The Avedis Foundation has announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors; Sarah Marchetti, Jill Spencer, Josh Trimble, and Joe Vorndran have accepted invitations to serve on the 13-member nonprofit board.

The Avedis Foundation has announced the addition of four new members to its board of directors; Sarah Marchetti, Jill Spencer, Josh Trimble, and Joe Vorndran have accepted invitations to serve on the 13-member nonprofit board.

“All four individuals were very honored to be selected,” Mayor Richard Finley, Avedis Foundation board chair, said. “We sensed a degree of human kindness and compassion in each of them.”

Sarah Marchetti, director of food sales for Shawnee Milling Co., was raised in Shawnee. She earned a degree in sports medicine at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) before earning an accounting degree. She serves as board president of the United Way of Pottawatomie County. She previously has volunteered for the Shawnee Education Foundation and Relay for Life.

“Sarah has a passion for kids and seeing them thrive,” Chuck Skillings, Avedis Foundation board vice chairman, said. “She is someone who wants to see the community grow and improve so that our children will want to stay here.”

Jill Spencer, a Tecumseh resident, has a passion for health and wellness. President of First United Bank in Tecumseh, Spencer is an active volunteer in her church. Spencer also is engaged in the Blue Zones Project for Pottawatomie County — a well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy and social networks.

“Jill is a broad-based thinker, strong communicator and a motivator,” Avedis Foundation President and CEO Kathy Laster said.

Josh Trimble has been a Shawnee resident since 2010 and is actively involved in numerous community activities. In addition to being employed in the development department at OBU, Trimble is pursuing a doctorate in executive leadership.

“Josh is a man with a passion to see people grow and to see our youth have opportunities to develop,” Skillings said. “He truly has a servant’s heart.”

Joe Vorndran is a lifelong resident of Shawnee and a 1999 graduate of Shawnee High School. He earned a juris doctorate degree from The University of Oklahoma in 2006, and practices law at Stuart & Clover in Shawnee.

An active participant in the merger of the local chamber and economic development organizations, Laster said Vorndran remains committed to community activities, especially those surrounding his children. He serves as chair for Shawnee Forward.

“Joe sees the opportunity to improve our education system and infrastructure,” Laster said. “He is openly excited about the possibilities for Shawnee and has demonstrated strong leadership in the community; he will be a courageous advocate.”