Thursday , June 14, 2018 - 5:00 AM
OGDEN — The Weber School Foundation has a new executive director.
Emily Vause Oyler, 41, was appointed June 5 as executive director. She is replacing Chris Zimmerman, who retired in April after serving as executive director of the foundation for 11 years.
“I am really excited for this opportunity,” Oyler told the Standard-Examiner on Wednesday.
Oyler said she would like to give continuity to the foundation’s focus on preventing child sexual abuse. She also would like to push for character-building programs across all schools in Weber School District.
Weber School Foundation, which was founded in 1976, funds different educational programs such as scholarships, field trips and support devices for children with special needs. Last year, the foundation raised more than $500,000 through private and public donations, Oyler said.
Oyler said the foundation will continue focusing on providing equipment to special needs kids in Weber County. She said the foundation has built nine all-abilities playgrounds, with one expected to be completed by the end of the year. Two of those playgrounds are in the Ogden School District.
Chris Zimmerman, the foundation’s former director, said Oyler is the perfect person to replace him.
“During the past two years she’s been just an outstanding employee,” Zimmerman said. “She is very conscientious of taking care of all the things that need to be done.”
Oyler started at the foundation in 2016 as an administrative assistant. After about a year in the position, she was appointed the director of communications and development.
Zimmerman said he encouraged Oyler to become the new director and is supporting her throughout the transition.
“Emily’s heart is with the foundation,” Zimmerman said. “She believes in what we do for children (and) she believes in the cause.”
Her first experience with school foundations, however, was way before joining Zimmerman two years ago. In fact, her first experience was more than 20 years ago as she is the daughter of Janis Vause, Ogden School Foundation’s longtime director.
Vause said Oyler’s work ethic and hard work are some of the things that will help her be successful in her new position. She said she is looking forward to working with Oyler.
“I think it’s cool that I’m nearing the end of my career and she is beginning her career,” Vause said. “I think that this synergy that can be generated between us ... will be cool and fun and beneficial to both of us and to both of our organizations.”
Oyler, an Ogden High School graduate, said she is looking forward to continuing to help the students in the community.
“I love Weber County,” Oyler said. “I have chosen to raise my family here and I think we need to have pride in our community.”
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