July 1, 2015

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Heart Ministry Center Welcomes James Clements as New Executive Director

Clements to begin July 6, 2015John Levy to join Omaha Community Foundation as Director of Donor Philanthropy

HMC solidly positioned, will continue doing more to serve people severely affected by poverty in the Omaha area

(Omaha, Nebraska)  The Heart Ministry Center (HMC) announced today that Jim Clements will become its new Executive Director on July 6, 2015. He will follow John Levy, who has served in the position since September 2010, and is now joining the Omaha Community Foundation as Director of Donor Philanthropy.

“We thank this community for its steadfast support of the Heart Ministry Center’s work to provide a way forward for those we serve and for its confidence in our transition from one inspiring leader in John Levy to another in Jim Clements,” commented Board President Chris Hedican.

HMC’s search for a new Executive Director began in April 2015 and attracted more than 50 applicants. The Search Committee narrowed the list to eight prime candidates. It then interviewed these candidates and identified two finalists for the Board of Directors’ consideration, working throughout the process with a professional consultant who conducted online assessments and in-depth interviews. Employee representatives also participated in the interview process.

“Jim’s commitment to the HMC Mission, passion for community service, and natural leadership style impressed our Board and staff as an ideal fit for HMC throughout our extensive search process,” commented Hedican.

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An Omaha native, Clements will join the Heart Ministry Center from Welch Law Firm, P.C. Clements earned his law degree from the University of Florida School of Law (2008) after receiving his Bachelor of Arts & Science in Journalism at Creighton University (2000). He is a graduate of Mount Michael Benedictine High School and served as the school’s Director of Admissions and Marketing before law school.

No stranger to the Heart Ministry Center, Clements has served as a pro bono attorney and a presenter for the Pathway Program. His community service has also included work with Inclusive Communities, the Greater Omaha Young Professionals Council, and the Hanscom Park Neighborhood Association.

The Heart Ministry Center provides food, clothing, healthcare, and a way forward to people severely affected by poverty in the Omaha area. Each year, the Center provides acts of assistance for more than 67,000 people, including food for more than 25,000 people, clothing for more than 18,000 people, and medical assistance for more than 2,000 people.

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