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Kunkel Named Executive Director of Centre Foundation

by on December 08, 2013 4:00 PM

Centre Foundation announced that Molly Kunkel recently took over as executive director.

"I'm excited to lead the foundation forward," says Kunkel. "We've recently implemented some new ideas and grown substantially. I want to keep that momentum going and take it to the next level."

Kunkel joined the foundation in 2008 as deputy director. Previously, she was the director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Juniata Valley and brings over 20 years of leadership experience in local non-profits to Centre Foundation. Kunkel is a member and immediate past president of the State College Rotary Club.

After almost five years serving as executive director and many years on the board, Al Jones will retire.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Centre Foundation, watching it grow," Jones says. "Now, I'm looking forward to spending more time with my wife, Cindy, and catching up on my fly-fishing."

Board chair, Jodi Pringle, oversaw the extensive search to fill Jones' position.

"We wanted to be very diligent in selecting the right person to build on the progress we've made," says Pringle. "Molly is definitely that person."

Current board member and chair of the Search Committee, Amos Goodall, will take over as the board chair in early 2014.

"The new year will bring a lot of changes, both in our leadership and in with the new office that is currently under construction," says Goodall. "We have a good team in place and are ready to hit the ground running."

Centre Foundation distributes grants to non-profit organizations in Centre County.  According its website, Centre Foundation has invested over $12 million in the community since 1981.

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This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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