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Legacy Foundation Has New Leadership

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October 9, 2013 —  Leigh Morris and Tina Rongers are working together as a new interim leadership team for the Legacy Foundation.

The Foundation announced today that Leigh Morris is serving as Interim President and Chief Executive Office with Tina Rongers as Interim Vice President.

Legacy Foundation Board Chair Nancy Clifford says, “Legacy is indeed fortunate to have connected with Leigh and Tina.  We are grateful these two talented individuals, with skills perfectly suited to our current needs, are available to steward the organization and move new initiatives forward.”

Legacy says Morris’ has had gubernatorial appointments as Chairman of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, State Mental Health Review Panel, and Ball State University Board of Trustees, along with Executive Director of the Indiana Toll Road and Deputy Commissioner of Toll Road Oversight.

Morris says, “In so many ways, Legacy Foundation has shown how a community foundation can make a positive difference in the area it serves.  During my interim assignment, I look forward to teaming with the Legacy Board, staff, and donors to maintain the positive momentum and lay the foundation for future progress.”

Morris has held positions as LaPorte mayor, LaPorte Regional Health System president/CEO, Indiana Hospital Association Board Chair, beside serving on the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

Rongers is President of sustainable development consultancy Karnerblue Era.

Legacy says she will spearhead several major projects, after working closely with the Foundation to define community development issues and form collaborative impact strategies.

Rongers says, “Legacy Foundation will be internally launching several new programs, such as the Neighborhood Spotlight and the Knight Community Information Challenge, as part of its mission to continually bring the most relevant resources, partners and tools to the engaged citizens of Lake County, Indiana.”

The Foundation says Rongers has more than a decade of professional experience, serving as a development strategist and advisor to leadership teams on key initiatives spearheaded by  public and nonprofit sectors.  She holds a master’s degree in urban planning and policy and is a certified grant administrator.

Clifford says, “We are confident that Leigh and Tina, in addition to our existing talented staff, will continuously serve the needs of Legacy’s donors and nonprofit partners, while our search committee engages in an orderly process for permanent leadership.”

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