The Joyful Connections Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Tami Matthews as Interim Executive Director, following the departure of Executive Director Shanna Strouse.
Serving Joyful Connections in Oak Harbor as Program Manager since December 2018, Matthews has varied experience working in nonprofits, including grant writing, special events, budget development, media and communications, and program development and implementation. Before joining Joyful Connections as a Visitation Monitor in April 2018, she was a teacher at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Oak Harbor and St. Peter’s Lutheran in Church, Pawleys Island, S.C.
Matthews also served as the Development Director at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Columbus Branch and was a Development Associate with Canine Companions for Independence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Wittenberg University and a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Bowling Green State University. Matthews has been active in the Ottawa County community including participating in Leadership Ottawa County, Class of 2020.
The Joyful Connections board and its many supporters and volunteers are excited that Matthews has agreed to serve in this capacity as they continue implementing their transition plan to find a permanent executive staff leader. Joyful Connections is committed more than ever to building upon its recent successes and working to continue its mission of keeping families connected in a safe environment.
The Joyful Connections organization would like to thank the community for its steadfast support. Any questions should be forwarded to Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 567-262-3181.