FORT WAYNE—Dr. Thomas Gutwein, chair of the Matthew 25 Board of Directors, recently announced a leadership transition at Matthew 25. The organization’s current CEO/Director Nancy Schenkel, is scheduled to retire on Sept. 27.
Gutwein said that the last 14 years, Schenkel has been a wonderful leader and a compassionate custodian of Matthew 25’s mission and goals. Under her leadership, Matthew 25 has dramatically increased its resources and community outreach. Her dedication and hard work has helped the organization grow from a small local clinic, into a nationally recognized model for community health.
Gutwein said as the organization bids Schenkel a bittersweet goodbye, the Board of Directors is pleased to introduce the organization’s new CEO/Director Susan Eisenhauer, JD, MSW. Eisenhauer brings with her a wealth of leadership experience and a commitment to caring for vulnerable populations and improving community health, said Gutwein.
Eisenhauer and her husband, Marc Levy, lived in Fort Wayne between 1994 and 2002 and recently returned to the city. Using her law and social work expertise, Eisenhauer has assisted anti-poverty agencies, conducted community health research, provided family law counsel, led community advisory committees, and participated in mental health and domestic violence prevention initiatives. Her diverse background and passionate community advocacy make her a valuable asset for Matthew 25, and for the Fort Wayne area as a whole.
“It is exciting to be a part of an organization that strives to address the healthcare needs of every individual who comes through our doors, while using education and prevention to improve community-wide health,” said Eisenhauer. “The current state of health care ensures changes that will provide both challenges and opportunities for Matthew 25. I’m looking forward to adapting to the new policies and systems, and continuing to develop new and innovative ways to meet our patients’ needs. And I am delighted to be back in Fort Wayne.”
The public is invited to an open house at the clinic, to welcome Eisenhauer and celebrate Schenkel’s accomplishments and memories with Matthew 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 10. For more information on the event, call the clinic at (260) 426-3250.
Matthew 25 is a nonprofit, Gospel-inspired primary healthcare clinic serving over 6,000 uninsured and low-income area residents each year. Since 1976, the clinic has been the only full-time regional resource offering free medical, dental, vision and hearing services under one roof. For more information, visit matthew25online.com.
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 18 print edition.