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Michelle DeHaven, Executive Director

Michelle DeHaven is a fundraising and nonprofit professional with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of operations and leadership. As Executive Director, Michelle DeHaven leads the Freeport Community Foundation (FCF), ensuring that FCF makes progress towards accomplishing its mission to empower non-profits to develop solutions that help northwest Illinois thrive. Her goal is to help communities throughout northwest Illinois build bridges to the future.

While the bulk of her career has been in development and nonprofit management, her professional experience began as Editorial Coordinator and Sports Writer for the Freeport Journal Standard. Prior to her role at FCF, she worked in development for March of Dimes and Arthritis Foundation, Marketing Manager at Discovery Center Museum, and Communications Director for the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A native of Stephenson County, Michelle graduated from Dakota High School and can trace her family roots in northwest Illinois back to the mid-1800s. She attended college at the University of Northern Iowa. In her spare time, she loves to cook, garden, and enjoy the outdoors. Michelle is married to Bruce Quast, a professional cartoonist and Director of Exhibits for the Discovery Center Museum.

She has two grown (step)sons, Matthew (wife Amanda and granddaughter Natalee) and Samuel (wife Faith), and a dog named Jackie.

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Cindy Carter, Office Manager

As office manager, Cindy assists with accounting, human resources, information technology, and office management in addition to supervising the Foundation’s online granting system.

Cindy joined the Foundation in February 2012. She is a graduate of Highland Community College where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri) in 2002 and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda. Cindy served on Highland Community College’s Alumni Association Steering Committee and was honored to deliver a commencement speech to the HCC Class of 2007. In 2007 she was a recipient of the Highland Community College Distinguished Alumnus award. Cindy is also a graduate of the Freeport Civilian Police Academy and is a member of the Freeport Art Museum.

Cindy lives in Freeport and enjoys traveling (Australia being a favorite destination), reading, golfing, and staying in touch with friends and family.

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Sarah Flashing, Community Relations Coordinator

Sarah Flashing serves the Freeport Community Foundation as Community Relations Coordinator. Her primary responsibility is to carry out the Foundation’s marketing & communications objectives by developing and implementing marketing strategies that elevate awareness of FCF and its engagement in northwest Illinois.

Throughout her career, Sarah has served in a variety of leadership capacities, helping organizations and businesses develop and deliver their message and experience growth as a result. As a web developer with a strong marketing IQ, she has been able to help clients communicate effectively, especially in the digital environment, and achieve their goals.

Sarah has been working in nonprofit communications since 2004 and has worked organizations in Stephenson County and all around the United States. Prior to moving to Freeport, Sarah served as Executive Director of the Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Marketing Director at North Star Casino just outside of Green Bay. She has a masters degree in Ethics from Trinity International University and is mom to 3 adult boys and fiancé to Bill Clow.

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