Our Board of Trustees provides the governance over the Foundation and serves as advocates, advisors and community connectors.
Jeff Hyde is the Managing Director at Ideas in Focus a market research and consumer insights advisory firm. He has served on the Foundation Board since 2012 and in addition to his current role as President, has assisted the Foundation with strategic planning, branding, and marketing. Jeff lives in Bainbridge and is an active user of Geauga County's parks and green spaces.
Casey Forbes is the President of Vintage Wine Distributor, an importer and wholesale distributor of wine servicing customers throughout Ohio. Has been a Foundation Trustee since 2014 and currently leads the Foundation's fundraising efforts. He lives in South Russell.
Charlene Powell is a retiree with significant experience in accounting and finance. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has served as the Treasurer for the Foundation since January 2016. Charlene lives in Newbury, is involved in a number of volunteer activities and is an avid square dancer.
Kendall Smith is a licensed social worker with a private Coaching and Counseling Practice in Burton and Chardon, Ohio. The practice offers traditional work as well as experiential learning with horses. Kendall also works for the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She is a the President of the Geauga Equine Trail Supporters and the co-President of the Geauga County Chapter of the Ohio Horseman’s council. Kendall lives in Troy Township.
Keith Corkwell is the Global Business Manager for Heavy Duty Engine Oils at The Lubrizol Corporation, a specialty chemical company head quartered in Northeast Ohio. He has served on the Foundation Board since 2014. Keith lives in Newbury.
Jon is a CPA with Meaden & Moore where he specializes 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. In 1996 he was a charter member of Leadership Geauga's inaugural class.
Sue Lundstrom is a retired school counselor who is actively involved with Ohio Horse Council, as well as Geauga Equine Trail Supporters. She is a past board member of NAMI Geauga, and volunteered in area school districts as well as Geauga West Hospital to promote a better understanding of mental illness. She is currently serving as a CASA volunteer here in Geauga County, and lives in Russell.
Heidi has been managing O’Neill Landscape Design for 14 years. She brings her innovative yet practical design style via her 30 year background in the industry. Heidi worked at Ohio State University in Columbus for over 10 years as principal landscape architect designing roadways, sidewalks, bike paths, city parks, play grounds, and arboretums while also responsible for design maintenance of a manicured campus of over 700 acres with a population of 55,000. Heidi also worked for the Pattie Group as a designer for 4 years.
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.
Cindi Boehnlein has held the position of Foundation’s Administrative Assistant/Accountant since 2013. She enjoys time spent with her family, gardening, and taking long walks with her two German Shepherds. Cindi and her husband Skip reside in Burton Village.
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.