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Devereux - News Release Nov. 18, 2010


Bruce to be Recognized with $30,000 Grant at Weaver E. Falberg Leadership Award Dinner

Philadelphia, PA, November 18, 2010 - Nefertiti Bruce, training curriculum development specialist and national trainer at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) in Villanova, Pa., will be honored with the 21st Annual Weaver E. Falberg Leadership Promise Fellowship Award on November 19, 2010 at a celebratory dinner at Philadelphia Marriott West in West Conshohocken, PA.

Ms. Bruce, a resident of Philadelphia, is being recognized for her accomplishments in developing training programs for teachers and caregivers who work with children with social and emotional issues as well as for demonstrated leadership potential within the Devereux organization. Devereux is the nation’s largest nonprofit behavioral healthcare providers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders and mental illness.

Established in November 1989 by the Devereux Board of Trustees, the award honors the memory of Weaver E. Falberg, Board Chairman from 1983 to 1991, who died in July 1997. In addition to working tirelessly to build a strong future for Devereux, Mr. Falberg placed great emphasis on recognizing and enhancing leadership in the organization. The Weaver E. Falberg Leadership Promise Fellowship acknowledges an employee’s commitment to Devereux’s mission and recognizes outstanding leadership capability and potential. It provides financial assistance for the purpose of furthering one’s education and training.

"Nefertiti was selected from a large pool of Devereux employees from our 16 centers across the country for the outstanding leadership qualities she exhibits in her work with the DCRC and also for her vision for enhancing the lives of children working with Devereux," said Robert Q. Kreider, President and CEO of Devereux.

Nefertiti will use the $30,000 award funds to obtain her doctorate of education, (edD) in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment, to further her career as an early childhood specialist. She will obtain her edD from Walden University, an online institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

"I am thankful for this award and consider myself very fortunate to be an employee of Devereux and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children," said Bruce. "With an edD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I hope to design systems of training and professional development that weave the concepts of resiliency into services offered to our clients and families and to the staff responsible for their care."

Recipients of the Falberg Award must have worked for Devereux for at least two years, and first be nominated by a senior manager at Devereux. Once nominated, applicants submit a plan outlining what they propose to do with funds received to further their education and training. Ms. Bruce was nominated by Martha Lindsay, Vice President for Product Development who oversees the DCRC for Devereux.

For more information on Devereux and the work they are doing for to care for individuals with developmental, intellectual, and behavioral disabilities please visit www.devereux.org.

About Devereux:
Devereux is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit behavioral healthcare providers for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavioral disorders and mental illness. Founded in 1912 by Philadelphia schoolteacher Helena Trafford Devereux, the organization offers research-based assessment and treatment programs for children and adults that build on the strengths of each individual. Devereux employs more than 6,000 staff and operates 15 centers in 11 states, providing services to over 15,000 annually. For more information, visit www.devereuxpa.org.


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