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Gwenn H.S. Gebhard, Executive Director
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As Executive Director, Gwenn is responsible for managing all aspects of the grant-making process ― beginning with scrutiny of Letters of Inquiry and Applications, making site visits, and ending with the review and analysis of progress reports from current grantees before a grant is closed for the year.  She also oversees the management of the Foundation’s financial resources; drafting the Budget, keeping the accounts up-to-date, and maintaining communication with the investment manager and the accountant. Twice a year, she organizes the Board meetings during which the Directors set policy and allocate grants.

During the last 15 years, she has kept the Foundation on the leading edge of the use of computer technology and was an early adopter of online grants management.  Gwenn continues to enjoy her part-time work as the Executive Director of the Replogle Foundation, and in particular, says site visits are one of the highlights of her job.

Gwenn graduated from Brown University in 1982 with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies.  She earned a MA in Public Policy and a MA in Public Health through a joint degree program at Columbia University in New York.  After working for two years at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, she was offered the position of Executive Director of the Luther I. Replogle Foundation in 1989.


  • Elizabeth Replogle Dickie (2nd generation)
  • Paul Replogle Sewell Gebhard (3rd generation)
  • Sophia Gebhard (3rd generation)
  • Poppy Anema (4th generation)
  • Will Anema (4th generation)
  • Emma Gebhard (4th generation)
  • Jessica Gebhard (4th generation)
  • Hal Hiemstra (family friend)
  • Anne Witkowsky (family friend)