Linda S. Fergason became the new Executive Director of The Portage Foundation in November 2013. Ms. Fergason’s predecessor was Ralph Kletzien, who retired after having served in this position since 2006.
Linda brings a wealth of extensive experience in providing leadership and management expertise to non-profit organizations. Her experiences cover over 25 years. The combination of Fergason’s professional credentials coupled with her fine record of community service make her an ideal choice to lead the Portage Foundation through its planned expansion to broaden its philanthropic reach throughout the region.
Currently a resident of Alliance, Ohio, Ms. Fergason has served as Executive Director of a three non-profit agencies, and also spent time as the CEO of the United Way in her local community. Most recently Linda was the Director of Advancement for Kent State University at Stark.
Throughout her career, Linda has provided leadership in a volunteer capacity to many other organizations, including Rotary International. In 2012-13, she completed a year of service in the distinguished role of District Governor of Rotary District 6650.
Linda will be retiring in May 2020, and a new successor will be announced.
Cheyenne Goss joined the Portage Foundation as the Community Foundation Specialist in December 2019. Mrs. Goss graduated from Kent State University with BS in Human Development & Family Studies as well as an AAS in Business Administration.
Cheyenne brings exceptional skills in visual marketing, community relations and non-profit program development. Immediately following her time at Kent State, Cheyenne was employed as a social worker for SAFY, a therapeutic foster care agency in Stark County. Here she developed a passion for non-profit operations and philanthropy. Most recently Mrs. Goss served as the Merchandise Coordinator for the Pro Football Hall of Fame working closely with high-level sponsors. With over 5 years of experience in human services and business operations, Cheyenne is perfectly suited for this role.
As a young professional, Cheyenne brings a wealth of innovative and powerful ideas that continue to strengthen our mission and services.