Ligonier – The board of directors of the Community Foundation of Noble County have announced a new executive director. Jenna Ott of Albion will take over the daily oversight of the organization.
Ott is a graduate of Churubusco High School and a long-time resident of Noble County. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Manchester University, and she completed her MBA at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne.
For nearly nine years, Ott has worked as a Program Officer at the Dekko Foundation where she manages a portfolio of grants and mentors a youth philanthropy leadership team. Before coming to the Dekko Foundation, Ott worked in development for the Community Foundation of Whitley County, and she spent time in fund development at LEAP of Noble County.
Ott will replace interim executive director, Mark Demske. Demske was appointed in March 2017 after the unexpected passing of Linda Speakman-Yerick, who served as the executive director since late 2008. Demkse will resume his duties as a member of the community foundation’s board of directors and its committees.
In announcing the news, Rebecca Schroeder, Vice President of the board of directors stated “We are very grateful Mark stepped up to take on the role to serve the community foundation and help with the transition during the difficult time of Linda’s passing. Through Demske’s efforts, the community foundation has been able to thrive during the transition, allowing the organization’s good work to continue to impact Noble County for the better.”
Ott and husband Mike live in Albion with their three children, Warner, Weston and Delaney. Outside of work, Ott prefers to spend her time with family and friends, and is active in her home parish of Immaculate Conception Ege. She is a busy 4-H mom and loves attending various sporting events as her children’s biggest fan. Ott stated “I am honored to have been chosen for this important role in our community. Community foundations are uniquely positioned to help ensure the success of our county for the future, and I am excited to be part of an organization that will impact Noble County residents for generations to come.”
Ott will begin her duties at the community foundation on July 19. A welcome reception will be held at a later date.