The Warren A. Sill Fund takes pride in our relationships with the donors, sponsors, students, family, and friends that support our mission. In order that you better know our Board of Directors, the WASF blog will feature a series of Board of Director profiles, beginning with our esteemed Chairman, Tyler Allchin. Stay tuned for more, and be sure to say HI when you see us at #SpringOut2016!
● What inspired you to create the Warren A. Sill Fund?
After Warren’s passing there was a groundswell of positive sentiment that needed an outlet. A non-profit organization dedicated to education, friendship, and personal growth became a natural extension of his life. What started as a coping mechanism has matured into something far more valuable.
● What kind of work does WASF do?
To date, WASF has donated over $5,000 to worthy students at Kent State University. Because Warren was such a singular personality, the Board was consistently pushed to find personalities that match our mission of education and friendship. Beginning in Fall 2016, WASF will roll-out an innovative pilot project with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Children’s Museum of Cleveland that will provide quality extra-classroom experiences to 20 underprivileged pre-kindergarten students at Euclid Park Elementary School.
● What sets WASF apart from other scholarship opportunities?
The WASF’s scholarship components are unique in that our Board is actively engaged with the recipients throughout their careers at KSU. We see our recipients as an extension of Warren and our greater WASF Family. It is our hope that we can both tangibly (financial support) and intangibly (relationships) help propel them to reach their dreams. It is more than a check and our recipients have responded as such.
● As Chairman, what achievement are you most proud of over the past three years?
The Fund’s greatest achievement lies in its ability to dream beyond the tragedy that was Warren’s passing. Whereas many groups and families would have viewed the event as an unfortunate last chapter, this team was able to see over the horizon and coalesce around a truly inspiring mission. Our donors have been terrific and I feel most prideful when I see them at our annual event.
● How do you see the WASF expanding its impact both in the Kent State and Northeast Ohio communities?
WASF has so many dynamic team members involved that growth and increased impact was inevitable. The pilot project and a potential sponsorship of a film at the Cleveland International Film Festival are ways WASF is growing in 2016.
●What do you do, professionally? How do you like to spend your free time?
I am currently Government Affairs Council at G2G Consulting, a boutique government relations and lobbying firm specializing in the life sciences. I enjoy reading, movies, and large meals on Sundays. When not at work, I try to spend as much time with my family and traveling.