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Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Ohio State University Extension


Foundation Board

The Ohio 4-H Foundation Board

The Ohio 4-H Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, comprised of business and industry leaders, Extension personnel, community members, and 4-H youth representatives from around the state. The Board reviews proposals and distributes endowment interest income for the training of volunteer leadership and the recognition of 4-H members through scholarships, awards, and positive youth development experiences. The board also oversees the 4-H support funds, which channel private sector annual investments directly to designated 4-H programs. In addition, the board serves as a policy advisory and public relations arm of 4-H for OSU Extension.

Join the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board

Traditional Board Members

Nominations for the board can be submitted year-round and will be considered when there are positions to fill. You can nominate someone you know or self-nominate by submitting a nomination form to the Ohio 4-H Foundation at If you have questions, please contact Crystal Ott, Ohio 4-H Foundation Manager, at

Young Alumni Members

Nominations for 2023 are currently closed. Information for 2024 nominations will be shared this fall. 

Teen Members

Nominations for 2024 are currently open and applications must be submitted by Nov. 27, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

2023 Ohio 4-H Foundation Teen Application

Teen Board Member Info/Responsibilities

Our Board Members:


Name  Committee Assignment(s) Region County
Jill Adelsberger Development Committee, Grants Committee Southwest Fayette
Trisha Barhorst Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Central Franklin
Emmy Beck-Aden Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Southeast Athens
Devra Cornell Development Committee Central Franklin
Lynn Elfner Grants Committee Chair, Marketing Committee Central Delaware
Lynnze English Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Southwest Montgomery
Carolyn Eselgroth First Vice President, County Endowments Committee, Nominating Committee, Stewardship Committee Central Delaware
Haven Hileman Grants Committee, Marketing Committee South Scioto
Madilyn Lawson Grants Committee North Huron
Melina Matics Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Southeast Washington
Jamie McConnell Secretary, County Endowments Committee, Grants Committee East Muskingum
Angie Otte Development Committee, Grants Committee West Mercer
Joel Oney Second Vice President, Nominating Committee Chair, Development Committee, Marketing Committee Central Franklin
Kristin Patterson Marketing Committee Chair, County Endowments Committee, Development Committee, Grants Committee Northeast Geauga
Lisa Peterson President, Marketing Committee, Nominating Committee, Stewardship Committee Southwest Fayette
Kameron Rinehart Development Committee, Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Southwest Fayette
Mary Roediger County Endowments Chair, Grants Committee Southeast Athens
Joy Sharp Grants Committee Central Pickaway
Connie Shaw Finance Committee Chair, Grants Committee, Stewardship Committee East Tuscarawas
Keith Smith Grants Committee Central Franklin
Anna Stroud Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Southeast Clermont
Kelsey Turner Development Committee, Grants Committee Northwest Seneca
Cozetta Vessel Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Southwest Butler 
Pamela Watkins Development Committee Chair Central Licking
Kristy Watters Grants Committee, Stewardship Committee South Adams
Dr. Kirk Bloir State 4-H Leader Central  
David Civittolo Interim Extension Director Central  
Walter "Ted" Carter President, The Ohio State University Central  
Keith DiDonato CFAES Chief Advancement Officer  Central   
Development Staff      
Amy Jo Baughman Director of Alumni Engagement Central  
Emily Kruse Senior Director of Development Central  
Hannah Snively Director of Annual Giving Central  
Pablo Villa  Director of Development Central  
Foundation Staff      

Crystal Ott

Foundation Manager Central  

Alex Fehr

Foundation Coordinator Central  

Megan Frilling

Foundation Assistant Central