15 Jan Board Member Spotlight: Jessica Martinović
Question: How long have you volunteered with the Starke County Community Foundation?
Answer: I began as an intern in 2012, and then I joined the team as a full-time employee in 2016. During that time, I worked in communications, marketing, and ultimately as the Director of Development in Starke County. I also helped to establish The Hive Giving Circle there. After I left to stay home with my two little girls, I continued volunteering for The Hive and on the grants committee. I’m excited to be a new board member for the SCCF and NICF as well!
Q: What do you enjoy most about being involved with the SCCF?
A: In any community, there are experiences when you hear negativity toward your community, and there are those when you hear positivity. When you’re part of the SCCF, you’re surrounded by people who love Starke County, who genuinely care about its residents and about enhancing opportunities in our community, and who are excited and willing to invest in our community’s future. Being around those people is encouraging and makes me love my community even more.
Q: What is something you want people to know about the community foundation?
A: If you’re involved in the community in any way, you have likely seen and been impacted by the work of the Community Foundation. It supports our local schools, parks, churches, food pantries, downtowns, trails, and the list goes on and on. It would be really hard to live here and not be affected by the SCCF in some way. It’s just mind boggling to think of the enormity of its impact—it really stretches to every corner of Starke County!
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: My favorite thing to do is spend time with my husband, Milos, and our two little girls, Violeta and Emilia. We love to spend time with our extended families and friends as well. I enjoy being involved in church activities, as well as cooking, baking, reading, and being creative, especially through writing!
Q: What do you love most about your community?
A: Now that I’m raising my own family, I have a deepened appreciation for the tight-knitedness of our community. I think this appreciation will only grow as my kids become school-age. I feel our community members look out for one another and care about one another. Wherever we go, there are familiar faces. It feels like home.