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If you met Jeff Smith, then you are already missing Jeff Smith. That said, we are excited to bring Eric Steinert on board in the role of Fund Development Manager. Eric brings a fantastic set of skills along with a palpable passion and commitment to our work. I look forward to many of you having the opportunity to meet him at the Annual OCD Conference later this month. And now, for Eric to introduce himself to you. – Jeff Szymanski, PhD

EricWhat made you interested in working with the IOCDF?

I was drawn to the IOCDF on a couple levels. The organization has grown organically for 30 years based on a strong community interlinked in purpose and mission. I’m privileged to build on past accomplishments and enthusiastic to make a difference. As well, IOCDF has a pretty compelling narrative that translates well for fundraising.  By working as a team, and building greater awareness, IOCDF has helped transform individual lives.  It’s gratifying to join so many caring and thoughtful people with the compassion and commitment to advance our important mission.

What will you be doing on behalf of the Foundation?

I’m grateful to build on the work of my predecessor, Jeff Smith, whom many of you in the OCD community know well.  Under the heading of Development, I’ll be working to raise funds to support the important work of the Foundation through the General Fund, the Research Fund, and the Riley Sisson Memorial Conference Scholarship Fund. I look forward to connecting with our donors and members and getting to know the people that continue to support the Foundation.

Have you worked in fundraising on behalf of other nonprofits in healthcare or education?

My career has involved working with local schools and hospitals. Whether involving alumni or grateful patients, I’ve enjoyed helping to connect people with a meaningful and enduring mission.  As a Development officer, it’s been personally rewarding to link passion with purpose.

Is there anything you’re especially looking forward to in terms of upcoming development initiatives?

Celebrating the organization’s 30th Anniversary — three decades of growth is about as good as it gets!  I’m excited about the milestones we’ve marked as well as fundraising priorities on the horizon. Together with colleagues, I hope to keep resource development both innovative and fun.

What should the OCD and related disorder community be looking forward to in terms of you joining our team at the Foundation?

I possess a broad set of skills, including over a dozen years in fundraising. I bring the innovative ideas and commitment to take fundraising to the next level. I look forward to getting to know the full IOCDF community.

Just for fun — share something cool, interesting, or unique about yourself!

I grew up in the Midwest, and went to college in Ohio. I’ve been married for over twenty years, and have two teenage children. I recently took my son to a Magic tournament in North Carolina. To me, that seemed pretty unique!

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