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.
Claudia Toth is the Office Specialist for United Way Services of Geauga County and also provides administrative assistance to the Geauga Hunger Task Force. She has served on the Foundation board since 2017, chairs the marketing committee and is highly active on the fundraising committee. As a volunteer with the Geauga Park District, you will often find her exploring the many trails throughout the 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. In 1996 he was a charter member of Leadership Geauga's inaugural class.
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, is the owner and founder of Partners for Organizational Success, helping her clients with their people-related needs in talent management, assessment, and executive coaching. She regularly shares and enjoys our Geauga parks with her dog Jack and many good friends, recognizing the precious gifts that these wonderful spaces afford us.
Matt is Managing Partner at Auxin Group Wealth Management. He actively served on the investment and development committees prior to joining the board in 2020.
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, 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 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.
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 Adjunct Accounting faculty member at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. Prior to teaching at NDC, Sheryl 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. Sheryl 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.
Director of Development & Operations
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.”
Associate Director of Marketing & Operations
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.”