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Houzanme tapped for director's post

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY – A new face is behind the director's desk at the Perry County Community Foundation. Sally Houzanme joined the organization Nov. 3 and follows Kim Embrey, who left the post earlier this year.

A 1993 Tell City High School graduate with experience working for nonprofit groups serving people with disabilities, Houzanme said the director's position provides her a "good opportunity" to use her skills to serve the community and promote the foundation's mission of connecting citizens with needs in the community.

"There are great opportunities for the foundation to benefit our community, both now and into the future," she said.

Houzanme attended the University of Southern Indiana, earning a degree in sociology and holds a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law. She received a master's in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Founded in 1993, the foundation helps individuals, families and businesses carry out their charitable wishes. A local board of trustees helps donors and the nonprofit groups who apply for funding from unrestricted funds. Since its beginning, the foundation has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups providing educational, health-and-safety, crisis-intervention and other community services.

Many of the foundation's endowed funds support annual college scholarships while unrestricted funds support yearly grants to community groups such as those announced last week.

A local board of directors provides oversight for grant-making decisions and works with Evansville-based Community Foundation Alliance.

The Perry County Community Foundation currently oversees more than $5 million.

The foundation office is located at 601 Main St., Suite B, and is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Houzanme welcomes visitors. For more information, call her at 547-3176 or visit the foundation's Web site at www.perrycommunityfoundation.org.