The Western Ohio Educational Foundation (WOEF) was organized in 1962 in response
to a growing desire for residents of the region to have access to higher education.
For over 50 years, the WOEF Board has remained strongly committed to
the success of the Lake Campus. While continuing to serve in its role as citizen
advisors, the WOEF Board also supports special projects that more immediately
benefit the needs of students. Governed by a 25-member board of community leaders,
WOEF provided 161 awards to 127 students totaling $267,000 in scholarship funds for the 2012-13 academic year. Since 1962, this organization has awarded more than $2.98 million
for this purpose. To be eligible for assistance through WOEF scholarships, a
student must be enrolled at the Lake Campus.
WOEF Board of Trustees Members (2012)
Auglaize County (7)
John Hoge, Owner, Hoge Lumber
Mike Makley, Retired Education Administrator
Jenny Niekamp, Educator, St. Henry High School
Christine Noble, Educator
Bernard L. Schroer, Owner, New Bremen Machine & Tool
Robert Sudhoff, CFO Minster Machine Co.
Gus Wintzer, President, G.A. Wintzer & Son Company
Darke County (3)
Mitch Eiting, Corporate Services Manager, Midmark Corp.
Bruce Mikesell, Business Owner
E. Todd Durham, Attorney, Second National Bank
Mercer County (7)
Neil Diller, CFO, Cooper Farms
Rick Giere, Manager, Crown Corp.
Dennis Hirt, HR Manager, Reynolds & Reynolds
Helen James, Retired Educator
William Meikle, Attorney
Jane Stuckman, Retired Educator
Van Wert County (7)
Pam Baker, VP of Nursing Services, Van Wert County Hospital
Kent Bradford, Attorney
Pat Ryan, Van Wert President, Citizens National Bank
Staci Kaufman, Superintendent, Vantage Career Center
Carey Welker, Plant Manager, Eaton Corporation
Dee Whitcraft, Retired Education Administrator
At Large (1)
Tom Knapke, Retired Educator, Consultant
Bonnie Mathies, Dean
Robert Hiskey, Associate Dean
Julie Miller, WOEF Development Officer