2022 NPD Honorees


L to R:  Barbara Brothers, William Conti (representing Jeanne D. Tyler), Leonard J. Fisher and Rita Jochman (representing Third Source Committee)
Missing From Picture:  Tim Crowe, Rose Carter (representing ACTION)

2022 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

Barbara Brothers

Barbara Brothers, born in Youngstown (1937), graduated from Austintown Fitch High School (1955), Youngstown University (B.A., 1958), Western Reserve University (M.A., 1962) and Kent State University (Ph.D., 1973). She began teaching at Youngstown University in 1960 and joined the full-service faculty in 1967. She served as chairperson of the English Department (1974-1993), Acting Graduate Dean and Dean of the College of Arts and Science (1993-2001) and received a 2015 YSU Heritage Award.

Community values have informed her professional career and her volunteer service. She was named a 1975 Outstanding Educator of America “in recognition of contributions to the advancement of higher education and service to community.” As Dean of Arts and Sciences she secured numerous grants, including a $2.5 million Teacher Enhancement Preparation Grant. At the state and national levels, she provided leadership to the College English Association of Ohio, the Ohio Humanities Council, the national College English Association, the Association of Departments of English, the Modern Language Association, the State Library Board, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Dr. Brothers has served the community through participation and leadership in numerous organizations—the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown, YWCA Capital Campaign, Youngstown Symphony Board, Park Vista Board, Youngstown Chapter of AAUW, Academic Distress Commission, and the Citizens’ League of Greater Youngstown. She and her deceased husband Lawrence Haims have made substantial gifts to the capital campaigns of Fellows Gardens, Powers Auditorium, Butler Museum of American Art, SMARTS, the Youngstown State University Foundation, YWCA, and Stambaugh Auditorium Facilities Renovation. 

Currently she serves on the boards of the YWCA of Mahoning Valley, the League of Women Voters of Greater Youngstown, AAUW Youngstown, WYSU-FM, Youngstown Rotary, and the Stambaugh Auditorium Development Committee. She is also a volunteer with the Senior Support Action Group and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. 

The mother of two children, Mark and Jill Brothers, and two stepchildren, Emily Ludwig and Marla Haims Cohen, and has 10 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

2022 Legacy Award

Jeanne Deibel Tyler

In life, as well as in death, Jeanne Deibel Tyler was a philanthropic force in the Mahoning Valley. 

Jeanne was active in Junior League of Youngstown, Youngstown Area Community Chest and was on the board of Planned Parenthood Association of Youngstown. She was a long-time board member of Visiting Nurses Association of Youngstown and Paisley House for Women. Jeanne served the Youngstown Hospital Association and its successor for years, including a term as president of its Women’s Board. In 2002 she was honored by Western Reserve Health Care as an “Outstanding Trustee”. In 2003, Jeanne was chair of the Red and White Ball sponsored by the Mahoning chapter of American Red Cross.

Jeanne’s devotion to public service continued during her later years as a board member of Stambaugh Auditorium. She served on the board of the Hine Memorial Foundation, Ruth Beecher Foundation, and Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens. Jeanne also served as president of the Garden Club of Youngstown, the Tourist Club, the Monday Book Review Club and the Women’s Golf Association at Youngstown Country Club.

Jeanne was passionate about preserving local history, and was a long time board member of Mahoning Valley Historical Society, serving twelve years as board president. Her commitment to local history resulted in her making the lead gift to name Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center in downtown Youngstown. Over the years, she continued to contribute to MVHS. When there was a need to be filled, Jeanne did so with enthusiasm.

Upon Jeanne’s passing on September 4, 2019, her desire to ensure that local history was preserved and celebrated led to her make her ultimate gift. Knowing that a gift to MVHS would benefit the entire community that she served for so many years, Jeanne stipulated in her will that $1 million would go to MVHS immediately. In August of 2022, MVHS received the balance of the estate in the amount of $1,045,000, bringing her total giving to almost $3 million.