A committee charged with finding a new executive director for Village Connections is poised to make its nomination after the first of the year.

Kimberly Cowie, chairwoman of the five-person search committee, said the group will begin interviewing nominees next week.

"We're looking for someone who has a dynamic personality and ideas so they can build relationships and help us build funding streams that we have not seen and widen the pool of volunteers," said Cowie, who is also president of the nonprofit's 11-person board of directors.

The deadline for applications was Dec. 12.

As of Dec. 7, the committee had received nine resumes from people with "a wonderful range of background and education," Cowie said.

Cowie said she is satisfied with the number of applicants, as the committee spent no money on the search. Instead, it relied on social media, the Village Connections' newsletter and word of mouth.

She said she will make an offer to the finalist, who must pass a background check. The board of directors will the recommended candidate or choose someone else, Cowie said.

Kristen Schweitzer, the last executive director of the concierge service for those 50 and older, left the organization Nov. 23 to run the state of Ohio's Senior Community Services Employment Program.

The founding executive director, Katie White, is director of Age-Friendly Columbus.

Village Connections, founded six years ago, serves German Village, Schumacher Place, Merion Village, downtown Columbus and the Brewery District.

Cowie said she would like to see membership increase beyond the core of German Village.

Cowie said Village Connections has 106 members, more than double than it had at this time last year. Those who sign up for social memberships or receive services pay annual dues.

Ed Elberfeld, a member of the search committee and founding member of Village Connections, said he will begin reviewing resumes Dec. 13.

"I think that if we can find someone as good as our two previous directors, I'll be happy," said Elberfeld, who's also a client and on the board of directors for the organization. "Both have gone onto bigger and better jobs that support older adults, which is great."

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