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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 2022 are currently closed. But 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 next spring. 

Teen Members

This year, we will select two Ohio 4-H teens to serve two-year terms on the Ohio 4-H Foundation Board starting January 1, 2022. Applications are due by November 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Information regarding the expectations of members can be found at the start of the application.


Our Board Members:

Name  Committee Assignment(s) Region County
Callia Barwick Youth Board Member Northeast Mahoning
Devra Cornell   Central Franklin
Tara Durbin Marketing Committee Chair Central Knox
Lynn Elfner Grants Committee Co-Chair 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
Jamie McConnell County Educator East Muskingum
Sara Newsome Youth Board Member Southwest Highland
Joel Oney   Central Franklin
Bill Patterson   Northeast Geauga
Lisa Peterson First Vice President, Stewardship Committee Chair Southwest Fayette
Mary Roediger   Southeast Athens
Bob Siegel   Central Morrow
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
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 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
Anna Bernard Fiscal Officer Central Franklin