Our Board of Trustees provides the governance over the Foundation and serves as advocates, advisors and community connectors.
Adam is the General Counsel & Senior Portfolio Manager for Rosenthal Capital Management where he focuses on portfolio management and compliance for the firms three independent hedge funds. Adam has served on the Foundation Board since 2013. In his current role as President, he will guide all board committees. Born and raised in Geauga County, Adam now lives in Chagrin Falls and enjoys exploring Geauga’s parks with his wife and two sons.
Matt is the Managing Partner and Chief Compliance Officer of Auxin Group Wealth Management. He became an active member of the Foundation in 2018 and joined the Board in 2020. In addition to his role as Vice President, he is also the Chair of the Investment Committee. Matt, his wife and two young children are relative newcomers to Geauga County having moved to the area from Akron in 2018. He has a passion for the outdoors and felt our county’s geography and park systems were an ideal location to share this with his children. You can regularly find him running or hiking on the more challenging trails of Geauga County.
Jon is a CPA recently retired from Meaden & Moore where he specialized in entrepreneurial business challenges, and business transition and succession consulting to help business owners, including family firms, successfully reach financial goals. Jon previously served as trustee and was a past President for the Foundation. As board Treasurer, Jon is chair of the Finance Committee and participates in other committees as well.
Carl is an attorney who joined the board of trustees in 2018. When he is not serving as a business advisor, contributing to growth strategies, effectively managing corporate governance, identifying risk, and creating executive compensation programs, he can be found riding horse trails in and around Geauga County.
Linda, who joined the board in 2020, owns her business psychology practice where she works with clients’ people-related needs in talent management, assessment, and executive coaching. She finds it difficult to sit at her desk for hours so she hikes our Geauga park trails regularly, treasuring the precious gifts that these wonderful spaces afford us.
Sue Lundstrom is a retired school counselor who is actively involved with Ohio Horseman's Council, as well as Geauga Equine Trail Supporters. She is a past board member of NAMI Geauga, to promote a better understanding of mental illness. She is a former volunteer for CASA in Geauga County, as well as in area school districts and University Hospital Geauga Medical Center. Sue lives in Russell Township with her husband Bill, and enjoys horseback riding and walking in the parks with her dog.
Barb McCullough is a skilled professional with experience in financial services and not-for-profit industries. She is an award winning instructor with over 20 years of experience teaching all walks of life. Barb has long enjoyed the parks and preserves of Geauga County.
Mary Beth O'Neill
Mary Beth O'Neill is very happy to call Geauga County her home hailing from Buffalo, New York. Mary Beth served on the Board as secretary for the Foundation for 8 years from 2004-2012. She has recently returned to the Foundation because of her love for and commitment to all of our beautiful green space in the County and the opportunity to get everyone outside! When she isn't walking her dogs Casey and Cricket in the parks, she is a realtor with Keller Williams Greater Cleveland Northeast and makes sure everyone knows what a fabulous place Geauga County is. She also serves on the Ravenwood Health Board and is a proud graduate of Leadership Geauga.
A long time Geauga County resident, Marcia has been a park appreciator since growing up among the fields and forests near Punderson State Park. A graduate of Ohio University with a B.A. in Business Administration, she has broad experience in operations management and business development from her years working in the digital media industry and in nonprofit economic development. Her most recent success has been in the role of Director of Operations for Geauga Growth Partnership. She also serves on the Geauga County Genealogical Society and the Geauga Public Library Foundation. You will likely find her hiking one of our many Geauga and NEO parks or taking trips with her husband to hike in our National Parks.
Jennifer joined the board of trustees in 2019. She is an active member of the Geauga Chapter of the Ohio Horseman's Council.
Sheryl Vernon is a CPA who works as an Accountant at a local non-profit, Linking Employment, Abilities, and Potential (LEAP). Sheryl has taught accounting at a local college, worked as an external auditor for a local CPA firm, and performed internal auditing at a local university. Sheryl joined the Foundation in 2018 as a volunteer member of the Finance Committee and joined the Foundation Board as a Trustee in 2020. She grew up loving the Metroparks in Cuyahoga County and after moving to Auburn Township, began hiking in the many Geauga County parks with her husband. Sheryl is excited to be able to combine her love of accounting and the outdoors by using her skills as a Trustee at the FGP.
Richard J. Frenchie’s passion is for education, health care and philanthropy. He has served as a Director on many boards, working to make a difference both for Geauga County and Ohio. Richard served on the Foundation’s board from 2008 – 2014, the last five years as President, and currently serves as an Emeritus Trustee. Richard lives in Chagrin Falls.
Interim Executive Director
Paige Orvis, a long-time Geauga County resident, has grown deep roots in the county’s conservation community. She previously enjoyed a long career with Geauga County Park District which helped prepare her to hit the trail running and advance the work of the Foundation. Paige is a graduate of Kent State University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, and has experience in marketing, communications, and development, most recently for Geauga Growth Partnership. “The conservation and protection of Geauga County’s unique natural resources has been a core value of mine from a young age.” says Ms. Orvis. “I couldn’t be more pleased to assist the Foundation in furthering its mission.”
Gretchen Faro, having grown up in Bainbridge, is excited to be part of the Foundation for Geauga Parks. She completed a B.S. in Economics from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Economics from Cleveland State University. After serving in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, Ms. Faro returned to the Cleveland area and pursued a career in corporate finance, working in both the banking and manufacturing sectors. However, her positive experience in the Peace Corps ultimately drew her to the nonprofit sector, where she has served as an executive director. “I grew up outdoors in the woods and fields of western Geauga County,” says Ms. Faro. “As an avid runner, hiker, equestrian, cross country skier, star gazer and nature-lover, I cannot imagine a better way to apply my experience as a nonprofit leader and fundraiser than to help the Foundation preserve the natural spaces in the county.”