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Meet Cornucopia’s New Executive Director!

Brendan Brazier

Nancy Peppler Joined Cornucopia as its new executive director on March 9. Peppler succeeded Scott Duennes, who has served as executive director of Cornucopia/Nature’s Bin for almost 30 years.

Peppler brings extensive nonprofit experience to this role, most recently as the vice president of external relations at Beech Brook in Pepper Pike, the leading behavioral health agency in Cleveland serving more than 22,000 children, teens and families each year.

Cornucopia has been providing vocational services for people with disabilities since 1975. Cornucopia may be best known for its social enterprise Nature’s Bin, an independent natural foods store in Lakewood, Ohio that also serves as a training site for their unique and successful job training program for people with disabilities.

“I have enjoyed getting to know the staff, the Board of Trustees, the shoppers, and the consumers that we serve at Cornucopia. This is a unique organization with a mission that is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago when we were founded,” Peppler said.

Prior to her work at Beech Brook, Peppler was the chief development officer for Community Care Network, a nonprofit providing administrative and management services to other nonprofits; and as the vice president of resource development for ChildServ, a nonprofit that provides vital services to children and families in Chicago. Peppler’s community involvement also includes serving two terms on the Cleveland Heights/University Heights School Board. She is currently president of that board.

Peppler holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in social service administration from Case Western Reserve University/Mandel School.

“I am delighted to have Nancy on board as the new executive director,” said Board President, Tony Rospert. “The Board of Trustees conducted a regional search to find just the right person to step into this vital position. We believe that we have found in Nancy an energetic and creative leader.”




Event in the Tent

Help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary at Cornucopia’s Annual Event in the Tent on September 18!

Mark your calendar for Friday, September 18th and enjoy an evening of great food and fun, all in support of Cornucopia’s vocational training programs for people with disabilities! This year we will be “Celebrating 40 Years of Changing Lives!” Find all the details about the event at www.eventinthetent.org.




Scott Duennes, Cornucopia, Inc., Executive Director

Cornucopia/Nature’s Bin Executive Director Retires Ater 30 Years. Successor Named.

After 30 years with Cornucopia/Nature's Bin as Executive Director, Scott Duennes, retired on March 20. “It was an honor to be a part of this organization and to be a part of serving thousands of people with disabilities in the Greater Cleveland community, Duennes said. “Finding the right person to sit in this chair and making a smooth transition is very important to me. I am happy to tell you that Nancy Peppler has been hired to succeed me as the Executive Director of Cornucopia and Nature's Bin.” Peppler brings almost three decades of nonprofit experience to this role, most recently as the vice president of external relations at Beech Brook in Pepper Pike, the leading behavioral health agency in Cleveland serving more than 22,000 children, teens and families each year.

Peppler began her new position on March 9, 2015. Duennes and Peppler are working together through the end of March to effect a smooth transition for the organization.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Cornucopia, I am delighted to welcome Nancy Peppler as the new executive director,” said Board President, Tony Rospert. “The Board of Trustees conducted a regional search to find the right person to step into this vital position. Scott Duennes successfully led and grew Cornucopia and Nature's Bin for the past 30 years and we believe that we have found in Nancy an energetic and creative leader to build on that success and take Cornucopia to the next level.”

As executive director of Cornucopia, Inc. Peppler will oversee a $7.2 million organization that provides vocational training leading to employment for people with disabilities. Since 1975, Cornucopia programs serve people with a wide range of issues including developmental disabilities, autism, mental illness, visual, speech and hearing impairments, and injuries resulting from accident or illness. Cornucopia may be best known for its social enterprise Nature's Bin, an independent natural foods store in Lakewood, Ohio that also serves as a training site for its unique and successful job training program.

“I look forward to leading this great organization and to working with the board and staff to expand community support for the quality services that Cornucopia provides,” Peppler said.

Prior to her work at Beech Brook, Peppler was the chief development officer for Community Care Network, a nonprofit providing administrative and management services to other nonprofits; and as the vice president of resource development for ChildServ, a nonprofit that provides vital services to children and families in Chicago. Peppler’s community involvement also includes serving two terms on the Cleveland Heights/University Heights School Board. She is currently president of that board.

Peppler holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and a master's degree in social service administration from Case Western Reserve University/Mandel School.




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