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The Nonprofit Administration Program is pleased to announce that Katy Fuerst is the winner of the 2021 Nonprofit Leader of Tomorrow Award. Katy graduates from the program this May and was selected on account of her dedication, leadership, and passion for serving her community. 

Katy Fuerst was recently appointed as Feeding Medina County’s (FMC) new Executive Director in November. FMC is a nonprofit whose mission is to “educate, engage, and lead our community in creating an environment where no one goes hungry.” She is thrilled to have the opportunity to advocate for change within the sector and has aspirations of writing a book about her experiences in the field one day. 

Katy has been a fervent nonprofit professional and leader in Northeast Ohio for over a decade. Her efforts began when she worked at her local animal shelter while an undergraduate at Cleveland State University. As her skills and passions developed, she had a series of advancing positions in a variety of organizations.  When serving as the Director of Programming and Community Engagement at HFLA of Northeast Ohio, Katy decided to expand her knowledge and applied to the Nonprofit Administration program at John Carroll. In her time at Carroll, she has developed both a newfound confidence in her abilities and deepened her already robust knowledge of the sector.

Michal Marcus at HFLA  said: “I can only hope that the nonprofit world can continue to attract individuals like Katy because this is who we truly want and need as our leaders of tomorrow to address the ever-increasing needs in our community.”

Please join us in congratulating Katy on her well-deserved achievement. She truly is an “unapologetic social justice leader!