The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation has had many great leaders since its inception in October of 1972. The Foundation has helped the community in countless ways under each person’s leadership.
As the current President & CEO, Bill Bodine, steps out of his role at the Foundation and into retirement, Kathryn Yarzebinski is stepping in as the new President & CEO.
Yarzebinski comes to the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation from Randolph College where she served as Director of Development. During her time at Randolph, Yarzebinski was part of a team that raised more than $6 million in donations during the 2021 fiscal year.
In addition to her position at Randolph she has also been extensively involved in the nonprofit sector. She has served on the boards of many of our partners, such as Miriam’s House and the Junior League of Lynchburg.
She has an MBA from the University of Lynchburg where she also worked as the Director of the Annual Fund & Special Gifts for a number of years.
When the search for a new President & CEO began, Yarzebinski reflected on her experience in the nonprofit sector and the reputation of the Foundation, and she decided to go for it.
“I’ve worked with a lot of nonprofits and there’s often been a partnership with the Foundation in one way or another at each. In many of the volunteer boards I’ve been on we’ve known the Foundation as a funder,” she says.
Yarzebinski’s familiarity with the Foundation has made her introduction to the community a smooth one. On June 6th, the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala at the Virginian Hotel. This event was also her first big introduction to the community and those close to the Foundation. It was an evening to celebrate fifty years of impact, thank Bill Bodine for his seven years of leadership and look forward to an exciting future with Kathryn at the helm.