MOUNT VERNON — The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, directed by Sam Barone, is governed by a hands-on board whose expertise and advice have propelled the foundation into a wildly successful outreach for the community.
There are 12 members on the board, who serve a maximum of two five-year terms and receive no compensation for their services. The five charter members of the foundation appoint one board member each: The Chamber of Commerce, First-Knox National Bank, the County Commissioners, Mount Vernon City Council and judges of the Common Pleas Court.
The board was expanded from five to 12 members, and the foundation’s scope was broadened from citywide to countywide, around the time Barone was hired as executive director. “The board saw a need to bring in additional members to broaden its expertise,” Barone said, who explained that seven board members are recruited from the Knox County business community.
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