September 4, 2007 — Project manager, market researcher, corporate and nonprofit experience with contacts, undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and business administration. Put it all together and what do you get? Laurie Rosard.
She’s the new executive director of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization that offers educational and cultural programs, both in the schools and for the community, which complement the Hatboro-Horsham School District curriculum.
“I’m really looking forward to my new role at HHEF,” said Rosard. “My resume is very diversified and this job will utilize all my skills and experiences.”
Rosard, of Lower Merion, and the HHEF top spot are a good match, according to Dr. Gary Henkel, HHEF co-president. “She’s very well experienced in the non-profit arena, which is very important to us, and she came highly recommended,” he said.
As executive director, Rosard will handle a multitude of daily tasks, including securing ongoing funding for the organization. She recently got a head start on that duty.
“A lot of our funding comes from local companies that have been awarded an Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) from the state Department of Community and Economic Development,” she said. “I’ve worked in community and economic development, so I have that background. And I recently spoke with the person who runs the EITC program for the state and the individual who runs the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Education Foundations so I am getting up to speed quickly.”
There should be a simultaneous push for non-EITC backed local business support as well, she said. “There are a lot of businesses interested in helping the school district because they realize the importance of good, well-rounded education,” said Rosard. “It’s also beneficial to the businesses, so it’s a win-win situation because a lot of their employees and their families are in this community.”
A native of Media, Delaware County, Rosard’s most recent position was as project manager for the Women’s Opportunities Resource Center, where she developed partnerships and alliances with economic community development organizations to support financial education. Before that, she was executive director of the Cardiovascular Medical Research & Education Fund, and project manager for United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
“I look forward to Laurie strengthening the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation with her wealth of nonprofit experience by helping the organization realize its potential, with the end goal of improving the educational experience for all students of the Hatboro-Horsham School District,” said Ken Trautwein, HHEF co-president.
In terms of programs and funding, said Rosard, HHEF, which this year marks its 20th anniversary, ranks among the most mature and robust of Pennsylvania’s approximately 170 education foundations.
“That’s very exciting,” she said. “We are a strong organization with a promising future thanks to the hard work and dedication of the HHEF board and ongoing support of the Hatboro-Horsham School District.”
HHEF programs this year include: Dr. Patch Adams, the subject of a feature film starring Robin Williams; Bill Nye the Science Guy, seen each week on television; Willard R. Daggett, Ed.D., president of the International Center for Leadership in Education; the award-winning strings trio Time for Three; and two ballet performances.
“My goal is to enhance the educational impact of the programming for the students and the community and to diversify our funding sources. I am looking forward to working with the school district, businesses and local community members for their ongoing feedback and support.”
HHEF: Laurie Rosard