Midland Area Community Foundation Announces New CEO/President

The Board of Directors of the Midland Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Sharon Mortensen will join the foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 11, 2012.

“We are so fortunate to welcome Sharon to the Midland Area Community Foundation team”, noted Board Chair Craig McDonald.  “She possesses the highest level of professionalism, unquestioned integrity and has formed remarkable community ties and relationships that will be invaluable to the foundation.  Sharon is a true leader with vision, passion and a true enthusiasm for improving the quality of life for all people.”

Sharon has been the Executive Director of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Shelterhouse) for the past eight years.  In her tenure at Shelterhouse, Sharon stabilized their finances through the development of their endowment fund, grant writing and the initiation of fundraising events that now generate 13-15% of their annual income. She also established the community-wide Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program, led the development of Girls on the Run Council for Midland and Gladwin Counties, and initiated permanent supportive housing for domestic violence survivors in addition to numerous other transformative successes.

Sharon brings a wealth of professional and community involvement to the position having served on the Chamber of Commerce Management Corporation Board, the Midland County Health and Human Services Council - Past Chairperson, Midland Public Schools School Closure Committee, Noon Exchange Club - Past President, City of Midland Housing Commission, Midland Health Plan - Board of Directors, State of Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention & Treatment Board, Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute Steering Committee and Curriculum Subcommittee - Past Chair, Zonta Club of Midland, Midland County Continuum of Care - Chairperson.

Prior to her leadership at Shelterhouse, Sharon served as Program Coordinator at Family and Children’s Services of Midland from 1999 to 2004 in addition to being an Outpatient Therapist from 1996 to 2004.  Prior to her work in Midland, she also served as a Group Therapist at All Faiths Family Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1990-1995.

Sharon has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Defiance College, a Bachelor of Theology from The Way College of Biblical Research and a Master of Arts Degree majoring in Counseling from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.