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Kathie Oiler Swaim

Kathie has resided in DeKalb County nearly all her life. She graduated from Eastside High School and went to undergraduate school at Indiana State University in Terre Haute where she earned a B.S. degree in secondary education. After school, she married Mark Swaim. They have been married for almost 50 years! After a short stay in Rhode Island, courtesy of the United States Navy, the Swaims moved to Naples, Italy for 2 1/2 years. Upon returning, they settled in Kathie’s grandparents’ house in rural DeKalb County and have been there ever since. 

Kathie started her professional career working with CETA, an early ‘70s employment and training program. After five years, she quit to earn a Masters of Public Administration at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU in Bloomington. After graduate school, her job search lead back to the field of employment and training where she was ultimately hired as Director of Administration at JobWorks. She was responsible for employee training programs, public employment and also economic development.

In 1989, she left JobWorks and started her own consulting company, Alternatives, Inc. Her partner and Kathie concentrated on working with the boards of small to medium-sized nonprofit organizations in the Northeast Indiana area. They did Organizational Reviews, Board Development, Policy Updates and Fund Development Training. 

Kathie was extremely honored when she was asked to become a member of the Board of Community Foundation DeKalb County. She had been familiar with the work of Community Foundations since working as an executive director of a nonprofit organization in Indianapolis. 

“Community Foundations are in an excellent position to provide opportunities for donors at all levels to meet their charitable goals while helping nonprofit organizations provide the services needed in the County,” stated Kathie. 

She is especially excited about new opportunities to work with other community organizations to address the bigger challenges facing local communities. She said, “It will take all of us working together to make meaningful change. I look forward to being a part of that work in DeKalb County.”