Board of Trustees
Steve Matthew has served as a Trustee since 2009, representing Wooster. He has served as President of the Board since July 2014.
Active in the community, Steve is a past Chairman of the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee of the Noble Foundation, and has served on the boards of The Village Network and the Wayne Economic Development Council (chair in 2001 and 2004).
A Mount Union College graduate, Steve is the President of Wooster Hydrostatics Inc. and has held previous management positions with Will-Burt Mast Co. (President), Wooster Brush Co. (VP Sales and Marketing), and Rubbermaid (VP Field Sales and Director of Rubbermaid De Mexico).
Mark A. Auble
Mark Auble has served as a Trustee since 2006, representing Orrville. He also serves as the Nominating Committee Chairperson.
Mark was born and raised in Orrville. He graduated from Orrville High School and received a B.S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He then received an associate degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and joined the family business, Auble Funeral Home, as a fourth generation funeral director and paramedic.
Mark is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Orrville Rotary Club. He is active in the Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club and the Dunlap Community Hospital Board.
Mary Alice Streeter
Mary Alice Streeter has served as a Trustee since 1991, representing Wooster. She also serves as the Audit Committee Chairperson.
Mary Alice graduated from Geneva College and received her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Medical Practice Executive. Presently, she is the administrator of the Cancer Treatment Center.
She has served on the boards and governing committees of over 20 local organizations including Hospice, Main Street Wooster, Salvation Army, STEPS, Viola Startzman Free Clinic, and Wooster Community Hospital Board of Governors. She was recently awarded the 2011 Leadership Wooster Alumni of the Year through the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce.
Brent Steiner has served as a Trustee since 2013, representing the Northeast Quarter. He also serves as the Disbursement Committee Chairperson.
Brent, co-owner of Ramsier Financial Services, Inc. in Smithville, currently serves as Vice President and Legislative Liaison for the Green Local School Board. He is also an active member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Rittman and a Board Member for the Apostolic Christian Church National Endowment Fund. Steiner previously served as a Board Member for the Orrville Chamber of Commerce.
Brent earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Human Resource Management from Ohio University. He is a Certified Financial Planner, a member of the Financial Planning Association, and holds a Series 7 and Life/Health Insurance Licenses. In addition, he is a member of the Financial Educator Network and has taught classes on retirement planning.
Michael D. Agnoni
Mike Agnoni has served as a Trustee since 2011, representing Doylestown/Rittman.
Mike is a Claims Account Executive for Travelers Insurance Company in Independence, Ohio, and has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years. He graduated from the University of Akron with a Masters in Business Administration.
Mike is President of the Board of Public Affairs for the Village of Doylestown and serves on the Wayne County Republican Central Committee. He is also a board member of the Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center and an active member of the Saints Peter and Paul Church in Doylestown, serving on the Parish Finance Council.
Marlene Barkheimer has served as a Trustee since 2009, representing the Northwest Quarter.
Marlene is a graduate of Ashland University and is President and CEO of Community Independent Bancorp, Inc. and Farmers State Bank, its subsidiary, in West Salem.
She actively supports many causes, including Local Roots and serving as Treasurer for Friends of Hospice of Wayne County. She is on the advisory boards for Wayne County Children’s Services, the Dauch College of Business & Economics Business Advisory Council of Ashland University, and a past Board member of Wayne County Junior Achievement.
She currently serves as Director to Lodi Community Hospital and EPCOR Electronic Payments Boards and previously served as Director to the Community Bankers Association and Ohio Banking Commission. Marlene is also a past member of the Community Bank Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve.
Maribeth Burns has served as a Trustee since 2011, as an At Large – East representative.
Maribeth Burns is the Vice President of Corporate Communications with the J.M. Smucker Company. Her responsibilities include media relations and external communications; crisis and reputation management; the consumer communications center; corporate charitable giving; and community initiatives.
Maribeth also serves on the Boards for the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club and Heartland Education Community, Inc. She is an alumnus of Ashland University.
Mike Jarrett has served as a Trustee since 2015, representing Orrville.
Mike is President of Jarrett Companies, Inc. and a graduate of Norwayne High School. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mount Union, and his MBA from the University of Akron.
He currently serves as a member of Heartland Education Community, Farmers National Bank Advisory Board, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Jarrett has received numerous awards for growth of his company, including: Inc. 500, Entrepreneur Magazine, Weatherhead 100, and Cascade Capital. He has also been inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame and the Mount Union Sports Hall of Fame.
Mike resides in Orrville with his wife Diane, and their two daughters.
J. C. Johnston III
J.C. Johnston III has served as a Trustee since 1997, representing Wooster, and served as President of the Board from 2005-2014. He also serves as the Investment Committee Chairperson. In 1978, as a young attorney, he assisted the Steering Committee with the legal work involved in establishing the Foundation.
J.C. was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio and received his undergraduate degree from The College of Wooster and his J.D. from Northwestern University. He is a partner at the law firm of Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston Ltd. and practices in the areas of business law and business succession planning, estate planning and probate and tax-exempt organizations.
J.C. has been actively involved in the local community serving as a Trustee of the Wooster/Wayne Legal Aid Society, Wayne Center for the Arts, Junior Achievement of Wayne County and the Wooster YMCA. He is also a Trustee of The College of Wooster.
Cheryl M. Kirkbride
Cheryl Kirkbride has served as a Trustee since 2012, representing Orrville.
Cheryl is a partner at Kropf, Wagner & VanSickle, LLP, and has worked for the firm in various capacities since 1992. In addition, Cheryl currently serves the City of Orrville as its Law Director and the Village of Smithville as Solicitor.
She serves as president of the Wayne County Volunteer Guardianship Association and as a trustee for the Orrville Area Boys & Girls Club. Cheryl is also involved with the Wooster Oilers Jr. Hockey League and is an active member of Orrville Christian Church. She previously served on the board for the Orrville Public Library and Orrville Area Development Foundation.
Glenda Lehman Ervin
Glenda Lehman Ervin has served as a Trustee since 2009, representing the Southeast Quarter. She also serves as the Development and Marketing Committee Chairperson.
Glenda is the Vice President of Marketing for Lehman’s and the daughter of company founder Jay Lehman. She is responsible for the advertising, marketing and media relations for the multi-channel business.
After working as a journalist for several years, she joined a Fortune 200 company, returning to Lehman’s in 1996. She graduated from Taylor University with a double major in journalism and English, and received a master’s from Indiana University.
Glenda serves on a number of volunteer boards and has taught Junior Achievement classes in the local school system for several years.
She has been named a YMCA Woman of Achievement, as well as a Rainmaker.
Dr. Larry Markley has served as a Trustee since 2012, representing Rittman/Doylestown.
Larry and his wife, Sally, are the owners of All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman. Dr. Markley promotes community activism and growth as a member of the Rittman Chamber of Commerce, Rittman Rotary Club, Rittman Kiwanis Club, Rittman Lions Club, and serving as Co-chair, alongside his wife, of Rittman United Way. In addition, he and his wife are active supporters of Hospice & Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, Central American Medical Outreach, Rittman Recreation Center, Orrville Area Boys & Girls Club, and numerous other youth activities and animal rescue and placement groups.
Roger Proper has served as a Trustee since 2015, representing Wooster.
Roger is a partner at Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd., and practices in the areas of business law and business succession planning; estate planning and probate; tax-exempt organizations, and oil and gas law.
He received his undergraduate degree in finance from Miami University, his J.D. from the University of Toledo, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from Case Western Reserve University. Roger is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association Specialty Board as a specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
Roger has been active in the community, serving on the boards and governing committees of numerous organizations including Main Street Wooster, Inc., Wooster Noon Lions, Wooster Young Professionals, West View Manor, Wayne-Holmes Estate Planning Council, and FirstMerit Bank Advisory Board. He is also the current Chair-Elect for the Viola Startzman Clinic.
William J. Robertson
William Robertson has served as a Trustee since 2011, representing Rittman/Doylestown.
Bill, in his second term as the City of Rittman Mayor, serves on the Board of the Wayne Economic Development Council, is a member of the Northeast Ohio Mayors and City Managers Association, and is active with the Fund for Our Economic Future. He is also the former President of the Rittman Board of Education and recently retired from IBM. Bill earned his B.S. in mathematics and education from Baldwin-Wallace College and his M.S. in secondary school administration from the University of Akron.
Stephen L. Shapiro
Stephen Shapiro has served as a Trustee since 2011, as an At Large – West representative.
Steve is the former Chairman of the Board of Wooster Iron & Metal Co. and retired in 2005. He is a Trustee Emeritus for The Village Network, serves on the Advisory Board for the Wayne Economic Development Council, is co-founder of Embracing Our Differences Ohio, and a member of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Marketing Committee. He has held leadership positions on more than a dozen local boards and is a prior recipient of The Daily Record Citizen of the Year award.
Deanna Troutman has served as a Trustee since 2009, representing the Southwest Quarter. She also serves as the Scholarship Committee Chairperson.
An Ohio State University graduate with a B.S. in Human Ecology, Deanna is Vice-President of Troutman Vineyards Inc. & Wolf Creek Vineyards Inc. Her responsibilities include managing overall financial operations and personnel, procurement, marketing, vine tending, and animal husbandry. Previously, she was the Director of Community Relations at Sunrise Assisted Living in Wooster and a support group facilitator for the Wayne County Alzheimer’s Association.
An active member of the Wooster Noon Lion’s Club, she previously served on its Board of Directors and as past President. She is also a charter member of the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and previously served its President.
Deanna is also a current board member of Goodwill Industries of Wayne and Holmes Counties.
Bala Venkataraman has served as a Trustee since 2013, representing Wooster.
Bala, President and CEO of Magni-Power Co., has been a resident of Wooster since 1970. He currently serves on the Boards for both Magni-Power Company and the Seaman Corporation, and previously served on the Board of Wayne County National Bank. Bala is active in the nonprofit community as well, having previously served on the Boards of the United Way of Wayne and Holmes Counties, Boy’s Village (now The Village Network) and the Advisory Council of Wayne College. In addition, he currently serves as a Board Member for Great Decisions of Wayne County and an Advisory Board Member of the Wayne Economic Development Council.
Bala holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Technology and Chemical Engineering. He is also a graduate of the Executive Business Management program from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Howard J. Wenger
Howard Wenger has served as a Trustee since 2008, representing the Southeast Quarter.
Howard was raised on a farm in Dalton and is a life resident. He also served in the U.S. Army.
He is the President and CEO of Wenger Excavating, Inc., Northstar Asphalt, Inc., Lake Region Oil, Inc., Massillon Materials, Inc., and Stark Materials, Inc., construction related companies operating from Dalton, Massillon, and North Canton, Ohio. He is also the owner of The Pines Golf Club and Restaurant in Orrville, Ohio.
Howard serves as Chairman of the Board of Flexible Pavements of Ohio, is on the Ohio Oil and Gas Association Board of Trustees and is a Director of First National Bank, a subsidiary of National Bancshares Corp. He has also served on the Dalton school board, Buckeye Council of Boy Scouts Board, and the President’s Advisory Board of Walsh University.
The children of Norma Jean Rhode and Kenneth George Charles Rhode established a permanent endowment fund to honor their parentsâ€™ enthusiasm for life and emphasis on education.