Char Rapoport Nance has been named the new director of ORT Ohio.

Nance succeeds Roni Wallace, who is retiring after 31 years of service to ORT.

“Roni Wallace has done amazing work at ORT for more than 30 years,” Nance said. “I’m very excited to be working with Roni now and then taking on the director’s role when she retires at the end of the year.”

Nance, a native of Chicago, has lived in Cleveland for the last 14 years. She’s worked for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Hillel at Kent State University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

She also served as founding president of Friends of the Beachwood Orchestra and as a board member for Dobama Theatre in Cleveland Heights. 

“I am thrilled to be turning over the local ORT program to Char Rapoport Nance and to have this gift of time to help transition,” Wallace said. “While retirement is bittersweet, I know it is the right time for me and for ORT.

“Char brings great enthusiasm and a wealth of experience that will help the local organization reach new heights and achieve great success. I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes.”

Nance studied journalism, communications research and counseling at Northern Illinois University. She’s a member of B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike. 

“My goal (for ORT Ohio) will be twofold – to continue to engage our current supporters so that ORT can grow its educational services around the world and to engage a new generation of leaders to make sure that the work continues for many more years,” Nance said. “ORT has been providing educational services since 1880, enriching entire communities by teaching marketable skills that empower students to attain success and live with dignity.

“That work is as important now as it ever has been. I’m excited to be taking up the challenge of helping this important organization continue its meaningful work.”

ORT America is a nonprofit that promotes the understanding and appreciation of Jewish values through a global network of schools and training programs. It’s one of the largest non-governmental education and training organizations in the world, with schools and programs in 63 countries.

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