BCF hires executive director

Rich Muller, Herald Staff Writer

Foundation hires new leader

Suzanne Allen will be the next executive director of the Barberton Community Foundation (BCF).

The BCF board of directors voted Dec. 13 to hire Allen, effective Monday, March 4. Allen is the president and CEO of Philanthropy Ohio which has offices in Columbus and Cleveland. Her last day there will be Friday, March 1.

Allen’s annual salary will be $128,000, the same previous director Jim Stonkus. She lives in Fairlawn with her husband Mitch. Allen does not plan to move to Barberton and the BCF board is not requiring her to do so.

“I live 11 miles away and can get here in 15 minutes,” Allen said.

Allen said she is excited and thrilled to be joining the BCF as the organization transitions to a philosophy of collective impact instead of reacting to individual grant requests.

She said the easiest way to define collective impact is to think of a bunch of boats going in different directions with different goals and objectives. More is accomplished if people and organizations are all in one boat, rowing in the same direction with energy and resources concentrated on specific goals or processes.

“It’s an exciting challenge for me to learn more about the community, learn more about that sort of hidden culture, the stories and the things that make Barberton special,” Allen said, adding, “When people say they are from Barberton, they say it with pride.”

“I’m thrilled with the collective impact model,” stated Chairman of the Board Michael Chisnell, “because it challenges our organization and challenges the community to have focused volunteerism and focused partnerships to develop and blossom.”

Chisnell said the BCF board, city and community have a lot to learn about collective impact. “You don’t just press a button and everything is in place.” He anticipates six to 12 months of formulating, identifying and doing the homework before fully deploying collective impact in 2019.

In the search for an executive director, 64 applicants were received by search organization Finding Leaders From those five finalist selected for interviews with board members.

In other board action, Dennis Liddle was approved for a three-year board of directors term. Liddle was also selected to be chairman of the board, both effective at the end of the annual meeting, Jan 17.

Debra Shreiner was named to a three-year term on the board, subject to the approval of Barberton City Council.

Barberton Community Foundation next executive director Suzanne Allen.

Suzanne Allen and Barberton Community Foundation Chairman of the Board Michael Chisnell sign paperwork naming Allen as the next BCF executive director, effective March 4.


  1. Blue Collar on December 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I never knew that working for a nonprofit organization could be so lucrative, and enough to support an out-of-town, lavish lifestyle.

  2. O.C.'s relative on December 17, 2018 at 7:25 am

    what is it that this foundation does exactly???

  3. gemetria on December 17, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Feed the hungry,feed them shit.Feed them bones and politics.U wanna revolutionize? Be specific and believe your eyes.

  4. REMEMBER on December 17, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Remember when Bodnar worked this job for 3 hrs. and bolted back to Michigan? He was never seen in this town again. Kinda like Bethany McKinley.

    • demonrat on December 17, 2018 at 7:11 am

      what are the demonrats doing for the working man? stealing from the middle class to hand out crumbs to the poor and create fat paychecks for themselves?

    • soy sauce on December 17, 2018 at 7:16 am

      get over it you butthurt soyboy

      • memberberries on December 17, 2018 at 7:17 am

        yeah i member!!

  5. Failing Foundation on December 16, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    A salary of 128 K ?? That is plain ridiculous. We are a town that has little to no biz growth and a local leadership group that is clueless with no idea’s for the future . Running the foundation coffers should be the equivalent of a remedial mathematics course. Hiring someone from outside of the area is wise, you need someone who has not been poisoned by the local cronies. I hope Mrs Allen has a sense of humor, she will need it when she comes to realize how poorly run this town really is.

  6. Jeff Day on December 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    This is great news! I’ve heard wonderful things about her time at Philanthropy Ohio. I can only imagine the impact she will make in this new job. Congratulations!

    • wow on December 14, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Not what you know, but WHO you know to make it work in this town. She knows no one.

  7. edbassmaster on December 14, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Hahahahaaaa! Fairlawn! Barberton is nothing like fairlawn.Our shit stinks and we know it!!! Douchbags!!!

  8. Good Luck on December 14, 2018 at 6:20 am

    Good Luck. You will need it. Outsider will never work in this position.

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