Margaret Distler

Margaret Distler, Executive Director

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, “Meg” has spent most of her adult life working in this community. Since 1993, she has worked locally with the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, first at St. Joseph Hospital and then the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation. Her personal passion is to help the most vulnerable in our community experience a quality life and enjoy wellness.

She also serves on the boards of several entities including Ivy Tech Community College Northeast Indiana, Community Partnerships, Inc. of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Indiana – Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Communications, Fort Wayne Trails, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Meg was honored with the Citizen of the Year Award for Fort Wayne by the Journal Gazette Newspaper in 2010, for her work to serve the Burmese Refugee Community in Fort Wayne, and in 2015 a Foellinger Foundation Stewardship Award Nominee for the Fort Wayne Trails. Meg is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Economics and American Studies, and continues to be an avid Notre Dame football fan.

Meg enjoys being a part of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish. She has been happily married to Bob Distler for over 30 years and has two daughters.