Michael Heckmann joined the team of the SC Ministry Foundation in May to serve as the Grants Administrator and IT Coordinator. Among Michael’s responsibilities are administrating the grants management database and completing data analysis, while also utilizing his technical expertise to support various foundation operations, including communications and educational programming. Michael’s transition to the foundation team occurred in response to the retirement of long-time employee, Marybeth Schroer.
Michael has always felt drawn to the nonprofit sector. During his six years of nonprofit experience, he developed strong skills in database management and analysis, web-based technology, communications, marketing, and community outreach.
Michael is a Cincinnati native and a 2011 graduate of Mount St. Joseph University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and religious studies. While studying at the Mount, Michael served the SC Ministry Foundation as the Communications and Development Co-op. “The year of experience and the values of the Sisters of Charity that I gained from working at the foundation have directly influenced my professional life,” Michael shared. “These values of faith, advocacy, and communal impact have become part of who I am as an individual.”
Since graduating from the Mount, Michael kept himself immersed in places that shared his spiritual values and furthered his professional growth: serving as a project manager with Starfire Council, a student ministry producer with Crossroads Church, and beginning studies toward a Master of Divinity through Cincinnati Christian University.
Michael’s talents and past experiences have made him an excellent addition to the foundation’s team. “I have enjoyed seeing how everything has progressed since my co-op six years ago,” Michael shared. “Now I can continue to help it grow.”
In addition to his new role with the foundation, Michael and his wife Greta are also enjoying their new roles as parents of their newborn daughter, Joelle. When asked how fatherhood has affected him, Michael revealed, “It’s impossible to put into words. Parenthood is the craziest thing, but in a good way.”