Cave Junction, Ore: The Board of Directors has selected Lindsey B. Jones for Executive Director (ED) of the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization. Lindsey has very ably led the organization for the past seven months as Interim ED and the Board and staff are thoroughly pleased she will continue on as Executive Director.
Jones’ experience in the Illinois Valley includes being a founding member of local nonprofit, Healthy U. There she has filled various roles in the organization from yoga teacher, community coordinator, and presently, Executive Director. In 2014, she began volunteering at IVCanDO facilitating communications and managing social media. She began working with the organization officially in 2015. Over the years, she has assisted with the 20/20 Strategic Plan and the outpouring of projects and collaborations that followed. Other work experience includes nonprofit consulting and program facilitation around the state. In her spare time, she served as the president of Cave Junction City Council from 2016-2019.
“Over the past 20 years, IVCDO Executive Directors have quietly coordinated programs that have benefited the community,” said Board Vice President Roger Brandt. “Beginning with the $1.5 million dollar Enterprise Community Program in 1995, then 18 years of managing the Oregon Caves Chateau under the direction of Menno Kraai and the small business development program managed by Kenny Houck, each of which were facets of other work they did as part of IVCDO’s mission to improve the economy and quality of life here in the Illinois Valley. This history of IVCDO’s work in the community established productive and trusted relationships with government and private foundations. The potential benefit of these relationships depends on leadership that sustains the organization’s integrity.” Board President Maelagh Baker asserted “Lindsey’s strong connections with IVCanDO’s many partners and collaborators, nimble follow-through, and keen ability to grasp the big picture make her an excellent leader of the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization.”