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Patty Grant has served the Community Foundation since 1989, when she joined first as a member of the board. Leveraging the influence of Lilly Endowment's seven phases of the GIFT Initiative, Patty's leadership supported the Foundation's asset growth from $15,000 in 1990 to approximately $67 million today. Patty served as project director for the first Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and the Community Alliance to Promise Education Initiative (CAPE), a $5 million spend-down initiative to advance educational attainment. As Executive Director, Patty lead the Foundation's team in design and development of the innovative Community Foundation Early Award Scholarship Program, which utilizes Indiana's CollegeChoice529 Plan to build college going identities and assets for post-secondary education. She is a member of the board of Parkview Wabash Hospital, Grow Wabash County, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, and a trustee of Manchester University, North Manchester. Patty holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana and an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Patty is passionate about the Community Foundation and its capacity and flexibility to empower individuals and groups to meaningfully impact our community --- forever.
Julie Garber has been working with the Community Foundation since 2012 as the Program Director. Her main areas of focus are early chilidhood education, workforce education, community development, postsecondary scholarships, and grantmaking to nonprofits. Julie was born in nearby Elkhart, Indiana, but has lived in North Manchester most of her life. She graduated from Manchester University, and since has graduate degrees in theology from Bethany Theology Seminary in Oak Brook, Illinois, and the University of Chicago. In her professional life, she has worked in publishing, college teaching, and community development. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, and gardening. Twice she has walked on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, and twice she has driven from Texas to Nicaragua to work on economic development projects and health promotion in remote communities recovering from decades of conflict. Julie is excited to be working at the Foundation to create high impact programs for education and family prosperity.
Terri Sprunger joined the Community Foundation in March of 2016. As the Executive Assistant, Terri is familiar with all areas of the Community Foundation's work. She provides administrative support to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Committees. Terri brings a wealth of administrative experience and data management expertise to the Foundation, from her previous work in the field os medicine, law, and education. Her interest in the Community Foundation stems from her desire to be a part of bettering the Wabash Community.
Director of Operations
Sam McFadden joined the Community Foundation in May of 2021, shortly after graduating with a MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. As Director of Operations, Sam will lead the Community Foundation operations and delve into all aspects of community foundation administration. Sam is a native of North Manchester and was a 2004 graduate of Manchester High School and 2008 graduate of Manchester University. Following undergrad, Sam worked for ten years with the U.S. General Services Administration in Indianapolis. Following his time with GSA, Sam traveled with his wife to Seville, Spain, where he lived for ten months and served as a private English language tutor. Sam is excited to be back in his hometown and to help better Wabash County.
Early Award Scholarship Program Officer
Joanne Case joined the Community Foundation in August 2016. Joanne is responsible for implementing the Community Foundation Early Award Scholarship Program for Grades 4 through 8. Joanne is a graduate from Brigham Young University, and also holds a graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Transition to Teaching License. With her strong passion for education, Joanne was excited to begin working with the Early Award Scholarship program at the Community Foundation so that she could partner with schools and families to further empower students to pursue lifelong learning.
Melissa Ford-Kalbfell joined the Community Foundation in May of 2019 shortly after graduating from Indiana University Bloomington with an undergraduate degree in nonprofit management and a MPA. Melissa’s main roles at the Community Foundation include development and donor engagement as well as marketing and communication. Outside of her work at the Community Foundation, Melissa serves as a board member to the Wabash County YMCA and an advisory board member of Hope House Ministries, Inc. She is also the director of Wabash Valley Dance Theater, an assistant coach for Indiana Stars Swim Club, and a member of the steering committee of the Young Professionals of Wabash County.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys cycling and running on the Wabash River Trail and participating in triathlons. Melissa has a passion for community development, education, and youth, and she is excited to be a part of the Community Foundation team.
Judi Orr joined the Community Foundation in August 2019. She supports many areas of the Foundation, with a focus on the Foundation's Scholarship and Grants programs. Judi enjoys assisting the Community Foundation in its mission to serve Wabash County. Judi’s work experience includes serving as Director of Food Service at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne and Administrative Assistant to the Music Department at Manchester University. Over the course of fifteen years, Judi has traveled to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota to participate in mission work through the YMCA and Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake with her family, quiltmaking, bicycling, gardening, reading, and traveling.
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