YAKIMA, Wash. -- Staff and supporters of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation heard how the organization and its partners are making a difference during a Celebration of Partnership on Wednesday.
They also thanked former CEO Linda Moore during the event at the Yakima Area Arboretum. Moore stepped down from her role earlier this month after joining the organization in September 2011.
A native of Harrah with dreams of attending West Point or joining the Air Force, Moore instead earned a law degree and embarked on a 30-year legal career in Washington, D.C. She also created her own company, Integrated Solutions, in which she focused on rural economic and community development.
In 2011 she began a five-year contract with the foundation, which the board extended for an additional two years ending Sept. 1.
Moore thanked others in announcing her retirement.
“It has been a great joy and honor to support all of you as the foundation has grown as a treasured community resource, responding effectively to the challenges facing our Valley,” she said.
The community foundation began with $8 million in seed money that came from the sale of Providence Yakima Medical Center, Providence Toppenish Hospital and Providence Home Health and Hospice in 2003. That has since grown to the point that the foundation distributes more than $2 million annually.
It will remain focused in three areas: promoting quality education, healthy living and civic vitality, Moore said.
“Better outcomes in these three areas will translate into closing the opportunity gap for the people who live here — people of all ages, ethnicities and income levels,” she said.
New foundation CEO Sharon Miracle began on Aug. 6. Miracle had been corporate communications director for Tree Top, a grower-owned fruit products cooperative with more than 1,000 employees. In that role she oversaw public relations, stakeholder communications and corporate social responsibility.
“She serves on national and regional industry-related committees and professional organizations and she’s demonstrated her passion for our community, serving in many volunteer leadership roles in recent years such as the board of directors chair for both the Yakima Valley Museum and Yakima Valley Tourism and as a board member of the YMCA,” Moore said in an earlier announcement about Miracle joining the foundation.
The board last summer appointed a search committee of board and community members, led by member Kristin Kershaw-Snapp, and unanimously chose Miracle.
“Sharon will join the team of community leaders at the foundation, an engaged board and strong staff dedicated to the belief that people in our Valley should have equitable access to opportunity,” Moore said.