By Outer Banks Voice on February 5, 2021
(Outer Banks Community Foundation)
The Board of Directors of the Outer Banks Community Foundation announced on Feb. 5 that long-time Executive Director Lorelei Costa is departing to become the next Executive Director and CEO of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts in Virginia. Bob Muller will act as interim director while the board launches a search for Costa’s replacement.
“We are very grateful to Lorelei for her eight years of unwavering and dedicated devotion to the people of the Outer Banks in general, and to our Community Foundation, specifically,” said Clark Twiddy, President of the Community Foundation, in statement released today.
The statement went on to note that, “During Lorelei’s tenure, the Outer Banks Community Foundation nearly tripled in size, in both its annual grant-making and in its endowment. Most recently, Lorelei led significant relief efforts in the Outer Banks during the COVID pandemic, helping hundreds of families with childcare and educational needs during remote learning, and in 2019 after Hurricane Dorian, raising over $1.5 million in the weeks after the storm, rebuilding hundreds of households across Ocracoke and Hatteras.”
“I can hardly begin to express how blessed I feel to have served the Community Foundation over the past eight years,” said Costa. “Although my new position is an amazing opportunity for my career and my family, I am so grateful for every day that I’ve worked with the Foundation.”
According to the release, the Suffolk Center for the Cultural Arts is the premier visual and performing arts venue for Suffolk, with a 530-seat theater, art galleries and classrooms. Costa replaces Susan Lawrence, who is retiring from the Center after serving as Executive Director and CEO since 2018.
Lorelei’s last day with the Community Foundation will be Friday, March 12. Bob Muller, who is currently serving as the Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Coordinator, will become Interim Executive Director on March 15.
“We are very grateful to Bob Muller for stepping in as Interim Executive Director while a search is underway,” Twiddy said in the statement. “Bob’s experience with our Community Foundation spans more than a decade and includes involvement at many levels.”
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