County Foundation Appoints New Board Chair

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The Delaware County Foundation recently announced the election of Geoff Kunkler as Chairman of the Board. The 15-member board is responsible for setting policy for the foundation, which awarded $1.8 million in grants to 149 nonprofits last year.

A board member since 2017, Kunkler chaired the foundation’s nominating and governance committee and most recently served as vice chair of the board and a member of the executive committee.

Kunkler brings substantial community and business leadership as president of the foundation. He is a member of the Family Wealth and Estate Planning and Business Law Practice Groups of Carlile Patchen and Murphy, LLP.

Kunkler, a native of Wooster, graduated from Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Case Western Reserve University.

Kunkler has been involved in community activities for many years. He currently serves on the board of directors of Special Olympics Ohio, most recently as president. He also volunteered for Operation Legal Help Ohio (Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project).

“Throughout our history, the foundation has benefited from some of the best and brightest leaders in our community,” said Chris Baker, president and CEO of the Delaware County Foundation. “Geoff’s thoughtful leadership and commitment to our community will build on the legacy of outstanding board chairs while launching an exciting new chapter as the foundation evolves and grows.”

“My wife was born and raised in Delaware County, and I have been a resident there for over a decade. We are proud to raise our daughter in such a wonderful community and to be able to give back through our support of the foundation,” added Kunkler.

Also elected as board officers are Vice Chairman Jim Waters, owner of SuperKick; Secretary Frank Reinhard, Regional Chairman of First Citizens National Bank; Assistant Secretary Alison Beckman, retired; Treasurer Scott Cubberly, Senior Sales Associate, Equity Commercial Real Estate Solutions; Assistant Treasurer Eric Bull, COO/Executive Vice President at Elford, Inc; and General Officer Paula Tarpey, Kensington Wealth Partners Ltd.

Other board members include Jasmine Green, Nationwide; Rock Jones, Ohio Wesleyan University; Pamela Hutchinson, community volunteer; Wayne Jenkins, retired; Tracy MacDowell, Ohio Health; and Keith Copeland, Hamilton Capital.

The Delaware County Foundation houses charitable funds entrusted to it by members of the community. Since its founding in 1995, more than $16 million has been given to the community.

Submitted by the Delaware County Foundation.

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