2024 Brings Change

2024 brings change for the Orcas Island Community Foundation. After 17 years serving as the Executive Director, I have decided that this will be my last year. While I truly love the work and the team, I feel it is time to pass the baton to the next leader. I look forward to seeing OICF continue and expand its impact as a community builder, resource connector, and strong collaborative partner for nonprofits and donors.

The OICF Board has engaged the support of Jack Groban to head the search for the next ED. If you are interested in learning more about the opportunity, please reach out to Jack at jack@jackgroban.com.

There will be plenty of time to reflect and reminisce about my time at OICF over the course of the year. For now, please know how much I enjoy working with each of you and how honored I am to have been able to assist in strengthening so many vital nonprofits and programs that serve this community. I am leaving OICF in great shape for the next iteration as a trusted partner, building community and engagement for Orcas Islanders.

Hank and I plan to stay on Orcas, hoping to get around to the bathroom remodel we planned to do as soon as we purchased our home (23 years ago). I anticipate I will continue to provide philanthropic and organizational consulting services as requested as well as have time to enjoy the garden and may even break out my sewing machine in time.

OICF is also excited to welcome Minor Lile to the Board. Minor is a long time member of the community who served as the director of Indralaya along with his wife, Leoni van Gelder, for many years. He also served as the treasurer of the Food Bank Board and remains a member of the OPAL Community Land Trust Board. He authored the Meeting the Challenge, a detailed analysis of the Orcas pandemic experience and has been a freelance reporter, now writing for the Salish Current. He will be a great addition to the OICF Board.

May peace prevail in 2024.