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