QPSF names new executive director; interim executive director shifts to part time role


Heidi Lanier | Photo courtesy of QPS Foundationf

QUINCY — Heidi Lanier recently was named the executive director of the Quincy Public Schools Foundation. Interim executive director Lindsay Knudson is stepping into the newly created role of special events and fundraising coordinator.

Lanier has spent her career in educational non-profits, holding positions at Culver-Stockton College, Quincy University and Southern Oregon PBS. Most recently, she served in the public relations and marketing office at John Wood Community College. She also has served as marketing chair on the Young Professionals board of directors, for the chamber of Medford (Ore.) and Jackson County and the Oregon Wine Experience marketing committee, as well as a community representative for McLoughlin Middle School’s site council.  

Lanier graduated from Quincy University with a bachelor of arts in English. She also has a master’s degree in science in marketing and communication at Franklin University.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead such a wonderful organization,” Lanier said in a press release. “The impact the QPS Foundation makes on the lives of our students, teachers, staff and community is incredibly valuable. The foundation already has an impressive record giving back. I can’t wait to see what great things we can accomplish moving forward.”

The change in leadership comes after a three-month search to replace Kent Embree. Knudson served as the interim executive director to provide transitional leadership.

“The Foundation Board couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds with our new team/roles in place.  Over the past five months, Lindsay has done a phenomenal job of stepping into the role and creating a cohesive team atmosphere,” said Lindsay Ertel, QPS Foundation board president. “Now to be able to pair that atmosphere with Heidi’s enthusiasm, new ideas and experience — it is an exciting time for the Foundation.”

For more information about the QPS Foundation or upcoming events, visit qpsfoundation.org.

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