Westminster Village
Foundation

Boosting support to Westminster residents

Established in 1982, The Westminster Village Foundation of West Lafayette, Inc., is a not-for-profit corporation that exists to support educational, health, recreational, and other programs for Westminster’s residents, as well as provide financial assistance for residents whose resources become insufficient to meet Westminster Village expenses.

Thanks to the generosity of Westminster Village residents, families and friends, The Westminster Village Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to assist residents who outlived their assets. In addition, the Foundation provided the initial funds to establish the Chaplain and Volunteer Coordinator positions.

To contact the Westminster Village Foundation directly, please send e-mail to Foundation@wvwl.org.

Foundation Board of Directors

Energetic leaders who make a difference

Creating new opportunities for Westminster residents Westminster Village Foundation is managed by a voluntary board of directors made up of Westminster Village residents and business, University and community leaders.

Keith L. Bundy

After graduating from Butler University in 1953 with a B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing, he served for three years in the Air Force as an Air Rescue Pilot. He moved to Lafayette in 1956 and has been associated with the Bundy-McNear Insurance Agency, Inc. during which time he served as President from 1978 until 1996. He is currently the corporate Secretary-Treasurer. Keith has been a member of the Westminster Village Foundation Investment Committee since 2009. He served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board for 9 years and received the Marquis de Lafayette Award in 1991. He has been a resident of Westminster Village since 2008.

Brenda Clapper

Ms. Brenda Clapper graduated in 1994 from Purdue University with majors in Communication and Psychology. She then went on to graduate from Indiana University School of Law in 1997 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.  Ms. Clapper works for Ball Eggleston, PC with a focus on estate planning, estate administration, elder law, business and adoptions. Ms. Clapper is currently on the Boards of North Central Health Services (NCHS) Grants Board, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and Purdue Student Publishing Foundation (The Purdue Exponent).  She was previously on the Boards of United Way of Greater Lafayette and CASA of Marion County.

Frederick R. Ford

Frederick R. Ford: Bachelors’ degree in Mechanical Engineering, Masters’ Degree in Industrial Administration and a Ph.D. in Management - all from Purdue University. Received an Honorary Doctorate from Purdue in 1998. Began work in the Purdue Business Office in 1959, held several different positions and retired in 1998 as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of the University. Also served as a Trustee of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and as Director of First Federal Bank of Lafayette and Circle Income Shares.

Ann H. Hunt

Ann H. Hunt, an Emerita Professor of Nursing, joined the Foundation Board of Directors in September of 2017. She received the Charles Murphy Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997. She is an active member of the Lafayette community. She was a West Lafayette City Councilor from 2003 to 2015. She was President of the Council for seven years. She dedicated her time to the West Lafayette Community Development Black Grant Committee, the West Lafayette Tree Friends, the Area IV Council on Aging, and Read to Succeed.

Vic Lechtenberg

Mr. Lechtenberg is Professor and Dean Emeritus of Agriculture at Purdue University.  Dr. Lechtenberg served as Purdue’s Dean of Agriculture from 1993-2004. Most recently he served as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and as Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development. He was Purdue’ Vice Provost for Engagement from 2004 to 2011, Interim Provost from 2008 to 2009. As Vice Provost for Engagement, Lechtenberg led Purdue’s engagement and outreach efforts to governmental agencies, corporate leaders, schools and community leaders across Indiana and beyond. While officially retired, he continues to serve in a minor role as Special Assistant to the President of Purdue. Mr. Lechtenberg and his wife, Grayce, have four children and ten grandchildren.

John Martin

Mr. Martin graduated in 1966 from Hanover College with majors in Math and Economics. He then went on to graduate from Purdue University in 1968 with a Master’s Degree in Education.  Mr. Martin went on to work for Tippecanoe School Corporation and Regions Bank; retiring in 2007 as the Regional Senior Credit Officer for Regions Bank. Mr. Martin is currently on the Boards of Central Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, LTHC Homeless Services and Westminster Village representative to Resident Council.  

Lincoln B. Perkins

Lincoln B. Perkins: Linc joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 2003. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1986. He became managing partner of the firm in 2008. Linc spends most of his time working with Small Business clients and family owned businesses assisting them with Estate/Succession Planning, Business Consulting, Corporate, Individual and Partnership/LLC taxation compliance and planning. He also oversees the firm’s practice helping clients with qualified retirement plans such as 401(k) plans and ESOPs. Outside the firm he is active in the Lafayette Daybreak Rotary Club, a member of the Greater Lafayette Commerce Chamber Council and a volunteer with the Tippecanoe County Opioid Task Force. He enjoys camping, hunting and most outdoor activities. Now that he and his wife Kimberly are empty nesters they have become avid mountain bikers.

Rita K. Smith

Vice President of the Foundation Board - Rita is the Vice President and Trust Relationship Manager at First Merchants Trust Company. She recently obtained her B.S. from Purdue University in Organizational Leadership and graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1996. She has held the Certified Financial Planner designation for over twenty years. Rita began her banking career in 1981 with Lafayette Bank and Trust Company, starting as a teller and working her way up through the Trust and Investment Divisions, managing trust portfolios and heading the Investment Department from 1991 through 2000. She also worked as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch for 4 years before taking an opportunity to join North Central Health Services as its Program Director in 2004. Over $30 million in grant dollars were awarded to nonprofit organizations for capital projects in Tippecanoe and the surrounding counties during her nine years with that organization. Rita recently rejoined Lafayette Bank & Trust Company, now a division of First Merchants Bank, and is enjoying the opportunity to work with families and businesses as a trusted advisor for a variety of investment, retirement and estate planning issues. She has served on numerous local nonprofit boards over the years, including the Westminster Village Board of Directors from 2003 to 2006.

Donald L. Nead

President of Westminster Foundation Board - Donald received a BA from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, an MD and MA from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and a Doctor of Ministry from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He served 20 years as a campus pastor with University Church at Purdue and has been involved with fundraisers for 14 years with the Bach Chorale Singers of Lafayette. He is currently the coordinator of the Community Garden Project of the Master Gardeners of Tippecanoe County. He is also currently the chair of the Landscape and Grounds Committee of the Resident Council of Westminster Village. Don has been a resident of Westminster Village since 2005.

Past Presidents - Westminster Village Foundation

(2020-current) Donald Nead
(2012-2020) Henry A. Wadsworth
(2006-2012) Bill R. Baumgardt
(2005-2006) James R. Ransom
(2004-2005) James L. Hanks
(1999-2004) Lowell S. Hardin
(1997-1999) James R. Ransom
(1995-1997) Robert W. Whitsel
(1993-1995) George DeVault
(1982-1993) Winfield Hentschel

Donor Recognition

Thank you to all of our donors!

Nearly one-half of all Westminster residents have made a gift to the Foundation. Donations to the Westminster Village Foundation are tax-deductible. It is our pleasure to recognize on this site those who have made a generous personal contribution to benefit past, present and future residents.

The Builders’ Award ($5,000)

  • Edward and Jeriann Hudson Niehoff
  • Lucille Williams
  • James R. Ransom
  • Frances D. Miller
  • Paul & Elsie Weigle
  • Aubrey & Doris Smith
  • Helen Crane
  • Mary Emma & Earl Butz
  • Marilyn Whitsel
  • Ruth Goshorn
  • Henry & Emily Wadsworth
  • Eileen Clawson
  • Lois Wark
  • Dorothy Asher
  • Kettelhut Construction
  • Lee and Martha Schrader
  • Jack and Verndene Harris
  • Larry and Lola Huggins

The Winfield F. Hentschel Award ($10,000)

  • Grace Fitzgerald
  • John and Marjorie Martin
  • Pauline Overman
  • The Sewing Group
  • Eleanor Campbell
  • Helen E. Clark
  • Richard & Dorothy Stewart
  • Page J. Karling
  • Harland White
  • Thomas M. & Dorothy N. McCaw
  • Helen Willsey
  • Susan Wu
  • Jim & Bess Hanks
  • Bill & Elaine Baumgardt
  • Margaret Abbott-Woerner
  • Kirby Risk Corporation
  • Kirk & Lori Young
  • Westminster Village Fall Bazaar
  • Margaret Olsen Trust
  • Geraldine Hudson

The Richard A. and Violet B. Road Award ($25,000)

  • Westminster Village Flea Market
  • Eleanor W. Lindley
  • Werner L. & Jeanette W. Nelson
  • Esther E. Norton
  • B. Jeanne Leffler
  • Elsie M. Weigle
  • Virginia I. Humphrey
  • Alvin & Anna C. Dale
  • Clara Ryan
  • Kathleen Johnson
  • Maxine Lear
  • David & Joyce Nesbitt

The Rachel Road Award ($100,000)

  • Rachel Road
  • Richard & Violet B. Road
  • Evelyn Kerlin
  • Marian Mooney
  • Westminster Village Resident Council
  • Esther A. Siler
  • Dr. Thomas Mather
  • The Estate of LaNelle Geddes

The Mary Jane Carr Award ($250,000)

Miss Mary Jane Carr (1913-2007) was born on a farm near Hobbs, Indiana. She attended Butler University from 1931 to 1933, was a 1935 graduate of DePauw University and received her B.A. degree in Library Sciences from the University of Illinois in 1942 and her M.A. degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan in 1952. Miss Carr was employed in the Purdue University libraries from 1942 to 1957 as a cataloger and head of the Card Preparation Unit. She was head librarian at Rockford College and was the acquisition librarian at DePauw University from 1963 until her retirement in 1978. She moved into her independent apartment on the third floor of “A” Building in October 1978 and indicated she greatly enjoyed her life at Westminster Village. Near the end of her life she moved back to the Tipton, Indiana, area to be near the surviving members of her family. We acknowledge, with gratitude, the generous contribution (in excess of $500,000) Miss Carr has made to the Westminster Village Foundation from her estate.

The Legacy Circle

The Westminster Village Foundation established The Legacy Circle. A commitment to The Legacy Circle indicates your intent to leave a gift to benefit the Foundation in your estate. To become a member of The Legacy Circle you need only advise the Foundation that you have made provision in your will to make a gift or that the Foundation has been added as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy. With great gratitude we recognize The Legacy Circle members.

  • Jim Hanks
  • Werner L. & Jeanette W. Nelson
  • Melda M. Warner
  • Marian Mooney
  • LaNelle E. Geddes
  • Esther A. Siler
  • Miriam Epple-Heath
  • Virginia M. & Donald L. Nead
  • Caryl E. Matthews & Donald L. Nead
  • Paul Gronendyke Family Trust

Types of Giving

Leave a legacy

Thanks to the generosity of Westminster Village residents, families and friends, the foundation has an endowment that has provided $2 million to assist residents who have outlived their resources. Consider a cash gift, bequeath a life insurance policy or honor a loved one with a permanent paver – there are many ways to give.

Ways to give

Click on a category to learn more. Consult your professional advisor when considering charitable gifts.

The foundation accepts cash, checks and credit card gifts. Cash is the simplest and most efficient way to make a gift to the foundation; and can be made in honor or in memory of a person, event or organization.

Friends of Foundation

The Friends of the Village Foundation is designed to increase the size of the foundation’s endowment. At the beginning of each fiscal year, which is July 1, Friends are invited to make an annual pledge. The pledge can be paid in a lump sum or quarterly via cash or credit card. If the participant is a current resident, the amount can also be added to his/her monthly statement.

Paver Project

There are special people in every person’s life. Some may still be here while others are just wonderful memories. Now there is a way to honor and memorialize these loved ones with a permanent marker.

There are three courtyards around Westminster Village’s campus that are designed with brick pavers. One is located outside the library and there are two outside the Health Center. Pavers may be personalized to recognize special people in your life. Pavers cost between $150 and $450 depending on the size, number of lines of inscription and location.