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Institute Fellows

In 2017, the ABCD Institute created a new fellowship program. The purpose of the fellowship is to train and support a new generation of practitioners in order to sustain ABCD into the future. The faculty selected 23 fellows from across the U.S. and Canada, based on their leadership in their own communities and their dedication to ABCD principles. Throughout the year, fellows will work closely with an ABCD faculty mentor to study and learn about asset based community development in theory and practice. Fellows will also develop a project related to their own work and interests.

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The new ABCD Fellows met for the first time in Chicago in June 2017.

The fellows met for the first time in June, 2017. The following video shares some of their voices and perspectives.


Together, the ABCD fellows bring a wealth of experience, passion and expertise. Check out their individual bios below!

  • Allison Lourash

    Allison Lourash

  • April Osburn

    April Osburn

    • Mount Pleasant, MI
    • 2017 Fellow
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  • Erin O'Keefe

    Erin O'Keefe

  • Indigo Bishop

    Indigo Bishop

  • Ivis Garcia Zambrana

    Ivis Garcia Zambrana

    • Salt Lake City, Utah
    • 2017 Fellow
    • View Bio
  • Jessica Wyatt

    Jessica Wyatt

  • Katie Gard

    Katie Gard

    • Brantford, Ontario Canada
    • 2017 Fellow
    • View Bio
  • Lindsay Lovelace

    Lindsay Lovelace

  • Lori Stanlick

    Lori Stanlick

  • Marnie Harris

    Marnie Harris

  • Melissa Browning

    Melissa Browning

    • Stone Mountain, GA
    • 2017 Fellow
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  • Rachel Cleaves Dahlke

    Rachel Cleaves Dahlke

    • Greenwood Villa, CO
    • 2017 Fellow
    • View Bio
  • Rachel Haxtema

    Rachel Haxtema

  • Rebecca Pauls

    Rebecca Pauls

    • Vancouver BC, Canada
    • 2017 Fellow
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  • Rev. Darryl Answer

    Rev. Darryl Answer

  • Rev. John Unger

    Rev. John Unger

  • Robin Hoecker

    Robin Hoecker

  • Ruben Medina

    Ruben Medina

  • Sandra M. Jones

    Sandra M. Jones

  • Seva Gandhi

    Seva Gandhi

  • Stephanie Answer

    Stephanie Answer

  • Vincent Thurman

    Vincent Thurman

  • Xavier Russell

    Xavier Russell

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