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Director Brandi Ebner announces departure; board seeking applicants for vacancy

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Brandi EbnerCrook County Foundation is in need of a new director.

Brandi Ebner, who has held the position since May 2018, announced on New Year's Eve that she will be stepping down to take a new job.

"It is with sadness that I need to let you know that I have resigned from my position with the Crook County Foundation," she wrote in an email. "I have officially accepted a full-time position with the Deschutes County Expo Center doing sales, marketing and event planning. I have enjoyed getting to know all of you and work with you on the continual growth and expansion of our amazing community. I hope that our paths cross again and please feel free to contact me if I can be of any future assistance."

Crook County Foundation is a nonprofit organization that strives to build positive futures for local children, families, businesses and civic groups by fostering investment in leadership, education and the arts. It was founded in 1998 by the city of Prineville, Crook County, Crook County School District, Crook County Parks and Recreation District, and Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce.

Ebner said she plans to maintain her role with the foundation through the end of January, with the goal of ensuring that all accounting, communications, events, programs, committees and more are maintained. She added that she will assist with the transition to the new executive director "to keep everything as smooth and issue-free as possible." 

"I have great confidence in the board to find the best fitting person who will be able to continue the great work we have all been doing," she said.  "Thank you for everything you do for the community.  I will miss working with you."

Foundation Board President Tom Jay said work is under way to fill the vacated director role within the next month. The board met Wednesday to determine details for an applicant search and posted an application to the foundation's website ( The deadline to apply is Jan. 31 and Jay said the hope is to decide on a new hire by the Feb. 16 board meeting.

Jay went on to say that he and the rest of the board is said to see Ebner leave.

"She has been a driving force behind all our diverse programs since she took over the position," he said. "With her boundless energy, she threw herself into the job totally and has done a fantastic job for our community. She is leaving the foundation in a better place, as together we have worked to streamline our processes, making it easier for the next person to step in without missing a beat. We thank Brandi for being such an integral part of our organization and wish her well in her new dream job!"

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