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Pay-It-Forward House gets new executive director

Heather Du Vall
Heather Du Vall

SYCAMORE – The Pay-It-Forward House in Sycamore has a new executive director.

Heather Du Vall is taking over for retiring Executive Director Joyce Mathey as leader of the organization, which provides a place for the family to stay close by their loved ones receiving medical treatment in DeKalb County.

Du Vall, 26, of DeKalb, who moved to the area from Minnesota, said she has been overseeing the organization’s operations for a few weeks before the announcement last week.

She said she’s looking forward to bringing her personal experience, education and passion for service to the organization’s mission to provide a safe and comfortable home away from home for guests during trying times.

“I just want to get more involved in the community,” Du Vall said.

Du Vall began her career in the nonprofit sector working for the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis as a relief manager and administrative assistant to the executive director, according to a news release.

Most recently, Du Vall was a professional development coordinator at Illinois Association of School Business Officials planning seminars and professional development trainings to assist school business officials across Illinois.

Du Vall said her main focus for the time being is getting to know the community, including volunteers and donors whose support makes Pay-It-Forward’s services possible.

“Without the support of our donors and community as well,” Du Vall said, “we wouldn’t be able to do the great work we’re able to do now for patients and their families.”

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