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We are heartbroken to have to report that PSF trustee and treasurer Neil Rupp passed away on November 9, 2022. Neil was a genuinely special person who had a gigantic heart for service to others and demonstrated that heart through his tireless work and generosity.
Neil served as a PSF Trustee for 30 years, and served as president from 1996 to 2003, and treasurer since 2008. He commented often how he enjoyed writing checks for the PSF’s Family Fund, which helps students and families in need.
Neil was a very special friend and I could sum up his essence in these words:
They simply do not come any better. He will genuinely be missed.
Executive Director, PSF
Trustees for 2020-2021-2022 Term
Mr. Dave Grieser has been a PSF trustee since 1990 and has served as vice president and president. Dave is a graduate of EMHS in Harrisonburg, VA in 1966 and is married to Kathleen (Miller, ‘66) Grieser. They have one son, Jason (’92). Dave is vice president of Grieser Transportation.
Mr. Neil Rupp (’74) has been a trustee since 1993 and has served as president. He is currently serving as secretary-treasurer. He attended the University of Toledo. Neil and his wife, Faith (Gnagey, ‘74) have three children, PHS graduates Danielle (’03), Jeremy (’06), and Alisha (’08). Neil has completed over 20 marathons.
Trustees for 2021-2022-2023 Term
Mrs. Callie (Graffice) Jacoby is a ‘93 graduate of PHS, a 1997 graduate of Hillsdale College and a 2002 MBA graduate of University of Findlay. Callie is the Wealth Director for PNC Bank’s Wealth Management for Northwest Ohio. Callie and her husband John live in Tedrow and they have two sons, Graeme (’20) and Cayden (’23). She is currently serving as recording secretary for the PSF Board of Trustees.
Mr. John Poulson is a 1977 graduate of Fairview High School and a 1981 & 1988 graduate of The Ohio State University. He has served as instructor of agriculture education and FFA Advisor at Pettisville since 1990. He and his wife, Lexie, are parents to Jessie (Patrick) Schulze (‘02) and Shane (Hilary) Poulson (‘05). He is currently serving as President of the PSF Board of Trustees.
Mr. Dan Sauder is a ’87 graduate of PHS and an industrial engineering graduate of Clemson University in 1991. He has served as a trustee since 1997. He lives east of Pettisville with his wife Esmeralda (Avina, ’87) and children Daniel (‘14), Andrew (‘16), and Elizabeth (‘18). Dan is VP of Engineering and new markets at Sauder Woodworking. He currently serves as Vice President of the PSF Board of Trustees.
Dan Sauder has agreed to take over the PSF secretary-treasurer responsibilities in late 2022 and 2023.
Trustees for 2022-2023-2024 Term
Mrs. Kristen Rupp is a graduate of Wauseon High School and International Business College and is married to PHS grad Phil Rupp (‘82). They live in Pettisville and are the parents of PHS grads Jeremiah (‘09) and Jacob (‘11). Kristen is the inside sales manager at Rupp Seeds.
Mr. Thomas McWatters III is an attorney with Barber, Kaper, Stamm, McWatters & Whitlock. He has degrees from Taylor University (B.S., 1982), University of Toledo College of Law (J.D., 1986), Biola University (M.A., 1998), and Duke University (Ph.D., 2010). A resident of Fulton County for over 30 years, he and his wife Angie are open enrollment parents to Zachary (‘23), Thomas IV (‘21), and Jessica (‘20).
Trustees Appointed by Pettisville Board of Education
Mr. Brent King, a member and appointee of the board of education for the 2016-2018 term. Mr. King and his wife Stephanie reside north of Pettisville on County Road 19. They are parents to Dillon, (‘18), Jacob (‘21), and Alli (‘23). A graduate of Archbold High School, Brent is a co-owner of King Lumber located east of Tedrow.
Mr. John King (‘73) is a member of the board of education was a former PSF trustee from 1999 to 2008. John and his wife Karen live south of Pettisville. He is general manager for Rupp Seeds. The Kings have four children, all graduates of PHS, Harris (‘09), Kayla Bruner (‘11), Alexis (’12), and Eli (’15).
2022 PSF Trustees: Dan Sauder, John King, Brent King, Neil Rupp, Dave Grieser, Tom McWatters III, Callie Jacoby, Kristen Rupp, and John Poulson.