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Christiane Schmenk Joins Foundation for Appalachian Ohio Board of Trustees

Nelsonville, OH – The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) announced Christiane Schmenk, of counsel with Bricker & Eckler’s Public Finance group, has joined its Board of Trustees. Ms. Schmenk recently served as the Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and has a wealth of experience in public sector service and development.

“We are so pleased to share that Chris has joined our Board,” said Cara Dingus Brook, president and CEO of the Foundation. “We know the Foundation and the region will benefit from Chris’s experience in and passion for public service.”

Ms. Schmenk is known for her contributions to the Third Frontier Commission, the Home Energy Assistance Program, the Home Weatherization Program, and the Supportive Housing Program. Ms. Schmenk also served as the Mayor of Marysville, Ohio from 2008 – 2011 and is a member of the boards of the Women’s Small Business Accelerator, Inc., Ohio Northern University, and the Hope Center Marysville.

“I am very excited to be serving on the Board of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio,” said Ms. Schmenk. “I believe strongly in the work the Foundation is doing to provide for Appalachian Ohio’s future and I’m honored to work with such an engaged and committed board.”

FAO serves the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio and envisions a region full of possibilities for its citizens. To learn more about FAO and its mission to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy, please visit

Gifts to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio are tax-deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To mail your donation, please send your gift to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Donations to the Foundation can also be made online by going to and clicking on “Donate Online Today” in the upper right corner of the screen.