HCEF Staff

HCEF Trustees, Team Members, and Advisory Board Members

Our Trustees

HCEF Trustees

John R. Waltman
John R. Waltman serves as the Chairman of the Board and as the legal consultant for the Foundation. He has been with Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston LTD for over 30 years and is a lifetime resident of Holmes County. He is a member of the Holmes County, Ohio and American Bar Associations, Fellowship with the Ohio State Bar Association, and is a Director of the Commercial and Savings Bank. As such, he is "totally dedicated to the people of Holmes County and the assistance the Education Foundation may provide to enhance their lives."
Shasta M. Mast
Shasta M. Mast is Manager of the Hardwood Furniture Guild, Board Member of the Killbuck Savings Bank and former Director of the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Shasta earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Otterbein College. Shasta is an active community member; having served on the HCEF Advisory Committee, Harvest Ridge Board, Holmes County Economic Development Council, Millersburg Rotary Club, Amish Country Farmers’ Market, Ohio Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus, and is a member of Faith Lutheran Church. Of the Foundation’s return on investment, Shasta states, “I’ve always believed in the power of lifelong education. The Foundation provides resources for traditional and non-traditional students to pursue their career paths. These folks go on to contribute to the success of our businesses and community.” Shasta resides near Benton with her husband Jim. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and boating.
Judge Thomas C. Lee
Judge Lee has served as Judge of the Holmes County Probate and Juvenile Courts since 1997. He graduated from Hiland High School in 1977, Taylor University with a B.A. in Psychology in 1982, earned his J.D. at Capital University Law School in 1986 and was in private practice in Holmes County from 1987 to 1997. He has been involved in many community activities and currently serves on the boards of Love, INC and Habitat for Humanity. He and Dawn have been married for 39 years and raised three boys, all of whom are now married. He is a partner at NewPointe Community Church and enjoys doting on his five grandchildren, reading, walking, and pickleball.
Craig E. Hershberger
Craig E. Hershberger began his career in Holmes County as an educator in both West and East Holmes schools and most recently retired as school counselor from Hiland High and Middle School after 37 years in education. He earned a BS degree in Education and a master’s degree in Counseling from Malone College and a master’s degree in School Administration from Ashland University. He’s been active with the Hiland Academic Booster Club, Holmes County Fair Board, Holmes County 4-H Advisor and member of Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. Craig has been a vital partner of the Holmes County Education Foundation since inception and states, “I have seen the benefits received by area students and the doors that have been opened for them…We need to continue to support our young people and give them the opportunity to continue their education and possibly return to the workforce in Holmes County.” Craig is married to Deb and they have two daughters and sons-in-law. Craig enjoys farming, time with family and watching sports.
David A. Coil
David A. Coil began his career with Hummel Group, Inc. in 1994 and is currently Principal and Business Risk Advisor. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business (BA) from Goshen College. He is also a Fellow of Life Management Association, Certified Master Logger, and Certified Insurance Counselor. He has been active in the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce, Hiland Academic Booster Club, Martins Creek Mennonite Church, Berlin Youth Baseball, and Ohio Forestry Association. David believes that "It takes a village to raise a child" and HCEF epitomizes that saying through the advanced educational opportunities that are offered because of the generous donors and supporters. It is always a blessing to see the smiles on the recipients' faces when they receive their scholarship awards.
Matthew W. Campbell
Matthew W. Campbell is a Financial Advisor with Investment Partners, LTD. Matt is a former HCEF scholarship recipient who obtained his degree in Business Administration/Finance from Ohio University. Matt stated, "A formal education and career training is vital to the future progress of any community. I have received a tremendous return on the investment into my own education, and would like to see others receive this same opportunity." He stays very active in the community and has been involved in the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce, West Holmes Athletic Boosters, Millersburg Baseball Association, West Holmes Soccer Club, HCEF Advisory Board, and Millersburg Faith Lutheran Church. Matt resides in Millersburg with his wife and they have three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys time with family, traveling, and attending concerts and sporting events.
Our Staff


Ashley R. Doty
Administrative Assistant
Ashley is a 2003 graduate of West Holmes High School who earned a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Ashland University. Since 2011, she gained purchasing and business experience with Schaeffler (Formerly LuK USA, LLC). While living in Wooster for the past nine years, Ashley has been involved with the Wooster Young Professionals, Lamplighters Civic & Social Club, and St. Mary’s Young Adult Group. Ashley values education and has a passion for helping others. During her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends, seeing concerts, and cooking. Ashley is grateful to be back in Holmes County, and looks forward to serving the Holmes County Education Foundation for many years!
Shasta M. Mast
Executive Director
Shasta Mast believes in the power of community. Education, economic development, philanthropic giving, and dynamic partnerships strengthen the fabric of society. She is excited to help continue to grow the Education Foundation, while expanding its scope into a community foundation. A graduate of Hiland High School and Otterbein College, Shasta returned to our community after 10 years in Columbus, Ohio. Rooted deeply in Holmes County, Shasta moved back to be near family, live in the country and make a difference. She and her husband Jim live on his family’s Century Farm. They enjoy travel, spending time outdoors, and cruising in classic cars.

HCEF Advisory Board

In order to facilitate growth and to make the Holmes County Education Foundation (HCEF) as valuable as possible to Holmes County and its residents, the Foundation Board of Trustees determined to enhance HCEF leadership. An advisory board has been created and will extend the influence and importance of the Foundation throughout the county in pursuit of the HCEF's mission, which is "to strengthen our community by helping Holmes County residents pursue further education opportunities."
Andy Schafer
H15 Ministries
Arnie Oliver
Holmes County Planning Commission
Jane Houin
Ashland Soil & Water Conservation District
Jay McCulloch
Park National Bank
Jordan Miller
Rea & Associates
Matt Sprang
Independent Banking Consultant
Nicole Horn, DPM.
Performance Foot & Ankle
Pastor Wes McElravy
Millersburg Christian Church
Roger Proper, Jr.
Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd.
Sasha Taylor-Smith
Huntington Insurance
Steve Waltman
Ohio State Fire Marshal