The Forest City Education Foundation recently hired Julie DeVries to serve as the new director of the organization. Her official start date is January 2, 2014.
DeVries comes to the Foundation with a lot of experience as she worked closely with Nicole Lovik-Blaser, the out-going director. DeVries worked in the Forest City High School Guidance Office for approximately 14 years—where the original Forest City Dollars for Scholars organization started.
DeVries has served many roles in the original Forest City Dollars for Scholars and the Forest City Education Foundation including treasurer, secretary, liaison to donors, facilitator to the students with scholarship applications, event planner of Senior Awards Night, and she worked with colleges and universities for scholarship funding.
“We’re excited for Julie to begin—we know she’ll be a great asset to the Forest City Education Foundation. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and love for the students and community of Forest City,” said Forest City Education Foundation President Raymond Beebe. He went on to say: “We are thrilled to find someone who can literally ‘hit the ground running.’ I have known Julie for many years and know that we share a passion for young people. I am excited about partnering with her as we continue to seek ways to grow the Foundation and support ‘our most valuable asset,’ our young people.”