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  Executive Director/CEO - T. Duane Gordon
T. Duane Gordon was hired in December 2007 as Executive Director of the Middletown Community Foundation. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in communications and journalism, his first career was as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Madison County Journal, earning him two dozen awards from the Mississippi Press Association. He then joined the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (Mississippi) as Communications and Development Officer and was soon named by the Southeastern Council on Foundations as a Hull Leadership Fellow in its program to identify and nurture future foundation CEOs. He moved up to the rank of Director of Finance and Technology, although in practice his role was that of Chief Operating Officer when he left the Jackson Foundation the end of 2007 after eight years at the organization. During that time, he also spent nine non-consecutive months in 2005 and 2006 serving as Acting President of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson during three leaves of absence taken by the CEO.

Since coming to Middletown, he has served as secretary of the South Main Historic Neighborhood Association and 2011-2012 president of the Kiwanis Club of Middletown, during which he earned the distinctions of Distinguished Club and Distinguished President from Kiwanis International, the first time in several years that the Middletown club had received such honors. He served on the board of the Butler County Development Roundtable and was chairperson for the 2011 Butler County National Philanthropy Day luncheon. He serves as an ex officio board member for the Community Building Institute and hosted TV Middletown’s public affairs interview program “Foundation Matters,” which ended after its seventh season when the channel ceased broadcasting. He is a member of both the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club.

A classically-trained vocalist who has performed in Carnegie Hall with the Mississippi Chorus, he is a frequent performer at Middletown Lyric Theatre and sings with the Middletown Civic Chorus and Temple Choir of First United Methodist Church. Honors include 2017 Outstanding Community Leader and Supporter Award from Cincinnati State Community College Middletown, 2016 Middletown Y Celebration of Character Champion of Youth Development Award, 2011 Guest Conductor Candidate for the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, 2009 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County Friend of the Agency and 2008 Entrepreneurial Community Spirit Award from the Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton. He is married and has one son.

  Development Officer - Amy Berlean
Amy Berlean was welcomed as our Development Officer in June 2017. For the previous couple of years, she ran the one-person office of the Southwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation as its executive director. Previously, she served as the community information manager for the City of Kettering for about a decade, and prior to that worked as development director for both St. Joseph Home in Cincinnati and St. Joseph Charities in Dayton.
  Finance and Scholarship Manager - Kristen Mulligan
Kristen Mulligan was hired in September 2013 after four years as accounting clerk at Sonshine Products. She also has been co-owner and manager of her own business, Bella -- a unique boutique, in Middletown. Previously, she served as executive director of the Middletown Historical Society and an internal auditor at The Kroger Company.
  United Way Ready Associate - Candice Haynes
Candice Haynes joined our team in September 2016 as a United Way Success by 6 staff member funded by the Middletown Community Foundation to administer implementation and evaluation of projects funded by MCF’s education initiative, Ready: The Campaign for Our Kids’ Future. She is a graduate of Marian University in Indianapolis with a master’s degree in early childhood development. While earning her master’s, she worked for two years as a teacher in an Indianapolis Head Start classroom as part of Teach for America Corps. Prior to that, she student taught in Hilliard, Ohio, while earning her bachelor’s in early childhood development from the Ohio State University.



  Administrative Assistant – JoAnn Wagner
JoAnn joined the staff at the Community Foundation in June 2016. Previously, she had worked at United Theological Seminary in Dayton for 14 years including time as the assistant to the vice president of advancement, director of communications, and senior assistant to the president. Prior to that, she worked as assistant to the president at a healthcare consulting firm, director of research and design at a health care consulting firm, and assistant lifestyle editor of a daily newspaper.
Finance Officer - John Lyons
John Lyons has served in a volunteer capacity as our part-time financial officer since April 2008 following his retirement after a long tenure of more than 20 years as City of Middletown Finance Director. He participates monthly in reconciling and closing the Foundation's financial records and preparing its financial reports.
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