Legacy Foundation Announces Interim Leadership


Legacy Foundation is pleased to announce Leigh Morris as Interim President and CEO and Tina Rongers as Interim Vice President.

“Legacy is indeed fortunate to have connected with Leigh and Tina. We are grateful these two talented individuals, with skills perfectly suited to our current needs, are available to steward the organization and move new initiatives forward,” said Legacy Foundation Board Chair, Nancy Clifford.

Morris is a well recognized community leader in Northwest Indiana. His accomplishments include gubernatorial appointments as Chairman of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, State Mental Health Review Panel, and Ball State University Board of Trustees; Executive Director of the Indiana Toll Road and Deputy Commissioner of Toll Road Oversight.

Morris has also held leadership positions as Mayor, City of La Porte; President and CEO, La Porte Regional Health System; Board Chair, Indiana Hospital Association and Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

“In so many ways, Legacy Foundation has shown how a community foundation can make a positive difference in the area it serves. During my interim assignment, I look forward to teaming with the Legacy Board, staff, and donors to maintain the positive momentum and lay the foundation for future progress,” said Morris. Morris earned a B.S. from Ball State University and an M.H.A. from the University of Minnesota. Rongers, President of Karnerblue Era, a sustainable development consultancy, joins Legacy Foundation as Interim Vice President.

Rongers will spearhead several major projects, bringing in-depth local knowledge and operational capacity to the team. In recent years she has worked closely with Legacy Foundation to define community development issues and formulate collaborative, cross-sector strategies for lasting impact.

“Legacy Foundation will be internally launching several new programs, such as the Neighborhood Spotlight and the Knight Community Information Challenge, as part of its mission to continually bring the most relevant resources, partners and tools to the engaged citizens of Lake County, Indiana,” said Rongers. Rongers brings over a decade of professional experience, serving as a development strategist and advisor to leadership teams on key initiatives spearheaded by the public and nonprofit sectors.

She holds a master’s degree in urban planning and policy and is a certified grant administrator. “We are confident that Leigh and Tina, in addition to our existing talented staff, will continuously serve the needs of Legacy’s donors and nonprofit partners, while our search committee engages in an orderly process for permanent leadership,” said Clifford.