Leadership

The Foundation employs a professional and administrative staff to implement and oversee daily operations. The staff of the Foundation operates under the supervision of the Foundation Board.

Currently the staff includes an Executive Director and Donor Relations Manager, and utilizes the services of the Conference Chief Financial Officer and Staff Accountant. The staff works closely with the Foundation Board and its committees including the Foundation Investment Committee, as well as the Conference Trustees.

Susan O’Donnell Black, CFRE, CAP®
Executive Director

Fundraising consultant, author and speaker Susan O’Donnell Black, CFRE, CAP® accepted the role as Executive Director of the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio in September 2020. In addition to her active, lifelong involvement in the United Methodist Church, Susan brings over 30 years of experience as a professional fundraiser, board trainer, and nonprofit governance expert to her role as Executive Director. At the Foundation, Susan is responsible for overseeing the Foundation’s $97 Million in assets which includes congregational endowments from across the Conference, as well as the clergy pension fund. Susan has served the Church in several capacities for many years. She served on the boards of United Methodist Community Ministries and the West Ohio Conference Council on Development and participates as a member-at-large of Annual Conference for the Olentangy River District. In her local church, Lithopolis UMC, Susan serves as President of her women's circle. You can contact Susan at sblack@wocumc.org or 380-223-9257.

Madeline DeWitt
Donor Relations Manager

Maddy DeWitt joined the Foundation in January 2021. Maddy brings eight years of nonprofit experience to her role as Donor Relations Manager. She is the Founder of the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative, and prior to joining UMFWO, Maddy held program and development positions at Make-a-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; and Alvis, Inc.

Maddy is responsible for overseeing key donor interactions including gift processing, data management, Endowment Program support, and Planned Giving marketing support.

You can reach Maddy at at 380-223-9339 or mdewitt@wocumc.org

Daniel Orgen
Administrative Coordinator

Daniel joined the staff in January 2024 and provides part-time administrative support for donor relations, communications, social media, and the UMFWO Board of Trustees. Daniel is a graduate of The Ohio State University and comes to us most recently from the Google Digital Data Center. Daniel serves on the Finance Committee at Hilltop UMC.

The United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of 14 persons who are elected for staggered four-year terms. The Bishop of the Conference, the Chief Financial Officer of the Conference, and the Foundation Executive Director serve as ex-officio members of the Foundation Board.

UMFWO Board Members

Rev. Calvin Alston
District Superintendent
Scioto River District

Rev. Todd Anderson
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park Community Church
Great Miami River District

Mr. Bruce Boyd
Retired Business Owner
Western Lakes District

Rev. Camisha Chambers
Deacon
Olentangy River District

Rev. Mary Kay
Napoleon Christ UMC
Maumee River District

Mr. Eric Olsavsky
Director, Pelotonia
Olentangy River District

Mr. David Pennington
Retired Business Owner
Olentangy River District

Mr. Eric Rice
VP-COO, Capital Asset Management, Inc.
Capital Area North District

Mrs. Karen Smith
COO, Gem City Church Collective
Miami Valley District

Mrs. Shannon Spencer
VP for Advancement, Ohio
Northern University
Northwest Plains District

Mr. Michael Stoner
President, True North Financial Advisors
Capital Area South

Rev. Melissa Steinecker
Aldersgate UMC
Maumee River District

Ex-Officio Members

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer
Bishop of the West Ohio Area

Susan O’Donnell Black, CFRE
Executive Director
UMFWO

Bill Brownson
CFO and Conference Treasurer
West Ohio Conference