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Healing Bridges CEO Natalie Ross graduates from WCCF's Community PILLARS 2023 Program

Posted December 05, 2023

Communtiy PILLARS Class Photo 2023
Members of the Class of 2023 include: Megan Hegedus, Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA; Sarah Angelo, Resurrection Power of Washington, PA; Kelley Swift, CASA for Kids, Inc. Washington County; Amanda Gabeletto, Monongahela Area Library; Karen Bennett, Harmony Life Center; Michelle Bruce, Low Cost Spay Neuter/Fix Ur Cat; Mark Smith, Mon Valley Academy for the Arts, inc.; Tracie Liberatore, Bradford House Historical Association; Brandi Miller, Literacy Council of Southwestern PA; Natalie Ross, Healing Bridges; Not pictured: Emeline Ferguson, WCCF; and Tracy Walnoha, Watchful Shepherd.
Natalie Ross Community PILLARS 2023 Certificate Photo
Healing Bridges CEO Natalie Ross smiles as she receives her completion certificate for WCCF's Community PILLARS 2023 program.

WASHINGTON, PA - Healing Bridges CEO Natalie Ross graduated from the Washington County Community Foundation's Community PILLARS program this past November to learn from nonprofit experts how to strategically position her organization to best serve individuals and residents of local counties.

Since convening in September 2023, Ross attended six weekly charity governance classes, where she learned valuable lessons to develop her nonprofit leadership skills and gained a supportive community along the way. The PILLARS program provided in-depth educational sessions on topics such as: I. Mission, Strategy & Evaluation, II. Governance & Leadership: Board, Staff & Volunteers, III. Legal Compliance & Ethics, IV. Finance & Operations, V. Fundraising & Resource Development, and VI. Public Awareness & Advocacy

“I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to network and learn from other nonprofit executives with different waves of experiences throughout this remarkable program," said Natalie Ross, Healing Bridges CEO. "After completing PILLARS, I feel more confident in my ability to nurture and grow Healing Bridges into a philanthropic success."

Each class was led by notable charity leaders with wide-ranging skills to ensure all participants gained admirable knowledge. Class sizes were limited to a maximum of 15 people and were held in person at The Foundation's offices in Eighty Four. The inaugural PILLARS Class of 2023 graduated this past November, and a new class will commence next fall.

To learn more about the Community PILLARS program, please visit the WCCF website here.

About Healing Bridges

Healing Bridges is a recovery-oriented nonprofit that guides and connects residents of Washington County and neighboring communities to comprehensive behavioral health services. By providing children, teens and adults with the necessary guidance, tools, skills and resources needed to improve their lives, Healing Bridges acts as the connection to hope and prosperity throughout their continuous developmental journeys.

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