Five nonprofit leaders win sabbaticals

Leslie Winner
Leslie Winner

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem awarded $25,000 sabbaticals to five nonprofit leaders.

Sabbatical recipients include Myra Clark, executive director of The Center for Community Transition, and Peggy Eagan, executive director of the Children and Family Services Center, both in Charlotte; Antoinette Kerr, executive director of the Lexington Housing Community Development Corporation in Lexington; Walter Klausmeier, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Health Systems in Raleigh; and April Scott, executive director of the Carousel Center in Wilmington.

Established in 1991, as one of the first of its kind, the sabbatical program gives nonprofit leaders an extended break from work.

“Many leaders of the nonprofit sector are selfless, extremely driven individuals,” says Leslie Winner, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. “Often times, however, they reach a point where they have completely expended their personal energy. They need this time to re-energize and re-focus so they can return to work with fresh ideas, a different perspective and newfound momentum. This program not only benefits the recipients, but also benefits the staff, the Board and the communities they serve.”

Sabbatical winners are encouraged to spend up to six months engaging in activities they are interested in and that are not related to their field of work.

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