Community Foundation; United Way announce new director
PLYMOUTH — The Marshall County Community Foundation and the United Way of Marshall County today announced the appointment of Linda K. Yoder as joint executive director of the two organizations.
Yoder was most recently vice president of Government Affairs at the Electric Motors Corporation of Plymouth, and before that was the director of the Nappanee Public Library where she had been employed for over 20 years, converting a traditional library into a vibrant and creative community center.
Yoder has an extensive record of public service to her communities, including time as Vice Chair of the Elkhart County United Way campaign, manager of the Nappanee Center, director of Nappanee disaster recovery, and close working relationships with the Elkhart County Community Foundation.
Louise Mason, chair of the Marshall County Community Foundation, said, “We have conducted a wide-ranging and comprehensive search to fill this vital position, and have found precisely the right person for the job. Linda’s deeply ingrained sense of public service is exactly what we need to take our Foundation to new levels of support for the people of Marshall County.”
Chris Eberly, chairman of the United Way of Marshall County, welcomed Ms. Yoder, saying that, “Linda will bring important experience and new ideas to the United Way’s campaigning, which will be essential to enlarge our support for United Way agencies in the county.”
Yoder explained, “I am incredibly excited and, at the same time, deeply humbled, to have this special opportunity to serve Marshall County. I feel that so much of the public service in my life has been preparation for this moment, and I can’t wait to dig in.”
Yoder’s appointment is effective immediately, and she will begin in the office July 25.
Yoder has residences in both Plymouth and Nappanee, but will now become a full-time resident of Marshall County.