Mary Hughes, the long-time Fund Administrator of Hudson Community Foundation, retired on April 30 to a chorus of thanks and admiration. A Hudson resident since 1996, Hughes was the foundation’s longest-tenured staff member with 10 years on board.

"I have truly enjoyed working alongside Mary. She helped set the high standards we maintain for financial integrity, accuracy and personalized service to our donors," said Amy Jordan, president of Hudson Community Foundation. "All of our fund holders have come to know Mary and deeply appreciate her skills and professionalism. We wish Mary and her husband Bill all the best in their post-retirement travel and family time."

As Mary retires, Mike Yukich is joining HCF. Yukich brings extensive financial and accounting experience, including chief financial officer and controller positions at various private and public companies. He recently retired as chief financial officer of Innovest Global, Inc., a Chesterland-based diversified industrials company.

"Mike’s depth of experience will be an asset to HCF and help guide our financial practices as the foundation continues on its path of growth and service to the philanthropic needs Hudson families, companies and organizations," Jordan said. "He is committed to the same high standards we have all come to expect from Mary Hughes."

Much like Yukich, Hughes brought a long track record of success to her role at HCF. Over the course of her career, she served as Hudson’s city treasurer, finance director for the City of Vermilion and an internal auditor for the City of Shaker Heights. Hughes holds a bachelor’s degree from Sterling College and a master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.

In addition to his distinguished business career, Yukich is a U.S. Navy veteran who served two tours of duty on Navy warships. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mount Union and an MBA from Central Michigan University. He is an active 22-year member and past officer and director of the Financial Executives Institute.

Founded in 2000, Hudson Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance the overall quality of life in Hudson by increasing charitable giving, educating and connecting donors to community needs and leading on community issues. Supported by hundreds of local donors and Donor Advised Funds, the foundation ended 2019 with assets of $22.2 million. The foundation operates from an office in the historic Baldwin House on Hudson’s village green and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.