The Corporation is organized exclusively to be an advocate to protect and restore water quality, habitats and the beauty of the Yellow Creek watershed through engagement and education by providing funds to create and/or enhance a watershed district and for any other charitable, educational, literacy or scientific purpose within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Corporation is empowered to do the following:


  1. Create opportunities for interested citizens and organizations to contribute financially toward the betterment of the Yellow Creek watershed;

  2. Establish and maintain a fund from which to expend monies to enhance watersheds;

  3. To receive and hold by bequest, devise, gifts, contributions, purchase, lease, or any other form, either absolutely or in trust, any property, real or personal, tangible or intangible, without limitation as to amount or value; to sell, convey, use, apply and/or dispose of any such property and to invest and reinvest any income and/or principal derived thereby and to deal with and expand the income and principal of funds so derived for any and/or all of the purpose set forth, above; and for future projects compatible with our mission

  4. To exercise all other rights and powers conferred on non-profit corporations, and to do all things necessary or appropriate in order to accomplish the foregoing purposes.

The Yellow Creek Foundation
Board Members

Brenda Borisuk-McShaffrey and her husband, Bill, have resided in Bath for the past 20 years.  Previously they lived in Copley for 15 years.  Brenda enjoys hiking, biking, paddling, yoga, gardening & learning French.


Brenda has a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Microbiology.  She began her career as a Registered Dietitian and Department Head of Nutrition and Therapeutic Services with Manor Care Nursing Home.  She shifted her efforts to nutritional products, medical device & pharmaceutical sales for the over 30 years. Currently, Brenda is a auditor for a Pharmaceutical Company.

Brenda is a founding member of Visiting Nurse Service Hospice on Ridgewood Road in Copley and the Yellow Creek Action Committee in Bath.  She is a member of The Friends of Yellow Creek and volunteers for a multitude of community events.


After losing a third of her home to the 2014 flood and seeing the devastation to her neighbors and community, Brenda attended a meeting where experts sighted climate change for this storm’s intensity.  He said to expect more storms with more severity in the future.  That was Brenda’s call to action to find a solution.


James A. Stender was reared in Barberton, OH, finishing his chemical engineering degree from the University of Akron.  While there he was appointed to the committee to form the Environmental Certificate Program, which he earned during his 5-year engineering degree matriculation.  Jim then earned an MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University and a Project Management Certificate from Baldwin-Wallace College.

His career has taken him from major engineering/construction and consulting firms in the greater Cleveland area, South Carolina, and Pittsburgh as a Project Manager and Project Director with Westinghouse.  In 2007 Jim became the Utilities Director for the City of Barberton.  There he dealt with and was responsible for watershed issues such as raw water impoundment and treatment, the delivery of potable water, the collection and treatment of sanitary sewage, and major problems caused by flooding of the sewer system.

Jim has chaired local chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, has led national symposiums in finance and currently serves on the board of the Barberton Community Development Corporation and on NEFCO’s Environmental Resource Tech Committee.

Jim met Brenda at a watershed meeting and decided to put his training to support a grassroots effort for the common good.


Mark A. Spisak and his wife, Dalia, have resided in Norton for more than 35 years. An avid fisherman and hunter, he has served as an officer and member to many outdoor organizations and has been active in sharing the outdoors with youth through activities and education.

With a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Miami University of Ohio and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Mark has been self-employed for the majority of his career as a marketing and advertising consultant.


He has served his city as a member of several citizen groups; has been on Norton’s planning commission for 13 years, chairing for 12 years; and has been a Commissioner for Summit Metro Parks since 2012, chairing the board twice.

Mark toured O’Neil Woods and Hampton Hills Metro Parks after the storm.  Seeing the flood waterline about 20 feet above his head, he realized the parks were in peril from unmanaged flow from upstream.  He felt it was his fiduciary responsibility to Summit County residents to take individual action to help preserve the parks.