Boards of Directors
As a not-for-profit organization we are governed by community-based volunteers who are dedicated to serving the community and fulfilling our mission. Our Boards of Directors offer valuable leadership that ensures Community First responds to local needs and serves as an effective steward of services and resources.
Jeffrey P. Thurman - President & Chief Executive Officer
Jeff began his career with Community First as the Administrator of Westover. In the past 38 years, Jeff has led the organization through tremendous growth and diversification. Jeff’s visionary leadership and passion for helping more people spurred significant growth for the organization. Today, Community First is a not-for-profit network comprised of Colonial, Community Behavioral Health, Community First Pharmacy, and Partners in Prime. In addition to being one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in the area, Community First is one of the city’s largest employers, with over 700 employees who impact the lives of over 20,000 individuals annually. Jeff’s passion for and commitment to the community throughout the years is evident through his numerous leadership positions and his continuing mission to expand not-for-profit resources throughout Butler County.
Dick Bower - Executive Vice President of Construction & Facilities
Dick oversees construction initiatives from start to finish and manages all ongoing maintenance initiatives for Community First. Dick has managed over $60 million in project infrastructure, and has remarkably completed all projects on time and within budget. Dick adds that a certain level of “perfectionism” comes with the territory, especially when supervising the construction of many high-level projects.
Patty Fawns - Corporate Executive Assistant
Patty began her career with Community First over 20 years ago with the Colonial Foundation. In her current role, she ensures that projects move forward on schedule and in an organized manner. She also manages the front desk personnel at the Community First Resource Center. With a passion and talent for helping others, Patty enjoys working with the Community First Staff and utilizing her creative skills to help plan employee and community activities.
Rhonda Huber - Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy
Rhonda is responsible for aligning the business strategy and vision of Community First. Her experience includes nearly 20 years of progressive leadership experience in operations, marketing and planning, and philanthropic revenue growth in the healthcare industry. Rhonda oversees strategy, business development, sales, marketing, and fundraising, and coordinates necessary resources in a collaborative manner to ensure the growth and strategic direction across all business units.
Melissa Park - Executive Vice President Human Resources
Melissa oversees human resources functions at Community First. Her experience includes over 20 years as a human resources professional in fields such as healthcare/pharmacy, information technology, professional services, and hospitality/tourism. Melissa is passionate about the services offered through Community First, and is inspired by the impact the services have on the community.
Mark Zoellner - Chief Financial Officer
Mark provides leadership for financial strategies for Community First. His career spans over 35 years in financial management roles for leading healthcare providers in the Cincinnati-Dayton area. Mark prides himself on being part of a leadership team that has propelled the organization forward through significant change in the past few years. Mark says that it’s the friendly people and the positive mission-driven organization that keep him coming back for more every day.
Kelley Lawrence - Vice President Health Services
Kelley is the Vice President of Health Services for Community First Solutions. Kelley is responsible for overseeing clinical support teams and maintaining licensures for Berkeley Square, Westover, and Jamestowne. Kelley began her career as a rehabilitation social worker, and was inspired to obtain her administrator’s license. Kelley has been an administrator for over 15 years.
Heidi Routt - Vice President Revenue Cycle Management
Heidi works closely with the Community First leadership team to develop efficient and effective operational policies, processes, and best practices within the revenue cycle functions. Heidi’s experience includes nearly 20 years of revenue management with healthcare-based organizations. She plays a key role in strategically overseeing revenue processes throughout Community First.
Laura Sheehan - Vice President Behavioral Health
Laura has held several positions within Community Behavioral Health since joining the organization in 2004. She began her tenure as Employment Liaison Specialist, and was promoted through a variety of roles including Healthy Start Healthy Families Program Coordinator, Quality Improvement Coordinator, Benefits Supervisor, Director of Support Services, and President. As Vice President of Behavioral Health, Laura manages mental health services, alcohol and drug addiction services, Youth First services, employment case management services.
Danielle Webb - Vice President Marketing
In Danielle’s tenure with Community First, she has worked with every facet of the organization. Her role is focused on maintaining strong brands, maximizing cross-marketing opportunities, and effectively integrating internal and external communication initiatives. She assesses each new business opportunity to identify how best to meet goals: designing, implementing, and evaluating dynamic marketing strategies for the organization. She also oversees the functions of advertising, community and media relations, and digital strategy.
Amy Wylie - Vice President Community Based Services
Amy first joined Community First as the Director of Colonial At Home, and immediately and substantially impacted the operations of the organization. As Vice President of Community-Based Services, Amy is responsible for all services focused on keeping older adults active and independent in their own homes.