Board of Directors Represent All
Corners of Community
The Board of Directors of the Dearborn Community Foundation, Inc. (DCF) is made up of volunteers from all corners of Dearborn County, supporting the Foundation’s primary purpose of building permanent endowment funds to serve donors who have charitable interests.
The members of the Board of Directors are each elected for a three-year term starting at the annual meeting in January. A director may serve a maximum of two full consecutive terms of service. The terms are staggered to provide continuity of experience. New board members are elected by the Board of Directors after it receives recommendations from the Board Development Committee – charged with seeking talented leaders who are representative of the community as a whole.
The current members of the DCF Board of Directors:
Elise Smith, Chairperson
Ed Gordon, President
Mark Neff, Treasurer
James Stock, Secretary
Hidden Valley Lake
Courteous, Professional DCF Team
The DCF Team is a group of courteous, experienced professionals that are dedicated to making a difference in their community through top-notch service to donors, grantees and other community members, as well as by providing professional support to the Foundation board of directors. The DCF Team is made up of four full-time employees and non-staff member Lisa deHart Lehner, the Foundation’s legal counsel.
Executive Director Fred McCarter is a former newspaper journalist (12 years) and media relations/marketing professional (7 years) that joined the DCF staff in early 2005 after having served on the Foundation’s board of directors. McCarter’s significant experience in marketing/journalism, community relations and governmental affairs serve him well as the Foundation creates and implements a strategic plan to take the organization to the next phase of development.
Staff Accountant Cheryl Wessel has more than 30 years of accounting experience and has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for more than 30 years. Wessel joined the DCF staff in November 2007. Her accounting experience covers a broad range of fields including many non-profit organizations. Wessel served as both a staff accountant and accounting specialist during 10 years at Cincinnati Bell Inc., where her responsibilities ranged from completing monthly financial reporting and special reporting for Cincinnati Bell Inc. subsidiaries to completing SEC financial reporting and quarterly financial report press releases.
Administrative Assistant Gretchen Hambrick joined the DCF staff in early November 2017. With her experience as an office manager and in accounts payable work as well as a wide range of volunteerism in our community, Hambrick brings to the Foundation valuable interpersonal and professional administrative skills.
Attorney Adrienne Flannery (Miller Flannery Law) joined DCF in January 2019. Adrienne has focused here practice on estate planning, probate administration and elder law. She is passionate about charitable organizations and volunteerism. She currently serves as co-plan administrator for a legal non-profit agency providing pro bono services to low-income individuals.