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Hello CLD Alumni,

Happy Holiday season! I hope that you and your family are doing well and that you’ll take some time to enjoy each other soon. The CLD Alumni Association has recently changed leadership, and it is with great pride that I have accepted the honor of serving as your new CLDAA President. I am a proud CLD Alum, class of 1982, and I have since been a proud supporter.

“It was exciting to meet students from other schools, learn the Principles for Success.”

My days at CLD started at the Stutz Building on North Capital, under facilitators Holbrook Hankerson and Helen Baker. It was exciting to meet students from other schools, learn the Principles for Success, and get occasional visits from the late Henry Bundles. Back then, there was just one program, but it made a life-long impression on me, as I’m sure it did on many of you as well.

The skills I learned then were continuously polished as I moved through my education and career. I am so excited to have come full circle and now have the opportunity to support CLD and its multiple programs to positively impact the lives of our youth, our community, and all those we touch.

“As alums, we can support CLD in many ways.”

I did not take this job with blinders on, and I was immediately concerned with transparency, camaraderie, and trust issues. In establishing those, you have to start with providing any missing information and then watch the reactions, listen to the responses, and move forward accordingly.

As alums, we can support CLD in many ways: attending alumni meetings and events; referring families and students to our programs; volunteering for events; facilitating for a program(s); supporting events such as the Annual Minority Achievers Awards and Scholarship Gala, the Golf Outing, the Alumni Holiday Event, etc.; and financial support like Giving Tuesday, and so on.

Not everything is about money, but it’s no secret that CLD as a nonprofit needs money to operate. CLD’s mission is sustained through its year-round fundraising efforts. Although it costs CLD $500 per student to provide exceptional programs–students pay only $25. The difference is provided through generous donations from CLD Alumni, family, friends, and funders.

“What is CLD doing with all that money from the Lilly Grant?”

Let’s address the elephant in the room. I’ve heard it asked, “What is CLD doing with all that money from the Lilly Grant?”

The grant received from Lilly Endowment in 2019 supports the RISE Campaign. These restricted dollars go toward outreach into high crime, low-income neighborhoods, the building expansion and adding 20,000 sq. ft. to the current campus, supporting the retention of college students through post-secondary completion, hiring new staff to support with the growth of serving more youth, and building an endowment fund for long-term self-sustainability. While Lilly’s support is a significant part of the $33M campaign, we seek funds from others interested in supporting our Black youth. Once the grant funds expire, CLD will be solely responsible for sustaining the growth through fundraising efforts.

These grant dollars are limited to the projects listed above and not for daily operations like the electric bill, water and sewer, maintenance, depreciation, accounting fees, marketing and recruitment, and salaries not covered under the grant, to name a few. Therefore, we seek donations to cover the costs of conducting business, and to stay open.

“Please join me in keeping CLD a beacon of love, leadership, and longevity in our community.”

As CLD Alumni, you have had first-hand knowledge of our exceptional programs and services. We invite you to help support the RISE Campaign and our annual operations through your time, talent, and treasure. Your financial support is a necessity that is always needed and is appreciated on a colossal level.

For more information about the RISE Campaign, please get in touch with CLD’s Director of Development Melanie Frazier at mfrazier@cldinc.org. To support annual operations, visit us online at https://cldinc.org/donate/ or mail a check to the address below.

Please join me in keeping CLD a beacon of love, leadership, and longevity in our community.

Best Wishes,

Marva Hunt, MSM
PROUD CLD ALUMNA, CLD ‘82

 

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Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Shaila Stayhorn

Dr. Strayhorn is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to starting her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Strayhorn received her PhD from the University of Memphis School of Public Health majoring in Social and Behavioral Science. She has also obtained a master’s in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and bachelor’s in biology from Spelman College. Dr. Strayhorn’s research interest include assessing how factors of social support impact the quality of life among both cancer survivors and minority populations, who are at a high risk of cancer. Dr. Strayhorn is also a proud CLD alum (C’2006). She credits CLD for motivating her to stay disciplined and focused throughout her academic career. “Every session at CLD was facilitated by a successful community leader, who had a desire to see young minority students achieve academic success. Their words of encouragement still influence and push me to this day. I can only hope but to inspire other your minority students in the same way that my previous CLD facilitors inspired me”.

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Dr. Strayhorn is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to starting her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Strayhorn received her PhD from the University of Memphis School of Public Health majoring in Social and Behavioral Science. She has also obtained a master’s in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and bachelor’s in biology from Spelman College. Dr. Strayhorn’s research interest include assessing how factors of social support impact the quality of life among both cancer survivors and minority populations, who are at a high risk of cancer. Dr. Strayhorn is also a proud CLD alum (C’2006). She credits CLD for motivating her to stay disciplined and focused throughout her academic career. “Every session at CLD was facilitated by a successful community leader, who had a desire to see young minority students achieve academic success. Their words of encouragement still influence and push me to this day. I can only hope but to inspire other your minority students in the same way that my previous CLD facilitors inspired me”.

Timdrick Stewart

My name is Timdrick Stewart, new author of The Honor Roll Recipe.  I am originally from Indianapolis, IN. Completing CLD’s “Project Mr.” program is one of the many memories and accomplishments I have from my childhood.  Coincidentally, CLD introduced me to the needed information to become a productive scholar throughout my school years. In 2016, I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting, while attending more than ten professional development conferences throughout the county.  In 2018, I received my master’s degree with a 3.8 GPA from Indiana State University. Upon graduation, I’ve become an entrepreneur, sport coach, and motivational speaker in the Atlanta, Ga area. I am the proud owner of Nettie B’s Mobile Car Wash. In 2019, I realeased my first book; The Honor Roll Recipe”, while also coaching Girl’s Varisty basketball at D.M Therrell High School.  Within my roles, I enjoy providing service to the community, students, and other supporters. I strive to network and motivate others to reach their optimal performance as a student, community member, employee, or employer.

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2020-01-15T14:33:26-05:00

My name is Timdrick Stewart, new author of The Honor Roll Recipe.  I am originally from Indianapolis, IN. Completing CLD’s “Project Mr.” program is one of the many memories and accomplishments I have from my childhood.  Coincidentally, CLD introduced me to the needed information to become a productive scholar throughout my school years. In 2016, I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting, while attending more than ten professional development conferences throughout the county.  In 2018, I received my master’s degree with a 3.8 GPA from Indiana State University. Upon graduation, I’ve become an entrepreneur, sport coach, and motivational speaker in the Atlanta, Ga area. I am the proud owner of Nettie B’s Mobile Car Wash. In 2019, I realeased my first book; The Honor Roll Recipe”, while also coaching Girl’s Varisty basketball at D.M Therrell High School.  Within my roles, I enjoy providing service to the community, students, and other supporters. I strive to network and motivate others to reach their optimal performance as a student, community member, employee, or employer.

Derrick Mackins

Derrick Mackins serves as the Account & Relationship Management Executive for Wolters Kluwer.  Derrick is responsible for growing and retaining existing Commercial Healthcare Accounts in Midwest/South Central by successfully renewing these accounts and upsell/cross-sell of Lexicomp, Medi-Span, eAnswers, UpToDate and Emmi Solutions.  Derrick joins the East Commercial Team with more than 19 years of experience in the Customer Service and Sales. The last 9 years have been with Wolters Kluwer CDI. During which, he had held a variety of positions including Renewals Specialist, Drug Information Specialist - Small Cap Hospitals and most recently Account Executive for the Pharma, Finance & Wholesalers markets. He’s a multi-year winner of the Quota Club award and one time Top Performer award winner. His strong skills in relationship management, new sales, training, service and product knowledge will make Derrick a valuable member of the team. In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with his fiancé Cassandra and his granddaughter Trinity!

Fun Fact: D-Mack, as most of the team calls him, owns approximately 20 bow ties….including a wooden one!

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2020-01-15T14:35:05-05:00

Derrick Mackins serves as the Account & Relationship Management Executive for Wolters Kluwer.  Derrick is responsible for growing and retaining existing Commercial Healthcare Accounts in Midwest/South Central by successfully renewing these accounts and upsell/cross-sell of Lexicomp, Medi-Span, eAnswers, UpToDate and Emmi Solutions.  Derrick joins the East Commercial Team with more than 19 years of experience in the Customer Service and Sales. The last 9 years have been with Wolters Kluwer CDI. During which, he had held a variety of positions including Renewals Specialist, Drug Information Specialist - Small Cap Hospitals and most recently Account Executive for the Pharma, Finance & Wholesalers markets. He’s a multi-year winner of the Quota Club award and one time Top Performer award winner. His strong skills in relationship management, new sales, training, service and product knowledge will make Derrick a valuable member of the team. In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with his fiancé Cassandra and his granddaughter Trinity!

Fun Fact: D-Mack, as most of the team calls him, owns approximately 20 bow ties….including a wooden one!

Kendall Fisher

 The NAIA national office released its annual Division Two All-American list for Women's Basketball on Thursday, March 19, 2020. On that list was Indianapolis, Indiana native Kendall Fisher as she grabs second-team honors as a sophomore for the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils. Kendall ended her season, averaging 16.7 points a game while grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and dishing out 5.3 assists per game this season. Fisher shot 39.5% from the field while shooting 36.7% from beyond the arc and shooting 78.4% from the charity stripe this season. Kendall averaged 34.7 minutes on the season and was a crucial contributor in the upset win over the Saints of Siena Heights in the WHAC Semi-Final game this year. Kendall currently sits at 953 career points at this time, heading into next season. Fisher also ranks in the following areas in NAIA Division II Women's Basketball. Fisher ranked 9th in total assists this year with 170, ranking 12th in assists per game with 5.15, 16th in overall scoring with 552 points, 34th in points per game at 16.7, and 50th in free throw percentage at 78.4%.

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 The NAIA national office released its annual Division Two All-American list for Women's Basketball on Thursday, March 19, 2020. On that list was Indianapolis, Indiana native Kendall Fisher as she grabs second-team honors as a sophomore for the Lawrence Tech Blue Devils. Kendall ended her season, averaging 16.7 points a game while grabbing 5.8 rebounds per game and dishing out 5.3 assists per game this season. Fisher shot 39.5% from the field while shooting 36.7% from beyond the arc and shooting 78.4% from the charity stripe this season. Kendall averaged 34.7 minutes on the season and was a crucial contributor in the upset win over the Saints of Siena Heights in the WHAC Semi-Final game this year. Kendall currently sits at 953 career points at this time, heading into next season. Fisher also ranks in the following areas in NAIA Division II Women's Basketball. Fisher ranked 9th in total assists this year with 170, ranking 12th in assists per game with 5.15, 16th in overall scoring with 552 points, 34th in points per game at 16.7, and 50th in free throw percentage at 78.4%.

Joy Mason

Joy E. Mason is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt with over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory operations, and risk assessment, with an emphasis on business processes and quality systems. Joy has managed international projects and effectively delivered results using six sigma methodologies for both public and private sectors. As an entrepreneur, Joy has helped clients dramatically improve their bottom line by applying her problem-solving techniques. Her strategies and techniques are proven to resolve process problems, evaluate risk, and save costs. She is known for her unwavering optimism  and her unique ability to create a collaborative environment for diverse stakeholders to get things done.

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Joy E. Mason is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt with over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical manufacturing, laboratory operations, and risk assessment, with an emphasis on business processes and quality systems. Joy has managed international projects and effectively delivered results using six sigma methodologies for both public and private sectors. As an entrepreneur, Joy has helped clients dramatically improve their bottom line by applying her problem-solving techniques. Her strategies and techniques are proven to resolve process problems, evaluate risk, and save costs. She is known for her unwavering optimism  and her unique ability to create a collaborative environment for diverse stakeholders to get things done.

Regina Majors

Regina was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is a 1988 graduate of IUPUI/Purdue University.  She has a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Education from Walden University. Regina has been employed for State Auto Insurance Company for nearly 26 years as an Audit Specialist. Regina is a part-time adjunct facilitator at Ivy Tech Community College here in Indianapolis, IN and a facilitator of 14 years for The Center for Leadership Development of which she graduated from in 1981

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2020-01-10T17:02:43-05:00

Regina was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she is a 1988 graduate of IUPUI/Purdue University.  She has a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Education from Walden University. Regina has been employed for State Auto Insurance Company for nearly 26 years as an Audit Specialist. Regina is a part-time adjunct facilitator at Ivy Tech Community College here in Indianapolis, IN and a facilitator of 14 years for The Center for Leadership Development of which she graduated from in 1981

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