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Medzie, Burt Join Akron Community Foundation

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AKRON, Ohio (April 29, 2013) – Akron Community Foundation recently welcomed two new employees to the organization. Margaret Medzie of Ravenna became vice president of development and donor engagement, and Tracy Burt of Stow joined the team as director of marketing.

Medzie has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and private sectors, most recently as the executive director of the American Red Cross Chapter of Summit and Portage Counties. Prior to that, Medzie held leadership positions with the American Cancer Society Northeast Ohio Region and Goodwill Industries of Akron. She was the founding executive director of The Portage Foundation, a community foundation based in Kent.

Medzie has a master’s in higher education administration from Kent State University and a bachelor’s in psychology and sociology from Notre Dame College of Ohio. She’s also a graduate of Leadership Akron and has been an active volunteer for Archbishop Hoban High School, Boy Scouts of America Great Trail Council and the Area Agency on Aging Foundation.

“Margaret’s experience and skills made her an obvious choice for this donor-focused position,” said Akron Community Foundation President and CEO John T. Petures Jr. “She understands the vital work that community foundations play in embracing permanent philanthropy for the betterment of our community, and will bring strong leadership to our development team.”

Burt joined the community foundation after nearly six years with AKHIA Public Relations & Marketing Communications in Hudson, Ohio, where she most recently served as an account director. Prior to that, she was a recruitment and volunteer specialist for the Portage Private Industry Council. Burt has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Kent State University.

”Tracy has an excellent mix of traditional and new-media marketing expertise,” said Tina Boyes, vice president of marketing and communication. “Her experience counseling clients will go a long way in helping the community foundation’s fundholders grow their charitable resources and increase the community’s awareness of the good work they do.”

About Akron Community Foundation

Celebrating 57 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. Today, it is a philanthropic endowment of more than $140 million with a growing family of more than 400 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation welcomes gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded nearly $105 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit

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