Sarah Wallace, a DePauw University (’76) graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree, holds a M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and is the Chairman of the Board of First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Newark, Ohio. She has been associated with First Federal since 1980 and served as the President and CEO from 1983 through 1999 when she was elected Chair of the Board.
She served a two-year term on the Federal Reserve Board Thrift Institutions Advisory Council in 1984-85 reporting to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker. She is the Board Chair and a Trustee of the Thomas J. Evans Foundation as well as The Gilbert Reese Family Foundation. Mrs. Wallace served on the Central Ohio Technical
College Board of Trustees starting in 2002 and served as the Board Chair from 2004 to 2010. From 2002 to 2017, she served as the President of the Board of A Call to College, the college access program that provides grants and college advising services to students in the Newark City Schools. Mrs. Wallace also serves on the boards of the Newark Campus Development Fund, Freight Service-Midway-Truck One-Ellis and Able
Trucking, and as Chair and Trustee of the First Federal Foundation. Mrs. Wallace is a member of the Newark Rotary Club.
Mrs. Wallace is on the Board of Trustees at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and served as the first female Board Chair in the University’s history from 2010-2014. She received the Old Gold Goblet from DePauw in 2015 “For Eminence in Life’s Work and Service to Alma Mater.” She has served as the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, Business and Financial Affairs Committee and the Investments Committee. She also served as the Co-Chair of The Campaign for DePauw, a $300 million comprehensive campaign for DePauw. Mrs. Wallace is married to Dr. John H. Wallace, who practiced dentistry in Newark. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Honors and Awards
Licking County Chamber
of Commerce. John Alford Community Service Award 2019
Boys & Girls Club of America Award of Merit 2019
Explore Licking County Tourism Partner of the Year 2019
Newark Rotary Club The Bravo Award 2019
Zonta Club of Newark Woman of the Year Leadership Award 2018
Central Ohio Technical College Legends of Loyalty Award 2018
Robbins Hunter Museum Victoria Woodhull Woman of Achievement Award 2016
Licking Memorial Hospital Lifetime Achievement Award 2016
DePauw University Old Gold Goblet 2015
Par Excellence Academy Helping Hands Award 2014
American Red Cross of LC Hometown Hero Award 2012
Young Women’s Christian Assoc. Women of Achievement 1993
DePauw University Young Alumni Award 1992
Chuck dedicated 20 years to the Granville Schools… Granville High School principal for 15 years, then 5 years as Business Director. Chuck’s dedication to the nutritional health of the students led him to be a force of change in providing new, healthy food options. He started by removing all processed foods from the school cafeteria, replacing it with wholesome, nutritious alternatives.
Chuck spent over six years volunteering as the manager of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Chuck’s compassion and dedication are contagious. He spent countless hours stocking food and serving our food pantry guests, prompting some of our Food Pantry guests to volunteer. He wanted the guest’s waiting room to be more welcoming, so he painted and updated it. He had the fantastic idea to honor the founders of our food pantry (the Hammond family) by dedication the meeting room with signage: “Hammond Family Room“.
Chuck’s selflessness is always evident as he took initiative on many levels. He noticed guests that had no transportation, and took it upon himself to drive them home. This inspired other volunteers to add a group of “volunteer drivers“, to assist any guests in need of delivering their food. This program continues still today.
While the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store was without a manager, Chuck took the initiative to lead a massive project to reorganize the warehouse. Chuck’s creativity, hard work, and heart for the needy are an inspiration to all.
Chuck and his family continue to serve the central Ohio community with their Sunbeam Organic Farm, by providing fresh, organic produce at the Granville and Newark Farmers Markets. In addition to the Farmers’ Markets, Sunbeam also provides weekly produce to its CSA members, as well as selling vegetables to Denison University. Chuck gets much satisfaction from providing the community with fresh and flavorful organic food selections, as well as getting to know his regular customers on a personal basis.
Chuck’s family include his wife of 46 years, Cynthia; son Ben (wife Meg, baby Aurelia and new baby due soon!); daughter Meg (husband Kimathi, children Malkia and Amelia); and daughter Elizabeth.