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Focus on Philanthropy

Focus on Philanthropy is a recognition of funds, organizations, projects, individuals, families, and businesses for improving the quality of life in Muskingum County.

2016: Larry Triplett

Larry Triplett honored with 2016 Dick Johnson Award

The 2016 Dick Johnson Award recipient, Larry Triplett, becomes the newest member of a group of distinguished individuals who have worked to benefit Muskingum County.

Triplett co-founded Resource Systems, a healthcare software company, in 1980 immediately upon graduating from Muskingum College. He and his business partner, Greg Adams, built the company over a period of 31 years in which it became the premier provider of documentation software for the nursing home industry. It was on Inc. magazine’s list of the fastest growing companies in the nation. The company was acquired by Cerner Corporation in 2011 and continues to operate in New Concord, Ohio.

In 2004 Triplett was instrumental in forming the Muskingum County Business Incubator (MCBI), a non-profit business incubator that helps businesses expand, creating jobs and opportunities for people in the region. He served as Chairman of its board from 2004 to 2014 and now serves as its Executive Director.

In 2011 Triplett helped found the East Central Ohio Tech Angel Fund, a private/public collaborative that helps Southeastern Ohio’s entrepreneurs find private equity investors. The fund has been recognized as one of the best performing angel investment funds in the nation.

The Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award was established in 2000 at the suggestion of Bob Kessler to honor the impact of Dick Johnson, a successful businessman, philanthropist and civic leader. The Community Foundation presents the award annually to individuals who share the rare combined outstanding achievements as entrepreneurs, community leaders and philanthropists.

2016: Joey Pennybaker Osborn

Joey Pennybaker Osborn honored with 2016 Brian T. Wagner Award

Zanesville resident Joey Pennybaker Osborn was honored with the 2016 Brian T. Wagner Award. Osborn graduated from Philo High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Denison University and her master’s degree from Muskingum University. She has worked with non-profits from the Muskingum County area, including MCCF and Eastside Community Ministry, since college. In 2015 she was elected to serve on Zanesville City Council as an at-large representative.

Osborn is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Muskingum and a 2010 graduate of the JoAnn Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute. She volunteers for Muskingum County 4-H, Zanesville Daybreak Rotary, MCCF, the Women of Achievement Steering Committee, and many other organizations.

She and her husband, Sam, own Osborn Photography and are restoring a home in the McIntire Historic Neighborhood. They have three children: 3-year old Andie and 1-year old twins, Samuel and Reese. Joey’s parents are Freda Pennybaker and the late Jack Pennybaker.

The Brian T. Wagner Award was created by the Community Foundation to honor the achievements of individuals who have contributed to the betterment of Muskingum County through extraordinary commitments of time and effort as volunteers. These individuals must be between the ages of 18 and 55 years of age, live in and volunteer in Muskingum County and have a history of significant volunteer leadership of projects and programs.

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