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Sorg Mansion restoration update

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A new Middletown resident has been hired as the chief executive officer of the Middletown Community Foundation.

Traci Barnett, who along with her husband Mark, purchased and renovated the Sorg Mansion on South Main Street, is the new director, replacing T. Duane Gordon, who resigned in January without explanation.

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In a press release, the foundation said it conducted “a thorough and complete search” and Barnett was the “right candidate to move the foundation forward.”

Barnett received her master’s degree from Indiana University in Pennsylvania.

She has previously been at the helm of several national non-profits, including the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. She was interim vice president of public policy and development for Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc. and CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland and Northwestern Pennsylvania Regions.

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Barnett has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and executive leadership with a track record that instills in the board “a confidence for the future,” the release said.

Carole Schul, Middletown Community Foundation board president, said Barnett will “create lasting professional relationships” with the foundation’s members, donors and friends in the community.

Barnett will begin her tenure Aug. 20.

An open house to welcome Barnett will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Middletown Community Foundation office at 300 N. Main St.