Our Broad Impact - Richland County Foundation

Our Board of Trustees and Staff


 Jessica Gribben, Chairwoman

Richland Community Development Group

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.   


Chris HinerChris Hiner, Chair-Elect

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.


Lee Tasseff, Treasurer 

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


 Jotika Shetty, Secretary 

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. 



 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. 




Dakota Durbin

Vice President of Private Banking Mechanics Bank

As a longtime resident of Richland County, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the impact of the foundation and its many donors firsthand. I have benefited from the efforts of many county residents before me, and by serving on the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees I look forward to doing my part to ensure the donations provide the most possible progress in the future and continuing the tradition of improving the quality of life for Richland County residents.



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.   



Nikia Fletcher 

Director Career Technical Education, Mansfield City Schools

To be able to join with the Richland County Foundation in service to our great community is an honor and a gift. Simply put, I love Richland County - the residents, the great energy, and the endless potential!   I am truly excited to give back to this rich land some of what it has given to me and my family.  



 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 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. 



Julie McCready

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.



Jana Mulherin

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.



Dr. Theresa A Roth,

RN, NEA-BC, NHDP-BC, PhD, Director of 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. 




Mike Whisler 

Chief Financial Officer Adena Corporation

The Richland County Foundation is an integral cornerstone in our community. I am honored to serve as a Trustee of this philanthropic organization who continues to lead through action and investment, enriching many local initiatives. I look forward to playing a small part in helping RCF continue to improve the lives of all residents of Richland County.



Aaron Williams

Pastor Maddox Memorial Church

A goal of our ministry is to affect change in the lives of people. The Richland Foundation shares this goal. It is truly an honor for me to be a part of this organization, as a representative of Maddox Memorial Church, working to improve our community.





Brady Groves


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








Rachel Weber, C.P.A.

Director of Finance 

I was honored and humbled to be chosen as the Director of Finance for the Richland County Foundation. The donors trust the Foundation and the Board with their donations when it comes to investing and grant-making. This trust is paramount to the individuals and companies who donate to the Foundation and is why the Foundation has grown. One of the unique things the Foundation does is help local nonprofits identify the needs of the community and how, through the Foundation, their nonprofit can meet that need. rweber@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 part of an organization that 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-May 

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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