Granville Community Foundation Welcomes Education Board Appointee

The Granville Community Foundation is pleased to welcome new appointee, Scott Mortimer, to the role of Ex Officio Representative for Granville Schools. Mortimer was approved for this position by the Granville Exempted School District School Board in September and will begin serving as their appointee to the Granville Community Foundation effective immediately. Mortimer brings years of experience in business management and accounting to the GCF Board, as well as his dedication to the Granville community. His desire to serve in this role is firmly rooted in supporting and uplifting the community within which his family resides. 

“Scott Mortimer has been involved in Granville Schools in many capacities. His recent volunteer work on the school levy was instrumental in providing accurate information to the community. Scott is a true advocate for excellence in our education system and community," said Jeff Brown, Superintendent, Granville Exempted Village Schools, of the appointment.

Mortimer fills the role of Ex Officio Representative for Granville Schools due to the position being vacated by long-term Foundation board member and Secretary, Olivia Aguilar. Aguilar will be pursuing a new opportunity to serve as the Director for the Miller Worley Center for the Environment this spring. Granville Community Foundation President, Vince Paumier said, “Olivia brought her organizational skills, positive can-do attitude and commitment to the Granville community to the GCF. We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors but she will definitely be missed.” 

In addition to the appointment of Scott Mortimer to the GCF Board, the Foundation is pleased to announce that current board member, Jill Young, will be stepping into the position of Board Secretary. Jill’s professional experience, attention to detail and dedication to the community makes her a great fit for the role. 

Since the Foundation’s inception nearly 50 years ago, more than 100 Granville residents have served on the Foundation’s all-volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are responsible for the fiscal management of its $2 million endowment and allocation of community grants, which have totaled over $200,000 in the last three years. Every year, as terms expire, the Granville Community Foundation accepts applications to its Board of Directors. This very special honor allows individuals to support our community in a unique way. All are welcome to apply and will find required application documents at the Granville Community Foundation website at 

The Granville Community Foundation Announces Director of Operations

In April, the Granville Community Foundation welcomed Susanna Snyder as the  Director of Operations. This is a new position for the Foundation and the Board of Directors is excited for the momentum it represents. The 2019 spring grant cycle brought in a record-breaking amount of requests for GCF funding, and highlighted a need for increased staff support. The Granville Community Foundation has employed an administrator for several years, but voted to transform the role and create a new position with wider scope.

 Susanna has a master’s degree in counseling from Southwestern College, has worked 19 years in the non-profit sector, and brings extensive grant writing experience. In addition to her new role at GCF, she is currently the Development Officer at the Licking County Humane Society. Prior to LCHS, Susanna was the Studio Director at the Granville Studio of Visual Arts. Susanna grew up in Granville, graduated from Granville High School, and is grateful to be back in the Village after moving home in 2012.

 The GCF Director of Operations role responsibilities include: providing administrative support for the Board of Directors specifically serving as a liaison between the Board and the Granville community, grant support, PR & social media, donor stewardship, and other operational duties.

 The Granville Community Foundation was founded nearly 50 years ago and is responsible for the fiscal management of its $2 million endowment and allocation of community grants, which have totaled over $200,000 in the last three years. The GCF mission is to bring together the financial resources of individuals, families, and businesses to support the things that really matter to you, and to your neighbors, like preserving historic landmarks, supporting cherished community events, launching innovative programs in education, cultivating the arts, and helping families in need.

 Every year, as terms expire, the Granville Community Foundation accepts applications to its Board of Directors. This very special honor allows individuals to support our community in a unique way. All are welcome to apply and will find required application documents at the GCF website listed below. For more information about the Granville Community Foundation, a full list of the projects they fund, and how to donate to the mission visit their website at and check them out on Facebook @GranvilleTogether.

GCF Announces 2019 Granville High School Scholarships

The Granville Community Foundation is excited to announce two scholarship opportunities for Granville High School students, the RICHARD DALY GRANVILLE VILLAGE BICENTENNIAL SCHOLARSHIP & GRANVILLE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SELLERS SCHOLARSHIP.

 The Richard Daly Granville Village Bicentennial Scholarship awards  $1,500 to a graduating GHS senior who intends to enroll at a college or technical institution to pursue studies in history and/or the education field. Students must also demonstrate a commitment to individual academic achievement, exhibit good citizenship, and be a positive influence at Granville High School.

 The Granville Community Foundation Sellers Scholarship is presented in memory of Granville community leaders, Charles and Marie Sellers. The students receiving this scholarship must be active leaders who take great pride in both the Granville community and the Granville Schools. The scholarships ($2,000 each) will be awarded to TWO (2) graduating seniors.

 To be considered for these scholarship opportunities, students must complete the application and submit to the Granville High School Counseling Office. The Counseling Office will select the awarded students and the scholarship will be presented at the Senior Honors ceremony.

 The scholarship application deadlines are approaching, so please visit the applications section of the GCF website to apply.

GCF Announces Leadership Team and New Board Members

In February, the Granville Community Foundation welcomed three new board members and announced leadership changes to the current Board. Since the Foundation’s inception nearly 50 years ago, more than 100 Granville residents have served on the Foundation’s all-volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are responsible for the fiscal management of its $2 million endowment and allocation of community grants, which have totaled over $200,000 in the last three years.

Leadership changes on the Board include the appointment of Angela Katona as Vice-President, Michelle Lerner as Co-Chair of the Grants Committee, and Kyle Bartholomew as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. Continuing as Executive Board Members include Vince Paumier as President, Olivia Aguilar as Secretary and Scott Miller as Treasurer. New members to the Board include Lindsey Hoskinson, Jay Snyder and Jill Young.

Lindsey Hoskinson is a Commercial Lender with over 15 years in the banking industry. She also is owner of a 4th-generation grain and cattle farm and owner of a local trucking company.  Lindsey has experience in leadership, management, sales and marketing, accounting, and process improvement.  She received her bachelors from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Ag, and Environmental Sciences and her MBA from Ohio University.  She enjoys running, cooking, yoga, and trying new wines with friends. Lindsey and her husband Bill have 2 children.

Jay Snyder owns SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches in Granville, and has a long and varied story of how he got there . Eleven years in national fine art and craft festivals, and three as the executive director of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra added substantial expertise in nonprofits and fine arts organizations to his education in Public Relations and Mass Communication from Miami University. Since moving to Licking County in 2010 he has become an active participant in community organizations, serving on the board of directors of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, Granville School District’s Whole Child Committee, and Granville Cub Scouts Pack 3. He and his wife Kristen are proud to call Granville home, and have two children in Granville Schools.

Jill Young is a 5 year Granville resident with a professional background in public sector policy and education. She has worked as an intervention specialist in Gahanna and New Albany Schools and as a policy consultant for the Ohio School Boards Association, which allowed her to support a wide variety of districts across the state. Jill attended The Ohio State University, where she obtained a master’s degree in educational administration and a juris doctor degree. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) guardian ad litem and is on the Fundraising Committee for Discover the Dream, a local event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Jill and her husband, Jeremy, have three young daughters.

Retiring from their terms on the Foundation are Josh Sanders, a 6-year board member who served as President during his tenure, and Anne Weinberg, a 5-year board member who most recently held the position of Vice-President. Both retiring board members have been tireless in their support of and work with the Foundation. The current board would like to officially thank them for their incredible service and dedication.

Granville Community Foundation Announces 2019 Grants Workshop

The Granville Community Foundation will be holding a grants workshop on Monday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Welsh Hills School. The Foundation wants to encourage those non-profit or government organizations considering submitting an application in 2019 to attend. Please RSVP to

The Foundation has changed its grant application and revised the eligibility criteria and guidelines for 2019. In addition, The Foundation will be conducting two funding rounds in 2019.

 Information about the 2019 grant cycle, as well as the 2019 application and guidelines, is available on the Foundation’s website at and on The Granville Community Foundation’s Facebook page.

 The Granville Community Foundation is seeking proposals that address the Foundation’s purpose statement: "…to contribute to charitable purposes for the purposes of the common good, general welfare and civic benefits of the Granville community and to assist in and contribute to such objectives and to movements looking toward the progress and advancement of the Granville community."      Articles of Incorporation May 5, 1971

Granville High School Film Club Excels

With an award winning film under their belt, students in Granville High School’s film production club are already busy on their next project.  

At a recent after-school meeting of GHS Film Production, seniors Taylor Kitchen and Burke Abbott (Co-Presidents) took the lead brainstorming a planned documentary on the Granville Schools’ Land Lab. Mason Knight (Vice-President) and Robert Gangner (Secretary), weighed in on a host of production issues: which elements of the Lab to focus on, what time of day to shoot, how to plan for weather, and how to use interview voiceovers and time-lapsed clips to showcase the Lab’s beauty.

Students involved in GHS Film Production have reason to be excited and confident about their next project. This past year, they partnered with Granville Kiwanis to produce a film highlighting the work of K-Kids, a service club for elementary school students. Creating the film posed a number of challenges: interviewing young, camera-shy GES students, gathering enough usable content, and editing nine minutes of footage down to one and a half minutes. Their work paid off. The film won the Kiwanis International 2017-2018 Club Promotion Best Video Contest. (You can find the film by searching “Granville K-Kids” on YouTube).

Students are quick to add that new equipment purchased with a grant from the Granville Community Foundation has made a big difference. A new Apple Macbook Pro relieves the students from having to use their personal computers and gives them access to the latest in film editing software.

Granville Community Foundation Welcomes New Members, Announces Changes In Leadership

The Granville Community Foundation announced a number of changes to its Board of Directors. Since the Foundation’s inception nearly 50 years ago, more than 100 Granville residents have served on the Foundation’s all-volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are responsible for the fiscal management of its’ $2 million endowment and allocation of community grants, which have totaled over $200,000 in the last three years.

Board Member Vince Paumier will be stepping in as President of the Foundation. Paumier began his career with USDA-Rural Development in 1983 and has held numerous positions within the organization. Today, as Ohio Community Development Coordinator, he works with the Rural Development Management Team to leverage statewide internal and external resources to enhance Community Development. Vince is a graduate of Ohio State University and is active in several local community activities including the township zoning board and Kiwanis. He has been a resident of Granville for over 20 years with his wife Mary.  His children, Victoria and Anna are graduates of Granville High School.

Other leadership changes on the Board include the appointment of Olivia Aguilar as Secretary, Josh Beitzel as Chair of the Finance Committee, and Mike Schmidt as Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

Joining the board this year are Kyle Bartholomew and Scott Miller. Bartholomew is owner and chief appraiser of Midland Appraisal Company, LLC based out of Granville, Ohio. Midland Appraisal Company, LLC is a boutique real estate appraisal company focusing on valuation services for a wide variety of users, including: banks, attorneys, and homeowners. He has been in the appraisal industry for over 16 years and brings a wealth of knowledge from his prior experience working as a staff appraiser for over 10 years in Northern California, a staff review appraiser for a national appraisal management company, and as the first, founding Director of the Residential Appraisal Department at Park National Bank. Bartholomew has lived in Granville since 2014 and enjoys the area walking paths, the historic housing stock, and the charming downtown restaurants and shops.

Scott Miller is a finance executive with over twenty years of experience in public accounting and corporate finance.  He specializes in corporate governance, fiscal management and international business.  Since 2012, he has been the Controller of the International division at L Brands. Miller received his BBA degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Cincinnati.  In addition to his corporate work, he currently serves as the Board of Directors Chairperson at the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. Scott and his wife, Susan, live in Granville.  They have two daughters in Granville schools.

Stepping down from the Granville Community Foundation Board are Andy Crawford and Jeni Miller. Crawford served on the board for 6 years, serving in such key roles as Vice President and Secretary, and lending his considerable legal expertise and understanding of the Granville community. Miller served on the board for 3 years and will be remembered for her tireless work organizing the Foundation’s high school scholarships as well as its annual breakfast for grant recipients.

Granville residents interested in serving on the Granville Community Foundation Board of Directors are encouraged to do so by submitting an online application.


Grant Lights Up Robbins Hunter Museum For The Holidays

Grant Lights Up Robbins Hunter Museum For The Holidays

The Robbins Hunter Museum, a center of holiday activity during the months of November and December, will be shining bright thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Granville Community Foundation. The grant will cover the cost of design, installation, take-down, and storage of the Museum’s annual holiday light display.  This year’s lights will complement the Museum’s “Experience the Magic” celebration which will include a Hanukkah exhibit,  gingerbread workshop, candlelight tours, and visits with Santa.