SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Community Foundation recently announced a changing of the guard for grants and community engagement.
Grants director Tiffany McQueen Lewis and community engagement director Teri Spartz began their new roles Jan. 7 after the retirement of longtime program director Anita Zurbrugg.
Zurbrugg, who was with the foundation for more than seven years, said she dived into retirement life and was baby-sitting her granddaughter when she commented Friday. She said she had the pleasure to have a few chances to work with Lewis and Spartz before leaving her post and is very pleased with the foundation’s choice for her replacements.
“They seem like very capable and very bright and outgoing women, and I think the Community Foundation and community are fortunate to have them onboard,” Zurbrugg said.
Lewis, a Naperville resident, previously was the founding executive director for America Needs You, a national nonprofit that provides intensive career development and transformative mentorship to low-income students who are the first in their families to go to college.
Ultimately, Lewis said, she wants to keep improving the quality of life for residents in DeKalb County.
“We’re just looking forward to building on that,” Lewis said.
Spartz, a Sycamore resident, spent the past 13 years with the Northern Illinois University Foundation before stepping into her new role. She said she has been paying attention to the Community Foundation’s work for years and is glad to finally have the opportunity to be part of it.
Spartz, originally from Rochelle, said her parents instilled the value of being involved in her community, and she has carried that value throughout her life.
“This is just an amazing opportunity to do that and provide that example to my kids as they grow up,” Spartz said.
Zurbrugg said her father, Joseph Faivre, was on the foundation’s inaugural board when it was started 25 years ago. She said she also volunteered for the foundation’s land use committee before stepping into her program director role.
“Even as a young adult, I was aware of the work that the Community Foundation did,” Zurbrugg said.
Zurbrugg said her time with the foundation was “extremely rewarding.” She said her job as program director gave her the opportunity to engage with the community in a way that she previously had not been able to.
“It’s been very humbling, and it has taught me a lot about the wonderful treasures that we have living and working amongst us,” Zurbrugg said.