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Foundation announces leadership changes

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2020

Staff changes and new faces are starting off the New Year at the Huntington County Community Foundation. Newly appointed executive director Matt Ditzler has replaced Michael Howell, now retired, who served the past nine years in that position. Hired in 2012, Ditzler started out as the director of accounting for the Foundation, moving up to associate director in 2018. Now, with seven years under his belt, Ditzler is ready to take the helm.

“As a lifelong Huntington County resident, I’m honored to take on this new position,” says Ditzler. “I am excited to carry out the mission of the Community Foundation and work alongside all of the people who call Huntington County home.” Ditzler resides in Huntington with his wife, Karissa, and their two children, Ezra and Lucy.

Also joining the team is Jo Ellen Bradley who will serve as the new program officer. Her role will include managing the scholarship and grant processes through the Foundation. A native of Wabash, Bradley has a background in non-profit having worked previously at the Honeywell Foundation in Wabash for nearly 11 years. Her experiences include development, marketing and grant writing.

“After years of procuring funds through grant writing, it will be a refreshing change of pace to be on its flip side. Now I will get to facilitate the process of awarding funds to deserving recipients.” Bradley’s experience with scholarships goes back further to her experiences at Manchester College. At that time, she worked through a Lilly grant-funded incentive program that provided scholarships to high school students to attend college. She and her husband Brian have lived in Huntington since 2010.

The Huntington County Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that is built to be a funding hub for all charitable organizations and causes within Huntington County. Its mission is to connect people and resources with opportunities that enhance quality of life for all. For more information about the Huntington County Community Foundation, please visit