CHF welcomes our new Board of Trustee members and is very grateful for the service of our retiring board members.
New to the board of directors for Community Health Foundation is Lori E. Zakel and Kyle R. Conroy.
Lori E. Zakel, Ph.D., grew up in Dayton, and she has degrees from Sinclair Community College, the University of Wyoming, Antioch University, and the University of Dayton. She spent most of her career at Sinclair Community College, serving first as a faculty member, then Department Chair, Dean, Associate Provost, and most recently returning from retirement for a short stint as Interim Provost and Vice President for Instruction. She also recently completed service as a consultant for the Ohio Association of Community Colleges.
Lori has served in a variety of volunteer capacities, including: the board of the Miami Valley Academy of Music, Chair of the Clark County 4-H Dog Program, member of the Ohio State Fair 4H Dog Committee, President of the Springfield Pickleball Association, pickleball instructor for United Senior Services, emcee for the Ohio State Fair Dog Show, Community Health Foundation Grants Committee, and board member of the Sinclair Community College Foundation.
Lori has lived in Springfield Township for 31 years. She and her husband, Mark Knowles, enjoy gardening on their small farm, where they raised their two daughters, who attended Shawnee High School. Mark recently retired from Delta Airlines, where he was a pilot.
Kyle R. Conroy is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and the co-owner, along with his brother, Bryce, of Conroy Funeral Home in Springfield.
He is a fourth-generation funeral director following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Kyle graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1998 and went to the University of Toledo, graduating with a B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship, family and small business.
He then attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and graduated with a Bachelors of Mortuary Science in 2003.
Kyle is involved in many organizations and serves numerous non-profit organizations in the Springfield area including his Parish News Council, Irish Fellowship Society and the Catholic Central Foundation. He is a member of the University Club, The Springfield Country Club and the B.P.O.E. #51.
Kyle and his wife, Gretchen (House), live in Springfield with their two children, Collette and George.
Our retiring board member is Darrell Kitchen, who has served on executive committee, was chair of the finance/audit committee and served as treasurer for 9 years.
Leaving the board early as she has accepted a position in Texas is Logan Cobbs. Logan was chair of the DEI committee and served on the grants committee; she served on the CHF Board of Trustees for two years.
New officers to the board include chair, Leann Castillo, Executive Director of National Trail Parks & Recreation, vice chair is Amy Stacy, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, Springfield City Schools, secretary is Wendy Ford, retired administrator, Springfield City Schools, treasurer—Matthew Shroyer, Principal/CPA, Clark Schaefer Hackett and at large member, Anne Holtz, retired supply chain manager, Navistar.