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Lost & Found bulks up staff

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The nonprofit Lost & Found Grief Center added two employees in as many weeks.

Jamie Fields was hired as director of development, and Lizz Walrath joined the organization as marketing manager, said Emily Givens, executive director for Lost & Found. 

“Between Lizz and Jamie, we are so lucky and very blessed,” Givens said. “We had a great pool of candidates to choose from.”

Givens said the former director of development was tasked with both jobs. When the position became available, she decided to split the job into two separate roles.

Fields worked with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce since 2012, serving in several roles, including management of membership development and Leadership Springfield. She previously served as a volunteer facilitator for over seven years at Lost & Found, according to a news release.

Walrath, who will be working as a part-time marketing manager, was previously Springfield Ballet Inc.’s office manager for three years, according to the release. 

Givens said the additions will help make the community more aware about the center’s services with two people now handling the workload.

Lost & Found provides grief support for ages 4 and up, according to its website. The organization will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Lost & Found was co-founded in 2000 by Karen Scott and Shawn Askinosie, CEO and founder of Askinosie Chocolate. 

The nonprofit's annual budget is around $550,000, Givens said.

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