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New Cummer Board Members



At the Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2011, Ryan A. Schwartz was elected and welcomed for a five year term.  Schwartz is senior vice president of Zurich Insurance Services and US Assure.  He serves as a director of The Community Foundation, vice chairman of the Nonprofit Center of NE Florida, as a director and treasurer of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville, and chairs the Public Relations Committee for THE PLAYERS.  Schwartz participated in The Community Foundation’s Philanthropic Initiative program and Leadership Jacksonville, and is a recipient of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.  Director Hope McMath said, “Ryan Schwartz brings a fresh and knowledgeable vitality to the board of trustees.”

Stephanie Welchans is also new to the Board of Trustees, serving  in ex-officio status for a one year term due to her leadership as President of The Cummer Docent Corps.

Stephanie Welchans is the new 2011-2012 Docent President.  Stephanie, a Miami University graduate, is currently VP of the marketing research firm, Welchans Research Group.  She has also worked as Regional Sales Manager at the Kohler Company.  In addition to leading The Cummer Docent Corps, Stephanie will volunteer with the Junior Docent program for middle and high school students. She currently resides in Avondale with her husband and daughter.

The trustees welcomed both Ryan and Stephanie with hearty applause.

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