Connie Cutler, Director of Development at the Miami County Community Foundation, poses for a photo in her Main Street office in October. Cutler is set to retire at the end of the year from the position she has held since 2014.

The long serving head of the Miami County Community Foundation is stepping down from her position at the end of the year.

“It’s hard,” Connie Cutler told the Tribune in October. “I’ve enjoyed my time at the community foundation so much.”

But the outgoing director said she also has things she wants to do in retirement.

“I’m looking forward to it,” she said. “I have family I’d like to travel to see, grand kids I’d like to visit.”

“I think it’s time and I feel like we’ve gotten to a really good place,” she added.

Cutler, whose official title is Director of Development, first started with the Community Foundation as a scholarship committee member in 2007 and then a member of the Miami County Service Committee in 2009 where she served on the grants committee. She assumed her current position April 2014, a news release from the Northern Indiana Community Foundation said.

The local foundation is an affiliate of that organization and serves as a steward for funds established through the giving of county residents.

In recent years, the Miami County foundation has helped fund projects like the Harvesting Capabilities “all-inclusive” playground on Canal Street and pitched in money for the new YMCA that broke ground earlier this year.

Helping grow those local funds is a point of pride for Cutler.

“This last grant cycle we had $78,000 to give out,” she said. “And that’s annually.”

The work has made a difference to plenty of efforts around the county, according to Debi Wallick, executive director of the United Way of Miami County.

“United Way of Miami Counties’ mission is to bond resources and people together to build a stronger and healthier community. When I think of the resource and people that help our community, one of the first people I think of is Connie Cutler,” Wallick said in an email to the Tribune. “Connie has genuinely helped build relationships to generate more resources for our community. I feel blessed to call Connie my close friend and to have worked beside her over the last six years.”

Cutler’s departure leaves a large hole, according to Jay Albright, executive director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation.

“We are sad to see Connie go, but excited to start a new chapter of the Community Foundation in Miami County,” Albright said in the release “Connie has been a leader in the community, and we have benefited from her diligence and love for Miami County. We will miss her leadership, but she has paved the way for continued success.”