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, 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.

Our Board Members:

Name  Committee Assignment(s) Region County
Emmy Beck-Aden Youth Board Member  Southeast Athens 
Mary Beth Arensberg   Central Franklin
Dale Arnold Past President Central Licking
Callia Barwick Youth Board Member Northeast Mahoning
Devra Cornell   Central Franklin
Tara Durbin Marketing Committee Chair Central Knox
Lynn Elfner   Central Delaware
Carolyn Eselgroth Second Vice President, Nominating and County Endowments Committee Chair Central Delaware
Avalon Havan Youth Board Member Central Pickaway
Jordan Hoewischer   Central Franklin
Quintin Jessee   Central Franklin
Linda Joseph Foundation Secretary Central Franklin
Joel Oney   Central Franklin
Bill Patterson   Northeast Geauga
Lisa Peterson First Vice President, Stewardship Committee Chair Southwest Fayette
Vicki Schwartz   Southeast Washington
Bob Siegel   Central Morrow
Dave Slagle   West Shelby
Beth Smith County Educator Northeast Mahoning
Doug Tenney Grants Committee Chair Central Fairfield
Dr. Elizabeth Thomas President Central Licking
Cozetta Vessel   Southwest Butler 
Pamela Watkins Development Committee Chair Northeast Portage
Jo Williams County Educator  South Scioto
Rhonda Williams County Educator  Southwest  Darke 
Toula Xenikis Stewardship Committee Co-Chair Central  Madison 
Dr. Kirk Bloir State 4-H Leader Central Franklin
Dr. Jackie Kirby-Wilkins Interim Extension Director Central Franklin
Dr. Michael Drake   Central Franklin
Keith DiDonato CFAES Chief Advancement Officer  Central  Franklin 
Development Staff      
Emily Kruse Director of Development Central Franklin
Pablo Villa  Director of Development Central Franklin
Trish Raridan Preston  Associate Director of Development Central Fairfield
Foundation Staff      
Anna Bernard Fiscal Officer Central Franklin
Crystal Ott  Foundation Manager Central Franklin
Emily Niemann Foundation Assistant Central Franklin


Click here to view the 2021 Youth Representative Application.