Meet the Team

Heidi Jones

Executive Director

Heidi joined the Marion Matters family in May of 2013, bringing with her nearly two decades of experience and expertise in Business Administration and Management. Heidi is also a life-time certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer. Heidi spends countless hours working with low income families, building relationships of mutual understanding and respect to advocate for community solutions across economic class lines. Under Heidi’s tutelage, nearly 300 families have begun their journey to a more stabilized lifestyle. Over the past seven years, Heidi has worked hard to bring effective programming to those who struggle with daily instability. In addition to “Getting Ahead, Heidi has partnered with community members to add Transitions, a class to allow participants to explore college and career options, Financial Literacy, and a credit recovery approved youth curriculum, The R-Rules. Heidi most recently formed the Marion Area Employer Resource Network to assist the business sector by reducing turn over and increasing productivity. Heidi and the team at Marion Matters are taking a holistic approach at addressing the challenges of poverty that face the Marion community.

Michelle Ryman-Lillie

Program & Partner Family Coordinator

Michelle Ryman-Lillie is a certified Life Coach and serves Marion Matters, Inc. as the Program and Partner Family Coordinator. She is also a 2016 graduate of the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World program. Michelle has always had a passion for helping animals and people and has dedicated her life work to assisting people in finding a path to their dreams and achieving their goals to get there. Her moto is to “Leave the World Better Than It Was When We Got Here”. Michelle is extremely proud of her 3 adult children, grand kitty and her husband, Ken Lillie. They enjoy spending their free time in nature and with their furry babies.

Natalie Longmeier

ERN Coordinator

Natalie Longmeier joined Marion Matters in 2019 as the Success Coach for the Employer Resource Network. She has worked in the nonprofit community in Marion since 2013. Professionally, program and volunteer management, fundraising, and marketing have been her main areas of focus. Natalie received her Associate’s Degree in Applied Business Management at Marion Technical College in 2022. Natalie and Ryan have been married over 10 years and have three children. They enjoy attending their kids music and sport events, beach vacations, and spending time with family and friends.

Corey McDuffie

ERN Success Coach

Corey McDuffie joined Marion Matters in 2022 as the second Success Coach for the Employer Resource Network. He currently works in four of the seven businesses who contract with the program. Corey is passionate about assisting those in need and helping them overcome the obstacles that stand before them.