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New executive director at helm of Not-for-Profit Resource Center in Crystal Lake

Not-for-Profit Resource Center, a Crystal Lake nonprofit that works to help other nonprofits, hired a new executive director.

Laurie Bivona took over as executive director July 1. Bivona succeeds Rebecca Stiemke, who is leaving the organization after more than a decade, according to a news release.

Bivona, who has 20 years of nonprofit experience, joined the Not-for-Profit Resource Center in 2019 as its program and outreach director. As outreach director, she helped transition the center’s professional development workshops and resources to online and virtual offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic and was the “driving force” behind the 2021 McHenry County Nonprofit Study with Northern Illinois University, the Not-for-Profit Resource Center said in the release.

She previously was the director of marketing for Pioneer Center for Human Services, where she oversaw the organization’s marketing, communications and development activities, according to the release.

“I’ve dedicated my career to working within nonprofits. It is important to me that the work I do has an impact on the community,” Bivona said in a statement. “Being part of a nonprofit’s administrative staff has given me great insight into the resources they work diligently to acquire and maximize when trying to deliver their mission. Every nonprofit, big or small, struggles with the same issues – funding, lack of resources, awareness building, advocacy. Through this new role, I am excited to help build resources that will make nonprofits more successful in each of these areas.”

As executive director, Bivona will work with local agencies and funders to strengthen and grow the organization’s professional development workshop and resource programming, as well as its volunteer connectivity activities, according to the release.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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