Our trustees serve three-year terms, renewable to nine years. This process assures continuity of input and the presence of strong civic leaders guiding your community foundation. Trustees attend an issues briefing and regular board meeting each quarter.
Our board trustees are selected in partnership with various civic and professional groups including the Orphans' Court, United Way of Erie County, Erie County Bar Association, Erie County Medical Society and the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership.
Clemont R. “Cle” Austin, president of E. E. Austin & Son, Inc., contractors and construction managers, a family firm founded in 1906, joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2010. The firm has constructed landmark buildings in northwestern PA and southwestern New York including Hamot Heart Institute, Chautauqua Institution Projects, Northwest Savings Bank Headquarters, Wasielewski Water Treatment Plant, EMTA Facility, Saint Vincent Hardner Building, Walsh Science Center at St. Bonaventure University, Erie Insurance Heritage Center and numerous others.
Mr. Austin is a 1968 engineering graduate of Cornell University. He received an MBA from Stanford University in 1970 and an MS in Construction Management from Stanford in 1971. He spent eight years in the San Francisco Bay Area construction industry before returning to his home town of Erie in 1976.
Cle has served on the boards of the Erie Construction Council, Erie Cemetery Association, Erie Western PA Port Authority, Hamot Second Century Foundation, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, United Way of Erie County and the PA Aggregates and Concrete Association. He chaired capital campaigns for Safenet, Second Harvest Food Bank and Safe Harbor Behavioral Health.
Michael L. Batchelor, has been at the helm of The Erie Community Foundation since 1990 when he was selected as the first executive director. He was named president in 1995. Under his management, assets have increased from $20 million to over $220 million. This market value puts The Erie Community Foundation within the top 10% of community foundations in the nation. Named endowment funds have grown from 53 to 760. Annual grantmaking has dramatically increased with over $13 million distributed in 2016.
Under Mike’s leadership, The Erie Community Foundation received national recognition for expanding access to opportunity. He founded the Nonprofit Partnership, a membership-based capacity building nonprofit. He also established regional affiliate foundations serving Corry, Union City, North East and Findley Lake.
He is a two-time president of Pennsylvania Association of Community Foundations and a national elected leader of the Council of Foundations. He also served on the National Governing Council. He consults for
community foundations across the country and is a well-known instructor for the Center for Community Foundation Excellence in Washington, D.C. He earned both a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) in Journalism (1977) and a Master of Arts in Public Policy Analysis (1980) from Kent State University.
He began a career in higher education by serving as Kent State admissions counselor. He then served as Director of Annual Giving at Hiram College, Director of Planning and Development at Villa Maria College and Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Gannon University.
Dr. Don Baxter, Jr., M.D. joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2015.
He earned B.A. in English Literature from Pennsylvania State University and his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia. Dr. Baxter completed his internship and residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He served in the United States Navy as Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, from 1979 to 1992, when he was honorably discharged. In 2002, Dr. Baxter graduated from Episcopal Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania School for Ministry.
He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, performs as an actor and vocalist for The Erie Playhouse and serves on the Board of Directors of both the Erie Playhouse and Mercyhurst Preparatory School.
Maryann C. Yochim Flaherty joined The Erie Community Foundation's Board of Trustees in 2010. She was the manager of Government Affairs at National Fuel, retiring in 2015 after a 39-year career.
A graduate of Mercyhurst University, Ms. Flaherty pursued graduate studies at the University of Rochester and Syracuse University, while teaching middle school in Rochester, New York.
When she returned to Erie, she began her community involvement serving on the boards of United Way of Erie County and Second Harvest Foodbank of NWPA, the governing body of the Athena Power Link Program and the Erie Rotary Club. She is the past president of the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation. She currently serves on the boards of Erie Arts and Culture, Mercyhurst University's President's Associates, Board of Corporators of Hamot Health Foundation and the Regional Cancer Center.
She is married to Bill Flaherty and resides in Millcreek.
Thomas B. Hagen,
Chairman of Erie Insurance Group and Chairman of Custom Group Industries, joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2012.
For over 40 years, Mr. Hagen was employed by Erie County’s only Fortune 500 listed company, Erie Insurance, where he rose from part-time file clerk to CEO and now non-executive Chairman of the Board. He also is an owner and Chairman of the Custom companies specializing in metal fabrication and machining. He has served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Community & Economic Development (DCED) in the Governor Tom Ridge Administration. A retired U.S. Navy Captain, he served a total of 30 years both on active and reserve duty.
Over the years, Mr. Hagen has served on many non-profit boards, as well as boards for state, national and international business and insurance-related organizations. He has received many honors through the years, including most recently Pennsylvania’s highest historic preservation recognition, The Otto Haas Award, the naming of the Thomas B. Hagen History Center, Pennsylvania Governor’s Patron of the Arts Award and United Way of Erie County Tocqueville Award for community service. Following graduation from Strong Vincent High School, he attended Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and earned his B.S. degree in Business from The Ohio State University. He also holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
William M. Hilbert Jr., President /CEO of Reddog Industries, Inc., a local manufacturer specializing in precision machining, design and manufacture of high pressure plastic injection molds & aluminum and zinc die cast dies, joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2017.
Bill started his career in manufacturing in 1981, after graduating from the University of Dayton. In service to his community, he currently serves on several Board of Directors, including the Manufacturer & Business Association, Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Camp Notre Dame, Inc., University of Dayton Advisory Council for the School of Arts and Sciences, Sisters of St. Joseph Missions & Ministries Foundation and the Erie Regional Manufacturer’s Partnership.
Timothy M. Hunter, President and CEO of McInnes Rolled Rings joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2012, and he became Board Chair in 2017.
McInnes Rolled Rings manufactures forged steel seamless rolled rings for various industrial applications. Mr. Hunter has spent the majority of his business career in manufacturing and currently serves on the boards of the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership and the Manufacturer & Business Association. In addition, he recently completed a term on the board of the North American Forging Industry Association, where he served as President.
Mr. Hunter is a graduate of Cathedral Prep and Villanova University. He earned his CPA designation while working for the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
Dionne Wallace Oakley, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at ERIE Insurance, joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2017.
Dionne began her professional career with State Farm Insurance as a summer intern auto underwriting. After graduating from Delaware State University earning a dual bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration, she returned to State Farm and progressed through various positions and disciplines in multiple geographic locations.
Dionne earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development from Towson State University and a Certificate in General Insurance. She is a Toastmaster, CTM, and a published author.
Dionne serves on the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board and is a Director on the Team PA Foundation. She also serves on United Way of Erie County’s Resource Development Committee and the Board of the Erie Zoo.
Lynn M. McBrier, Esq., President and CEO of Lyndal Enterprises, joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2012.
Raised in Huntington, New York, Lynn attended Cold Spring Harbor High School and graduated from College du Leman in Versoix, Switzerland. She studied for two years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and attended and received her B.A. degree in Arts and Sciences from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco and practiced civil law in Huntington, New York, at McSherry and Flynn, as well as at Conner & Associates in Erie, Pennsylvania. Since 2003, she has been owner and CEO of Lyndal Enterprises, operating 22 Little Caesars restaurants in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Lynn is a member of the New York, Florida and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She is a founding member of the Neighborhood Art House Core Committee and has served on the boards of The Ophelia Project and The Perry Commission. Presently, she serves on The Erie Women’s Fund, the Regional Cancer Center Foundation, Athena Power Link (Panelist) and SafeNet (former President). A graduate of Leadership Erie, Lynn served on the boards of The Montessori School (former President), Western Reserve Pioneer Women, Erie Art Museum and Enchanted Forest Productions.
Deborah W. Murphy, CFP®, Senior Vice President-Wealth Management with UBS Financial Services, Inc., and the senior partner of The Murphy Advisory Group, joined The Erie Community Foundation in 2016.
Ms. Murphy began her career in 1970 as an Assistant Trust Officer with Security Peoples Bank. In 1976, she joined PaineWebber, now UBS Financial Services, as a Financial Advisor. She was Branch Manager of the Erie office from 1987 – 1991, and she established The Murphy Advisory Group within UBS in 1999. Currently, she serves on the Board of Governors of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra and is on the Development Committee for Erie Arts & Culture. She also serves as an Honorary Life Corporator with Hamot Health Foundation and is a member of Estate Planning Council of Erie.
Ms. Murphy is the recipient of many distinguished awards including Erie Jaycee's Outstanding Young Woman of the Year, Arts Service Award from Erie Area Fund for the Arts and the Applause Award from Erie Arts & Culture.
Tim Shuttleworth, President and CEO of Eriez Magnetics, joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2009.
Mr. Shuttleworth joined Eriez Magnetics in 1994 as Director of the International Division. In 2004, he was named President and CEO. Prior to joining Eriez, he was employed by Litton Industries as Director of Sales & Marketing, and by Shuttleworth, Inc., where he held positions in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium. He did his undergraduate studies at Indiana University and earned his M.B.A., with honors, from the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. Shuttleworth is a past chairman of the Manufacturer & Business Association, International Institute of Erie, Florence Crittenton Home, Process Equipment Manufacturing Association, and the Saint Vincent Health System Board of Trustees. He is a current Director of the Institute of Scrap and Recycling Industries.
David M. Tullio, President and CEO of Custom Engineering Company and Lamjen, Inc., located in Erie, PA, and Venango Machine Company, Wattsburg, PA., joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2017.
David earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, and received his MBA from the Behrend College of Penn State University. For nearly 30 years, David has worked in various management positions within the manufacturing industry, and assumed his current position at Custom Engineering in 1997.
David has spent much of his career actively involved in economic and workforce development in the Erie region. He currently serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership and the Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center. He is a past chairman and board member of the Manufacturer and Business Association, a former member of Northwest PA Workforce Investment Board, and currently serves on Penn State Behrend’s Council of Fellows.
Russell S. Warner, Esq., Managing Partner of the law firm of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP, joined The Erie Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2008. He served as Board Chair from 2015 to 2016.
Attorney Warner is the past Chairman of the firm’s Business Department and the firm’s Environmental Group. His law practice includes business, environmental and related matters, as well as acquisitions, capital projects and financing transactions. Attorney Warner graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, summa cum laude, where he was valedictorian and served on the Law Review. Following graduation from law school, he served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corporation of Erie County, the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra. He and his wife Robin have chaired the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber National Institute’s Christmas Ball, the Erie Philharmonic’s 90th Anniversary Annual Fund and the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Black and Blue Ball. He is a past President of the Erie County Bar Association.