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Frank Lewis

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The Scioto Foundation has named Jonica Burke as a new member of its Board of Governors. She will replace Dr. Wayne Wheeler who will retire from the Foundation board at the end of 2012 after serving on the board since the late 1990’s.

Burke, a native of California, married Ryan Burke and moved to Portsmouth in 1999. She attended the Honors College at the University of Houston in Texas where she earned a B.A. degree in Spanish. She completed a M.A. degree in Public Administration and a M.S. degree in Natural Resources at the Ohio State University and then earned a Ph.D in Public Administration with a concentration in budgeting and finance from the University of Kentucky. Her academic research focused on long-term state budget deficits and underfunded public pension liabilities.

Since 2010 Burke has served as Director of Institutional Finance at Shawnee State University where her primary duties have included budget development, financial analysis, and risk management. She has worked in education for sixteen years, including transfer admissions, academic advising, student orientation, policy research and undergraduate instruction. She also worked in the SSU Student Success Center from 1999-2001.

Burke became an OSU extension agent for 4-H Youth Development from 2001-2003 when she coordinated junior fair events and educational activities for young people throughout Scioto County. She rejoined SSU in 2007 as the university registrar.

“I first learned about the Scioto Foundation a decade ago when the Scioto County 4-H program was awarded a small Foundation grant to promote 4-H participation,” Burke said. “I am so pleased to join the Foundation’s Board of Governors now, to help ensure its continued ability to support similar worthy organizations, as well as college scholarships for our region’s young adults.”

Wheeler said one of his goals as a Scioto Foundation board member was for the Foundation to give away $1 million dollars in grants and scholarships per year and to grow its funds to $25 million in investments.

“We have gotten close,” he said.

His most important accomplishment while a Foundation board member, according to Wheeler, was working with Ralph Wisniewski to hire a competent director. He thanked SF Executive Director Kim Cutlip for her 13 years of service and for implementing the UCAN (University/College Access Network) initiative.

Wheeler announced that he will be taking on responsibilities on the Healthpath Board which strives to provide access to healthcare in Appalachia.

“It is bittersweet to leave the Scioto Foundation board, but I leave it in good hands.” Wheeler said as he thanked Foundation board members, staff and committee members for the opportunity to serve.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com.

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