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Mark J. Samolczyk

Mark serves as president and CEO of Stark Community Foundation. He's the primary representative of the Foundation in the community and the leader in achieving the Foundation’s vision and mission. Mark joined the Foundation in October 2009.



Carrie L. Bast

Carrie serves as vice president and chief financial officer. She is responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of Stark Community Foundation’s growing asset base and oversees the Foundation’s finance, accounting, investment management, audit and human resources operations. Carrie joined the Foundation in January 2019.



Amy B. Krebs

Amy serves as vice president of grants and community initiatives. She is responsible for Stark Community Foundation’s competitive grantmaking, the Foundation’s strategy, evaluation and research activities as well as oversees our neighborhood revitalization work. Amy joined the Foundation in March 2008.



Bridgette L. Neisel

Bridgette serves as vice president of advancement. She is responsible for increasing the Foundation’s endowed funds through a long-term perspective on prospect identification and development, and the provision of services to potential donors, current donors and professional advisors. Bridgette joined the Foundation in July 2012.



Stephanie L. Boka

Stephanie serves as staff accountant. She is responsible for reconciling the Foundation’s bank statements, maintaining the quarterly allocations and reports, and preparing the necessary reports for the annual audit, tax returns and annual report. She also assists the Chief Financial Officer with payroll, life insurance and stock receipt issues. Stephanie joined the Foundation in April 2005.



Christine M. Cunningham

Chris serves as finance and systems officer. She is responsible for managing the day-to-day financial processes of the Foundation in addition to the management of the Foundation's technology systems. Chris joined the Foundation in July 1997.



Melissa J. Elsfelder

Melissa serves as donor relations associate. She provides high-quality support to the daily functions of donor management, scholarship management and overall stewardship activities of Stark Community Foundation. Melissa joined the Foundation in October 2019.



Dana S. Johnson

Dana serves as grants administrator. She is the central administrator of the grant process from the intake/entry point throughout the life cycle of the grant and provides clerical support for grantmaking activities. Dana joined the Foundation in January 2007.



Callie A. Livengood

Callie serves as director of marketing and communications. She is the primary resource for marketing and communicating our message. She is responsible for the leadership of the Foundation’s awareness building, storytelling, advertising and marketing programs. Callie joined the Foundation in May 2015.



Natalie Meek

Natalie serves as marketing specialist. She is responsible for managing Stark Community Foundation’s website and social media channels, designing publications, helping broaden the visibility and awareness of the Foundation and assisting with event planning. Natalie joined the Foundation in April 2020.


Mary Helen

Mary Helen Petrus

Mary Helen serves as Senior Program Officer. She supports the Foundation’s competitive and responsive grantmaking program, reviews and analyzes funding proposals, continues research and data initiatives that guide our grantmaking and assists in evaluating strategic collaboratives to address community challenges. Mary Helen joined the Foundation in November 2021.



Nicole L. Stelzer

Nicole serves as controller. In this role, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day accounting operation and participating in the design and development of accounting systems, procedures and policies for Stark Community Foundation. Nicole joined the Foundation in September 2019.



Susan B. Warne

Sue serves as corporate secretary and administrative assistant. She manages daily office operations, provides administrative support for the Foundation’s executive staff and prepares all documentation and meeting materials for the working committees of the Foundation. Sue joined the Foundation staff in May 2013.



Amy G. Weisbrod

Amy serves as director of donor relations. She oversees the daily stewardship operations of the Foundation for the benefit of our donors and meeting their philanthropic goals. Amy joined the Foundation in January 2017.


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