OSCEOLA COUNTY - The Fremont Area Community Foundation has selected Shirlee Hopper-Scherch as Affiliate Manager for the Osceola County Community Foundation. Hopper-Scherch is a Battle Creek native and holds a bachelor degree and master of social work from the University of Michigan. She also went on to receive her master of public health from the University of Pittsburgh. Hopper-Scherch will serve as a resource person to OCCF (as well as the Mecosta County Community Foundation) on strategic initiatives, development, donor relations, grant programs and community engagement activities. Her work will continue where OCCF's Director of Community Relations and Asset Development, Larry Emig, left off. "We are so pleased to welcome Shirlee to the Osceola County Community Foundation," said Ken Bollman, OCCF board president. "Our work in Osceola County has come a long way over time. Shirlee's extensive experience in the nonprofit world will be a vital resource as we continue to build upon and strengthen this work." The Fremont Area Community Foundation also is excited to welcome Hopper-Scherch to the new position. "We are excited to have Shirlee join the Osceola County Community Foundation," said Carla Roberts, FACF president and CEO. "She brings rich experience in the nonprofit world and will be a great benefit to Osceola County by helping to build strong relationships with grantees." Hopper-Scherch comes to OCCF with over 27 years of involvement with nonprofits. She has worked with local food banks, community mental health centers and organizations dedicated to the prevention of elder abuse. Most recently she held the position of executive director at the Peer Support and Advocacy Network in Pittsburgh. "I am thrilled to return to Michigan," said Hopper-Scherch. "There are so many wonderful nonprofits in our community and I look forward to partnering with these local agencies. People are so innovative and I am exited to hear their stories and what drives their work." Hopper-Scherch lives in Evart with her husband and enjoys the beauty and solitude Osceola County has to offer. "This county is a beautiful place," she said. "I am happy to be part of the Osceola County Community Foundation and such a warm-hearted community."