Board of Directors

The Blackford County Community Foundation is led by a volunteer board made up of nine to twelve local community leaders. Each director brings valued expertise and insight to the business of the Foundation, and each director feels a strong connection to this community and its needs.

Current Board Members

Robert Benbow joined the Board of Directors in 2013. Bob’s past experience in working for  the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions provides the Board with a high level of financial and accounting expertise; and his military service gives him a real interest in veterans’ affairs. Bob lives in Montpelier where he serves on the city’s Board of Works; he is also a member of the Blackford County Area Planning Commission.

Ron Branson came on the Board in 2018. Ron is the senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Hartford City. He has been particularly interested in providing affordable childcare in this county.

Jon Creek has served on the Board since 2010 and focused especially on the grantmaking activities of the Foundation. Jon’s background is in social services and he currently farms in the northern part of Blackford County. He has extensive experience as an organizer on community projects; he has been instrumental in helping the Build a Better Blackford group demolished abandoned houses in Hartford City and in leading the new Blackford Initiative group.

Julie A. Forcum  became a member of the Board in 2011. She brings  valuable resources to the Board since she previously served on a community foundation board in another county. Julie manages several rental properties and often volunteers in the community and as a church lay speaker. Her special interests include animal welfare and the arts.

Mitch Glentzer joined the Board in 2018. He works with alternative investments as part of the Kline Family Farms operation in Blackford County. He holds both a law degree and an MBA, thus bringing both a legal and a financial perspective to the Board.

Kristie Jennerjahn joined the Board in 2017. She is an advocate for the youth of this community through her and her husband’s support of local school activities and other organizations that provide programming for today’s young people. She is also active in local civic initiatives.

Adam Lenz became a Board member in 2018. He is a geologist and a senior project manager at Creek Run Environmental Engineering in Montpelier. Lenz’s scientific and environmental background provides technical insights for community projects. He is also interested in youth sports and education.

Bernie Sones joined the Board in 2017. She is a risk manager and sales agent for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance in Blackford County, a position she has held for over 18 years. Bernie also has extensive knowledge of the agricultural community and legal issues through her earlier work experiences with the U. S. Department of Agriculture and two Muncie law firms.

Mark Townsend was new to the Board in 2016. He comes from a family in which multiple generations have viewed community service as their calling. Mark farms northwest of Hartford City while finding time in past years to serve on the local school board, the Purdue University Board of Trustees, and the local hospital board.

Brian Waters joined the Board in 2018. He is a licensed funeral director for the Pitman-Richman and Waters Funeral Homes in Eaton and Hartford City. He is also president of the Hartford City Main Street organization and has marketing experience, particularly in social media marketing.

Board Officers

  • Jon Creek, President
  • Kristie Jennerjahn, Vice President
  • Mark Townsend, Treasurer
  • Bernie Sones, Secretary

Board Committees

The Board relies on its special standing committees to study the various aspects of guiding the Foundation before recommending actions to the full Board. These committees also include community members who have special interests or extensive experience working in each area.

Finance/Investment Committee

  • Vince Cimino, Chair  Community Member
  • Bob Benbow
  • Ron Branson
  • Jon Creek
  • Mitch Glentzer

Grants Committee

  • Jon Creek, Chair
  • Rita Barker-Bell  Community Member
  • Julie Forcum
  • Mitch Glentzer
  • Adam Lenz
  • Bernie Sones
  • Brian Waters
  • Lisa Weeks  Community Member
  • Dr. Ron Wolf  Community Member

Marketing/Public Relations Committee

  • Bernie Sones, Chair
  • Bob Benbow
  • Julie Forcum
  • Kristie Jennerjahn
  • Maxie Malott, Community Member
  • Mark Townsend
  • Brian Waters
  • Lisa Weeks, Community Member

Scholarship Committee

  • Jim Forcum, Chair  Community Member
  • Ron Branson
  • Diana Holsten, Community Member
  • Mark Townsend

Audit Committee

  • President, Chair
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Evaluation Committee

  • President, Chair
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer