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Cass County Community Foundation
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Staff & Board

People Who Lead Us

When the community foundation movement began in Indiana back in the early 1990's as a Lilly Endowment initiative, local leaders took a giant step and committed themselves to building assets for the future. The work was long and hard as the concept was new and sometimes difficult to explain. Those early leaders persevered and their efforts have built an organization that is now celebrating 16 years of giving back to the community.

At the Community Foundation, our giving back takes on many different shapes. We may be asked to give resources, leadership, or to be conveners or partners in projects that benefit the community. The tasks may be short in duration or at times, spread over several years. It is at times a difficult balance between the needs of today and the hopes and dreams for tomorrow. As a board, our work at times may be centered on many different ideas and topics throughout a single year. As you view this site, you will find some thoughts from our board members about the importance and impact of these ideas and topics. Thank you for continuing to support the Cass County Community Foundation.


Deanna Crispen
Deanna Crispen, President
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Brooke Stotler
Brooke Stotler, Executive Assistant
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Susan Lupke
Susan Lupke, Finance
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Board Members

Bud Reed
Bud Reed, Chairman
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Keith Cole
Keith Cole, Treasurer
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Lucy Burns
Lucy Burns, Vice Chairman
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Carol Sue Hayworth
Carol Sue Hayworth, Secretary
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Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery, Board Member
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Barrie McClain
Barrie McClain, Board Member
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Elizabeth Billman
Elizabeth Billman, Board Member
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Lisa Swaim
Lisa Swaim, Board Member
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Michael Shannon
Michael Shannon, Board Member
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Molly Long
Molly Long, Board Member
Dr. Sue Ridlen
Dr. Sue Ridlen, Board member
Kory Wilson, Board Member
Tim Rich
Tim Rich, Board member
Daniel Layman
Daniel Layman, Board Member
Suzanne Chilcott, Board Member