Elkhart County Community Foundation
The Elkhart County Community Foundation, which awards grants and scholarships to local community members, recently added two new staff members and promoted three veteran staff members.
Shannon Oaks, who has worked with the foundation for 13 years, was promoted from grants administrator to senior program officer. Oaks graduated from Goshen College with a degree in organizational management and is pursuing a master’s degree in intercultural leadership.
Jodi Spataro, who has worked with the foundation for nine years, was promoted from director of development to chief advancement officer. She is a Bethel College grad with a degree in organizational development.
Amanda Jamison, who has a psychology degree from Butler University, was promoted from events and scholarship coordinator to program officer for scholarships and youth development.
Justine Lightfoot and Kelsey Cameron joined the foundation as new employees. Bethel College grad Lightfoot will coordinate marketing and events. Cameron, who has a master’s degree in public affairs from IU-South Bend, will be a program associate at the foundation.
Gilberto Pérez, Jr., associate professor of social work at Goshen College, was named a senior director at the college’s Center for Intercultural and International Education.
Pérez will be senior director of intercultural development and educational partnerships and oversee research on changing local demographics and its effect on higher education, as well as increasing access to Goshen College for under-served students.
Pérez has been an associate professor at Goshen College since 2012. He has also served at a community health center in Northern Indiana called the Northeastern Center, where he created a nationally-recognized mental health promotion curriculum for Latino immigrants.
He has a master’s degree in social work from the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.