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REID HOSPITAL »  Foundation »  Board


Board of Directors

The Reid Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of 20 individuals who reside within Reid's service area including two individuals who serve through ex-officio relationships: Reid's Governing Board Chair and Reid's President.



Denny Burns

Denny Burns, President of Burns Corporation located in Hagerstown, has served on numerous community boards and organizations during the past 20 years. Currently, he is a member of the United Way Board of Directors, Workforce Investment Board of Region 6, Wayne County Redevelopment Commission and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Merit Board. Bruns also volunteers for Junior Achievement, the Hagerstown Little League, and the Model T Club of America. The father of six also has memberships with both Hagerstown Rotary and Hagerstown Optimist clubs.

Denny is pleased to serve as Chair of the Foundation Board. 

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Jackie Carberry, Secretary/Treasurer

Jackie Carberry and her husband, Alan, moved to Richmond in 1991 from northern Indiana, falling in love with the local architecture and history of Wayne County. For many years, Jackie sold antiques while Alan worked in Brookville, Ohio, as an electrical engineer. In 1995, they turned an idea into a reality as they launched Warm Glow Candle Company in Centerville. After a lot of work, hours and pitfalls, the business is still growing today.

Jackie loves -- when not working -- spending time with her two grandchildren, garden and relaxing at Brookville Lake.

“We are still interested in local history and feel very blessed to find our home here in Richmond, Wayne County,” Jackie said.

Jackie joined the Reid Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in 2009.  She serves on the Special Events committee and was an integral part of the Foundation’s first BRAvo!.

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Mary Davis

Mary Davis, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, worked for Richmond Community Schools as an educator for 35 years. An Earlham graduate, Davis was selected by former Governor Joseph Kernan as a member of his administration's Early Learning & School Readiness Commission. Davis retired from teaching in 2006; she now devotes much of her time and energy as an active member and volunteer of Living Word Christian Fellowship Church.

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John Dils

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Lee Elzemeyer, Chair

Vice president at First Merchants Bank in Liberty, Lee Elzemeyer joined the Reid Foundation Board of Directors in 2007.  He currently serves as Vice Chair and on the Executive and Audit Committees.

Lee has shown his community leadership in many ways including his participation with the Cardinal Greenway.

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Jon Ford

A member of both the Reid Foundation board and Reid Hospital governing board, Ford has been given the opportunity to see health care from several perspectives.

"I wear a hat as a potential customer and look at the care we provide from a personal standpoint." Before his retirement as plant manager at Purina Mills, he also had the perspective of a community employer.

"Health care is a major budget item in most companies and board members should be sensitive to that." But in his role as board member, he also has had to examine budgets, capital expenditures and make sure that the decisions were good decisions for Reid as well as the community.

Reid's decision to build a new hospital required him to wear all those hats. "People don't want to travel outside of their community to get health care," Ford said, "and we want to keep our rates low and still provide the highest rate of quality."

Reid President Craig Kinyon said, "Jon is an outstanding board member. He thinks with a wonderful blend of his head, heart and faith."

Since retiring, volunteering has become somewhat of a second career - one he takes very seriously. "People need to have a passion for what they do, whether they are a truck driver, an assembly line worker or a health care provider," Ford said. "When you don't have passion, a job is just a job and the results will show it.

 "At Reid, passion comes out in different ways all the time. I have seen this as family members received treatment, and I have seen it when people go out of their way to walk someone to their destination. People at Reid go above and beyond."

Ford's passion for Reid is perhaps only surpassed by his love of family and his strong faith.  He and his wife, Judy, preside over a family of five children, and 12 grandchildren, who are scattered from South Carolina, to Pennsylvania, Indiana, Montana and Alaska. The Fords' other family is their church - Christ Presbyterian Church - where Jon is an elder.

 Because his career took the Fords all over the country, their children grew up in different areas, and some settled in those spots. "Our children all like each other, and we make a concentrated effort to get the entire family together at least every two years." Because four of the five children worked at Glacier National Park in their college years, that has been a favorite gathering spot.

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Gary Hemmelgarn

Gary Hemmelgarn is a graduate of Purdue University and went on to receive his master's degree at Indiana Wesleyan University.  He is a project engineering manager at Belden Wire & Cable Company in Richmond and enjoys volunteering for Reid Hospital.

Joining the Reid Foundation Board of Directors in 2006, Gary serves on the Investments and Grants Committee as well as the Governance Committee.  He is a former board member with Habitat for Humanity and the Wayne County Museum.  He is also a Richmond City Street Tree Commissioner.

Gary and his wife, Tammy, are residents of Richmond and have two sons.

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Linda Paust

Linda Paust is one to let her actions speak for her.  The Chair of Reid Foundation, Paust is in her ninth and final year of her board tenure.  "I had always been impressed with Reid quality - that includes campus appearance, medical service received and the financial status maintained over many years.  So, after serving in a few other positions throughout the community, I thought this would be a positive board to try, and it certainly has been," said Paust.

During her time as a member of the Board, Linda witnessed many milestones.  Of those accomplishments she cites the Foundation's transfer of $46 million as the most memorable.  "The transfer to the New Reid project was unforgettable.  The fact that we had the funds available was amazing.  Then for the entire board to support the transfer was awesome."

Paust also took an active role in the For Our Future capital campaign.  Of the campaign she said, "The unfolding and the quick blossoming of the capital campaign has been an incredible experience.  I have been most pleased with the unique approach to this campaign - it truly is "For Our Future,' and the raising of $4.5 million from within the Reid family is a tribute to Reid and its service.  Actions do speak louder than words."

"Linda has been a true blessing.  She is in our office every week - sometimes two or three times.  Her loyalty and dedication to Reid, the Foundation, and her colleagues is extraordinary.  The success of the campaign is a direct result of the quality board we have, and she is our leader," said Foundation President Randy Kirk.

 A former teacher at Northeastern High School, Linda is active in the community, including stints on the Urban Enterprise Board, Richmond Redevelopment Commission, and the Whitewater Opera Board.  Linda and her husband, Ken - who serves as County Commissioner - are also involved in local politics.

"Community work is exceedingly important.  It involves doing good works which serve a community well; it allows a community to thrive and grow and creates ownership and pride. In all, it makes a community a better place to live," said Paust.

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Penny Pentecost, Vice Chair

A graduate of Lincoln High School and Indiana University, Penny holds her Master’s degree in education.  She has taught students at Ivy Tech, Indiana University East, Lincoln High School and Richmond High School.  While at RCS, in addition to teaching, she was a Teacher Leader of Professional Development and active in the Richmond Education Association, serving as president for six years. 

Penny enjoys working with youth theatre.  She was involved in the drama departments at Lincoln and Richmond High Schools, and directed the first high school show in Richmond’s new Civic Hall.  Penny volunteers with the Western Wayne Elementary Drama Club, doing choreography and helping in other areas as needed. 

This lifelong resident of Western Wayne County has five children, 15 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all living in Indiana. 

Penny is a member of Cambridge City First United Methodist church where she serves as a Trustee and choir member.

Serving on the Foundation Board’s Fundraising Committee and the Special Events Committee, Penny is especially proud of the BRAvo! initiative. 

“I am not one to expect someone else to ‘do it,’” Penny says.  “Reid Foundation allows me to give back in a very small way to one of the most vital components of our community – a community that has been good to my family and me.”

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Bob Powell

Market President of US Bank in Richmond, Bob Powell joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2007.  He serves on the Fundraising Committee as well as the Investments & Grants Committee.  In addition to his duties at Reid Hospital, he serves on other boards and is an active community member.  

Bob enjoys living in Wayne County with his wife, Suzette.



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Len Vonderhaar

A 50-year resident of Preble County, Len Vonderhaar understands the importance of family and industry in rural Ohio.  He has five children, fourteen grandchildren, and a lovely wife, Charlotte.  Len’s farming roots run three generations deep and continue growing - currently, he farms with his youngest son, Alan.

Len participates on the Foundation’s Special Events and Fundraising Committees.  In addition to his work at Reid, he is pleased to serve in many community roles, including:  Preble County MRDD; State of Ohio Agribusiness Roundtable; Eucharistic Ministry Team with Saint Mary’s Church in Oxford, Ohio; Republican Central Committee. 

 “I am honored to be a Reid Foundation Board Member and thankful for Reid’s service to the residents of Preble County,” Len said.

When not on the farm, Len enjoys boating, classic truck and car shows and model railroading.


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David Wesler

David Wesler is the newest member of the Foundation Board of Directors.  He and his family are long-time residents of New Paris, Ohio.



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