Meet Our Team

Our internal team is made up of a diverse group of professionals with a wide range of expertise in nonprofit management, financial management, fund and donor development, economic development, program development, marketing, public relations, program evaluation, event management, and more.


Together, we aim to provide grant making, scholarship, leadership, and community investment programs and services of the highest quality to serve the citizens of Barberton.


Dr. Suzanne T. Allen, Executive Director

Suzanne Allen, Ph.D., joined the Barberton Community Foundation as its leader and Executive Director, leaving her post as President and CEO of Philanthropy Ohio, on March 4th.

Dr. Allen has more than three decades of proven nonprofit leadership and has experience working with Community Foundations by engaging the entire community in decision-making.

Prior to her appointment with Philanthropy Ohio, Suzanne was Vice President for Development and Donor Services for the Akron Community Foundation. During her career Suzanne has held teaching, senior fundraising, and leadership positions with several universities, and has served as a private consultant helping clients in the nonprofit and academic sectors across the country.



Jane Litz, Chief Financial Officer

Jane joined the Foundation in November 2017 and is responsible for all things financial related to the Foundation. Jane joins us from Huntington/FirstMerit, where she served as a Vice President of Finance as well as Executive Director of the FirstMerit Foundation. In her work, she developed policies and procedures, administered treasury management, fund accounting and  regulatory compliance.

Jane is a Certified Management Accountant and earned a MBA and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management degrees form the University of Akron. She currently serves as a board member at the Akron Zoo, and served as the capital campaign chair for the Zoo's Mike & Mary Stark Grizzly Ridge expansion.



Carlina Croston, Administrative Assistant

Carlina joined the Foundation in December 2017 and is our resident "techy." Carlina has a background in IT, that was cultivated by her time in the Ohio Army National Guard, where she served for 6 years as an IT Administrator. Carlina is a jack of all trades around the office and helps to keep things moving smoothly. In her spare time she enjoys running with her dog Titan, spending time with her goddaughter, and crocheting for family and friends.