Posts Tagged ‘Lynn McCaslin’

John Deemer, Oil City businessman and friend of Venango Area Community Foundation and Bridge Builders Community Foundations, created and donated the beautiful table the BBCF Trustees used for the first time May 1st.  The table is 4’x10′, with a blond oak base and Formica top.


The table outshined the Trustees, and we thank him for his gift.  The Trustees are Joseph Keebler, Susan Williams, and Jason Woolcock for VACF; Lynn McCaslin and Norman Wimer for Forest County Community Foundation; Jerry Belloit, Bill Kaufman, and Charles Marlin for Clarion County Community Foundation; and Trent Moulin, Executive Director of BBCF.

If you are looking for me in the pictures, I am the good-looking one.  Charles Marlin

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The Trustees of Bridge Builders Community Foundations have selected Trenton E. Moulin as Executive Director and he is already on the job.  For many years Steve Kosak was our Executive Director, but he is now with PNC Bank in Oil City; and for the transition period, we had Bill Kaufman as Interim Executive Director.  Both Kosak and Kaufman pledge support and counsel to our new director.

Moulin is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, and most recently was Director of Development for the Allegheny Region Chapter of the American Red Cross.  His resume included two years as a pirate in the Caribbean, but the Trustees discounted the claim as a juvenile fantasy.

His BBCF office is 213 Seneca Street in Oil City PA 16301; and his email is trentonmoulin@gmail.com   He can be reached at the office at (814) 677-8687 or by cell at (412) 978-6841.  He will be working with the affiliate boards of the Clarion County Community Foundation, Forest County Community Foundation, and Venango Area Community Foundation.

Jeanne Best continues her work with BBCF, however under the new title of Operations Director.  With her new title, she is authorized to carry a handgun in church, campus, camp, club, and curbside.  She can be reached at (814) 677-8687 or jeanne_vacf@verizon.net

Pictured above are the officers of BBCF and the new Executive Director.  From left to right are President Susan Williams of Rouseville,  Executive Director Trent Moulin of Oil City,  Secretary Lynn McCaslin of Tionesta, Vice-President Charles Marlin of Knox, and Treasurer Jason Woolcock of Oil City.  Charles Marlin

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The Bridge Builders Community Foundations met December 7, 2010, for their Annual Meeting and elected new officers.  The current officers had all served two consecutive one-year terms, plus an initial partial term, and were no longer eligible for those positions.

The new officers elected to serve until next Annual Meeting are Susan Williams President; Charles Marlin Vice President; Jason Woolcock Treasurer, and Lynn McCaslin Secretary.

Congratulations to everyone for running a clean campaign.  Others could learn from us.  Charles Marlin

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The Board of Trustees of the Bridge Builders Community Foundations announces steps to transition the organization from the leadership of Mr. Stephen Kosak, after 21 years as Executive Director, to new leadership.

The Board has assigned Mr. Kosak a new title as Senior Executive Director effective when his employment with PNC Bank, National Association begins on January 1, 2011.  As Senior Executive Director he will advise, review, and consult with the Bridge Builders staff, Trustees, and affiliate Boards, serve Ex-Officio on the Bridge Builders Board of Trustees, and represent the community foundations at functions when appropriate.

Beginning January 1, 2011, Dr. Bill Kaufman of Clarion will serve as Interim Executive Director.  He has been given an ambitious set of instructions by the Bridge Builders Trustees.  Additionally he will manage the administrative offices at 213 Seneca Street, Oil City, meet with donors, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations seeking grants from one of the three affiliate community foundations.  All the services the foundations are known for will continue during this transition.

The specific challenges given to Dr. Kaufman are to evaluate all operations, budget, and staffing to create efficiencies, expand services, and economize; create goodwill in our service area; organize Penn Jefferson Community Foundation as an affiliate to serve Jefferson County; make recommendations for future operations, budget, and staffing; and finally to assist the Trustees in the employment of a new Executive Director.

After 37 years in education, Dr. Kaufman retired in July 2009 from his position of Executive Director of the Riverview Intermediate Unit 6.  Before his tenure at Riverview, Dr. Kaufman served 12 years as the Superintendent of the Clarion Area School District.  Prior to this, he was employed by the Oil City Area School District where he worked in several capacities ranging from math teacher and coach to assistant superintendent.  Dr. Kaufman received a BS in mathematics from Juniata College, a master’s degree from Westminster College, and a doctorate in education from Penn State.

Mrs. Lynn McCaslin of Tionesta, Trustee President, says, “the mission of Bridge Builders Community Foundations and the affiliates Clarion County Community Foundation, Forest County Community Foundation, and Venango Area Community Foundation is the same as under Mr. Kosak.  We are a nonprofit trustee for charitable endowment funds, administered by independent, local affiliate Boards and the final Board of Trustees.”

Mrs. McCaslin continues, “we emphasize local control, low administrative fees, and direct participation by donors, volunteers, and nonprofit organizations.  Our funds include scholarships, school funds, unrestricted funds, funds serving a specific nonprofit, cemetery funds, community funds, and field-of-interest funds.  Our breadth and commitment are unique.”

The phone number for the administrative offices in Oil City will remain (814) 677-8687 at 213 Seneca Street.  In Clarion County the mailing address is Clarion County Community Foundation, Suite A, 21 N 6th Avenue, Clarion PA 16214.  The Clarion County President is Dr. Jerry Belloit of Clarion, and Vice-President is Mr. Barry McCauliff of Shippenville.  The Forest County President is Mr. Jim Parrett of Marienville, and Vice-President is Mrs. Josie Habjanetz of Tionesta.  The Venango Area President is Mr. Joseph Keebler of Franklin, and the Vice-President is Mr. Ed Bergin of Franklin.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Kaufman, Mrs. McCaslin, and Mr. Kosak.  Press Release

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The Board of Trustees of the Bridge Builders Community Foundations announces that Stephen Kosak,, long time Foundation Executive Director, has accepted a position with PNC Bank, National Association.

Mr. Kosak through his consulting company, Kosak & Associates, has administered various trusts, foundations, and scholarships for Venango, Clarion and Forest Counties for 35 years.

Mr. Kosak will take a position with PNC Bank, National Association administering local charitable trusts and foundations.  He will begin his new position on January 1, 2011.

Mr. Kosak joined the Venango Area Community Foundation in 1989, grown the Community Foundation from two funds with $500,000.00 in assets to over 80 funds with $5.5 million in assets.  To capitalize on the growth of area foundations and their partnerships the Venango Area, Clarion County, and Forest County Community Foundations created an umbrella organization called Bridge Builders Community Foundations in 2007.

Mr. Kosak says, “I am thankful to have worked with dedicated and community connected Community Foundation board members.  I also appreciate all of the individuals and families that have created funds in the Community Foundations.  It is through their generosity that children, youth – and families and our communities – will benefit in the future.”

Through Mr. Kosak’s transition from consultant to PNC employee, the Boards of Directors of the Venango Area, Clarion County, and Forest County Community Foundations, and the Board of Trustees of Bridge Builders Community Foundations are intent on continuing to serve the needs of their communities.

Mr. Kosak adds, “I remain committed to growing and strengthening the Community Foundations.  PNC will allow me to continue working for the Community Foundations in a supportive way, outside of my full-time responsibilities at PNC.”

Board of Trustees President, Lynn McCaslin adds, “The Boards of Directors and the Board of Trustees want to make the transition as seamless as possible and are committed to working diligently to meet the challenge presented by Mr. Kosak’s eventual absence.  Mr. Kosak shall continue as the Executive Director and assist in the transition in the immediate future.”

To provide for this transition Bridge Builders Community Foundations has hired Frank Gill of Gill Consulting to facilitate this process.  Mr Gill will work directly with a committee of Community Foundation Board members to plan for the transition through the implementation of an operational plan.

This plan will be executed in a way that will assure all of the responsibilities and duties provided by Mr Kosak will be accomplished so that the Community Foundations can continue to be a vital and growing asset to our communities.  Press Release

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