Clare Rose Sabbatical Awards Granted
Strong Applicant Pool As Program Begins 10th Year
The Fieldstone Leadership Network San Diego announced its 2023 Clare Rose Sabbatical Awards on May 8th. After receiving a record number of applications after taking a year hiatus to work through COVID-19 related schedule changes of previously awarded grants, Fiona Chatwin and Villa Musica and Ben Vallejos and Living Coast Discovery Center were selected for this year’s cohort.
The grant, worth $50,000, underwrites the salary and benefits of the Executive for three months so they may take an extended leave from the organization. The program also includes a program consultant to help with the preparation, execution and re-entry phases of the program, funds for additional staff training and bonuses for those who lead in the executive’s absence. The goal of the program is to increase the capacity of the staff by creating opportunities for them to lead in ways only possible when the CEO is not present and to sustain the leader so they will remain in a leadership position in the nonprofit sector. To date, 27 local nonprofit leaders and their organizations have participated in the Clare Rose Sabbatical program for an investment of $1.35 million.
Our 2023 Recipients
Fiona Chatwin and Villa Musica
Established in November 2005, Villa Musica is a place for people of all ages to come together to take music lessons, play in an ensemble or participate in workshops. Villa Musica’s goal is to create a focal point for community music education where students and teachers can meet to exchange ideas and experience the joy of making music. Dr. Fiona Chatwin is the founder.
The agency employs 40 local teaching artists who serve over 770 students each week. Services are offered at the agency’s Sorrento Valley location and throughout San Diego at four satellite library locations. Villa Musica also collaborates with 17 senior living communities and serves over 350 seniors with concerts, musical biographies and other musical educational opportunities.
Fiona is a graduate of Fieldstone’s Executive Learning Group, and Coaching Program. She is a current member of our All We Can Save Learning Circle. Aaron Bullard, who will lead during Fiona’s sabbatical, is a also a Learning Group graduate.
Ben Vallejos and Living Coast Discovery Center
The Living Coast Discovery Center, located in Chula Vista, is a zoo and aquarium that features species local to the southern California region. With a mission to inspire the community to connect with and care for our coastal environment, the Center hosts approximately 70,000 visitors annually. Over 13,000 students visit each year on school field trips. The Center employs over 50 people, with nine of those working full-time.
Ben has been with Living Coast for over 21 years, serving as the Executive Director since 2013. He is a graduate of our Nonprofit Leaders Learning Group. Lori Coons, who will be leading in his absence, is also a graduate of our Learning Group and Coaching Programs and is currently participating in our All We Can Save Learning Circle.