Rodriguez and Essex Join Foundation Board

December 14, 2020

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation is pleased to welcome two new members to the Board of Trustees. Christina Rodriguez and Don Essex were added to the slate of board members in November and December 2020.

“The Community Foundation is stewarded by a highly engaged and committed Board of Directors,” said Ginger Jones, Foundation Board Chair. “We are pleased to welcome Christina and Don to The Community Foundation Board. They are both exemplary leaders who share our commitment to improving quality of life in Hancock County.”

Christina Rodriguez is the Executive Recruitment Lead at Marathon Petroleum Corporation. She is responsible for senior-level executive searches across the enterprise. She also serves as the Co-Chair for the Hispanic Employee Network for the Findlay campus. Prior to moving to Findlay, Christina owned her own recruiting business and worked for an executive search firm where she worked with large Fortune 500 clients in the financial services industry. She is very involved in the community and is a member of the Junior League of Toledo. Originally from California, Christina has lived in Florida, Wyoming, Montana and now Ohio. She received her BA in Psychology from San Jose State University.

Don Essex serves as the Director of Human Resources and Performance Excellence for the City of Findlay, a position he’s held since 2014. Prior to his current role, Don served in a variety of leadership and human resources roles in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Don is a veteran of the Air Force and locally has been involved with Habitat for Humanity, the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center, the Community Diversity and Inclusion delegation, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Cultural Humility and Health Equity Delegation, strategic planning for Findlay City Schools, and serves as president of his homeowners' association. He received his BA in Human Resources Administration from Saint Leo University and his MBA from Indiana Institute of Technology.

“Christina and Don both bring valuable expertise and a variety of experiences to our board,” said Brian Treece, Foundation President & CEO. “We are glad to have them on our team and look forward to their input and guidance as trustees.”