The Marley's Mission Board of Directors announced trauma therapist and Walden University graduate Kimberly Portanova-Feibus, of Clarks Summit, was chosen as a 2012 Scholar of Change. In addition to a monetary prize, Portanova-Feibus was given the option of having an additional $2,500 donated in her name to an organization of her choice. She is donating $2,500 from this international contest as a sponsorship to the Marley's Mission Third Annual Blue Ribbon Gala, set for Feb. 16, 2013.
The contest, Scholars of Change, is sponsored by Walden University. The contest instructions were to create a three-minute video which spoke to the entrant's personal social change agenda.
Portanova-Feibus received her master's degree in mental health counseling from Walden University in August 2012. Her video, as well as this year's other entries, can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3_ GCq8izyM&feature=relmfu
Portanova-Feibus originally wanted to work with couples and families, then changed her focus once she started her field experience at Marley's Mission, a non-profit organization that provides Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy at no cost to children and families who have experienced trauma.
To date, Marley's Mission has treated more than 180 children from seven counties since opening its doors in July 2010.
For details about The Blue Ribbon Gala, which is the organization's major fundraiser, visit www.marleysmission.com/blue-ribbon-gala-2013/.