By Kelly Lynch
LIGONIER — Dekko Foundation program officer Jenna Ott will be the next executive director of the Community Foundation of Noble County, the organization announced Thursday afternoon.
Ott, of Albion, will take over the daily oversight of the foundation beginning July 19, replacing interim executive director Mark Demske. Demske was appointed in March after the sudden death of former executive director Linda Speakman-Yerick, who had been in the position since 2008.
A graduate of Churubusco High School and a long-time resident of Noble County, Ott has worked as a program officer at the Dekko Foundation for nine years, managing the portfolio of grants and mentoring a youth philanthropy leadership team. Before her time with Dekko, she worked in development at the Community Foundation of Whitley County and fund development at LEAP of Noble County Inc.
She has a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management from Manchester University and completed her MBA at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne.
“I am honored to have been chosen for this important role in our community,” Ott said in a statement. “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.”
Rebecca Schroeder, vice president of the board of directors, thanked Demske for his work over the past few months in the transition to a new director. He will continue with the organization as a member of the community foundation’s board of directors and its committees.
“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,” Schroeder said in a statement. “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 her husband, Mike, live in Albion with their three children, Warner, Weston and Delaney. She is active in her home parish of Immaculate Conception Ege and is involved with her children’s 4-H activities.
A welcome reception for Ott will be organized and held at a later date.