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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 2022 are currently closed. Information for 2023 nominations will be shared this spring. 

Teen Members

Nominations for 2022 are currently closed. Information for 2023 nominations will be shared this spring. 


Our Board Members:

Name  Committee Assignment(s) Region County
Emmy Beck-Aden Marketing Committee Southeast Athens
Devra Cornell Development Committee Central Franklin
Tara Durbin Marketing Committee Chair Central Knox
Lynn Elfner Grants Committee Chair Central Delaware
Lynnze English Marketing Committee Southwest Montgomery
Carolyn Eselgroth First Vice President, Endowment Committee Co-Chair Central Delaware
Haven Hileman Grants Committee South Scioto
Jordan Hoewischer Grants Committee Central Franklin
Quintin Jessee Development Committee Central Franklin
Linda Joseph Foundation Secretary, Grants Committee, Development Committee Central Franklin
Melina Matics Grants Committee Southeast Washington
Jamie McConnell County Endowments Committee, Grants Committee East Muskingum
Wayne Michaelis Grants Committee Northwest Henry
Sara Newsome Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Southwest Highland
Joel Oney Second Vice President, Finance Chair, Nominating Chair, Development Committee, Marketing Committee Central Franklin
Bill Patterson Development Committee, Marketing Committee Northeast Geauga
Lisa Peterson President Southwest Fayette
Kameron Rinehart Marketing Committee Southwest Fayette
Mary Roediger County Endowments Co-Chair, Grants Committee Southeast Athens
Bob Siegel Grants Committee Central Morrow
Beth Smith County Endowments Committee Northeast Mahoning
Cozetta Vessel Grants Committee, Marketing Committee Southwest Butler 
Pamela Watkins Development Committee Chair Central Licking
Toula Xenikis Stewardship Committee Chair, Development Committee Central  Madison 
Dr. Kirk Bloir State 4-H Leader Central Franklin
Dr. Jackie Kirby-Wilkins Extension Director Central Franklin
Keith DiDonato CFAES Chief Advancement Officer  Central  Franklin 
Dr. Kristina M. Johnson President, The Ohio State University Central Franklin
Development Staff      
Amy Jo Baughman Director of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Central Franklin
Emily Kruse Executive Director of Development Central Franklin
Trish Raridan Preston  Associate Director of Development Central Fairfield
Pablo Villa  Director of Development Central Franklin
Foundation Staff      

Crystal Ott

Foundation Manager Central Franklin

Emily Niemann

Foundation Assistant Central Franklin