BCF Announces New Hire for Director of Finance

Barberton Community Foundation welcomes Brett Fogle, CPA, MT as our new Director of Finance effective October 10, 2019.  

Brett will manage all finance, accounting, human resource and program-related investment functions of the Foundation. Accounting and finance responsibilities include overseeing all financial reporting and presentations, the annual budget and spending policy process, as well as cash management to meet all of the Foundation’s granting, investment and operational needs. Brett will work in connection with our economic development partners to monitor our program-related investments and Foundation-owned properties.

“We are delighted to welcome Brett to Barberton Community Foundation and to introduce him to the Foundation family,” said Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Allen. “Brett is a graduate of Barberton High School and has deep family ties to the community. He described working in Barberton as a dream opportunity. We hope everyone will give Brett a warm welcome.”

Brett has fourteen years’ experience in public accounting, with a concentration in nonprofit and small business accounting, cash management and administration. Professionally, he worked as a manager for Cohen & Company for two years, working as a client ambassador and consultant for tax credit and opportunity zone studies. He is a 2003 graduate of Barberton High School, from there earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Malone University and a master’s degree from the University of Akron. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of several nonprofit boards including Malone University School of Business Advisory Council.

Brett’s fun fact is that his was the last class to attend the old Barberton High School on Hopocan Ave. for one year. He and his wife, Susan, have two children. His favorite activities include watching his kids play soccer and spending time with family and friends around a fire. Brett has shared with us that he feels like he’s coming home. He is looking forward to making new partnerships and working with the many friends in the Barberton community he’s known his entire life.


Announcing our Third Quarter Grant Partners

Congratulations to our 3rd quarter grant partners

Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce our third quarter grants totaling $89,584 to six area nonprofit organizations serving Barberton. Grants were awarded to:

Greenleaf Family Center’s Adolescent Suicide Prevention Program was awarded $3,000. This program provides presentations to middle and high school students, staff, and community members regarding mental health, depression and suicide. Their goal is to reduce stigma, help identify and respond to youth in distress, and teach students a help-seeking process for themselves and peers in need. It is an evidence-based program that has been proven successful.

Embrace Clinic & Care Center’s program “Strong Start: Barberton” was awarded $3,000. The Strong Start program works in collaboration with the Safe Kids program from Akron Children’s Hospital. The program provides material assistance, as well as educational and emotional support to families for the first year of a child’s life. Funding this program allows Barberton families currently on a waiting list to receive support.

AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. was awarded $15,000 for the expansion of the Barberton Health Clinic. AxessPointe provides dental, medical, behavioral health, and women’s health services to Barberton residents. The expansion will provide additional dental, behavioral health, and medical services, as well as a 340b pharmacy.

Embracing Futures, Inc. received funding for their Orthodontic Care Program totaling $5,584.00. Embracing Futures is a nonprofit organization helping children with severe orthodontic problems. Serving southern Summit County, 95 children received care in 2018. Funding directly supports programming and services.

Child Guidance and Family Solutions received $8,000 to support their Toddlers and Preschoolers Succeeding (TAPS) program. This grant impacts the Foundation’s educational excellence focus area. The TAPS program provides coaching and professional development for early childhood educators. Educators learn how to incorporate social-emotional skills in the classroom, and how to support children as they learn to process and communicate emotions. The program has been successful in decreasing preschool expulsions. Child Guidance and Family Solutions currently supports four Barberton preschool centers, impacting 200 children and training 30 educators.

Barberton City Schools received $55,000 for playground improvements to provide safety and handicap accessibility at Barberton Preschool. We understand that play is an essential component of learning for young children. Barberton Preschool is a high-quality preschool program that works to get Barberton students ready for kindergarten. This grant provides rubberized flooring for the first phase of the play space.

Barberton Community Foundation partners with community stakeholders, donors, and charitable organizations to improve the quality of life for Barberton residents by maximizing the strategic impact of charitable contributions. Our mission is to strengthen the Barberton community for current and future generations by providing leadership, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of giving to do good.

Barberton Community Foundation awards grants on a quarterly basis. For the next grant cycle, proposals are due October 1, 2019. For those nonprofits interested in applying to the Foundation, please download a grant application from or contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, at 330-745-5995. Grant recipients must be a nonprofit and must benefit Barberton residents.

Foundation Fund Donates new boat to City of Barberton Fire Department

Barberton Fire Department was able to purchase a new boat thanks to a generous donation from the City of Barberton Safety Services Fund held by Danny Sanchez at Barberton Community Foundation. 

Lt. Mike Beckman said the fire department desperately needed a boat like this. “It’s quick, versatile, and deployable which is important. We can fill it up using the air at the station or off the truck,” he said. The boat is made of a heavy durable material, and has many straps for places to hold onto. When not in use, it collapses to the size of a duffle bag for easy storage on a truck. The boat was built by Phoenix Safety Services in Ohio. 

Lt. Beckman explained that the boat could be used in many instances, such as ice rescue, in the canal, or during a flood. “We have a larger metal boat, but we can’t use that in knee deep water. With this boat, we can walk beside it, or  row it,” he explained. 

During the June floods Lt. Beckman said they received multiple calls for rescue. “In flood situations, a boat like this is handy for multiple rescues as we work down a street. Even in shallow water, you can’t always see where you’re walking. You don’t know where a curb or hole could be. Now we can help elderly or disabled individuals get out of their homes more safely.” 

Lt. Beckman continued, “This boat has made our job a lot easier, so thank you to the Foundation and Danny Sanchez with the Safety Services Fund for making this possible. We really appreciate it.”   

Danny Sanchez, from Casa Del Ranchero, said he had the idea to start a fund because he wanted to give back. “Both the Barberton fire and police have been coming to our place for years. We just really wanted to give back and do something for them.” Danny typically hosts a golf tournament every year to support his fund. “It has done more and grown bigger than I ever thought it would. Everyone wanted to get involved.” 

Fire Department and Boat

Photo- (L-R) Danny Sanchez, firefighter Chris DeFrange, firefighter Dominic Morbel, firefighter Richard Schwenning, Carrie Herman from Barberton Community Foundation, Lt. Mike Beckman, and Mayor Bill Judge

Fire Department and Boat

Photo- (L-R) Danny Sanchez, firefighter Chris DeFrange, firefighter Dominic Morbel, firefighter Richard Schwenning, Carrie Herman from Barberton Community Foundation, Lt. Mike Beckman, and Mayor Bill Judge


Tuscora Park Foundation Awards Nursing Scholarships

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation hosted their annual Nursing Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Summa Health System, Barberton on Monday, August 19, 2019. Six students were awarded a total of $22,000 from the Foundation. Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation is proud to invest in the education of future nurses and in projects that promote health and wellness in our community.

The luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the students, recognize their families, and meet the Foundation’s board of governors and scholarship committee members.

Dr. Douglas A. Gormley, chair of the Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, said, “It was really a pleasure interviewing the students. As a whole this is the best group of students that we’ve had. We were really impressed.”  Dr. Gormley announced each recipient and presented them with their certificate.

Renee Andrews received the Kovalchin Memorial Scholarship. Renee is a Junior in Ohio University’s nursing program. She is studying to become a registered nurse. She hopes to become a nurse practitioner, and would like to work with children.

Madeline Gay received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. She is beginning her freshman year at Malone University and is studying to become a registered nurse. She said she has always liked helping people, and hopes she can help people each day as a nurse.

Heidi Hartzler received the Carol A. Storad Nursing Excellence Scholarship. She is attending the University of Akron, and this will be her first year in the nursing program. She is a graduate of Barberton High School’s Career and Technical Advancement to Nursing program, which she said gave her a lot of valuable opportunities and experiences, and has prepared her for her degree.

Tyler Mitchell received the Scholarship in Memory of Emma Rist, RN. Tyler is going to be a freshman at the University of Akron in the fall. When he was 12 years old he knew he wanted to be a nurse, and would like to work in the ER.

Kaylyn Patterson received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. This fall is her final semester at Ashland University, and she is also working as a nurse technician at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She is working in the acute cardiology department now, and would like to move into trauma once she has more experience.

Jillian Semonin received a Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Nursing Scholarship. She expects to graduate from the University of Akron in May, 2020. She is currently working at Cleveland Clinic Akron General with their medical/surgical team. She would like to work with the intensive care unit once she graduates.

Four students, Jillian, Kaylyn, Heidi, and Tyler all attended Barberton High School’s Career and Technical Advancement to Nursing program. The program aims to prepare students for careers in nursing, by giving them hands-on experience. Barberton teachers Cindy Boswell and Debbie Ritz were present to congratulate their students.

Barberton Community Foundation is the administrator for Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation. From everyone at Barberton Community Foundation and Tuscora Park, we say, “Congratulations students!”

(L-R) Dr. Douglas A. Gormley, Kaylyn Patterson, Heidi Hartzler, Mary Jo Goss, Jillian Semonin, Diana Stevenson, Renee Andrews, Tyler Mitchell, Mike Moldvay, Madeline Gay

Barberton Community Foundation Announces New Director of Community Impact

Barberton Community Foundation welcomes Carrie Herman as the new Director of Community Impact.

Carrie will manage the implementation of the Foundation’s grant and scholarship programs. She will also be responsible for advancing initiatives for the Foundation’s mission, building relationships with community stakeholders, and working to identify community engagement opportunities that will lead to positive and lasting change.

“We are so happy to welcome Carrie to Barberton Community Foundation and to introduce her to the community,” said Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Allen. “She will be working closely with our nonprofits and donors to help us Build a Better Barberton.”

Carrie has over 30 years of experience in the social services sector and has successfully served as a leader and convener in Akron area organizations. Professionally, she was the executive director of Women’s Network for 13 years, coordinating and collaborating on economic development, as well as strategic issues and opportunities. Most recently, she has served for 19 years as the Business Development Group Manager for United Disability Services (UDS) in Akron, creating and implementing UDS’s social enterprises, as well as partnering with internal and external stakeholders to further the mission of the organization.

Carrie is one of the co-founders of the Women’s’ Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation and has spent 14 years on the grants committee.  Her volunteer work extends to Akron ATHENA’s Board of Trustees and Master Gardeners of Summit County.  Past volunteer commitments include Friends of Main Library Board of Trustees for the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and the Ohio Women’s’ Business Resource Network, where she served as treasurer.  Carrie was named one of YWCA’s 100 Women of Distinction, one of the 500 Most Influential Women in Northeast Ohio by Northern Ohio Live Magazine, and was the Women’s History Project Woman of the Year in 2006.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling and gardening, for which she has earned the designation of Master Gardener.

BCF Hires Director of Marketing

Kate DeAngelis joins Barberton Community Foundation


(July 1, 2019, Barberton, Ohio) – Barberton Community Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Kate DeAngelis as the new Director of Marketing. Kate will be responsible for coordinating marketing initiatives, maintaining key community relationships, and communicating the overall mission of the foundation.

“We are excited to welcome Kate to the Barberton Community Foundation,” said Executive Director Suzanne Allen. “Her background with the Barberton community and her passion for community service makes her an excellent addition to our team.”

Kate has six years of nonprofit marketing and communications experience, previously working as the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Neighborhood Development Services. In her time there, she contributed to many Barberton related projects, including Barberton Better Block, Kave Coffee Bar, the Barberton Walk of Fame, and the Barberton Arts and Entertainment District. From 2012-2016 she worked as the Public Relations and Marketing Associate at the Barberton Public Library. While working at the library, Kate became a Friend of the Foundation, and found her passion working closely with the Barberton community.

Kate is a native of Norton, Ohio, and currently lives in Akron. She graduated from Ellet High School, and attended Ohio Northern University, receiving a BA in Professional Writing. She is excited to be working in Barberton again and shared that it feels like coming home.






About Barberton Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Barberton Community Foundation has awarded over 3,400 grants and scholarships totaling more than $89 million since its inception and invested over $12.5 million more to promote job creation, neighborhood improvements and educational opportunities within Barberton. The Foundation strives to improve, now and forever, the quality of life for Barberton residents by providing leadership on vital issues, fostering collaboration, and creating a legacy of giving to do good. The Foundation strengthens the community for current and future generations by proactively directing its grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs. To read more about the Barberton Community Foundation visit or follow us on Facebook at




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