First Lady Selected for Leadership Academy


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Mary-Sarah Kinner
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CARSON CITY, NV - August 15, 2011

Nevada’s First Lady Kathleen Sandoval is one of only 24 nonprofit leaders in the nation to be selected for the American Express Leadership Academy sponsored in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). The Academy, scheduled November 14 – 18, 2011 in Washington, DC, will focus on improving education outcomes for children and youth. Over 120 emerging nonprofit leaders from around the nation applied.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this program and be given the opportunity to bring home ideas focused on serving our state’s youth,” said Mrs. Sandoval. “We will explore national service models and educational outcomes that can help us do more to address the address the challenges faced by Nevadans every single day.”

The First Lady was also recently named the Non-Profit Healthcare Hero in Northern Nevada by Nevada Business Magazine.

“I have always known that Kathleen is a leader in her field,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “The programs she administers in the nonprofit sector and much of her work as First Lady are focused on improving the lives of children.”

Mrs. Sandoval is the Family Youth Intervention (FYI) Program Director at the Children’s Cabinet, a nonprofit organization that works closely with children and youth to reduce school truancy, evaluate mental health issues, prevent family violence, and support homeless, runaway and abused children. A trained speech pathologist with expertise in traumatic brain injury, she has made mental health a cornerstone of her work as Nevada’s First Lady.

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