Evie Foulkes started in 1981 as a volunteer at the Open Door Ministry at Church of the Advent, Walnut Hills, drawn to the ministry as a result of growing up in a household where dysfunction was the norm. Her father suffered from mental illness, her mother, alcoholism. In 1985, she was hired to work in the payee program and became the Executive Director in 1996. Now, after serving nearly 20 years in this ministry, Evie is stepping down. Assistant Director Nancy McFadden will retire later this year as well. Both women have long and illustrious records serving this ministry.
“We try to work in a circle of caring with the client, case managers, and Open Door Services,” Foulkes says.
Evie has always showed a strong sense of mission and integrity in her work at Open Door. She is a life-long Cincinnatian, a graduate of Seven Hills High School, and the University of Cincinnati. In retirement she and her husband David plan some well-deserved travel to visit their two children and three grandchildren (scattered around the US).
Nancy McFadden joined the Open Door in 1988 as a part-time employee, but moved quickly to full-time status. As assistant director she has served as a payee, in addition to taking over much of the banking and accounting detail work necessary for the payee program. While she has been a “behind the scenes” type person, Nancy has always shown the compassion and integrity needed to gain the trust of her clients and coworkers. She would not hesitate to stop and peel away the crumbling socks of a client to clip his toenails, and then spend hours preparing daily money envelopes for payee clients.
Recognizing this high standard of exemplary service, Open Door is pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, JoAnn McIntosh. JoAnn began in her position July 1. She has had a long, successful history of nonprofit work in Greater Cincinnati and possesses outstanding skills in program management and development.
JoAnn earned her BA in Social Work at Northern Kentucky University with a minor in Art. She’s a Certified Family Development Specialist, and a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio. She has held management positions at the Shelterhouse, the Salvation Army, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries, Brighton Center, and Victory Neighborhood Services.
The Open Door is an important ministry of the Church of the Advent. Since 1972, the Open Door Ministry has served disadvantaged people with mental illness, disabilities and drug addiction, as well as providing a representative payee program, food pantry, welcome center, parish nurses, and the Ohio Benefit Bank. Please welcome JoAnn to our ministry and help us continue this vital city ministry.