(From the Hancock Historical Museum)
The Hancock Historical Museum Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Sarah Foltz as the organization’s new Executive Director effective Monday, February 5, 2024. Foltz brings a diverse set of skills to the position including a background in leadership, fundraising, hospitality and marketing.
Foltz’s professional career has revolved around organizational leadership, community engagement and event planning in Hancock County. Most recently, Foltz served at the helm of Findlay Brewing Company’s philanthropic initiatives, marketing, and taproom operations since 2018. As a leading craft brewery in northwest Ohio known for its collaborative efforts, organizational culture and quality product, Foltz directed over 60 community events and initiatives per year, many of which raised funds for over 25 local and national nonprofit organizations.
“I’m incredibly honored to have the opportunity to continue my passion for organizational leadership and community engagement with the cherished Hancock Historical Museum,” said Foltz. “This organization is highly treasured because of the passion and forward-thinking commitment instilled over the years by the organization’s staff, board, and patrons. I’m excited to help elevate the talents of the organization’s driven team and continue the momentum that would make the Museum’s founders and supporters proud.”
A longtime resident of Findlay, Foltz completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in public relations at the University of Findlay. She began her professional career in the nonprofit sector as the Event Director at The Arts Partnership where she directed festivals, concerts, and arts education programs throughout Hancock County. Foltz went on to lead facilities and operations at Alexandria’s multi-level restaurant, bar, and event venue where she broadened her skills in hospitality and operations management. She also served as a marketing specialist for the University of Findlay, where she coordinated marketing for over 60 academic programs.
Being no stranger to the Museum, Foltz has served on the Museum’s board of trustees and chaired its marketing and fundraising committee, assisting with the organization’s strategic planning and fundraising initiatives. Since its inauguration, Foltz has played a vital role on the Oktoberfest Findlay! planning committee. This German heritage festival serves as the Museum’s greatest fundraising event and Hancock County’s largest single-day event.
In addition to her involvement with the Museum and numerous volunteer positions with local nonprofits, Foltz formerly headed marketing for the Flag City BalloonFest and currently serves on the Findlay-Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board.
“Community engagement and service has been a priority of mine since I planted roots in Hancock County,” Foltz explained. “We are blessed with a remarkable and giving community and I cannot wait to help celebrate our community’s story in meaningful ways that connects with everyone.”