New Director Brings Experience

Citrus County Harvest announces the hiring of Connie Storms as its new Executive Director. As the incoming Executive Director, Storms brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit and volunteer management, as well as a passion to meet the nutritional needs of children in Citrus County.

Storms’ work experience includes leading a United Way, managing a start-up nonprofit, and consulting in fund development.  Most recently, she has worked as the Director of Volunteer Services for Hospice of Marion County, engaging 700 volunteers to serve in any of 22 different volunteer roles.  With Masters degrees in nutrition and management with an emphasis in nonprofit management, Storms is well prepared to advance the mission of Harvest and its programs.

With experience in meeting planning, fund development, day to day nonprofit administration, board development and volunteer engagement, she is great fit for the growing organization.  Outgoing executive director, Grace Hengesbach, has led the organization in a time of tremendous growth and expansion. Storms will be starting with Harvest at the end of April. Hengesbach will be winding up her time with Harvest at the end of June, thereby providing a smooth transition.

Board Chair, Joan Luebbe said, “We are delighted to have found such an impressive and experienced new executive director. The board and I are certain that Connie Storms will continue the growth and success of Harvest that Grace Hengesbach has worked so hard to achieve. Storms is excited to take on this challenge and you will be seeing her around our community soon.”

Scott Traxler, a former volunteer for Hospice of Marion County, describes Connie as, “An influential, inspirational, and quietly competent leader of volunteers. I am glad she is entering into this new chapter in her professional life.”

When describing herself, Connie Storms said, “I have always been a mission-oriented person, and as I consider that more than 70% of school age children and youth in Citrus County face food insecurity or food insufficiency, I want to do all I can to help our community meet the need. Every child should fully reach their potential in the classroom and beyond.  With such a vibrant organization, dedicated board of directors, and vast team of 800 volunteers, I am excited for the opportunity to support and enable each person associated with Citrus County Harvest. Together we can meet the challenge of silencing hunger for the school-age children of Citrus County.”

 Storms is well prepared to advance the mission of Harvest and its programs.