LVCF Forming Board of Associates to Broaden Communications
Allentown, Pa., March 19, 2018—The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation (LVCF) is forming a Board of Associates to engage a broad range of influential community members in a dialogue in order to better serve the Lehigh Valley.
“To be effective in improving the quality of life in the Lehigh Valley, we believe it is critical that representatives from government, education, business and industry, community leaders, and non-profit leaders, all have opportunity to provide input and serve on this board,” said Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Our goal is to foster a wider community understanding of the Community Foundation, further develop relationships with key community leaders, and maintain ongoing relationships with former governors of the Community Foundation.”
President of Discovery Lehigh Valley, Michael Stershic , immediate past chair of the LVCF Board of Governors, will serve as chair of the Board of Associates. “ Members of the Board of Associates will serve as ambassadors and advocates for LVCF through dialogue and interaction in the community,” Stershic noted. “ We will form an executive committee that along with the general members will have the opportunity to guide the Community Foundation as it continues to grow and increase its impact on the community.”
The board, a non-incorporated association of individuals, will meet twice annually to discuss issues important to the Foundation and the Lehigh Valley. The first meeting of the Board of Associates will be by invitation and will be held in June 2018. The meeting will include a CEO Update from Bernie Story and a presentation of the Lotter Fellow Reflections Paper by Muhlenberg College Professor Christopher Borick. Dr. Borick is serving as the LVCF Lötter Fellow and he will be conducting research on the Community Foundation’s “Be the Spark Program” with a focus on assessing the impact of the grants made by the Foundation in celebrating its 50th Anniversary.