About the Clinton County Foundation
The Clinton County Foundation in Clinton County, Ohio was founded in 1985 as a charitable community organization with a 16 person governing board.
The Clinton County Foundation is a community charity run by local citizens, dedicated to the place we call home, our Clinton County. We promote giving through creative resources, as a charitable investment. Every community should have a vision that carries through the generations.
What Do We Do?
Who Are We?
Clinton County Ohio Foundation Board
The Clinton County Foundation is the cornerstone for the vision for our community. Founded in 1985, the Clinton County Foundation is a national accrediated community foundation.
What Do We Believe?
We foster a charitable heart in Clinton County by encouraging individuals, families, organizations, businesses to give to the place, people and organizations you love. We provide creative charitable giving opportunities for donors. Gifts are invested to provide Clinton County nonprofit organizations with financial support to continue the important work that improves and enhances our communities. The interest earned from gifts to the Foundation’s funds enable these important grant making opportunities. The Clinton County Foundation stewards your charitable investment and raises awareness for local needs.
Board of Trustees
Executive Director, Clinton County Foundation
Jan has served many nonprofits locally for more than 20 years. She lives in Union Township and has served on many nonprofit boards. ”My favorite quote is by Nelson Henderson, a Canadian farmer: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” The Clinton County Foundation is like an oak tree, strong and impressive,” said Jan.
Semi/Retired Health Care Finance professional
Jeff and Beverly have lived in Wilmington since 2010. Jeff is a member of several community boards in Clinton County and the area, a Clinton County Park district commissioner, and a CASA volunteer.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
VP-Trust and Business Development
Lives in Hamilton Township, and has been married for 25 years with 2 kids; a Junior at Wilmington University and a Sophomore at Bluffton University. Shannon has been in banking for over 24 years and her goal is to take care of you and your family's needs.
"Commitment is an act, not a word." Jean-Paul Satre
Division Marketing Director, RCCP
Kelsey Swindler and her husband, Eric, and son, Cedric, are proud to call Clinton County home. Kelsey grew up working in her family's florist and greenhouse that has operated in Wilmington for almost 100 years. She graduated in 2012 from Wittenberg University with a degree in English. While in college, she spent summers working with Energize Clinton County (ECC), then Mayor David Raizk and ultimately with the Clinton County Community Fellows program.
Following her graduation, Kelsey returned to Wilmington where she now works in healthcare marketing. She is serving her third term as an at large member of Wilmington City Council, is a member of boards for HealthFirst for Clinton County and Clinton County Foundation, and is an elected member of the Democratic Central Committee in Clinton County.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion and of Service and Civic Engagement at Wilmington College
Born in Cincinnati but raised in Michigan, Chip moved to Wilmington in 1999 and began working at Wilmington College in the spring of 2000. He serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion as well as the Director of Service and Civic Engagement at Wilmington College. Both positions have direct connections to the local community.
A proud veteran of the Armed Forces, his educational path is as diverse as his job title having received degrees from institutions including Oral Roberts University, Miami University and Tennessee State University. Chip and his wife Tina have four adult children who were raised in the local community, two of which teach for Wilmington City Schools.
“As a transplant to this community over 20 years ago, I was embraced immediately by the locals and I am proud to call Wilmington home. This town has afforded my family many opportunities and serving on this board is one way to certainly give back and pay things forward.”
Superintendent – City of Wilmington Parks & Recreation
Jermaine is a 2008 graduate of Wilmington College. He resides in Wilmington with his wife and children. He brings over 10 years of professional experience working within the non-profit and public sectors. He enjoys working with young people and serving his community.
“All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” —Jim Rohn
Executive Director/Administrator – Ohio Living Cape May
Born in Florida but growing up in Wilmington since age four, Brad received his undergrad and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University. He has over 40 years’ experience in human resources management, long-term care administration, and leadership development. He’s been blessed to work in Ohio and Maryland and returned to Ohio in late 2014. Brad and his wife Darcy have five adult children who live in Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois. His mother is a longtime resident of Wilmington, currently living at Cape May.
“Living and working in Wilmington makes me aware of the many needs of our community along with the great generosity of our residents. Strong organizations, such as the Clinton County Foundation, are the lifeline for many area non-profits whose sole purpose is to support possibilities for the next generation. The work of the Foundation changes local people’s lives in real ways---in ways that really matter.”
Senior Financial Services Officer, Farm Credit Mid-America and Farmer
Lives in Wayne Township, Sabina, works in Washington Court House. I work on the family farm near Lees Creek with my dad and brother where we farm 1200 acres of corn and soybeans. I live near Sabina with my wife, Courtney and our four kids.
"I'm here to help see our county grow and prosper. It's important to me to leave a better quality of life for our future generations."
Civil Rights Attorney
Joshua is a civil rights attorney and former prosecutor who graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. He has lived in Wilmington since 2002 with his wife (a Wilmington College Professor), two daughters (students in Wilmington City Schools), and numerous dogs, cats, fish, and reptiles.
“As citizens, we are challenged to repair the world. We have an obligation to confront the many issues facing our community and to fight injustice in our own time. Serving on the Foundation Board is but a small step in fulfilling this mandate. While we face great challenges, a wise scholar once observed that ‘It is not up to you to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.’”
Vice President of Sales, Paul Hall & Associates
Justin works primarily in the Blanchester office of Paul Hall & Associates as the Vice President of Sales. He is a graduate of Blanchester High School and earned of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Wilmington College. He has been a long-time volunteer for the Clinton County 4-H program having served as a Poultry Department chair for the past 15 years. Justin resides in Wilmington with his wife, Leslie and their son.
In joining the Foundation board Justin said, “Supporting the Clinton County community is important to me personally, and I’m eager to give back to fellow residents in a meaningful way."
Grain farmer and Sales Representative for DuPont Pioneer
Neal lives near Lees Creek in Wayne Township. Neal is a board member and he and his family have a donor-advised fund.
Neal believes in this quote from Lewis Carrol: “One of the deep secrets of life is all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.”
Retired from teaching after 30 amazing years with the Blanchester Local Schools, Joyce taught by the mantra, “You only fail if you fail to try.”
The Blanchester community is my family and I want to help my family thrive and succeed, especially giving the children more educational and recreational opportunities.
In Blanchester, she is involved with the American Legion Auxiliary(Buckeye Girls State), The Lions (scholarship), and Eastern Star. Joyce is the scholarship advisor for the Clinton County Retired Teachers Association. She enjoys hearing students expressing their future plans. These are our leaders of tomorrow.
She is a farmer's wife in the Midland area, married to Paul Kelly, and they have three children (one is an angel), and three grandchildren.
VP Human Resources, Ferno Washington
Eric Salyers is the Vice President of Human Resources for Ferno Washington, one of the oldest
organizations in the Wilmington Air Park area. Eric also has a history of working for the ATSG group of companies in Human Resources for a total of 10 years. He also has a background in social work and manufacturing. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and holds a PHR certification with the Society for Human Resources Management. Eric is a U.S. Air Force Veteran where he served as Military Police for 4 years.
While loving his career in the Wilmington area, Eric is a Greenfield OH native and lives there with his wife Melanie, who works for R+L Carriers. They have raised 3 children and look forward to many adventures with them in the future.
Retired, United Methodist pastor/funeral planning professional
Barbara and her husband Denny reside at Ohio Living Cape May in Wilmington. Barb is a former/retired United Methodist pastor who spent her second career working in the funeral industry as an Advance Planning Professional. Since moving to Wilmington from the Akron area in 2017, both Barb and Denny have sought ways to become more involved in their adopted hometown and the Clinton County Foundation felt like a good fit for her. Having lived in a number of different communities throughout her life, Barb brings both a diverse perspective and a passion for stewardship to all that she does.
Barb embraces this in her daily life, "Gain all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can." John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement.
Accountant and Grain Exporter, Settlemyre Seed Company
Lynn, and her husband, John, live in Adams Township, near Clinton Massie. She works as an accountant and grain exporter at Settlemyre Seed Company. As a graduate of Clinton Massie and Ohio State, she has been active in the Clinton County 4-H program and formerly served on the Clinton Massie Board of Education during its campus expansion. She currently serves as the Scholarship Chair for the Outstanding Women of Clinton County.
Over the past twenty years, her activities have followed the needs of her three (now adult) daughters. Aligning resources to meet needs have resulted in hands-on learning, mentoring, and coaching youth to live out the 4-H Motto – “To Make the Best Better”.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Air Transport Services Group, Inc.
Joe Hete retired as President and CEO of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG) in May of 2020. He now serves as their Chairman of the Board of Directors when he was elected in May 2020. Joe joined ABX Air in 1980 as an Accounting Manager and moved up in the company until he became CEO of ATSG in 2003. Joe's work ethic was well known throughout the ATSG companies and served as an inspiration for those that were part of his team.
Joe’s dedication extends to the Clinton County community where he has held multiple board positions for Clinton Memorial Hospital, United Way of Clinton County, YMCA, and most recently the Clinton County LEGACY Fund and Clinton County Foundation boards. Hete served on the Economic Task Force in Wilmington, Ohio, that focuses on the redevelopment of the local area, and was a former board member of the Air Transport Association (ATA). In addition to serving his local community, his belief in the value of education and being a distinguished alumnus has led him to currently sit on the Foundation board for the University of Akron College of Business and serve as a member of the college's Advancement Council.
Joe Hete and his wife, Carrie, reside in Clinton County and have four grown children.