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Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Welcomes New Board Members

Posted: May 19th 2022

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne elected three new members to its board of directors, as well as installed officers for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The new board members are:

  • James Cook – Market Executive/Executive Director, Chase Bank
  • Stephanie Crandall – Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, City of Fort Wayne
  • Paul O. Sauerteig – Attorney at Law, Snow & Sauerteig LLP

The 2022-2023 officers of the board are:

  • Chair – Heather Schoegler, Director of Strategic Educational Partnerships, Parkview Health
  • Vice Chair – Ron Menze, Retired Partner/Architect, MKM Architecture + Design
  • Secretary – Christine Boles, Director of Human Resources, Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, Inc.
  • Treasurer – Rob Slusser, Senior Vice President & Fort Wayne Market President, Centier Bank
  • At-Large – Sherry Early, MPA, MS, Executive Director, Incremental Development Alliance
  • At-Large – Doug Wood, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Sweetwater

Returning members of the board include:

Christine Boles, Director of Human Resources, Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, Inc.; Sherry Early, MPA, MS, Executive Director, Incremental Development Alliance; Cindy Goodman, CFA, CFP®, Investment Officer III, VP, Old National Investment Management; Damian B. Gosheff, Partner, Faegre, Baker, Daniels LLP; Todd Jacobs, Chief Financial Officer, AWS Foundation; Ron Menze, Retired Partner/Architect, MKM Architecture + Design; Edmond C. O’Neal III, President, Northeast Indiana Works; Heather Schoegler, Director of Strategic Educational Partnerships, Parkview Health; Gary Shearer, President and CEO, Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, Inc.; Rob Slusser, Senior Vice President & Fort Wayne Market President, Centier Bank; Shelley D. Walker, Project Leader, BF Goodrich; Denita Washington, Executive Director, Girlz Rock and Adams Township Trustee; Susan Wesner, Chief Financial Officer, Greater Fort Wayne Inc.; Doug Wood, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Sweetwater.

“We are excited to welcome three new board members who we know will serve the Community Foundation and community well,” said Brad Little. “While we are sad to lose two great board members, Bob Francis and Rob Patrick, we are thrilled that both want to stay connected and involved as committee members. I think that says a lot about their board experience and their passion for our community.”

A special thank you is extended to retiring board members Bob Francis and Rob Patrick for their service and leadership to the Community Foundation.

During 2022 the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is celebrating 100 years of serving Allen County as a public charitable foundation. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne does three things: help people make their charitable giving more impactful, connect funding to nonprofits through effective grantmaking, and provide leadership to address community needs to improve quality of life. Every day we connect people and resources to build a more vibrant community. As of December 31, 2021, the Community Foundation held charitable assets of approximately $222 million and awarded more than $8.1 million in charitable grants and scholarships throughout the same year. Since its formation in 1922, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $175 million in charitable grants.

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