Jonathan Trost - Nominated by A. Dirk Hightower
Jonathan Trost, J.D., first learned about the Primary Mental Health Project (PMHP) as an 18-year-old teenager. As the son of Mary Ann Trost, one of the founders, Jonathan knows more about the beginning and history of PMHP than any other living person. Jonathan has been a stalwart ambassador of Children’s Institute to the community for 62 years.
Jonathan first joined Children’s Institute’s board of directors in 1993 and served until April of this year – 26 years. During that time he served as vice-president, president, and chair of the Nominations Committee for close to 10 years. As a board member, he participated in the first three of four strategic planning efforts that have guided Children’s Institute to where it is today. Jonathan’s training as an attorney and his ability to ask the right questions at the right time and in the right way repeatedly framed discussions and propelled the board to better decisions. Jonathan’s love and precise usage of the English language was invaluable when he helped Children’s Institute create its first Policy manual. As chair of the Nominations Committee, Jonathan initiated and named the “Coterie” in 2001, to which he is being nominated today.
Always complimentary, humble, and kind, Jonathan has given instinctively and liberally of his time, talent, and treasure to Children’s Institute, the Salvation Army, and the community.