Community West Foundation Board of Directors Spotlight: Mark Bacon

Community West Foundation Board Member Mark Bacon with his wife Cynthia.

Mark Bacon joined the Community West Foundation board four years ago and currently serves on the grants, community engagement and nominating committees. He brings considerable experience to the foundation. Mark is past president of the Lakewood & Rocky River Rotary and is a Trustee at his church, Rocky River United Methodist.

Mark grew up in Syracuse, New York and attended Clarkson University. After completing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he joined American Electric Power and lived in West Virginia and later was recruited by Great Lakes Construction in Athens, Ohio where he helped build the bypass. Years later, he was relocated to Cleveland to oversee the construction of I-480 and eventually arising to Vice President of Project Management. Mark retired from this career in 2010.

Mark and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 43 years and reside in Rocky River. Cynthia spent the majority of her career teaching first grade and special education in Rocky River. The couple is committed to serving those in need. In fact, through their church, they volunteer on Saturdays at Nehemiah Center, helping distribute clothes and household good through its “Twice Blessed Free Store”. “It’s important to us to be giving back as often as we can,” he commented.

Mark and Cynthia are committed to serving those in need, “It’s important to us to be giving back as often as we can.”

David Dombrowiak Community West President Emeritus, and his wife, Mary Ann with Neil Smith, MD, President of Fairview Hospital and Cynthia and Mark Bacon.

Mark is an avid woodworker and enjoys building furniture. He and Cynthia like playing tennis, pickle ball and spending time at their cottage located on Indian Lake in Ontario, Canada. The couple have two adult children, Jessica and Kyle.

Community West Foundation is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and medical care in the greater Cleveland area. Originally known as the Fairview/Lutheran Foundation, Community West has been supporting these Cleveland Clinic hospitals as well as many community non-profit agencies through grantmaking since 1997. Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, Community West has grown its giving exponentially over the past 20 years. In 2019, Community West distributed $7M in grants.

The mission of Community West Foundation is to advance the health and well being of our community. The staff and Board of Directors are guided by the words in Matthew 25:35-40: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

For more information, contact Community West Foundation at 440-360-7370 or visit CommunityWestFoundation.org.

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