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HISTORY OF THE
Partners of the Americas launched its Fellows program in 1981 with funding from the W. K.
Kellogg Foundation to develop a cadre of new leaders within the Partners chapters
equipping them with a variety of skills in leadership, knowledge about community
development and ability to understand and cooperate with people of diverse cultures.

Participants were younger Partners volunteers who demonstrated emerging leadership
abilities.
Over the next 18 years with continued support from the Kellogg Foundation, Partners
mounted 10 groups of 40 Fellows each; half coming from Latin America and the Caribbean
and the other half from the United States. Participants met in series of intensive seminars
every 6 months over a 2 and ½ year period held in different sites in the Americas. Using
lectures, small group work, case studies, exercises and personal reflection, the program
exposed the "Fellows" to a variety of leadership principles and the tools necessary to
effect change in people as well as organizations. In the process, they exchanged ideas with
local and national leaders who discussed their various leadership styles and the strategies
they have used to address the development needs of their communities. Participants came
from Partners chapters and were required to carry out small community development
projects with their Partners chapters between seminars.
In the process, they exchanged ideas with local and national leaders who discussed their
various leadership styles and the strategies they have used to address the development
needs of their communities. Throughout the program the Fellows studied models used by
local organizations in different countries and cultural settings to address common concerns
such as stemming the spread of disease, preventing drug usage among young people, and
protecting natural resources. The Fellows developed ways to adapt these skills and models
for use by their own organizations and communities.

After their participation, Fellows have reported a profound impact on their professional,
civic, and family lives. Many assumed leadership roles within their communities and local
Partners of the Americas chapters. A significant number have become members of the
Board of Directors of Partners of the Americas. Others have gone on to senior positions in
universities, international and U.S. government development organizations, and in non-
governmental organizations.  
A retrospective evaluation of the Partners Fellows program conducted by a highly qualified
outside evaluator in 2004 concluded---“The Fellowship Program was successful in
achieving its four major goals related to diversity, international relationships, community
involvement and leadership. --- Fellows transferred new skills, information, ideas, project
and leadership to their Partnerships, have brought new leadership, broader vision, skills in
communication and compromise to the Board, and have been able to apply real world
knowledge that they learned in the Fellowship to Board issues and decisions.  Fellows have
vitalized and in some cases, revitalized various levels of the Partners of the Americas as an
organization.”

Pernambuco

Cavalcanti, Joaquim Francisco de Freitas        I

Hinrichsen, Sylvia Maria de Lemos                  IX

Vita, José Jayme Miranda                                   IV

Georgia

Dunkley, Tina Maria                                     VI

Lee, Jr., Matthew                                           VIII

McDonough-Catto, Jo-Ellen Margaret      VI

Woodruff, Lynda                                           III

Fellows relocated to Pernambuco

Beechler, Stuart A.                                        V

Fellows relocated to Georgia/Pernambuco

Burke, John J.                                                 IV

Bryan, Lynne B.                                             I
Partners of the Americas Kellogg/Fellows Program
GEORGIA-PERNAMBUCO UNIVERSITY
LINKAGE PROGRAM