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Sara Ballard Olympia, Wash. Age 36, formerly of Everett, Wash., died Tuesday, March 29, at Providence Saint Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. She was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a stroke caused by a blood clot in her lung. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 31, at The Salvation Army, 1505 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, Wash. Ballard was the executive director of the Volunteer Center of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties in Olympia, Wash. Ballard joined the Volunteer Center in March 2008. Before that, she served as the senior manager at the Volunteer Center at United Way of Snohomish County in Everett, Wash. Ballard grew up in Michigan and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Alma College. She was a certified Volunteer Administrator, a graduate of the 2005 Michigan Nonprofit Association Emerging Leader course, and a graduate of Leadership Thurston County in 2009. Ballard also served as the associate director of the Volunteer Centers of Michigan in Lansing, program manager for the Michigan Health Council, special projects and event coordinator for the Michigan House of Representatives, and donor recruitment representative for the American Red Cross. She was president of the Volunteer Centers of Washington, a state association of the sixteen Volunteer Centers serving the residents of Washington State, and part of the Junior League of Olympia and an informal coaching group for female leaders in South Sound. Ballard is survived by her parents, Jim and Nancy of East Lansing, Mich. and her brother Paul (Jennifer) Ballard of Grand Rapids, Mich. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Sara Ballard Memorial Fund, care of Independent Bank, 1380 W. Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing, MI 48823.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Mar. 31, 2011
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