CoraLyn J. Turentine is a native of Canada who has been passionate about social justice since childhood. She has leveraged her talents in strategic planning, community development, leadership coaching, and nonprofit management to strengthen the efforts of a variety of organizations and faith-based ministries, such as Chosen Ministries, KidsPeace, and WaterStep. CoraLyn has earned her B.A. in Sociology from DePauw University, and her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University. She is privileged to serve on the Board of Directors for Brookside Community Development Corporation, and as an Indianapolis council member with Forward Cities.
From 2010-2018, CoraLyn was a licensed Therapeutic Foster Parent, charged with caring for children and youth with the highest levels of behavioral needs. Within her home, she has provided trauma-informed parenting for children aged 8 weeks to 22 years who have experienced developmental delays due to toxic stress and trauma. CoraLyn began designing workshops and training for other youth-serving professionals in trauma-informed care and social-emotional learning while serving as Program Director for the Near Eastside Education AmeriCorps. She has been a licensed Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor since December 2016.
CoraLyn's efforts have had a global reach, positioning her to provide strategic leadership to organizations in Costa Rica, Haiti, Tanzania, India, Nigeria, Swaziland, and Sierra Leone. Because of her commitment to diversity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector and to leadership excellence, CoraLyn was awarded the 2013 United Way Diversity Volunteer Award, the 2014 NAPW Woman of the Year Award, and is a featured professional in the 2014 Women of Distinction Magazine. CoraLyn and her husband OlaJowon, are proud parents of their son, Ernest, and daughter, Gabriella.
Sarah L. Foster possesses great passion for investing in and coaching nonprofit professionals, particularly those in youth work. Sarah's leadership philosophy has centered on compassion, cultural understanding, self-awareness, and relationship-building to empower people to break down barriers to cultivate respect and dignity.
Sarah began her work in youth social-emotional learning in 2013 with Playworks, a national nonprofit that builds social and emotional skills through play. Coupling her experiences with federal program management and social-emotional learning, she co-launched a trauma-informed care program that served daycare centers, after-school programs, public schools, charter schools, and parochial schools in Indianapolis.
Sarah has earned her Child and Youth Care Worker Associate's Certification and Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification, and is a passionate supporter of Brooke's Place and Brookside Community Play. In 2017, Sarah was accepted into the prestigious Journey Fellows program in recognition of her positive impact in the lives of Indianapolis youth. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and MPA in Nonprofit Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, both at IUPUI.
Sarah is an avid tree-enthusiast and takes great pride in her German heritage. She enjoys spending her free time reading, singing along to every song on the radio, and spontaneously traveling wherever her wallet can take her.
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