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Marietta Community Foundation names operations director

MARIETTA — The Marietta Community Foundation has announced the addition of a full-time operations director.

Grace Bailey is a Marietta native and attended St. Mary Elementary School and graduated from Warren High School. She obtained a bachelor’s in international studies from Xavier University and a master’s in middle childhood education from Ohio University.

After teaching middle school English for a couple years in Dayton, Bailey returned to the Mid-Ohio Valley to be closer to family and make an impact in her hometown.

“I believe in the importance of blooming where you’re planted, and improving your community,” said Bailey. “I grew up knowing the importance of community coming together, and I am so blessed to be in a position where I can return the kindness and generosity afforded to me by becoming a steward for the community that set me up for success. Marietta Community Foundation is a pillar of our community, and I can’t think of a better place to make a local, yet widespread, impact.”

She joined the foundation on July 25 following employment at Rigel Recovery as a program assistant and then a program and enrollment specialist. At Rigel Recovery, she organized and streamlined chemical dependency programming for four facilities across the county.

Bailey enjoys weight lifting, reading, and gardening. She volunteers for Light the Night leukemia organization and often participates in 5K races for charities supporting causes like the National Park Foundation, Global Kitchen and the Organization for Autism Research.

The internal structure of the foundation has shifted to accommodate growth. Heather Allender remains president and CEO, Britani Merritt has transitioned to donor and program services director and Courtney Wentz has shifted to communications and marketing director.

“Growth is the most exciting kind of change,” said Allender. “We believe that this new structure better utilizes the individual strengths of our team members, and in turn, will provide better support for our fund holders, donors, local nonprofits, and community members seeking assistance.”

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