The Ottauquechee Health Foundation (OHF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tayo Skarrow Kirchhof as the organization’s Executive Director. OHF is a non-profit foundation that provides grants to individuals and programs to improve health and wellness in the Vermont communities of Barnard, Bridgewater, Hartland, Killington, Plymouth, Pomfret, Quechee, Reading and Woodstock.
Ms. Kirchhof joins the Foundation from ArtisTree Community Arts Center where she served as Director, Marketing & Communications Director and Community Events Coordinator. In her nine years with ArtisTree, Ms. Kirchhof played a key role in its growth from the Purple Crayon in Woodstock to the South Pomfret center that today offers visual arts, movement, theatre and music through year-round classes, workshops, performances, gallery exhibits and events.
“We are thrilled to have Tayo as our new Executive Director,” says OHF Board President, Mary Hawkins. “OHF looks forward to drawing on her leadership, nonprofit management and communications experience as we move to build greater awareness of our services across the communities we serve.”
Since 1996, OHF has provided close to $3.5 million to support individuals and families in meeting their health and wellness needs. OHF Good Neighbor Grants help people with limited financial resources to get medical and dental care they might not otherwise receive, and to access services not covered by insurance such as hearing aids, dentures, eyeglasses, physical therapy, counseling and prescription co-pays. The Foundation also works with other organizations to foster health and wellness through education and programs focused on prevention and early intervention.
“I am honored to represent the Foundation to promote awareness, support and engagement in our communities,” Ms. Kirchhof says. “OHF is a remarkable asset to the area and I look forward to continuing the great work they do.”
Ms. Kirchhof brings to OHF a passion for health and education, a commitment to the mission of the Foundation and an extensive knowledge of community partners and resources in the OHF service area. She holds a BA in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska in Anchorage, and is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.