LAKE COUNTY — As with many organizations, the Lake County Community Foundation, at certain times, has vacancies to fill on the board. The LCCF has a file of numerous very qualified candidates.

This summer, LCCF had the opportunity of selecting three from this well qualified pool. Jay Barnhart, Sally Murray and Robert (Bob) Tiggleman were appointed to the LCCF board this month.

Jay Barnhart’s great grandfather ran a boarding house in Branch in the 1870’s and 1880’s. Jay was born in Big Rapids, moving to Portland for his childhood years.

After graduating from Aquinas College with majors in accounting and economics, he was drafted into the Army and served one year in Vietnam. The GI Bill provided Jay the opportunity to attend Grand Valley after the Army, where he earned his MBA degree. Jay earned his CPA degree in 1979 and after a short stint with a CPA firm, he went on to become CFO for several different companies in a variety of industries.

In 1981 Jay took the position of CFO at Tubelite in Reed City, and in 1983 he and his wife Nancy purchased their current home in Pleasant Plains Township. In 1989, Jay left Tublite and took a position in Grand Rapids while maintaining his residence in Lake County.

Commuting to and from Grand Rapids for the last 25 years, Jay is now retired. Though employed out of Lake County, Jay has given over 30 years of service to our community. He has served as treasurer of the Pere Marquette Watershed Council for 30 years. He is the treasurer of the Baldwin Promise Authority and he is the treasurer of the Lake County Historical Society.

Jay brings his business acumen and financial expertise to the LCCF Board of Directors. The LCCF is looking forward to having his financial counsel and his quiet passion for our community.

Sally Murray is an independent business owner with her husband Daniel. Sally grew up in St. Clair Shores but became a yearly Lake County visitor when she was 5 when her parents built a cabin on Wolf Lake, north of Baldwin.

Sally grew to love the area, eventually moving permanently to Lake County after graduating Ferris State University. Sally and her husband built a successful logging business over the past 25 years, and in 2006 opened a retail store, Alternative Heating and Fuel.

Sally has served in the township political arena, acting as Peacock Township clerk and as supervisor. She is active in mission work through St. Ignatius Catholic Church. In 1995, Sally was the driving force in starting the Lake County Pet Adoption League (P.A.L.).

Being a cancer survivor herself and a daughter with Type I Diabetes, Sally also has a special interest in cancer and diabetes research and events for these diseases.

The LCCF welcomes Sally. The foundation looks forward to her energetic attitude and her enthusiasm in helping LCCF to continue to grow and serve the community’s needs.

Robert (Bob) Tiggleman is the second generation of a family whose Lake County legacy began in the summer of 1946. Bob’s father, Fred Tiggleman rented his first cabin on Big Star Lake and was very instrumental in developing the Big Star Lake community, including the BSL Association and the BSL Chapel.

Supporting local business was always important to the Tiggleman’s in the early years, and it continues with current generations. The Tiggleman family is much larger now than in 1946, but Lake County and the Big Star Lake Area continue to be a focal point for memories to be made. Bob established the Fred and Kaye Tiggleman Endowment with the LCCF to honor his parents legacy and their love of Lake County, its people and its places.

Bob is retired but was formerly vice president of human resources for Canteen Services, Inc. Bob’s management strengths in business and planning will be valuable assets for the LCCF.

Health and human services is an area of interest for Bob and the LCCF always has many opportunities to help the community in these areas. He looks forward to serving the community he loves so much and the foundation looks forward to another well qualified member on the board.

Bob has served on the advisory board for Ferris State University. While on this board, he helped form curriculum direction of the hospitality program. He has also served as president of the Big Star Lake Association. Bob and his wife Jeanne live in Ada, but continue in his parents tradition of maintaining a local presence as summer residents here in Lake County.

The LCCF welcomes these three fine people to the board as it remains focused on its mission statement: To enhance the quality of life for county residents and visitors through the development of permanent endowment.

This fund will allow the Foundation to address our community’s needs through grant awards in human services, education, health, community development, cultural areas and other charitable needs in Lake County.

The foundation remains aggressive in its efforts to increase public awareness of the LCCF, seek out new donors for the general fund and the established endowment funds. It is promoting the establishment of new endowment funds and also focusing on promoting the idea of bequests.