Our Mission

The Portage Foundation is building a thriving and dynamic community for Portage County and the region. We inspire philanthropy, build endowments, impact causes and foster projects, and engage community leaders.

Skeels Center Tutoring Session 2021 Portage Foundation Grant, About
We Funded Tutors to Help Children at the Skeels Community Center in Ravenna.
Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor, Executive Director


You can reach Scott at staylor@portagefoundation.org

Mary Anne Zeman, Operations Manager

Mary Anne Zeman, Operations Manager

Having raised my family in Kent, I am proud to be part of this organization as it continues to promote the greater good in Portage County.  Using my years of business management and communications skills, I will work to ensure accuracy and foster confidence when accounting for funds in the public trust.

You can reach Mary Anne at mazeman@portagefoundation.org

Janice Simmons-Mortimer portrait

Janice Simmons-Mortimer, Outreach Manager

Portage County is filled with amazing organizations and people with many talents. I enjoy helping to strengthen philanthropic connections to build a stronger community and unleash the potential for an even greater future.  

You can reach Janice at jsmortimer@portagefoundation.org

Our Board of Directors

Debbie Smeiles
Board President
Cutler Real Estate
Kent, Ohio

Elizabeth (Lissa) Barry
Board Vice President
Retired CEO, Delta Systems
Aurora, Ohio

Angela DeJulius, MD, MPH
Board Secretary
Medical Director
Kent City Health Department
Family Physician, AxessPointe Community Health Centers
Adjunct Faculty
KSU College of Public Health
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Linda Zucca
Board Treasurer
Emerita Professor of Accounting
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

Amy Adams
Retired Director of School-Based Learning
Community Action Council
Ravenna, Ohio

Denise Baba
Communications and Public Advocacy Advisor
Streetsboro, Ohio

Colin Boyle
Executive Vice President
Hometown Bank
Kent, Ohio

Tony Bueno
Account Sales Representative
Joshen Paper & Packaging
Streetsboro, Ohio

Steve Fisher
Sales Representative
Post Glover Resistors
Madison, Indiana

Jen Hayes
AxessPointe Community Health Centers
Reminderville, Ohio

Anne Jorgensen
Executive Director
The Cline Leadership Academy
University of Akron
Kent, Ohio

Beth Padisak
Deerfield Ag Services, Inc.
Deerfield, Ohio

Brent Pfeiffer
Marketing Education Coordinator/DECA Advisor
Theodore Roosevelt High School
Kent, Ohio 

Amy Papesh
Estate and Probate Counsel
Elk & Elk Company Ltd.
Aurora, Ohio 

Emeritus Trustees:

Michael Bakes

Marjorie L. Conner

Joann Hayes

Eric Hummel

Ralph Kletzien

Kevin T. Lewis