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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Stephens joins Robeson Community Foundation board

Frederick Stephens, owner of Carolina Professional Mental Health Associates and a professor in UNC Pembroke’s Social Work Department, was named to the board of directors of the Robeson County Community Foundation.

Frederick StephensThe announcement came from Dr. Eric Dent, president of the 15-member board. The Community Foundation was established in 200­6 to serve the needs of local non-profit organizations, donors and charitable causes.

A founding board member and faculty member in UNCP’s School of Business, Dr. Dent said Stephens brings a lot to the board.

“Frederick is very knowledgeable of this community and its needs,” Dr. Dent said. “He has demonstrated a long-term vision for the success of our community.”

A Lumberton resident, Stephens said he is pleased to help a worthy cause.

“A community foundation is a good concept,” he said. “I am looking forward to interfacing with the community as a board member.”

A discussion with Dr. Dent regarding community development led to the appointment, Stephens said.

“He asked me if I would like to join the board, and I said yes without hesitation,” he said. “I am interested in getting the word out about this great community asset.”

A native of Columbus County and a 1987 UNCP graduate, Stephens has been a professor of social work at UNCP since 1992. He earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Stephens operates a private mental health clinic in Lumberton. Carolina Professional Mental Health Associates, Inc., provides community-based services, including individual and family therapy for children and adolescents as well as services for adults and children with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

The Community Foundation manages endowments or permanent funds contributed from individuals, corporations and non-profits. Many of its endowments are contributor-directed, including funds held for the local Boys and Girls Club, United Way, Rotary Club, UNCP Foundation, Southeastern Family Violence Center, Public Library and Southeastern Regional Medical Center Foundation.

In 2009, the Community Foundation distributed grants from its unrestricted endowment fund to the following local organizations: Child Care Directions, Girl Scouts, Rape Crisis Center, Robeson Center for Child and Family Health, the Church and Community Center, Health Department, History Museum, Southeastern Family Violence Center, Children's Place of Robeson and the Town of Fairmont.

The Community Foundation’s endowment is derived from a variety of contributions. The Robeson County Road Runners will contribute proceeds from the 2009 Chevy to the Levee Road Race.

The Robeson County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. For more information, please call (toll free) 877.815.2617 or email plawler@nccommunityfoundation.org.

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