Operations Administrative Specialist
Nicole Olvera-Fout provides support to the operations department as an administrative specialist. Her roles involve maintaining and updating the foundation’s database and providing event-management support to ensure success of our planned programming activities.
Nicole graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in commercial recreation with an emphasis in business. She worked for Ford Motor Credit Company in a variety of positions at varying levels of responsibilities and took an early retirement from Ford Credit to accept another position as a full-time mother.
While staying home to raise her two daughters, she was able to pursue many of her passions and became active within her local community. Nicole had the opportunity to coordinate activities for local schools, become a classroom educator for Junior Achievement, start a neighborhood watch program, and cofound a nonprofit organization. She helped start Opportunity Kicks, a not-for-profit organization that allows inner-city children the means to play competitive soccer for little to no cost. This involved fundraising and working with local companies to provide support.
Prior to joining the Stanley Foundation, Nicole worked for the John Deere Foundation where she managed its in-kind donation grant requests, coordinated events with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and United Way, and assisted with the Deere Foundation’s employee gift programs.
What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?
As the administrative specialist, I provide operations support by maintaining and updating the foundation’s database as well as providing event-management support to ensure success of our planned programming activities. I joined the Stanley Foundation in November 2016.
What do you like most about your job?
It is wonderful to work for an organization that has goals to be impactful in changing the world we live in. This gives me a true sense of purpose and responsibility in helping to make these changes.
Where are you from?
I am originally from the Quad Cities but have lived in Muscatine for several years.
What are your hobbies?
I can be found outside running in any sort of weather, including snow and rain, and in sub-zero temperatures. To challenge myself, I recently learned to swim and started cycling. I completed a few triathlons but have decided I am not much of a swimmer, so I will stick to running and cycling. As a way to give back to the running community, I volunteer and chair committees at many local races. When I’m not pounding the pavement, I can be found spending time with my family at kids’ sporting events or planning our next outdoor adventure.