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The Association of Nonprofit Executives (ANPE) is pleased to announce Monica Zinke, Executive Director of Fresh Start as the winner of the 2017 ANPE Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award.  The award, sponsored by US Bank, was presented at the ANPE annual awards luncheon held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Cornhusker Marriott.   

Four other Executive Directors nominated were also recognized for their contributions to the nonprofit community. They are Drew Duncan from Abendmusik, Randy Hawthorne from Nonprofit Hub, Christina Hoyt from Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and Peggy Reisher from Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska.  

Each year the Association of Nonprofit Executives recognizes the 'Nonprofit Executive of the Year.'  This award recognizes nonprofit executives who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, direction, and vision, with the winner of the award receiving $500 and the nonprofit organization they represent also receiving $500. Morrie Enders, Executive Director of the Lincoln Community Playhouse, was the keynote speaker for the luncheon, with Rod Fowler of Channel 8 Eyewitness News as the Master of Ceremonies.  Entertainment for the luncheon was provided by  pianist John Carlini. 

Monica Zinke became Executive Director of Fresh Start, a transitional shelter that empowers homeless women to change their lives, in 2008. During her 20 plus years in human services, Zinke has focused on needs ranging from homelessness to mental health to disaster recovery. Zinke is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska. As a passionate advocate for women and the homeless, Ms. Zinke is also involved with related community efforts, including the Lincoln/Lancaster Homeless Coalition and Project Homeless Connect, Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Human Services Federation, and a new trauma informed task force organized by Lancaster County Community Corrections.

Pictured in photo: Dean Haist, President of ANPE; Nonprofit Executive of the Year Monica Zinke, Executive Director of Fresh Start; Morrie Enders, Executive Director of the Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Pictured in photo: Christina Hoyt ,Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Monica Zinke, Fresh Start, Drew Duncan, Abendmusik, Randy Hawthorne, Nonprofit Hub. Not Pictured: Peggy Reisher, Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska

Past Winners:
2016 - Lynn Ayers, Child Advocacy Center
2015 - Morrie Enders, Lincoln Community Playhouse
2014 - Marcee Metzger, Voices of Hope
2013 - Kiersten Hill, Community Services Fund of Nebraska
2012 - Topher Hansen, CenterPointe
2011 - Bill Michener, Lighthouse
2010 - Clay Naff, Lincoln Literacy Council
2009 - Phyllis Ericson,Nebraska Community Blood Bank
2008 - Susanne Blue, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach
2007 - Robert A. Downey, Capital Humane Society
2006 - Jonathon Krutz,NE Hospice & Palliative Care Partnership
2005 - Susan Scott, YWCA
2004 - Wayne Svoboda,Volunteer Partners
2003 - Deb Weber, Lincoln Arts Council
2002 - René Ferdinand, The ARC of Nebraska
2001 - Nancy Hanshaw, LMEF Cancer Resource Center
2000 - John Chapo, Lincoln Children's Zoo
1999 - Renee Johnson, Community Services Fund
1998 - Mala DeBerg, Fresh Start
1997 - Dean Haist, Nebraska Jazz Orchestra
1996 - Gayle Andres, University Place Arts Center
1995 - Marilyn Gorham, Lincoln Children's Museum


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