Jim & Kristi Cutright

Jim & Kristi Cutright

Jim and Kristi Cutright were married in August 1975, and have been residents of Ashland since 1986. They have two grown children, Brad and Brittany.

Jim and Kristi’s passion for the Ashland County Community Foundation is borne out of a desire to give back to an Ashland community that has provided, in their view, a marvelous opportunity for their family to experience an outstanding quality of life since Jim began his working career here, as a construction management professional, in 1980.

In the interest of fostering a legacy of giving within their family, Jim and Kristi funded the “Cutright Family Scholarship,” an annual monetary award recognizing Ashland High School students participating in golf.

Locally, Jim (or “Cutty,” as he is widely known) has been active, with Kristi’s blessing and loving support, in service organizations such as the Elks, Rotary Club and Noon Lions, as well as a past board member of Hospice-NCO, The Ashland All-Sports Booster Club, The Country Club of Ashland and for five years, a trustee and Vice Chairman of ACCF.

Serendipitously, the Cutrights have also provided for a testamentary gift, in support of ACCF operations, as part of their estate planning, not realizing, at the time, that Cutty would join the ACCF staff in 2012, as its Executive Director.

Kristi and Cutty have commented, “We believe so strongly that ACCF provides the best local opportunity, combining endowment with flexibility, for individuals to accomplish their philanthropic goals.”

Prepared 2012

Vincent R. and Jaqueline S. Crew

Vincent R. and Jacqueline S. Crew

Native Clevelanders and Ashland College sweethearts in the 1970’s, Vince and Jackie Crew moved to Ashland in the late 1980’s. Inspired by Lucille Ford and the founding board’s insight, they were delighted to hear of the foundation’s beginnings. Following their business and nonprofit careers, Vince & Jackie established REACH Development Services as a locally-based executive consulting business in 1997. With nationwide expansion, the Crews relocated their business to Naples, Florida. Upon retiring they returned to Ashland in 2017.

In their words, “We have been blessed with so many opportunities and by so many people in Ashland and have designated ACCF operations and specific community causes as major beneficiaries in our estate plans.

Prepared 2019

Larry and Sherry Cooke

Larry and Sherry Cooke

A graduate of Shelby High School and North Central State College, Larry obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at several companies to include Cooper Bessemer and Eagle Rubber before joining Johnson Bros Rubber in 1976. In March 1979, he married Sherry, a graduate of Ashland High School. They have 4 children, Debbie, Sandy, Becky and Bethany.

An active member of Grace Brethren Church, Sherry has been involved with Ashland Christian School for nine years. She volunteers at Good Shepherd and for the Ohio Reads program. Her hobbies include teaching crafts as well as interior decorating. Larry enjoys fishing, golfing, hunting, gardening, and flying. They both enjoy time together at home and occasional travel.

Both Larry and Sherry value their Ashland County and the work of the Foundation. Their testamentary gift supports the operations of the Foundation to help make Ashland County a better place to work and to live…for generations to come.

Prepared 2005

Dr. Carol J. Chrisman

Dr. Carol J. Chrisman

Carol Chrisman grew up in Ashland County and was a lady who cared much for her community and for the people in it. She was very proud of her profession of nursing—earning baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees. She served as an acute nurse and a school nurse before moving into nursing education and ultimately becoming the Dean of the School of Nursing at Ashland University. Dr. Chrisman was particularly interested in public/community health nursing, and held memberships and offices at the national, state, and local levels. Dr. Chrisman passed away in 1998.

Carol’s desire to encourage Ashland County nurses and students to continue their education led to her planning the Carol J. Chrisman Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The primary goal of the scholarship fund is to assist students on either a full or part-time basis to continue their education toward a baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral degree in nursing.

Dr. Chrisman was a special lady who cared very much for others. Her wisdom to establish this scholarship will help nursing students, into perpetuity, complete their education and subsequent service to others.

Prepared 2005

Bill and Polly Chandler

Bill and Polly Chandler

Born and raised in Ashland, Bill and Polly were married on May 28, 1977. They have two children. Bill founded Chandler Electric and WaterSoft. He also founded Chandler Systems, Inc. and Chandler Leasing of which he is currently president and owner. Polly graduated from the Real Estate Institute of The Ohio State University and has been a licensed realtor for 30 years. She is vice-president and third generation co-owner of Coldwell Banker/Ward Real Estate.

Bill was the president of the Ashland County Airport Authority for over 20 years and is currently a Sutton Bank Director and Ashland Cemetery Association board member. He holds 7 U.S. patents and is ATP rated a multi engine instrument pilot. Polly has served as a board member for the YMCA, Ashland Chamber, Leadership Ashland, Board of Realtors, Hospice, Good Shepherd and Ashland Auto Club. The Chandlers are members of Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoy traveling and boating.

Bill and Polly take joy in calling Ashland “home.” Polly states, “We have chosen to give back to the Community that has been so good to us by making a legacy gift through the Ashland County Community Foundation.” Their IRA dollars are designated for the Ford Leadership/Operations Endowment Fund—truly a gift that will support the Ashland Community…for generations to come.

Prepared 2007

Mary Case

Mary Case

As a young girl, Mary dreamed of becoming a nurse. However, this was the depression years, so in order to prepare for a job she took commercial subjects. Later, she volunteered as secretary for the principal and superintendent of the high school.

After graduating from Mansfield High School in 1933, she worked at Maxwell Department Store, and as medical secretary for Mansfield General Hospital and for two physicians.

Leaving her friends in Mansfield and moving to Ashland’s Brethren Care Village was difficult, but Mary viewed it as a new beginning—always thriving on the possibilities that life offered.

To receive income during her lifetime as well as leave a gift to future generations, Mary chose to create a charitable gift annuity through the Ashland County Community Foundation. At Mary’s designation, her residual annuity dollars combined with a life insurance policy, upon her death in February 2005, created a scholarship fund for Ashland University students and an individual fund to benefit local charitable organizations. Ms. Case’s foresight and love of the Ashland County community is greatly appreciated.

Prepared 2005

Joseph and Suzanne Carruthers

Joseph and Suzanne Carruthers

When Joe and Suzanne needed to make the decision as to where they wanted to establish their Charitable Remainder Trust, they “knew instinctively that the Ashland County Community Foundation was the perfect vehicle.” Suzanne reports that she and her husband saw the opportunity to support both the Foundation and its vision for the future. Further, she stated, “None of us knows what lies ahead for this community, what needs will require attention as time passes. We cannot look into our crystal ball and recognize what charitable groups will be extant in 2050 and beyond, but we can allow the wise and caring leaders on the Community Foundation’s Board to make charitable decisions in those years beyond our lives.”
Neither Joe nor Suzanne were born or educated in Ashland, but it has been their home for over twenty years – a community they have become very fond of. While they could have selected any number of national charities as the beneficiary of their trust, they wanted the money to stay here in this community where their legacy had a better chance of doing some real good.

“The Ashland County Community Foundation will be more depended upon in the future to fill funding shortfalls for local charities. The beauty of a gift to ACCF–any gift–is that it isn’t spent in one fiscal year. Rather, the interest from the gift continues as long as the principal is invested. Forever.” Suzanne continues, “This isn’t meant to sound like a commercial, but we still are enthralled with the notion that a gift to ACCF is a forever thing. There is absolutely no downside to a charitable remainder trust placed with ACCF; the Foundation wins, the community wins, and the donor wins.”

Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers feel truly blessed to be able to make a lasting gift to their adopted home. They report, “Had it not been for the people of this community welcoming our business so many years ago, we would not be in a position to return the kindness. We are so very grateful to Ashland and it seemed only right that we find a way to say so.”

Prepared 2005

Ted and Patricia Byerly

Ted and Patricia Byerly

Ted, a graduate of Hayesville High School, and Patricia, an Ashland High School graduate, married in 1959 after attending Ohio State University. In 1976 they returned to Ashland County when they purchased the funeral home in Loudonville. The family includes son, Tim, and two grandchildren of Corpus Christi, Texas and a daughter, Lynn, and three granddaughters in Mason, Ohio.

Both Ted and Patricia are retired funeral directors, a career that speaks to the importance of service. Ted is past president of the Loudonville Chamber of Commerce and District II of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association as well as a former member of the Loudonville Library Board.

Patricia’s recent community service includes 11 years on the Samaritan Regional Health System Board, a founding director of the Samaritan Hospital Foundation, and a steering committee member of the Ashland County Community Foundation Women’s Fund. She is also a director of Farmers and Savings Bank. She and her husband attend Grace Brethren Church of Ashland.

The Byerlys established a donor advised fund as a vehicle of support for local charities, most recently a local Helping Hand project. Though they had contributed for years, they wanted to be assured the program, which gives support for food, health care, rent, and more on a short-term basis, would have continued funding for generations to come. “It is a way to give back to the community that so generously supported us, and ACCF provided the mechanics for doing such in a professional way.”

Prepared 2005

William and Martha Buckingham

William and Martha Buckingham

William and Martha Buckingham were married on January 28, 1956. They have one son and two grandchildren. Bill’s career consisted of 27 years with The Mead Corporation and Warner and Swasey. After 10 relocations, the Buckinghams found their permanent home in Ashland in 1978 and purchased Lake Erie Frozen Foods in 1986.

Martha is well known in the community, in part from 15 years as a sales agent for Ward Real Estate, Inc. Bill has provided community-wide service to include more than 10 years with United Way as Campaign Chair and President of the Board. He has also served on the Boards of Trinity Lutheran Church, co-chairing the Church’s building fund, Hospice of North Central Ohio, as well as the YMCA Endowment Committee.

In 2001, the Buckinghams desired to distribute dollars to charitable organizations from the sale of a house. The Ashland County Community Foundation provided a vehicle whereby the Buckinghams gifted the house to the Foundation (with tax credit for the gift) with subsequent distribution made as designated by the donors. Portions of the asset value were distributed to their church and university of choice, with the residual dollars creating a William and Martha Buckingham Donor Advised Fund. Each year, the Buckinghams advise as to the charitable organization(s) to receive the annual distribution from their Fund. Bill and Martha’s gift illustrates the opportunity for an individual to work with the Foundation for multiple charitable purposes by using real estate, rather than more traditional gifts of cash and securities.

Prepared 2005

Dr. W. Stanford and Diana Brechbuhler

Dr. W. Stanford and Diana Brechbuhler

Stan and Diana met at Ohio State University while Diana was an undergraduate student and Stan was in medical school. They married in 1966 and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Stan’s Orthopedic Surgery residency and spent 10 years there before returning to Ohio in 1979. They purchased a 140-acre farm on which they raised their four sons, as well as sheep, beef cattle, and crops.

Diana is presently on the Ashland Symphony Orchestra Board and is Chair of the Women’s Fund of the ACCF. She has been President of the Hillsdale Academic Boosters as well as a member of the Hillsdale Local School Board. In addition to his orthopedic practice, from which he retired after 30 years, Stan has been on the boards of Samaritan Hospital, Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland County Community Foundation, Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce, and past President of the Hillsdale Academic Boosters. They are members of First Christian Church. Stan and Diana enjoy traveling from Ohio to Wisconsin, Montana, and California to visit their children and grandchildren.

“The ACCF provides a way for us to give back to a community which has provided a nurturing atmosphere for our children and a prosperous life. All of our sons are drawn to smaller communities due to the positive impact of the Ashland community on their lives. By supporting the ACCF financially, we can help generations to come.”
Prepared 2005