Centre Foundation names deputy next executive director

The Centre Foundation has named its next executive director.

Molly Kunkel, who has served as the organization’s deputy director since 2008, will move into the new post Dec. 2, according to a foundation news release.

“I’m excited to lead the foundation forward,” said Kunkel. “We’ve recently implemented some new ideas and grown substantially. I want to keep that momentum going and take it to the next level.”

The Centre Foundation helps donors fulfill their philanthropic goals by building and maintaining a permanent collection of endowment funds, according to the organization.

Kunkel, who also served as the director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Juniata Valley, takes over the reins from Al Jones, who is retiring.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Centre Foundation, watching it grow,” Jones said. “Now, I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife, Cindy, and catching up on my fly-fishing.”

A search for Jones’ replacement was overseen by board Chairwoman Jodi Pringle.

“We wanted to be very diligent in selecting the right person to build on the progress we’ve made,” said Pringle. “Molly is definitely that person.”

Search committee Chairman Amos Goodall will succeed Pringle as board chairman in 2014.

“The new year will bring a lot of changes, both in our leadership and in with the new office that is currently under construction,” said Goodall.

“We have a good team in place and are ready to hit the ground running.”

Kunkel has lived in the area for 25 years with her husband, Hal, and the couple raised two children here. They live in Potter Township.