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Community foundation moves toward major staff changes

The LaGrange County Community Foundation (LCCF) has announced that it is in the process of making major staff changes, which will be fully effective December 27.

LCCF Program Officer Loren Heinlen gave notice in early November that he will retire immediately after the Christmas holiday. He manages the grants, scholarships and communications programs. In addition, he supervises the LCCF Youth Development Intern. Heinlen has served as the Community Foundation Program Officer since January 2006. In retirement, he plans to pursue a number of personal and professional interests in art, music, history and the outdoors. 

Laney Kratz, youth development intern since the summer of 2010, has been recruited and is in training to succeed Heinlen as the new program officer. She recently graduated from Trine University with a degree in biology and is extremely active in the community as a volunteer for a variety of organizations, including FFA, 4-H and Ark Animal Sanctuary. 

Danielle Meyer has been hired and is in training to replace Kratz as the youth development intern. As the new intern, she will assume all responsibilities as the “navigator” (mentor/coordinator) for the LCCF’s LIFE Youth Philanthropy program. Meyer is a second-year student at Trine University, where she is dual majoring in communications and marketing. She is especially interested in ultimately applying her studies and internship experience to a career in not-for-profit organizational management.     

 LCCF is very excited about the fact that this succession was made possible in part by the experience gained by Kratz through her tenure as an intern. The internship program is made possible through a statewide grant from the Lilly Endowment through the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance. It is designed to provide college students with real world employment experience within local community foundations. 

For more information about the LaGrange County Community Foundation, contact Executive Director Laura Lemings at (260) 463-4363.