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Rachel Stansbury of the Clark College FoundationRachel Stansbury, development assistant for the Clark College Foundation, is the recipient of the 2010 Rising Star Award from District VIII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

The award honors outstanding individuals with three to five years experience in the advancement profession.  It also recognizes early success as an indicator of future leadership and achievement. Stansbury will accept the award during the District VIII Conference in Portland on February 17.

Ara Serjoie, vice president for development, notes that Stansbury has continued to seek new challenges in the advancement field and enhance her learning opportunities. “Since her arrival in March 2006, Rachel has demonstrated an amazing aptitude for growth and success, particularly with the foundation’s events and annual giving activities,” said Serjoie.

Colleagues say Stansbury has a track record for finding ingenious and innovative approaches to complete projects. “She has reduced costs for the direct mail activities while keeping quality high and increasing the number of recipients,” Serjoie said. “She has been played a key role in implementing our e-philanthropy program, which raised the amount of online gifts to the foundation by over 100 percent.”   To engage alumni and donors, Stansbury is initiating social networking opportunities through Facebook and other sites.

For the past two years, Stansbury has successfully orchestrated the Clark College Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, which generates scholarship funds. In addition, she provides direct support to the boards of the Alumni Association and Penguin Athletic Club as well as the annual giving committee of the foundation’s board of directors. “Rachel’s enthusiasm, determination, and ‘can do’ attitude are a terrific complement to her creativity and self-starter nature,” notes Lisa Gibert, foundation president and CEO. “She’s effective, and she’s fun to work with.” 

In January 2010, Stansbury will enter the master of public administration program at Portland State University to take the next step in her career. “I really feel I’ve found my niche and a field in which I can make a difference in society,” she said. 

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