Officials at the Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC) recently announced there is a new president and chief executive officer at the helm for the nonprofit organization.

Jodi Gietl, described by the foundation as a dynamic leader, said she is beside herself with excitement at the opportunity to serve as president and CEO of the foundation.

“I’m thrilled to engage in our community, invest in people, lead our vision and forever establish growth to strengthen Boone County,” she said. “I love people and I have a heart for Boone County. To have my professional world and philanthropic background collide with an opportunity to lead the team at the CFBC is a dream come true.”

With a background working both in the office and on-site with various nonprofit groups, Gietl has served as controller at Fortune Acquisitions, LLC and is a former chief financial officer for Habitat for Humanity of Boone County. She currently holds positions with the Boone County 4-H Fair Board, Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build, Traders Point Christian Church and the Boone County Senior Citizens Olympics.

“We are excited to welcome Jodi (Gietl),” Bob Wesseler, chairman of the Community Foundation of Boone County, said. “Her prior experience, community activities and knowledge of the county will go a long way in allowing us to continue to meet our mission of uniting people, organizations and philanthropy to create a thriving community for all.”

Originally from Lafayette, Gietl has been a Boone County resident for 22 years where she has raised a family and connected well with other residents.

In fact, it is this connection to Boone County and its people, Gietl said, that gave her the opportunity to acquire her “dream job.”

“I am so honored to have great business leaders from all corners of Boone County reach out to me and encourage me to apply for this position,” she added.

A self-described farm girl, Gietl will be working with both the agricultural and corporate sectors of Boone County. She also cited the county’s stretch of Interstate 65 as an excellent benefit, saying many possibilities lie in wait for these often-overlooked areas.

And the new CFBC president is already hard at work. In her first week on the job, Gietl and her staff embarked on four Listening Tour stops in Lebanon, Whitestown and Thorntown, where they presented results of the CFBC’s County-Wide Needs Assessment.

Business leaders, community leaders and residents alike were in attendance to view data gathered by the CFBC concerning “insight as to how we, as a community foundation, can address the needs of our county.”

“From Advance to Zionsville and from Thorntown to Jamestown, we strive to put the ‘unity’ in ‘community,’” she said, “(and) from our vast economic corridor along I-65 to our rich agricultural heritage, we have a unique opportunity in Boone County to reach those who no one else is reaching and serve those who no one else is serving.”

Gietl and her team hit the road again Tuesday, making 10 stops at various locations in Boone County as part of a surprise “Day of Giving Back” when the CFBC presented $1,000 checks to unsuspecting recipients.

“This is our way of linking arms with 10 randomly-chosen philanthropic organizations from across the four corners of Boone County and giving back to them so they can benefit others,” she said. “It’s a win-win for all.”

To learn more about Gietl and the CFBC, visit www.communityfoundationbc.org or call 765-482-0024.

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