The Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) bids farewell to Alyse Vail, Community Investment and Grants Officer, who will depart the Foundation on September 26th for her new position at Central Indiana Community Foundation as Grants Officer. Among her many contributions since 2011, Alyse has administered HCCF’s grants and scholarships, as well as, led initiatives that further the well-being of our community. Alyse’s leadership role in educational attainment efforts includes her participation on Hancock County’s Career Success Coalition Steering Committee. The Coalition was recently recognized for their outstanding efforts by the State of Indiana. Alyse is a dear member of the HCCF family and will be missed. We wish her all the best as she begins a new chapter of her career!
HCCF is very pleased to announce that Kara Harrison will join the staff team as the new Community Investment and Grants Officer on Monday, September 22nd. Kara will be responsible for managing community development initiatives and administering HCCF’s grant program. She will work closely with Hancock County service agencies, schools, education foundations, libraries, and churches to provide capacity building support to the nonprofit sector. Kara’s established relationships with our county’s nonprofit community and her intimate knowledge of Hancock County will greatly benefit those whom she will serve.
Kara comes to the Community Foundation after serving Mental Health Partners of Hancock County as its Executive Director for four years. Under her leadership, Mental Health underwent a major rebranding process including a new name, mission, and strategic plan. Kara is very familiar with the rigors of grant procurement as she met the standards of United Way’s agency evaluation process for funding and secured an additional $64,000 in grants on MHP’s behalf. During her tenure, she developed and implemented The Suicide Prevention Program and the Behavioral Care Assistance Program.
Kara is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology and Sociology. She has served on the boards of Neighborhoods Against Substance Abuse and the Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a committee member of Healthy Families and the Critical Incident/Stress Management Team. She is a member of Tri Kappa and a graduate of Leadership Hancock County. Kara is a native of New Palestine and a current resident of McCordsville where she lives with her husband John and her young son Henry.