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
We Funded Tutors to Help Children at the Skeels Community Center in Ravenna.
Toby Ann Weber, About, The Portage Foundaton

Toby Ann Weber, Interim Executive Director

I have always believed that communities have the collective capacity to take care of themselves, and that the nonprofit sector plays an essential role in bringing people together to address some of our society’s most urgent needs. 

You can reach Toby at taweber@portagefoundation.org

Cheyenne Goss, Foundation Specialist

I’m passionate about all causes and people within the Portage County community.

You can reach Cheyenne at cgoss@portagefoundation.org
Cheyenne Goss, About, The Portage Foundation

Debbie Smeiles,
Board President

Realtor, 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, KSU

Kent, Ohio

Amy Adams

Retired Director of School-Based Learning

Community Action Council

Ravenna, Ohio 

Denise Baba

Communications and Public Advocacy Advisor, PARTA

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

Co-Owner, 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