At its December 2015 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Bexley Community Foundation elected officers and one new Director. The 2016 officers are Paul Lacroix, Board Chair; Lynne Jeffrey, Board Vice Chair and Chair of the Program and Grants Committee; Jeff Walker, Treasurer: Jim Gross, Secretary; Jim Bowman, Development Chair.
The new Board Chair is a retired partner of Deloitte and Touche, where he led the audit and enterprise risk services practice in Columbus. He also currently serves as the industry representative to the audit committee of Capital University. Paul and his wife Melissa, have three children and two grandchildren and have lived in Bexley for over 26 years.
Jim Ryan, the Board’s new Director, will serve a three year term. Mr. Lacroix stated, “Jim has always been a leader and contributor to not for profit organizations he has served, including the Bexley Education Foundation. His efforts will assist the Bexley Community Foundation in continuing to develop its mission of sustaining and enhancing Bexley as a special place to live, learn, work and play.”
Paul Lacroix succeeds Jim Gross who served as Board Chair in 2014 and 2015 and continues as a Director and Secretary of the Board’s Executive Committee. “Jim has led us through a successful 2014 and 2015 and we thank him for his tireless efforts. We as an organization and a community are better off for his contributions and professionalism,” Hallie Raskin, Bexley Community Foundation Executive Director said. “We also want to thank retiring Director Mabel Freeman for her service over the past three years.” Continuing Directors in 2016 are Judy Brachman, Jim Budros, Amy Giller Stark, DeeDee Glimcher, Joy Gonsiorowski, Peter Halliday, Lee Hess, Tad Jeffrey, Jennifer Patterson, Susan Quintenz and Sheila Straub.
Since the Bexley Community Foundation began making grants in 2011, donors have enabled the Foundation to award 70 grants totaling over $625,000 and ranging from $900 to $55,530. The Bexley Community Foundation has supported programs such as: the Bexley Celebrations Association 4th of July celebration, restoration of the Drexel Theatre Marquee, flower baskets on North Cassady, programs at the Bexley Public Library, holiday lights on Drexel Circle, the Block Party Activity Kit, Montrose playground renovation, new life saving equipment for the Bexley Police Department and many other programs in our community.
“2016 should be another exciting year for Bexley and the Bexley Community Foundation,” stated Mr. Lacroix. “Thank you to our donors who enable us to continue to serve Bexley by funding grants that support initiatives that make a real impact in our community.”