A Warm Welcome and a Fond Farewell

Change is in the air at Laguna Canyon Foundation! After an intense talent search and interview process, we’re excited to announce the hiring of our new Outreach Manager, Paula Olson! Paula will be overseeing our education and volunteer programs, leading hikes, writing grants, and, as all of us do, helping out with whatever needs to be done. Paula is a longtime Laguna local and a certified Master Gardener and has a wealth of nonprofit experience, most recently with Western Growers trade association. She is enthusiastic about outreach and volunteering, and we’re excited to have her on board.

Paula will be joining our team just in time – after over six years with LCF, our Education Coordinator and interim Volunteer Coordinator, Jordan Van Durme, has been hired as an RN at Huntington Memorial Hospital Emergency Department! Jordan has worked hard to complete his nursing program while still doing an amazing amount of work for LCF – everything from personally taking classes on field trips and leading volunteer orientations to the detailed work of scheduling, communication, and administration – and while we’re sad to see him go, we’re all very happy for him and proud of all he’s accomplished. Jordan will be staying on through the first half of April to help Paula get settled and gradually hand over the reins before Paula begins full-time mid-April.

Jordan promises to continue to be a part of the LCF family, and he’ll be around to assist with larger projects and act as a resource as needed (luckily for all of us)! Join us in congratulating both Jordan and Paula on their new positions, and welcoming Paula to the LCF team.