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ABOUT US

Formed out of the King’s Daughters’ Health in Madison, Bethany Circle of King’s Daughters and Sons, the Bethany Legacy Foundation (BLF) is a new non-profit charitable group dedicated to the health and wellness of Jefferson County residents.

 

The original hospital was founded in 1896 by a group of 12 women who were passionate about caring for the community. In 1899 they became the Bethany Circle of the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons and owned the hospital for over 120 years, until the recent change of ownership with Norton Healthcare.

 

Today the Bethany Legacy Foundation continues that heritage of promoting and supporting community health, through sustainable and impactful acts of service In His Name. BLF is committed to creating the healthiest community – mind, body, and spirit – where current and future generations can and will thrive.

 

BLF is rooted in a culture of care, compassion and innovation. We understand that every aspect of our life impacts our health.  Health does not only happen in a doctor’s office or at a hospital – it also happens in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our communities.  BLF believes everyone deserves to live in a place where wellness is optimized.  We are committed to learning what works for all Jefferson County residents and investing to create deeper impact. With smart grant making, research, education and people power, we believe we can make the state of health in Jefferson County better for all.

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BETHANY LEGACY
FOUNDATION

We exist to serve Jefferson County, IN.  We promote and support community health and wellness through sustainable and impactful acts of service in His Name.

MEET DORA

CEO & President

Dora, who began her new role on July 5, 2022 plans to spend time listening and learning the needs of the community before recommending any new initiatives. “It’s critically important for BLF to always listen and learn from the residents who live and work in Jefferson County to ensure we are focused on investments that deliver the greatest impact,” says Anim. “We believe good health, health care, and wellness are key to a flourishing society. Our aim is a healthier Jefferson County, supported by high quality, holistic care that can be equitably accessed by all.” Dora was previously the COO of Greater Cincinnati Foundation where she led the design of a high-performing culture to drive growth, transformation, and results.

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MEET OUR BOARD

Sharyn Whitman
Treasurer

As the CEO of the American Red Cross Blood Services, Indiana-Ohio Region, Sharyn was passionate about the blood donors and the volunteers. Both were generous with their time and so committed to making a difference. Many were originally motivated to meet a family member's need but returned faithfully to ensure blood was available for others. Working for the American Red Cross taught Sharyn how much can be accomplished in a community through dedicated volunteers.

Darleen Connolly
Chair 

Darleen retired from Hanover College after 23 years where she served as Director of Alumni Relations, then Director of Planned Giving and Stewardship, and finished as Campaign Manager for a capital campaign of 32MM. Darleen has served on many boards in Madison, including Big Brother/Big Sister, United Way, Women's Giving Circle, Lanier Mansion Foundation, Community Foundation and Bethany Circle.  In addition to chairing the Bethany Legacy Foundation board, Darleen also serves as the chair of Norton King's Daughters' Hospital.

Julie Berry
Vice Chair

Julie was responsible for marketing and business development as the Senior Marketing Executive for a full-service engineering firm called Midwestern Engineers, Inc.  Julie also has a strong background in community service – she was the first female Jefferson County Commissioner and has served on several regional boards. Even though Julie is retired, she remains very active in building her community in Jefferson County Indiana. Julie graduated from Ball State University in 1982 with two Bachelor of Science Degrees in Journalism and Political Science.

Molly Dodge
Secretary

Molly currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Workforce and Careers for Ivy Tech Community College.  She collaborates with Ivy Tech campus leadership and employers across the state to ensure the College has the programs and capacity to fill the state’s workforce pipeline.  Prior to this role, she served as the Chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College campus in Madison, Indiana. Molly holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hanover College, a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Valecia Crisafulli

Valecia relocated with her husband, Larry, to Madison, Indiana, in July 2013, where they enjoy living in a National Historic Landmark district with a vibrant downtown. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren. Valecia and her husband enjoy walking, biking, listening to live music, rehabbing old buildings, and engaging in civic activities. She has a master’s degree in Humanities Education from The Ohio State University. In Madison, Valecia serves on the Madison Main Street board and was formerly Chair of the Madison Historic District Board of Review.

Jackie Thurston
 

Born and raised in Madison, Jackie graduated from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College with a Bachelor’s of Education and a Master’s of Education. From there, she began her career in education at Madison Middle School as a middle school math teacher for 13 years. This year she became Assistant Principal in July of 2022. She’s been a member of Bethany Circle since 2004 and was formerly Vice Chair of the KDH Foundation. Jackie has been married to Dan Thurston for 33 years, and together they have 3 children. Kids are her passion, and she hopes to use her gifts and skills to serve the mission of the Bethany Legacy Foundation. She is excited to positively impact Madison by serving families and promoting better healthcare for all.

Kathy Rohlfing
 

Kathy graduated from the Univ. of Louisville with a degree in Interior Design and worked for several years as a commercial designer. After moving to Madison, she became a certified personal fitness trainer and shared her passion for health and wellness for 25 years. She was also co-chair of the Speaking of Women’s Health wellness program for 6 years. She was on the Madison Tree Board for 25 years, serving as president for 10. She is also co-owner of the Red Bicycle Hall music venue with her husband and several other partners. These days, she devotes much of her time to the Bethany Legacy Foundation as they build an exciting new force for change from the ground up.

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