- Oct. 29, 2019
-- Dr Debra Stout received the 2019 Community Impact award from The Leon Owens Foundation at their recent 25th
Anniversary Gala. This award was given for her work in Fullerton and North OC on behalf of the Fullerton Collaborative where she is the Executive Director. While bestowing the award, Leon Owens Foundation Board member Shirly McClanahan said "We have seen the Collaborative's positive impact reflected throughout the community due to Dr. Stout's leadership and dedication to take action. Debbie's unwavering commitment, action and working with nearly one hundred non-profit organizations is Making A Difference Together
to serve our community."
Founding Fullerton Collaborative Board Member Barry Ross, said "The Fullerton Collaborative Board of Directors is excited that our Executive Director, Debra Stout has been recognized for her community impact by the Leon Owens Foundation. Debra has significantly increased the membership of the Collaborative and moved our priority areas forward to increase their impact on the Fullerton community".
After a 15-year management career in the Southern California teen retail clothing industry, Dr. Stout decided to change course. In 2000 she went to work for the OC Department of Education's alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and violence prevention programs for many years. Among numerous projects there, she coordinated a nationally acclaimed gang prevention and intervention program in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster. She has since served on the Board of Directors for a variety of local and Countywide programs. Dr Stout is the Faculty of CSU, Fullerton (since 2006) and Ashford University (since 2011) where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology, Child Development, Counseling, and Leadership as well as Non-Profit Principles and Practices. Today she uses her experience to assist a variety of non-profit programs in Southern California thru DoctorS Consulting which she founded with her husband Dr. Dallas Stout in 2004. Debbie's main project is serving as the Executive Director of the Fullerton Collaborative.
Founded in 1989, the Fullerton Collaborative is a cooperative of executive directors, educators, activists, community service leaders and volunteers dedicated to building and supporting a healthy cohesive community. As an alliance of non-profit organizations and individuals who enjoy making "good things" happen for the community, we are able to provide community assistance where we are needed most. For more information see https://fullertoncollaborative.org
Since 1994, the Leon Owens Foundation has made a positive impact on the lives of high school and college students, as well as adults reentering school, through the provision of educational scholarships and/or educational program financial assistance. During the Foundation's annual scholarship awards program, citizens are recognized for above and beyond community service. A total of 6 awards were given out this year in 3 categories.