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Rabin Bell steps down as Woodbury Community Foundation executive director

Woodbury Community Foundation Executive Director Alisa Rabin Bell is leaving the organization to move on to a new chapter, the board of directors announced Tuesday.

Hired as the first executive director in 2008, Rabin Bell has contributed to evolving the foundation from an all-volunteer endeavor with limited funds, to a place that serves the community in four core program areas.

"This would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our Executive Director Alisa Rabin Bell," Jim Widen, Woodbury Community Foundation board chair, said in a statement.

Rabin Bell's accomplishments include creating the Woodbury Citizens' Academy, developing the Soirée Spooktakular as a fundraising event and organizing luncheons and seminars on critical issues facing the community.

She also conducted a community needs assessment with the Wilder Foundation to identify what Woodbury residents' four most critically important needs are: youth, jobs, housing and food.

The foundation also credits Rabin Bell's work for leading it to win the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce 2010 Business of the Year.

"The Woodbury Community Foundation is today recognized as an important contributor to Woodbury's position as a high quality community to raise a family and work," Widen wrote. "We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Alisa for her role in helping move us to this level.

"We wish her nothing but the best as she identifies the next phase of her career development."

The Woodbury Community Foundation plans to utilize a combination of part-time and volunteer resources in collaboration with Jeffrey Prottas, founder and managing partner of Nonprofit-360 Consulting, once Rabin Bell leaves effective April 1.

Prottas has had a relationship with the foundation as a coach and will "maintain the continuity and momentum of our priority initiatives," Widen said.

Riham Feshir
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