Van Wert County Foundation Staff

Seth Baker

Chief Executive Officer

Seth is the leader of The Van Wert County Foundation and has an impressive list of credentials. He has worked in economic development, downtown revitalization, and community planning. He continues to work on his family farm where he is knowledgeable about local agricultural practices.

Michael Holliday

Chief Financial Officer

Michael combines years of financial experience to infuse knowledge and wisdom in The Van Wert County Foundation’s workflow. His steady demeanor and analytical approach provide a solid base for making judicious financial decisions with our donor’s gifts. Mike’s speed with a calculator is only matched by his quick wit.

Renee Thatcher

Office Manager

Renee is well-versed in all things Van Wert County Foundation. She is a familiar face in the office and helps keep the ship running smoothly. Renee leads our scholarship program, manages day-to-day office operations including customer service, accounting, and keeping our staff on track.

Hall Block

Property Manager

You can find Hall walking the streets of downtown Van Wert maintaining and monitoring the quality of buildings. Hall also leads the development and restoration of Van Wert Forward properties. Van Wert Forward is a project that directly works to retain that downtown historical network and rebuild the heart of our community.

Laney Nofer

Planning + Resources

Laney is a Van Wert native returning to her hometown to move Van Wert Forward with her planning and project management experience. Laney is most excited (maybe even giddy) about maximizing investments through writing grants to increase impact.

Joel Germann

Engagement + Outreach

Joel brings a fresh perspective and charisma to our team. His professional experiences in hospitality management mean he values the “spirit of service.” Joel manages our brand voice, works with area non-profits, and coordinates community engagement and outreach efforts for us.

Supporting Organizations

Tafi Stober

Executive Director of Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation

With each new day, Tafi leads the Van Wert Area Performing Arts Foundation with faith and passion to provide the best in entertainment to the Van Wert community. Tafi impacts Van Wert’s culture by making it a destination for live performing arts.