Our Board of Trustees and Staff

Julie McCready, Chairwoman

Owner McCready Interiors~Norwalk The Furniture Idea

A lifelong resident of Richland County, my husband, Tom, and I own a third generation small business. We are deeply rooted in our community and work to strengthen it through personal and professional efforts. As a former teacher, I have a passion for education and positive growth of children. I am enthusiastic about the Foundation's mission to meet today's needs to build a stronger future for individuals and our community.

 

 

Jessica Gribben, Chair-Elect

Realtor Holden Agency

Being asked to join the RCF Board is such an exciting opportunity. Having worked and lived in Richland County my whole life and raising a family here, what better opportunity to give back and pave a solid future for the next generation, than through the Foundation.  RCF has consistently looked for the best investments that will be the most impactful to residents of Richland County. I am happy to play just a small part in investing in meaningful opportunities that make a difference

 

Mike Chambers, Treasurer

Retired President J & B Acoustical Inc.

I am the president of a third generation construction company. Along with my wife, Carol, we have raised three children who along with their spouses and children, have remained in Richland County. I am motivated to ensure that our area retains its youth and is a welcome environment for new growth. Our Foundation can assure that this happens.    

 

 

Jana Mulherin, Secretary

Owner of Dairy Queen Glessner Avenue

I was born, live, work, and play in Richland County. My experience working for a large corporation and of owning a fourth generation local business with my husband, Pat, has given me the opportunity to know many people in our community. I look forward to connecting the needs, ideas, talents, and resources of our community with one of its most valuable assets; the people who live here to keep Richland County growing and strong.

 

 

Debbi Adams

Executive Vice President Mechanics Bank

I am extremely honored to be a part of the Richland County Foundation, whose primary mission is to enhance the quality of life in our county through leadership and philanthropy. I believe "the best is yet to come" for Richland County and I am grateful to be part of such a strong, forward-thinking organization. 

 

 

 

Karen Bierly

Retired, Founder of Community Action for Capable Youth

  

 

 

 

 

Brigette Burnell

Vice President & General Counsel Gorman-Rupp Company

I grew up in Richland County and returned several years ago to further my career and raise my family.  I am honored to be a part of the Board of the Richland County Foundation to do my part in making our county a better place for all people to live, work and play. 

 

 

Duffy Carto

Attorney and Partner Weldon, Huston & Keyser

The Foundation is an extremely important asset and supporter of the Mansfield and Richland County community. I have always felt it was my duty, as both a lifetime resident and a professional in the community, to provide time and expertise to local charitable endeavors.  Also, I was asked to be on the Board and I found it extremely difficult to say no! My wife, Carolyn, and I have two children.

        

 

Beth DeLaney

Owner of Spherion 

As a woman business owner, the opportunity to serve on the RCF allows me to share my values and beliefs, impact the quality of life and advance the mission of our community. We are ambassadors who can bridge differences in options, turn ideas into solutions and make good things happen. I am honored to serve on this highly respected board. For Good. For Ever.

     

                                                                                                   

Carl Fernyak 

CEO Richland Source                               

I have witnessed the positive impact of the Richland County Foundation in our community for as long as I can remember. As a fourth generation Richland County resident, I am honored to serve as a trustee of this philanthropic organization.  By helping to ensure a vibrant and prosperous community, we will create a bright future for many generations of Richland County residents to come.

  

 

Chris Hiner 

President Richland Bank 

Serving as Trustee of the Richland County Foundation is quite an honor. I have seen firsthand how the foundation's vision and funding have allowed Richland County nonprofits to move the needle on many important issues facing our community. We are only as strong as our weakest link and the foundation is to strengthen our community. From economic development investments to social services and education, the Richland County Foundation is always leading the pack. Richland County is special and the foundation is leading from the top.

 

 Barbara Zaugg Joudrey 

Owner Apple Hill Orchards

As a local agricultural business owner, I am deeply invested in the flourishing and sustainability of our community.  My involvement in the Richland County Foundation reflects my personal commitment to fostering conditions of equity, fairness, and broad-based opportunity.  Our community is at its strongest when we participate in a shared prosperity.

 

  

Dr. Norman Jones

Dean & Director at The Ohio State University at Mansfield

I am honored and grateful to serve the Richland County Foundation, which inspires me especially through its holistic and entrepreneurial approach to serving our diverse community. Since moving to Mansfield fifteen years ago, I have seen increasing opportunities for growth. As a parent and educator, I eagerly support our strong community foundation to help us make the most of those opportunities

 

 

Gunther (Gog) Meisse

Chairman of Mid State Multi Media Group

As a Richland County native son it is my pleasure to serve and hopefully make a positive contribution to the revitalization of my community. I am the Chairman of the Mid State MultiMedia group which owns and operates three radio and two television stations in North Central Ohio.

 

 

 

Dr. Theresa A Roth,

RN, NEA-BC, NHDP-BC, PhD, Director Critical Care Ohiohealth

Having grown up in Richland County, I have an affinity for our community and am proud of where I choose to work, live and play. As a community member, I am honored to serve on the Richland County Foundation Board and have the opportunity to give back to our community.

 

 

 

  Jotika Shetty

Executive Director of Richland County Regional Planning

 When I first arrived in Richland County with my family more than fifteen years ago, I was encouraged by the generosity and support we found here. Vijeth and my two children have grown to love this community and  I welcome the opportunity to serve on a board whose mission to enrich lives through outreach and philanthropy align with my own professional and personal goals. 

 

 

Lee Tasseff

President Destination Mansfield

Serving as a trustee will be an honor and a great way to give back.  I have been impressed with the proactive role the Foundation has played in the development of our community, in particular, the areas of economic development and in the non-profit sector through the Osborne Meese Academy.  The concept of training organizations to become stronger in order to become more effective in serving the community really struck a chord with me.  When the opportunity to join such a seminal force for good presented itself, I immediately said, Yes

 

 Staff

Brady Groves

President

Having been born and raised in Mansfield, I am excited about being part of an organization which serves as a catalyst to enrich and improve the quality of life in Richland County. bgroves@rcfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Bob Barrett, C.P.A.

Vice President Finance and Operations

It is rewarding being part of this institution as it continues its mission of making the community a better place. As a former scholarship recipient of the Foundation, I am grateful for the many opportunities it helped create for me over the years.  bbarrett@rcfoundation.org

 

 Maura Teynor

Chief Advancement Officer

I value our community and the opportunity to work at the Foundation. I support the Foundation’s mission to enhance the quality of life through philanthropy and community leadership. mteynor@rcfoundation.org

 

 

Allie Watson

Senior Community Investment Officer

I am grateful to be a part of an organization which contributes in such a significant manner to the betterment of our community. In every corner of our county, RCF has touched individuals, neighborhoods, and communities in some way. awatson@rcfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

Siera Marth 

Community Investment Officer

It is fulfilling to be part of the mission of the Richland County Foundation and the work they do. Having grown up in Richland County, I am excited to be able to give back to my community in such a rewarding way! smarth@rcfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

 

Stacie Shoemaker

Administrative Assistant

 After homeschooling my son, I worked as an administrative assistant and quickly found my niche. I now have several years of experience, with four of those years as a senior administrative assistant at North Central State College Urban Higher Education Center. I am grateful to be a part of the Richland County Foundation where we love where we live, love what we do, and invest in people and programs that will help build a community where every person can reach their maximum potential. sshoemaker@rcfoundation.org

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