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Founders leaving HCCF ‘in good hands’

The Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors recently elected eight Harrison County residents to serve on the board. These newly elected board members will serve a three-year term and may be reelected to serve two additional terms.
They are Linda Burnham of Elizabeth, director of technology for South Harrison Community School Corp.;
Gary Geswein of Palmyra, retired teacher and farmer;
Thomas Gibson of Corydon, retired manager of Dow Chemical Co.;
Denise Harbeson of Corydon, materials management manager at Harrison County Hospital;
Bette Harper of Mauckport, agent with Schuler Bauer Real Estate;
Pam Bennett Martin of New Salisbury, vice president of Bennett & Bennett Insurance;
Patricia Timberlake of Corydon, administrator of Cedar Court assisted living facility; and
Doug York of Corydon, president of Melhiser Endres Tucker CPAs.
Outgoing board members are Maryland Austin, Deborah Coleman, Charlie Lynch, Gordon Pendleton, Pete Schickel, Dale Watson and H. Lloyd (Tad) Whitis. These were the last of the founding board members who were selected by the county commissioners when the Foundation was created in 1996. Joyce Bliss is also leaving the board this year, as she was recently elected to serve on the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of School Trustees.
‘We are leaving the Foundation in good hands,’ said Maryland Austin, chair of the board development committee.
Additionally, the following slate of officers will serve throughout 2007: Jane Kraft, president: Qudsia Davis, vice president: Norbert Rawert, secretary; and Joel Voyles, treasurer.
The board recently promoted a couple of staff members. Julie Timberlake of Crandall will now serve the Foundation as program and marketing manager. She was hired in 2001 to assist the executive director, Steve Gilliland, who was hired in 1999. She has watched the growth of the grants and scholarships programs through these years, and her primary responsibility is to manage and administrate the scholarship and grant-making programs.
Vicky Elmore of Laconia will now serve as the Foundation’s executive and finance assistant. She was hired as an administrative assistant in 2004, and she manages fund accounting software and works closely with the finance committee in monitoring investments. Her responsibilities are to assist the executive director in the administrative and financial activities of the Foundation.
‘This Foundation is fortunate to have staff with such dedication and enthusiasm,’ said Kraft, the HCCF board president. ‘We felt these promotions were well deserved and a proper way to say ‘Thank you’ for all they do.’
For more information about the Harrison County Community Foundation, visit its Web site ( or contact the staff at 738-6668.