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Lisa DeSilva to Receive Leadership Excellence Award at 2017 Summer Gala

Lisa DeSilva - 2017 Leadership Excellence Award Recipient

MORGAN HILL, CA – Leadership Morgan Hill (LMH) proudly announces the selection of Community Solutions Chief Development Officer Lisa DeSilva as the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Leadership Excellence Award. Presentation of the award will take place at an evening outdoor celebration/fundraiser at Guglielmo Winery on Saturday, July 22. The Leadership Excellence Award recognizes the vision and leadership that advance the spirit of community and charity; reflects courage and insight; and inspires others to lead in a like manner.

Cricket Rubino, chair of the LMH organization, is delighted with Lisa’s selection, saying “A graduate of Leadership Morgan Hill, Lisa is genuine and caring while always positive and FINAL charismatically outgoing. It is an honor for Leadership to recognize one of its own with the 2017 Leadership Excellence Award”.

While most of us have a “job”, Lisa’s labor is spent on her passion – supporting and improving the lives of the clients of Community Solutions, our outstanding human services agency that serves southern Santa Clara County as well as San Benito County. She loves being able to serve her own local community as part of an organization known for turning around lives of the less fortunate who may be victims of abuse or human trafficking.

Lisa grew up in Ossining, New York (known as the home of Sing Sing prison) along with two brothers that she stays close to and visits whenever she can. She graduated from State University of New York (SUNY) in Geneseo with a degree in sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies.

After graduation, Lisa moved here to Morgan Hill when it was still truly a small town of 18,000. Her first job here was working the conveyor belt at Gilroy Foods. She kept her interest in women’s health and women’s rights and after being here for six months, she took a Women’s Studies class at Gavilan in hopes of meeting others with similar interests. That worked out very well, as a group of women in the class, including Lisa of course, started the South County Rape Crisis Service.

The group approached another community service organization known then as the Bridge Counseling Center and convinced them to adopt the Rape Crisis Service. Through the Bridge Center, they were able to secure funding from the state which in turn enabled them to hire Lisa, who held various program coordination and management roles. That was almost 35 years ago; the Bridge Counseling Center became Community Solutions in 1996 and branched out to its many current social service offerings. Lisa has held a plethora of positions in the organization through the years, settling into her Chief Development Officer role in 1999 where she is now a fixture coordinating community relations and fund raising for the organization. Through her “passion” working for Community Solutions clients, Lisa is connected to many other similar agencies working for worthy causes and she always is willing to pitch in, doing whatever is necessary to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Lisa’s two daughters, Leah and Sarah are in their mid 20s , successful career gals now living on their own in Monterey and Santa Cruz, respectively. Lisa was of course heavily involved in supporting their schools as they grew. She also served terms on the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Board and the Board of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. Lisa was an FINAL early graduate (1999) of Leadership Morgan Hill and has stayed involved ever since, annually presenting a Health and Human Services program that always wins rave reviews. In 2000, Lisa joined Rotary and after a stint on the Board, joined the Membership Committee and assumed the role of “We Care” where she keeps the Club aware of all the joys as well as the tough times of current and past club members, making sure appropriate cards are sent and organizing support for events when that is appropriate.

Lisa is an avid reader, loves music and dancing, hiking and cooking. She also loves conversation and inevitably with Lisa, that means lots of laughing. Cricket is right about Lisa being charismatic; she emanates a sense of fun while truly caring about and supporting others. She inspires others and is universally loved within our community, truly a great leader and very deserving of the LEAD honor.

Lisa will receive the LEAD medal at the gala summer tribute dinner at the beautiful Guglielmo Winery. Community leaders, supporters of LMH and the many friends and relatives of the honoree will attend this community celebration honoring Lisa and benefiting the local nonprofit LMH educational organization. A social hour will precede dinner which will be followed by the award program. In keeping with the setting, dress for the event is business comfortable/casual for summer fun.

The Honorary Committee for the event is being chaired by Jennifer Tate while LMH graduate Loren Burks is chairing the Event Committee.

A panel of distinguished community leaders that includes all former Leadership Excellence Award recipients forms annually to select the new honoree. In addition to honoring Lisa, the gala event raises funds that benefit the non-profit LMH educational organization, now in its 22nd year of building community leadership. The annual LMH program inspires interested community members to become community leaders by immersing them into all things Morgan Hill, enabling them to give back to and improve their community through service. LMH graduates are found in leadership positions throughout Morgan Hill in government, education, business, farming and nonprofit organizations. Save the July 22 event date on your calendar..

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MORGAN HILL, CA – Leadership Morgan Hill (LMH) proudly announces the selection
of Community Solutions Chief Development Officer Lisa DeSilva as the 2017 recipient of the
prestigious Leadership Excellence Award. Presentation of the award will take place at an evening
outdoor celebration/fundraiser at Guglielmo Winery on Saturday, July 22. The Leadership
Excellence Award recognizes the vision and leadership that advance the spirit of community and
charity; reflects courage and insight; and inspires others to lead in a like manner.
Cricket Rubino, chair of the LMH organization, is delighted with Lisa’s selection, saying
“A graduate of Leadership Morgan Hill, Lisa is genuine and caring while always positive and
FINAL
charismatically outgoing. It is an honor for Leadership to recognize one of its own with the 2017
Leadership Excellence Award”.
While most of us have a “job”, Lisa’s labor is spent on her passion – supporting and
improving the lives of the clients of Community Solutions, our outstanding human services agency
that serves southern Santa Clara County as well as San Benito County. She loves being able to
serve her own local community as part of an organization known for turning around lives of the
less fortunate who may be victims of abuse or human trafficking.
Lisa grew up in Ossining, New York (known as the home of Sing Sing prison) along with
two brothers that she stays close to and visits whenever she can. She graduated from State
University of New York (SUNY) in Geneseo with a degree in sociology with a minor in Women’s
Studies.
After graduation, Lisa moved here to Morgan Hill when it was still truly a small town of
18,000. Her first job here was working the conveyor belt at Gilroy Foods. She kept her interest in
women’s health and women’s rights and after being here for six months, she took a Women’s
Studies class at Gavilan in hopes of meeting others with similar interests. That worked out very
well, as a group of women in the class, including Lisa of course, started the South County Rape
Crisis Service.
The group approached another community service organization known then as the Bridge
Counseling Center and convinced them to adopt the Rape Crisis Service. Through the Bridge
Center, they were able to secure funding from the state which in turn enabled them to hire Lisa,
who held various program coordination and management roles. That was almost 35 years ago; the
Bridge Counseling Center became Community Solutions in 1996 and branched out to its many
current social service offerings. Lisa has held a plethora of positions in the organization through
the years, settling into her Chief Development Officer role in 1999 where she is now a fixture
coordinating community relations and fund raising for the organization.
Through her “passion” working for Community Solutions clients, Lisa is connected to
many other similar agencies working for worthy causes and she always is willing to pitch in, doing
whatever is necessary to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Lisa’s two daughters, Leah and Sarah are in their mid 20s , successful career gals now
living on their own in Monterey and Santa Cruz, respectively. Lisa was of course heavily involved
in supporting their schools as they grew. She also served terms on the Morgan Hill Chamber of
Commerce Board and the Board of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. Lisa was an
FINAL
early graduate (1999) of Leadership Morgan Hill and has stayed involved ever since, annually
presenting a Health and Human Services program that always wins rave reviews. In 2000, Lisa
joined Rotary and after a stint on the Board, joined the Membership Committee and assumed the
role of “We Care” where she keeps the Club aware of all the joys as well as the tough times of
current and past club members, making sure appropriate cards are sent and organizing support for
events when that is appropriate.
Lisa is an avid reader, loves music and dancing, hiking and cooking. She also loves
conversation and inevitably with Lisa, that means lots of laughing. Cricket is right about Lisa
being charismatic; she emanates a sense of fun while truly caring about and supporting others. She
inspires others and is universally loved within our community, truly a great leader and very
deserving of the LEAD honor.
Lisa will receive the LEAD medal at the gala summer tribute dinner at the beautiful
Guglielmo Winery. Community leaders, supporters of LMH and the many friends and relatives of
the honoree will attend this community celebration honoring Lisa and benefiting the local
nonprofit LMH educational organization. A social hour will precede dinner which will be followed
by the award program. In keeping with the setting, dress for the event is business
comfortable/casual for summer fun.
The Honorary Committee for the event is being chaired by Jennifer Tate while LMH
graduate Loren Burks is chairing the Event Committee.
A panel of distinguished community leaders that includes all former Leadership Excellence
Award recipients forms annually to select the new honoree. In addition to honoring Lisa, the gala
event raises funds that benefit the non-profit LMH educational organization, now in its 22nd year
of building community leadership. The annual LMH program inspires interested community
members to become community leaders by immersing them into all things Morgan Hill, enabling
them to give back to and improve their community through service. LMH graduates are found in
leadership positions throughout Morgan Hill in government, education, business, farming and
nonprofit organizations.
Save the July 22 event date on your calendar. More information on the event and about
LMH is available at www.leadershipmorganhill.org