Barbara Titus is a respected national business leader and non-profit organization volunteer. She currently serves as the President/Chairwoman of the Geauga Credit Union and serves on the University Hospitals Leadership Council. She brings 40 years of business experience and recently retired after 31 years leading a manufacturing organization within the hardwood industry. Barbara earned the inaugural Women in Industry Award from the National Wood Flooring Association and received the Emerald Leader Award from Leadership Geauga, honoring individuals that commit their time and talents to benefit others.
Her involvement with the Gary Sinise Foundation began through her leadership in the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA), where she now serves as a Board Director for the national trade association and as a Director/Board Liaison of its Education & Research Foundation. Barbara spearheaded the effort to recruit others within her industry to donate materials and labor to the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program. Currently, almost 200 NWFA member companies have donated product, logistics, and installation services in locations throughout the United States, with a total value of more than $6 million. She was also instrumental in involving the Natural Stone Institute, which provides granite countertops and exterior stone for the R.I.S.E homes. In July 2020, Barbara also joined the Gary Sinise Foundation's board of directors, serving on the Audit and Finance Committees.
Barbara brings her business acumen, and her deep commitment to public service to charitable organizations focused on the needs of veterans and their families.
Her latest charitable effort for veterans is the development of the Valor Retreat. As Vice President/Vice Chairwoman of the retreat’s Board of Directors, Barbara is leading the effort to raise $2 million for the development of a 22-acre retreat in Ohio’s Hocking Hills and the construction of handicap-accessible cabins and a lodge. The retreat will provide a free recreational facility for combat veterans, their families, and Gold Star families, offering them a tranquil environment to recover from the ravages of conflict, to heal and reconnect with nature and one another. This facility will offer other modalities to veterans to encourage post-traumatic growth, including equine therapy, archery, and other activities to enjoy the beauty of scenic Hocking Hills.