The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County Announces a New Executive Director

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Current Board Chair Bob Ludwig, Lynne Berry, first Board Chair Chris Russell, second Board Chair James Gilbert (Photo: The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County)

Press release from The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County: 

Lynne Berry, executive director of the Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County, will be stepping down in June.  The Community Foundation Board of Directors recently selected Stuart Obermann to be her successor.

Stuart Obermann (Photo: The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County)

Stuart Obermann (Photo: The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County)

“With Lynne Berry we had a visionary who in four years helped us create an organization with a solid foundation, using her many statewide contacts to incorporate the best practices of established Community Foundations.  Stuart has a wealth of experience in creating and successfully directing both private and non-profits in their formative years.  As we enter year five, our Foundation is primed for the future.  Stuart will use his thirty years of startup experience to carry Lynne’s efforts forward,” stated Board Chairman Bob Ludwig.

Obermann will be taking over the management of a community foundation that has set up funds totaling  over $11.2M over the past four years.  The Foundation currently manages over $7.5M in donor advised funds.  It has distributed over $2.2M to charity on behalf of those donors.  It manages 24 nonprofit funds totaling over $2.1M.

Obermann commented, “I am very excited about this opportunity to continue the growth of The Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County.  This organization’s mission, to increase giving in our community, falls directly in line with my personal objective of helping grow philanthropy in Madison County, thereby assisting many non-profit agencies in our community to provide help to those who most need it.”

Obermann was a co-founder and has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Chapter of the ALS Association since 2004.  He also is a Trustee on the Board of the National ALS Association.  He has served on the boards of several other non-profit organizations in Huntsville, including BizTech, the Huntsville Angel Network, and the Alabama IT Association.

He is the owner/developer of Oak Bluff on Green Mountain, a residential development in south Huntsville.  He is a serial technology entrepreneur, who previously served as CEO or in other executive roles at, Mobular Techologies, MessageMedia, Revnet Systems, Intergraph, and AEC Group.

Obermann has over 30 years of experience in executive management, entrepreneurship, non-profit management, public policy, business incubation, software engineering, sales, marketing and business development.  He holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, and a BSME from Missouri University of Science and Technology.  Stuart and his wife Marcia have been married for 33 years, and have a married daughter Lauren Dauro who also lives in Huntsville.  Their son, Eric, died of ALS (aka “Lou Gehrig’s disease”) in 2010 at the age of 28.  They have been members of All Saint’s Lutheran Church since 1984.

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