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Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Executive Director Nancy DeCherney and Southeast Alaska Independent Living director Joan O'Keefe are two of seven nonprofit leaders selected for the 2014 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program, the foundation announced Wednesday.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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DeCherney, O'Keefe among seven recipients of Rasmuson sabbatical

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Executive Director Nancy DeCherney and Southeast Alaska Independent Living director Joan O'Keefe are two of seven nonprofit leaders selected for the 2014 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program, the foundation announced Wednesday.

The program supports nonprofit leaders in time away from their jobs, providing three- to six-month opportunities for rest and reflection, personal growth and renewal. While on sabbatical, recipients are expected to completely step away from their organizations.

DeCherney, who began her position as the JAHC's executive director in 2006, will use her sabbatical to pursue personal creative endeavors and experience life as an arts audience member.

O'Keefe, who has worked at SAIL for 12 years, plans to take time on the water to reflect and refresh in order to continue to serve her community. SAIL helps elders and people with disabilities live in their community of choice with the highest quality of life.

Other leaders in addition to DeCherney and O'Keefe are Kristin Carpenter, of Copper River Watershed Project in Cordova; Barbara Dubovich, of Camp Fire Alaska in Anchorage; Brian Green, of Christian Health Associates in Anchorage; Meera Kohler, of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc., in Anchorage; and Mark Lackey, CCS Early Learning in Palmer.

The next postmark deadline to apply for a Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical is Oct. 1, 2014. Details about the Sabbatical Program, guidelines for preparing a proposal and application materials are available online.

For more information, call (907) 297-2700 or toll-free within Alaska 1-877-366-2700.

The Rasmuson Foundation was created in May 1955 by Jenny Rasmuson to honor her late husband E.A. Rasmuson.


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