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MCWEF welcomes new advisory board members

In June, the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund gained four new advisory board members. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Katie Branca, Lauren Disbennett, Heather Frey and Amy Immel.

Katie Branca has a strong background in human resources and currently serves as HRIS Administrator for ICON Government and Public Health Solutions, Inc. – a contract research organization based in Hinckley. In this position, she optimizes human resource technology to streamline the job’s processes and procedures.

Working for such an inspiring organization sparked her interest to want to give back to the community. Katie is a trustee within the company’s internal “Make a Difference” committee, which focuses on philanthropy in Medina County through partnerships with the Salvation Army, Troopons and other nonprofit organizations. Katie is also a member of the communications team for the Cleveland chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (CSHRM).

Katie lives with her fiancé in Brunswick. They both enjoy spending time with family and friends and outdoor activities such as hiking and camping.

Lauren Disbennett grew up in the small town of Penfield, Ohio, but fell in love with the charming Medina square at a young age. She moved here in 2004 after the birth of her son and welcomed her daughter three years later. Lauren is a marketing coordinator and multi-unit manager by day and a passionate social media manager and writer by night.

In her (very) little spare time, she performs and teaches hoop dancing around Ohio at festivals, fairs and workshops. Lauren is an advocate for women, children, human rights and the environment. Through her writing, she promotes natural and sustainable lifestyles. She’s a lover of the simple things in life – family, friends and mac and cheese.

Heather Frey has been a resident of Medina for over 15 years. She is an active member of the community as a volunteer and as co-owner of the Medina-based property management group COO of Multiples, LLC – a company she began with her husband in 1998.

Before joining the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, Heather volunteered with Feeding Medina County, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Outreach Mentor and Akron Children’s Hospital.

Amy Immel is the director of parent and family giving at the College of Wooster, where she specializes in identifying major gift and leadership prospects by engaging parents of current students and alumni. She previously worked at Oberlin College in various roles within development and alumni affairs, including public programs and development events, the annual fund, and parent and family giving.

Prior to Oberlin, Amy worked at the March of Dimes serving as the community director for the Greater Akron area. Her responsibilities included leading all fundraising efforts, recruiting volunteers, and coordinating and executing event logistics.

Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts in management at Hiram College and her Masters of Public Administration, specializing in nonprofit management, at the University of Akron. Amy and her husband, Kris, laid down roots in Montville Township three years ago and are excited to welcome their first child in late summer.

The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is thrilled to have these women join our advisory board and we look forward to them helping us grow.