Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) has named Nancy Heller as the Foundation’s interim executive director. The announcement was made by OCCF President Jan Preston.
“Nancy not only has extensive experience in nonprofit management, she has done it very successfully at different institutions and under varying circumstances,” said Preston. “She has a remarkable resume in grant writing, strategic planning, programming, and fund development. We feel fortunate Nancy will join with our board members to assist OCCF in the transition following the sudden loss of President and founding member, Joy Roth.”
Heller said she is looking forward to collaborating with OCCF’s dedicated and involved board members to support the mission and goals of the Foundation.
“Community Foundations like OCCF are instrumental in shaping opportunities, lives, and progress across the country. OCCF has achieved so much in its first 20 years and has tremendous potential for growth,” said Heller. “The Foundation is poised to move forward as a driving force to connect individuals, families, and businesses to sustain impactful scholarships and grants for Ottawa County students and nonprofits.”
“Heller’s perceptive aptitude and previous work with the Foundation made her stand out as someone who would hit the ground running,” said Preston. “We welcome Nancy and we are excited to have her assist us with important work with donors and grant recipients and lay the groundwork for our next 20 years.”
Heller is a Columbus native and proud Buckeye who holds a master’s degree in Adult Education from The Ohio State University. She also has Ottawa County roots. Her grandfather grew up in Port Clinton, her grandmother was a teacher in Port Clinton schools, and Heller’s family spent summers at their cottage at Locust Point. She relocated to Ottawa County in 2015 and now resides on the same street in Port Clinton where her great grandparents lived.