreats, research, community projects, and educational trips to businesses, museums, and natural and historic settings in Chicago, New York, Yellowstone National Park, Disney World, Silicon Valley, and other destinations. A professor of American literature, he spent many years in the classroom at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he was a recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. His seven books include the Audible Original What Would Franklin Do? (forthcoming), Edgar Allan Poe: Master of Horror (Audible, 2020), Introduction to Information Literacy for Students (Wiley, 2017), and Literature and Journalism in Antebellum America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His articles on student success, truth in the media, Henry David Thoreau, Rebecca Harding Davis, and other subjects have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Academic Minute, The Conversation, Southern Cultures, Edgar Allan Poe in Context, and other outlets. More information is available at markcanada.info.
Rachel is Executive Vice President. In her role, she provides oversight for all evaluation and community impact work of CLC, development of custom programs and strategic opportunities, and the design and implementation of all CLC programs. She is a certified Tetra Map Facilitator and has presented nationally on evaluation, impact, and engagement.
Rachel graduated from Ohio University in 2002 with a BA in Psychology and continued her education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, graduating in 2005 with a Masters of Science in Social Administration (MSSA). Rachel has worked as a social worker at MetroHealth Medical Center and as a Program Coordinator at Care Alliance Health Center. Through her work at Care Alliance, she designed, implemented and measured a federally funded evaluation program and collaborated with nine other programs across the country. She has a special interest in social work issues with the HIV/AIDS community and healthcare.
Rachel is a graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2010 and is a member of the Cleveland Leadership Center Alumni Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the MetroHealth Foundation and served on the associate board of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, most recently as Chair. She was named a Top 25 under 35 Mover and Shaker in 2013 by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. She and her husband Matt, along with their son Carson, love Cleveland and enjoy all the community has to offer!
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