Board of Directors

    Rick L. James, Chairman

Rick is Chairman of the Board of Directors for The James Foundation.  He is a graduate of Tri-State University (1977), today known as Trine University where Rick is the Chair of the Board of Trustees.  Guided by his faith, Rick, and his wife Vicki, started The James Foundation in 2011 to serve his community and enhance educational opportunities through grants.   Rick remains involved with Metal Technologies, Inc. as the Chairman, and is involved in various other community organizations.  

   Vicki L. James, President

Vicki is the President of The James Foundation.  She, and her husband Rick, forged The James Foundation guided by faith, love of community, and passion for education.  Vicki leads her family and friends by example through her philanthropic dedications to various organizations and her church.  She is excited by the opportunity to share her and her family’s blessings with others.

   Stephanie A. Foote, Vice-President

Stephanie is the Vice President of The James Foundation.  She is a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and minor in Mild Disability Education.  She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, as well as on the Zoobiliee Committee for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.  She is an active member of her church and has a passion for serving others, especially advocating for women’s and children’s causes.  Stephanie enjoys reading, photography, and travelling.  She is excited about being involved in her family’s foundation and feels it a blessing to be able to affect her community and individuals as well as create a lasting legacy.

   Jeffrey Turner, Secretary

Jeff serves as Secretary for The James Foundation.  He is a graduate of Ball State University (1974) and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis (1977).  He has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Metal Technologies, Inc. for 20 years.  Jeff serves or has served on professional boards such as Indiana Cast Metals Association, American Foundry Society as well as community boards.  Jeff is a very active community and church member serving on various committees and boards.



   Jessica Buss

Jessica is a stay at home mom.  She is active in the classrooms of her children.  She is excited to be serving her community and faith through her work at the family’s foundation.  Jessica serves on The James Foundation Board of Directors as a family member.

   Matthew Fetter

 Matt is the President and CEO of Metal Technologies, Inc.  He is a graduate of Indiana University (B.S.), University of Limburg (International Business Studies), and University of Toledo (MBA).  Matthew serves on the boards of Metal Technologies, Inc., Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of DeKalb County, and DeKalb Health.  Matthew also serves on the board of The James Foundation as a family member.  

   Timothy J. Haffner

Tim is a graduate from Wabash College (1982) and Indiana University Maurer School of Law (1985).  He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America list from 2010 – 2017 as well as Fort Wayne Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2014.  Besides practicing law at Faegre Baker Daniels in Fort Wayne, Indiana, he is very involved in the community serving as a Director for Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Indiana Regional Marketing Partnership, Big Brother/Big Sisters, Trine University, Fort Wayne Area Hocking Association, to name a few.  The James Foundation is blessed to have Tim on the Board of Directors as he brings so much experience to the table.  


Kendra R. Klink,
Associate Director


The James Foundation, Inc.
112 South Cedar Street
P.O. Box 606
Auburn, Indiana 46706
Phone: (260) 333-7500