Executive Board of Directors

Jo Weiser - Director Emeritus ~ has been an active member of the Executive Board of Directors since being one of the original co-founders of the organization back in 1955.  She was elevated to a lifetime appointment as “Emeritus in 2016, in honor of her dedicated, consistent service for more than 60 years.  She is a member of Hope United Methodist Church and the Canal Winchester Historical Society.  Married to Dick for more than 65 years until his passing in 2016, together they provided wonderful support to Canal Winchester Human Services from the very beginning.

Tom Helber - Executive Director (represents Hope United Methodist Church) ~ was elected Executive Director in September, 2012, after serving as Treasurer since 2007.  Since retiring from the Huntington National Bank, Tom not only generously volunteers his services to Canal Winchester Human Services, but he is also a Hospice volunteer, and Methodist Certified Lay Minister.  He and his wife, Marti, have been married 55 years this year and live in Canal Winchester.

Melda Cottrell - Assistant Chairperson ~ has served the Executive Board since 2016 representing the Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce. Melda is employed by Canal Banking Center.  She and her husband, Hubert, live in Lancaster and have three married children and seven grandchildren.  Melda enjoys spending time with family and friends whether on the beach, golfing or watching the Buckeyes.

Anne Kissner - Treasurer ~ represents David's United Church of Christ.  She is employed by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.  Anne and her husband, Tom, have lived in Canal Winchester for 22 years and have two children who graduated from Canal Winchester High School.  She is an active volunteer in her church and also for the Canal Winchester Food Pantry.

Bunny Palmer - Trustee ~ represents the Lithopolis United Methodist Church and the interests of the Village of Lithopolis.  She and her husband, Bruce, have lived in the Lithopolis area for nearly 50 years and have two sons, a granddaughter and great, grandson.  Bunny is retired after teaching first and second grades in the Bloom Carroll School District for 25 years.  She and Bruce are very active antique car enthusiasts and for more than 30 years, Bunny has tole painted and is a crafter with “Crafty Ladies”.

Joe Jester - Trustee ~ Joe served as the Organization’s Treasurer from 2012 until 2016 and currently represents St. John XXIII Catholic Church as a Trustee.  Joe is also active with the Hope UMC choir and is very active as a volunteer with several organizations including Meals on Wheels. Joe and his wife, Peggy, live in Canal Winchester.

Linda Tennison, Trustee – Linda has served the Organization since 2016, representing the Canal Winchester Senior Citizens Club and also the interests of the City of Canal Winchester.  Linda holds a degree in Social Work and has worked at the Canal Winchester Community Senior Center for nearly ten years as the Community Center Coordinator.  She and her husband, Dean, own Specialty RVs and have four adult daughters.

Kristin Ankrom, Trustee – Kristin has served the Organization since 2016, representing the interests of Fairfield County and as a community member-at-large.  She is the Director of Fairfield County 2-1-1, a non-profit, information and referral agency that links individuals in need to services available and operates the 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line for Fairfield County.  Kristin is a licensed social worker and has spent her career serving Fairfield County residents. She and her husband, Ryan, reside in Canal Winchester with their two children.

Brigid Krueger, Trustee – Brigid has served as a Trustee on behalf of the Canal Winchester School District since 2015.  She and her husband, Matt, are members of David's United Church of Christ and  live in Canal Winchester with their children. 


Penny Miller has served Canal Winchester Human Services since 2005.  Currently she works as liaison connecting the community to the programs provided by the Organization, is responsible for funding, grantor reporting, oversees the current services while working to implement new programs as appropriate and possible, and is responsible for the progress and funding of the Organization’s current building project, “One Square Foot”.  She and her husband, Chuck, have been active members of the Canal Winchester community since 1996 and are proud parents of four grown children, and two grandchildren; Otto and Evelyn Hazel.  With family or friends, Penny loves to travel and always looks forward to the next adventure.


Aletha Mullins joined Canal Winchester Human Services in August, 2012 and currently holds the position of Administrator.  Her responsibilities include oversight of the daily operations and staff.  Aletha is a graduate of Canal Winchester and brings a financial background from her work in the world of banking.  Aside from her dedication to the Organization, she is a successful volleyball coach in league play at the middle school level. Aletha and her husband, Matt, live just outside Lithopolis in rural Fairfield County.

Program Coordinator

Malinda Sullivan joined Canal Winchester Human Services in January, 2016, as the Program Coordinator for both the Senior Transportation and Food Pantry Programs.   She has lived in Canal Winchester since 2002 with her husband, Larry, where they have raised a son and two daughters.  Outside of the Organization, Malinda spends most of her time sharing in the accomplishments of her children.

Program Assistant

Clayton Cottrell – joined Canal Winchester Human Services in 2013 assisting in a variety of ways as needed.  When he is not helping at the Food Pantry, he can often be seen driving our cargo vehicle picking up donations. 

Major Collaborators:

Being a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization, Canal Winchester Human Services relies on the generosity of various donors and collaborators.  Though private donations are very important to our success, we would not be able to administer our current programs without the substantial contributions we receive through grants and special donors. 


The Amick Family and Ryan Slagle

Brockstrong Foundation

Canal Winchester Local Schools

Canal Winchester Middle School - BrockWalk Team

Carm Smith and CornerSmiths - "1 for the Cupboard"

City of Canal Winchester

Crossroads Community Church

David’s United Church of Christ

David Evangelical Lutheran Church

Fairfield County Meals on Wheels ~ Adult Alternatives

Franklin County Office of Aging ~ Senior Options and CRC

Giant Eagle – Hamilton Road

Hope United Methodist Church

Jeff Wyler Chevrolet

Kroger of Canal Winchester

Lithopolis United Methodist Church

Madison Township

Meijer of Canal Winchester

Mid-Ohio Food Bank

Panera Bread

Staff and Students of Canal Winchester Local School District

St. John XXIII

United Way of Franklin County


Member Organizations:

American Legion - Lithopolis

Bloom Baptist Church

Bloom Presbyterian Church

Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce ~ www.canalwinchester.com
email: chamber@canalwinchester.com

Canal Winchester (City of) ~

Canal Winchester Historical Society ~

Canal Winchester Joint Recreation District

Canal Winchester Kiwanis Club

Canal Winchester Lions Club

Canal Winchester Ministerial Association

Canal Winchester Rotary Club

Canal Winchester School District ~ cwschools.org

Canal Winchester Senior Citizens Club
phone: (614) 837-8276

Canal Winchester Sertoma Club

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Crossroads Community Church ~ www.crossroads.tv

David Evangelical Lutheran Church ~ www.davidlutheran.org

David’s United Church of Christ ~

Dayspring Nazarene Ministries ~ www.dayspringonline.net

Destination: Canal Winchester ~

Faith United Methodist Church ~ www.winchesterfaith.org

Gender Road Christian Church ~ www.genderroadcc.com

Grace Bible Church ~ www.gracebiblecw.com

Grace Fellowship Church, Pickerington ~

Heritage Baptist Church ~ www.hbcministries.com

Heritage Nazarene Church ~

Hope United Methodist Church ~ www.hopemethodist.org

Hoewell United Methodist Church ~

Legacy Church ~

Lithopolis United Methodist Church ~

Madison Township ~ www.madisontownship.org

New faith Church Assembly of God ~

New Life Community Church ~ www.gotonewlife.com

Peace Lutheran Church ~

St. John XXIII Catholic Church ~ www.popejohnxxiiiparish.com

VFW Post 10523 ~

Betty “Jo” Weiser was an original co-founder of the Organization when it was established in 1955.  As “Director Emeritus”, she continues to serve and participate in the business of the Organization.


The foundation of Canal Winchester Human Services rests upon the participation of its member organizations.  More than 30 churches, groups and organizations comprise our membership.  As a group, the member organizations gather each March to be updated on the most recent activity of the organization and to participate in the planning of future endeavors.

Each member organization is entitled to two representatives.  In addition, churches are also represented by one member of clergy.  From these representatives, the governing board is determined.  The Executive Board of Directors includes a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Treasurer, each whom hold positions that are voted upon annually during the general meeting held each March.  Five trustees also serve and are selected from the representatives of the member organizations.  Each trustee term is three years and the positions are voted upon by the representatives as they expire on a rotating basis, at the general meeting held each March.  No member organization may be represented in more than one Executive Board position at any given time.

We are very appreciative of the Major Contributors in FY17 which include:
614.834.3888 (Office and Fax) : 614.834.4700 (Scheduling for Senior Transportation and Food Pantry)