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The Community Foundation of East Alabama, Inc. is proud to announce that Todd Rauch has accepted the new position of vice president of this organization. Rauch is a retired U.S. Army Wounded Warrior and is fully committed to serving others to make this world a better place. He has already demonstrated that commitment in the community by serving in organizations that do just that: the Museum of East Alabama, an ambassador for the Opelika Chamber of Commerce and more. Rauch also ran for District 38, which serves Lee and Russell Counties.

Rauch has served in various positions with the U. S. Army in the past: Combat Military Police Officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom (received the Purple Heart 2003), a Military Police Officer in Geissen, Germany (awarded “Soldier of the Year” for the 18th Military Police Brigade), as an Intelligence Specialist at the Aviation and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. Apart from the Army, he has served as an Admissions Advisor, TES for Auburn University.

Rauch has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Auburn University. He and his wife Ali are residents of Opelika and have enjoyed living in the area for ­­12 years.

Barbara Patton, president of the Community Foundation of East Alabama said, “I am excited to have Todd on board and in this position. I expect to see greater visibility of the Foundation and a continued but faster growth in its assets going forward. Only through an increase in assets can the Foundation really make a difference in the five counties it serves. Todd has all the capabilities and skills that the Foundation needs to make this happen.”

As vice president, Rauch will work with the president and the board to develop endowed funds, fundraising and enhance public relations, communications and marketing. He will also work alongside the president to provide professional interaction with the board and the volunteers to accomplish the strategic priorities and objectives of the Foundation.

Nathan Kastner, board chair, said, “ I am grateful to Dr. Fred Cam for his leadership on the selection committee, the committee members and the board for the great work in selecting Todd for this position. With Todd’s capabilities and focus, the Foundation will be able to expand its work not only in Lee County but also into Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa and Chambers, the other counties the organization serves.”

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