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Papillion Community Foundation executive director steps down

Papillion Community Foundation executive director steps down

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Laura Schwartz, right, has stepped down as executive director of the Papillion Community Foundation. Joe Hunter has been named interim director.

PAPILLION — The Papillion Community Foundation announced last week the resignation of Executive Director Laura Schwartz, effective Dec. 1.

Schwartz, who has served as executive director since July 2017, has been named an assistant vice president at Citizens State Bank. She will be responsible for the Papillion market.

“I am very grateful to have served the community that has meant so much to me and be a part of the Papillion Community Foundation for over four years,” Schwartz said. “I am excited to join the team at Citizens State Bank and look forward to continuing to serve this community in a different capacity.”

During her tenure with the foundation, Schwarz developed several programs, including the Papillion Urban Garden and Pantry for Our Patriots, as well as countless hours working on the Papillion 150 celebration and Papillion Days. She also launched a high school internship program to support future business leaders.

The Papillion Community Foundation Executive Committee has named Joe Hunter, currently the organization’s assistant director, to serve as interim executive director.

Hunter has been with the Papillion Community Foundation since February 2020. A longtime Papillion resident, he has a background in political science and nonprofit management.

“It has been an honor to work with the foundation’s Board of Directors and Laura for nearly two years now,” Hunter said. “I am excited for the new opportunities that await Laura at Citizens State Bank. The continued partnership between the foundation and Citizens State Bank will be stronger because of her continued service to this community.

“I am looking forward to the exciting opportunities in my new role as interim executive director. Carrying on the mission and the vision of the foundation is something that I have been dedicated to since day one.”

Papillion Community Foundation Board President Jacob Betsworth called Schwartz a “positive force.”

“That continues as she assists the Board of Directors with the transition into our appointment of Joe Hunter as interim executive director,” Betsworth said.

“While Laura will certainly be missed at the Foundation, we are excited for her continued advocacy of the Papillion Community Foundation and the lasting impact she will make in our community.”

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