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Sarah Payne

Executive Director
260-572-8100 ext 707


About Sarah

Sarah’s education and experience in a variety of industries offers insight into the fields of sales, retail, leasing, non-profit, and healthcare. Sarah puts great value in “showing up” to get the job done, no matter the problem.

She is a Certified Gallup™ Global Strengths Coach and is inspired by finding human potential and helping to maximize it. Sarah became Dare to Lead™ trained in 2020 and found it to be the most transformative work she has done to impact her leadership skills both personally and professionally. Sarah is an active community developer and has served on several non-profit boards as a change-maker for growth in Northeast Indiana. In 2020, Sarah was a founding member of the DeKalb LEADS steering committee, which formed a leadership development program helping to teach, engage, and develop leaders.

Sarah passionately believes in a strengths-based approach to leadership. She has worked across ages and business sectors to help people discover their natural talents and develop those talents to not only maximize performance, but also increase overall enthusiasm for their work and contribution. By combining the CliftonStrengths™ tools with the Dare to Lead™ courageous leadership skills, we believe your organization will have more inspired employees who live out their values and deliver excellent performance every day.

Born and raised in Northeast Indiana, Sarah enjoys serving her community, leadership development (both of herself and others), traveling and spending time with her family and dogs.

Career Roles:

​Retail Management

  • Old Navy, Store Management
  • Andrews Jewelers, Store Manager

Property Management and Leasing

  • General Growth Properties, Group Business Development Representative


  • IPFW’s RiverFest Program Director
  • Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, Executive Director

Healthcare and Fundraising

  • Parkview Health, Director of Foundations for DeKalb and Noble counties
  • DeKalb Health, Director of Community Outreach

Leadership Development

  • DeKalb LEADS, Program Coordinator and Steering Committee Member
  • Problem Solving Institute, Gallup™ Certified Strengths Coach and VP of Business Development and Engagement


  • ​Purdue University Bachelor of Science in Retail Management
  • Purdue University Bachelor of Science in Sales and Sales Management
  • Certified Gallup™ Global Strengths Coach
  • Certified Dare to Lead™ Trained
  • Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy Fundraising for small non-profit trained
  • Advancing Voices of Women Campaign Institute Trained

Core Values: 

  • Making a difference
  • Kindness


  • Woo
  • Maximizer
  • Positivity
  • Communication
  • Futuristic

Interesting Fact:

​Since graduating from college, I have not officially applied for a job. All of my career changes have come from networking and staying curious about opportunities as they arise. It has created an amazing and diversified career path.