our team

Jodi Gietl
President & CEO

Jodi considers herself lucky enough to steer the ship of the foundation. On a daily basis, she ensures that staff development, board relations, donor engagement, marketing, communications, community outreach, strategic planning, and financial analysis all work together to benefit the 67,000+ residents of Boone County. Jodi is most proud of serving on the Board of Directors of the Boone County 4-H Fair. A born and bred farm girl, 4-H has always been an integral part of her life. She believes in the work of CFBC because we help local people with local problems by successfully managing an endowment of over $25 million, inject approximately $1 million in Boone County each year, support over 90 local nonprofits, and administer over 40 scholarships for youth. Outside of the foundation, Jodi is a mom to three who are all involved in Boone County 4-H, Best Buddies, high school and collegiate sports, and international mission trips. Growing up near Lafayette, she will always cheer on the Boilermakers – unless they are playing her alma mater, University of Illinois. She is passionate about sports, cooking, and baking, and supporting others through trials in life. 

-“It is my passion and goal to reach people no one else is reaching and do what no one else is doing!”

Julie Cole Mecum
Chief Operating Officer

Julie manages several facets of the office, including all financial investments and grant funding, while also assisting donors however needed and ensuring office operational effectiveness. She is proud to have worked in the community foundation world for 24 years and loves seeing communities come together to support others. Outside of the foundation, Julie and her husband have two daughters. She loves everything about nature and being outdoors, with a deep passion for the beauty in flowers. Julie is an active leader with Girl Scouts and enjoys supporting her daughters in activities like 4-H, piano and dance, and supporting public education through the Wayne Township Education Foundation. Volunteering and serving others is a passion Julie hopes to instill in her daughters and family.

-“I love making a difference in our community by helping people leave a lasting legacy.”

Ali Maxey
Philanthropic Services Coordinator

Ali administers our scholarship program, works with our gift process and donor acknowledgment, and supports various office processes. One of her biggest professional accomplishments is earning her Certificate in Fund Raising Management. Ali has always known she wanted to pursue a professional role where she is helping others. Throughout her career, she has continued to focus on identifying needs and working through solutions, in various industries – food service, travel industry, child abuse prevention, education, and now the community foundation. Ali loves CFBC because we uphold donor intent and the spirit of each fund, no matter how old it is. Some funds have been handed down from the early 1900’s and are still treated with the same attention and respect as newly established funds. Outside of the foundation, Ali resides in her hometown of Zionsville with her husband and two kids. She enjoys spending time with friends, listening to her very eclectic preference of music spanning all decades, traveling, and taking naps. She is consumed by wanderlust and has already traveled to over 35 different countries.

-“CFBC sets the bar high and strives to meet and exceed that bar with everything we do.”

Barb Schroeder
Program Director

Barb has been part of the CFBC team for over 20 years and is full of knowledge on all things foundation related. She works with donor advised funds, field of interest funds, unrestricted funds, and assists with the distribution of grants from these funds. She also works with various granting initiatives, like capacity building, and coordinates leadership opportunities for local nonprofits. One of Barb’s biggest professional accomplishments is earning her Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy. Barb loves working with nonprofits and donors, and bringing them together to make a difference in the lives of Boone County residents. She believes in CFBC because, through the foundation, people can make a difference right here in Boone County without having to search far. Outside of CFBC, Barb has lived in Zionsville for 30 years with her husband of 32 years and daughter. Barb grew up waterskiing and tubing, and hopes to waterski as long as she can with her friends and family at the lake. She also enjoys going on cruises with friends and family to see new areas outside of the US. 

-“I love building relationships, getting to know our donors and their families, and connecting needs with donors who can address those needs.”

Julie Reagan
Development & Communications Director

Julie manages all things marketing related for the foundation, coordinates the Women of Impact group, works with nonprofits to develop new programming like the Boone County Nonprofit Network, and is consistently raising overall awareness of the foundation. Julie enjoys meeting people, finding out their passion, and then figuring out how the foundation can partner alongside that passion to make a greater impact. She loves working for the foundation because it enables her to help others while being creative and utilizing the passions she has been given in life. It has always been in her heart to really truly make a difference. She believes that CFBC provides that opportunity for everybody, regardless of where you live, how much money you have, or what your passion is. Outside of the foundation, she and her husband live in Lebanon with their two sons. As a family, they are completely obsessed with football and love being active. She enjoys doing everything creative- from sewing to hand quilting, and photographing memories to making homemade soap and lotion. 

-“I wholeheartedly believe that a greater impact is made when people connect, come together, and work collectively as a whole.”

Claire Fuller
College Intern

Claire works within donor relations, thanking our amazing donors, and helps at various community events. She is in her senior year at IUPUI Kelly School of Business and will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business with a concentration in Management and Finance. Graduating will be her biggest accomplishment yet. Claire is thankful for everything the foundation does for those in Boone County. She believes that the communities in Boone County have so much to offer the residents and organizations. Claire appreciates the work of the foundation because she knows that when she donates, her gift will continue to give for many years to come. Outside of the foundation, she plays volleyball with a wonderful group of women at The Cedars Activity Center in Lebanon. She is also a part of the IUPUI Equestrian Team, previously interned at the Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center, and enjoys spending time with her horse Landon, who is a therapy horse.

-“I am a former scholarship recipient of CFBC and would like to encourage other students to continue their education with the help of the foundation!”

Molly Garner
High School Intern

Molly is a senior at Lebanon High School and loves interning with the foundation because it’s different every day. She mainly helps with various marketing and communications projects, but ultimately helps whenever and wherever needed. Her internship at CFBC has given her experience of working a ‘real job’, and has shown her the importance of time management, work dynamics, and recognizing her personal strengths and weaknesses. Through her internship, Molly has appreciated learning all that the community foundation does and the teamwork it takes to get it all done to help Boone County. She is very active within her high school to better our community. She works with the freshman mentoring program and helps troubled freshman students see the potential that high school has. She is also the Vice President of the school business club DECA, where she has been in charge of all fundraising aspects of the club.  Outside of the foundation, Molly works at Interactive Academy as a gymnastics coach and even owns her own clothing store! She participates in competitive cheerleading year round and plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall to major in Business Communications and Global Leadership. 

-“CFBC may be ran by a small number of staff, but the impact we make is huge and inspiring!”