New Leadership Begins at Ottawa County Community Foundation

The Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) recently held its annual organizational meeting, at which trustees elected officers and Board members for 2022. Outgoing President Jan Preston presented a gavel to Deborah Harmeyer upon her election as the new President of the Foundation. President Harmeyer welcomed new Board member Julene Market. She also begins a three-year term.

“This will be an exciting year for the Foundation,” said Harmeyer. “We are so pleased with our new Executive Director, Shea McGrew, who was hired as the first Executive Director for the Foundation last April. He is a remarkable leader for us, as we continue to develop and promote the opportunities available through our growing Foundation.”

Other officers elected include Jim Deer – Vice President; Marcia Jess – Secretary and John Madison – Treasurer. In addition, Arlyn Bensch, Deb Harmeyer, Paul Druckenmiller and Ronald Overmyer were re-elected to three-year terms on the Board of Trustees.

“Our assets are currently over $12 million in 98 different funds established by generous donors to support their favorite causes for years to come,” said Harmeyer, highlighting the Foundation’s growth since its founding in 1999.

In 2021, OCCF granted more than $136,000 to support 46 projects and initiatives requested by local nonprofit organizations.  The Foundation’s scholarship funds also provided more than  $152,000 to support 121 deserving Ottawa County students seeking higher education or continuing education.

Executive Director, Shea McGrew expressed thanks to individuals and businesses for their generous response to the year-end fundraising campaign. OCCF has been visiting with local businesses throughout the county to share the work that the Foundation is doing to support nonprofits and local stude

“We are also thrilled that we have received a gift from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation to match up to $50,000 in donations through March,” concluded McGrew. “The support we receive from our year-end campaign enables the Ottawa County Community Foundation to continue its quest of Doing Good. Forever.”