President & CEO
Kathy is an accomplished fundraiser, active board member and leader of The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. Her expertise includes fundraising, nonprofit management and organizational development. Kathy channels her experience into building a Foundation that will support Hancock County for generations to come.
Under her leadership, the Foundation was recognized as Outstanding Foundation of the year by the Northwest Ohio Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2014 and for outstanding programming by the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations in 2013. Kathy also received the Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award in 2015.
Kathy joined the Foundation in 2008. Prior to being in Findlay, she served as Executive Director of the United Way of Delaware County and the Epilepsy Association of Central Ohio, and Development Director of the United Cerebral Palsy of Columbus and Franklin County. She earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials and is a member of the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the AFP. Kathy received her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science and Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University. Additionally, Kathy is a member of several local coalitions and task forces and volunteers as a board member for the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance, Toledo Opera Association, and is a founding member of the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
Program Director – Collective Impact and Community Collaboration
Kimberly is the Foundation’s most established employee, spending 15 years serving Hancock County. Her ability to communicate with nonprofit agencies for grant writing and collaborating with other organizations to make the most impact possible take the Foundation’s impact to another level.
Prior to becoming a Program Director, Kimberly assumed the role of ECLIPSe Coordinator, Youth Services Officer and Senior Program Officer. She has extensive knowledge of the education and nonprofit management sectors.
Kimberly is a lifelong resident of Hancock County living in Arlington and is a graduate of the University of Toledo and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She serves as the Foundation representative on a number of local task forces and coalitions.
Deb brings a world of knowledge from the education field to the Foundation. With leadership, technology and communication training, she runs our office with efficiency.
Deb holds a bachelor and master’s degree in education from the University of Findlay. She spent the first part of her career at Liberty-Benton Elementary School, touching the lives of more than 900 students during her time there. Additionally, she was a part of the district’s leadership and technology teams. Deb represented the district on the Hancock County Crisis Intervention Team and received training in crisis management and intervention.
In her spare time, Deb is a passionate advocate for the Dementia Friendly Coalition of the Alzheimer’s Association. She develops lessons and curriculum for area middle and high school students related to Alzheimer’s disease. As an alumna, she has also been a part of the UF Alumni Board of Governors.
Deb lives in Findlay with her husband and has two sons.
Pat’s strong background in administrative management keeps the Foundation office running smoothly and effectively. She is a multi-tasker whose experience brings an added level of logistical knowledge and makes our jobs easier.
For more than 40 years, Pat was an Executive Assistant at Marathon Petroleum, where she honed her organizational skills.
Since her retirement, Pat joined the Foundation and stays active in the community. She is heavily involved with St. Michael’s Church in a number of ways including volunteering at the school and with the Diocese of Toledo. Her volunteer efforts also include serving at City Mission of Findlay.
Genna spent the early years of her career enhancing her journalism skills in both print and radio. She joined the Foundation in 2015 with expertise in a variety of communication mediums. Genna uses her skills to increase awareness of the Foundation on a daily basis.
A lifelong resident of Findlay, Genna left journalism to serve the community through the Foundation. She was previously an on-air news reporter for 1330 WFIN/100.5 WKXA/106.3 The Fox and a reporter for The Courier in Findlay.
Genna graduated from the University of Findlay in 2013 where she was recognized as Outstanding Journalism Student of the Year, and Liberty-Benton High School in 2010. She is currently working toward a masters degree in journalism and mass communication with an emphasis on public relations. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County. Genna is a member of the Findlay Kiwanis Club, the Public Relations Society of America Northwest Ohio Chapter and the Hancock Leadership Alumni Association. She and her husband reside in Findlay.
Lisa is a valued member of the Foundation staff having 10 years of experience in a numerous staff positions. Her knowledge of the Foundation and organizational abilities make her the ideal assistant for our growing financial department.
Coming on board in 2006, Lisa originally was hired as Administrative Assistant. She has also been Communications Officer. During her time here, Lisa has played key roles in expanding community awareness of the Foundation and establishing our brand.
Lisa is a 2006 graduate of Bowling Green State University. She is active in the community with Hancock Leadership Alumni Association, American Red Cross and Handbags That Help. Another of our lifelong Hancock County employees, Lisa lives in Findlay with her husband and two daughters.
Shelly is the Foundation’s first Scholarship Manager and has used her expertise to cultivate the program. Her familiarity with business and operations keeps the program growing at an impressive rate.
Prior to her promotion to Scholarship Manager, Shelly also served as the Foundation’s Administrative Assistant. At the Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, she was in the same role as well as Event & Volunteer Coordinator. She uses skills from her degree in business administration from Owens Community College to run the program.
Active in her community, Shelly has participated in Hancock Leadership and served on the board for Bowling Green Youth Hockey Association. She lives in Bowling Green with her husband and two sons.
Development & Planned Giving Officer
Tracy came to the Foundation after spending her career practicing law. Her expertise in the legal field is put to good use in her development role where she specializes in working with donors to establish charitable funds to achieve their philanthropic goals.
Tracy received her education from Miami University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of the Ohio Bar as well as the Findlay/Hancock County Bar. Previously working for Ken Lather’s law practice, Tracy worked with individuals and families to develop estate and long term care plans.
Among her many roles at the Foundation, Tracy is also an active member of the community, serving in various roles at Arlington Schools, Century Health and First Presbyterian Church. She and her husband live in Findlay and have four children.
Donor Services Officer
Andrea’s strong interpersonal and communication skills make her the model Donor Services Officer. Charged with maintaining regular touches with those who give to us, Andrea is involved in the community on a daily basis. Her previous role at the Foundation as Administrative Assistant gives her a base of knowledge she applies to her work everyday.
Her ability to facilitate and cultivate comes from spending the early part of her career in the banking industry where she worked with clients on a personal level. Andrea was employed at Bank One, Citi Bank and Huntington National Bank. At those institutions she had various roles as a Personal Banker, Underwriter and Processor, with expertise in appraisal reviews. Her education is from Ohio University.
Andrea is active with numerous local organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Fort Findlay Playhouse, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and St. Michael’s Church. She and her husband live in Findlay with their two daughters.
The Family Center Building Manager
Kevin has dedicated his career to serving Hancock County for more than 40 years. His dedication to the community paired with his respect for all people and ability to lead combine to make Kevin the man for the job of Building Manager at our flagship facility, The Family Center.
At his employer, the Hancock County Engineer’s Office, Kevin had various roles including Superintendent. In his position as Building Manager, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as overseeing 13 tenant nonprofit agencies. His direction and communication abilities keep operations at The Family Center running as smoothly as possible. But it is his dedication to the mission of serving those in need with dignity that sets him apart.
In his free time, Kevin is an active member of the Findlay Elks Lodge, where he was named Ohio Elk of the Year in 2014. He and his wife Betty live in Findlay and have four sons.
Karen Smith is a skilled financial professional who brings years of expertise in public accounting to the Foundation.
With her background and knowledge of the financial industry as a whole, Karen successfully manages more than $100 million of the Foundation’s assets on a daily basis and ensures clean audits each year. She actively communicates with donors regarding their fund balances and grant opportunities. In addition to the financial requirements of her job, Karen also regulates human resources by issuing payroll, administering insurance and employee benefits.
Before the Foundation, Karen spent 13 years as a public accountant and 8 years as a corporate controller. She graduated from The Ohio State University and Upper Sandusky High School.
Program Director - Community and Organizational Development and Education
Brian’s sense of character and experience in leadership development make him a unique asset to the programming team. With background in nonprofit and community outreach, Brian channels those abilities into building the best Hancock County possible with resources of the Foundation.
Brian called the University of Findlay home for many years, as a student and an employee. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UF and was Assistant Dean of Students for 15 years. He also attended North Central University where he received his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Brian is another staff member who has called Findlay home for his lifetime. Brian has been recognized for his achievements in the locally and regionally, receiving one of Northwest Ohio’s 20 Under 40 awards in 2013, Hancock Youth Leadership and Hancock Leadership Alumni Association’s Outstanding Service Awards, and Organization Advisor of the Year. He has served on boards for Hancock Youth Leadership, Cancer Patient Services, the Arts Partnership and Hancock Federal Credit Union.