CLC alumni recognition

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East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton (CBB 2004, LC 2011) talked to Northeast Ohio Media Group's Brent Larkin about why he’s willing to potentially sacrifice his position to help save his city through merger with Cleveland. Attendees of CLC's "Best ... Story Hour ... Ever" event on January 29, held in celebration of CBB's 15th anniversary, got to hear the mayor's thoughts on the matter first when he indicated during that candid discussion that he was contemplating this bold leadership step.


Andrea Vullo (CBB 2014) was featured in an article on for leading change through her role as Community Relations Manager at GE.


Congratulations to these CLC alums for being recognized by Smart Business Magazine at the 2015 Women Who Excel Conference on April 22: Betsie Norris (LC 2012), Dr. Rachel Y. Talton (LC 2015), Robin Doerschuck (CBB 2015), Peggy Zone Fisher (LC 1981); Panelists included, Debbie Donley (LC 2007), Margaret Mitchell (LC 2011), and Kelly Steward (LC 2015).


Richard C. Fedorovich (LC 2015) will be honored at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Ohio Buckeye Chapter's Dinner of Champions.


Congratulations to former CLC Board Member Inajo Davise Chappell (LC 2001) for being named one of Savoy Magazine's 2015 Most Influential Black Lawyers.


CLC Board Member Joe Kubic (LC2007) writes in Crain's Cleveland Business that hard work - focus on mission, vision and values - beats a Cinderella story every time, whether on the basketball court or the corporate boardroom.


Ed Largent (LC 2010) was elected to become the President and CEO of Westfield Group.


Jennifer Bell (LC 2008) and David LaRue (LC 2001) were elected to the Greater Cleveland Partnership Board.


Nichelle McCall (CBB 2009) was recognized on a list of 10 Black Women Making Major Moves in Tech for her BOLD Guidance application.


Emily Perkins (CLI 2015) was featured by City Year for her reflections on finding her passion for service.


Congratulations to Kathy Golovan (CBB 2005, LC 2013, LC2 2014) for being named a finalist for Crain's CIO of the Year.


Ashley Basile Oeken (CLI 2009, CBB 2012) was named Business Networking Rising Star of the Year, Lauren Rudman (CBB 2011) was a runner-up for Business Networking Star of the Year, and Jeff Nischwitz (CBB 2006) was a runner-up for Corporate Event Keynote Speaker of the Year in CBC Magazine's Connector's Choice Awards.


Congratulations to Tameka Taylor (LC 2014) for being included in this year's Who's Who in Black Cleveland. 


Maria Pujana (LC 2005) accessorized Malan Breton's Fall/Winter 2015 Women's Collection during the New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.


Anthony Alto (CBB 2015) has been named the Cuyahoga County Board of Election's Employee of the Year. Read more HERE


Dr. Akram Boutros (LC 2015) delivered a powerful message at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel about race and diversity from his own experiences. Learn more.


Lisa Oliver (CBB 2004, LC 2009) will lead Key Bank's national Business Banking Segment to focus on helping companies develop and expand operations.


Spencer Dieken (CLI 2014), Valerie Hillow (CBB 2008), Jazmin Long (iCLE 2013), Nicole Schmunk (CBB 2013), our very own Program Coordinator, Andrew Singer (CLI 2012), and Sara Thomas (CBB 2015) will all be recipients of the 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers Award from the Professional 20/30 Club. Congratulations to all.  Congratulate them at the awards ceremony on March 13, 2015, 6pm. Details HERE.


Expansion and renovation of Cleveland Museum of Natural History will "completely transform the experience of all our visitors," museum Executive Director & CEO Dr. Evalyn Gates (LC 2013) tells The Plain Dealer.


Matt Zone (LC 2007) and Blaine Griffin (LC 2014, LC2 2015) were quoted in an article written by Dan Moulthrop (LC 2014) about Cleveland's race problem. Read more, here.


Matt Fieldman (CBB 2012) is featured in an article on for joining Magnet's senior leadership team.


Rick Chiricosta (LC 2006), President and CEO of Medical Mutual of Ohio, talks to Crain's Cleveland Business about his "Mutual Appreciation" strategy to link the health insurer's employees and customers.


Roslyn Quarto (CLI 2013), Executive Director of Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People, is featured as one of 10 civic leaders in Who to Watch in Nonprofits published by Crain's Cleveland Business.


Marsha Mockabee (LC 2013), President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, is featured on the cover of Jan.-Feb. 2015 issue of Phenomenal Women Magazine as a "tender-hearted strategist for tough times ahead."


Dan Walsh (LC 2011) has launched a real estate private investment firm, Citymark Capital, which  Crain's Cleveland Business described as mixing his passion and commitment.


Barbara Robinson (LC 1979) and Paul Dolan (LC 2001) are co-chairing the Arts and Culture Action Committee, which is leading the campaign to renew the cigarette tax levy to fund arts programs. The funds would continue to support grants made through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, which is headed by Karen Gahl-Mills (LC 2011). Learn more.


Dr. Akram Boutros (LC 2015) is being honored with the International Services Center's Golden Door Award for his commitment to immigrants and refugees in Cleveland on February 9. Learn more. 


Lou Tisler's (CBB 2001) letter to the editor of Crain's Cleveland Business was published, he is calling attention to the foreclosure crisis... Read more. 


Dave Sabol (CBB 2013) is spotlighted in Cleveland Magazine for his Told storytelling event, developed as his CBB civic project. CLC Alum, Ashley Basile Oeken (CLI 2009, CBB 2012) featured as one of Cleveland's most interesting people. 


Two CLC alumni, Tom Nobbe (LC 2014) and Don McGrath (LC 2009) will be honored with awards from the Greater Cleveland Public Relations Society of America on March 11, 2015. Nobbe is the recipient of the John W. Hill Memorial Award, and McGrath is the recipient of the Lighthouse Award. These awards annually honor the best leader, practitioner and mentor for their commitment to and support of the public relations profession. Read more, here. 


CLC alumni are well-represented in the pages of a special section in Crain's Cleveland Business, sponsored by the Association for Corporate Growth, that focuses on important trends and issues affecting Northeast Ohio middle market companies.


Temple Emanu El will honor John Zitzner (LC 2006) with the Max and Frieda Davis Tikkun Olam Award on Friday, January 23. The award annually honors a community member whose social action contributes to the repairing of the world, Tikkun Olam, which is the basic tenet of Judaism.

Barrie Spang (CBB 2013) is featured in an article on sharing her passion for her work in interior design. 


Bernie Moreno (LC 2007, CLC Partner) was honored as the Hispanic Dealer of the year at the Urban Wheel Awards in Detroit.


David Dunstan (LC 2007) was named President of Western Reserve Partners.


Congratulations to Dr. Akram Boutros (LC 2015) on being awarded the Golden Door Award by The International Services Center. He will become the award's first recipient in 12 years. 


Inside Business has released its Power 100 for 2015 -- the top 100 most influential CEOs, politicians, and civic leaders the publications has identified in Northeast Ohio. One notable trend: 33 of the 100 on the list alumni of CLC programs: Alex Johnson (LC 2002), Alexander Cutler (LC 1990, CLC PARTNER), Ann Zoller (LC 2002), Art Falco (LC 1993), Bernardo Moreno (LC 2007, CLC PARTNER), Beth Mooney (LC 2008, CLC PARTNER), Brian Zimmerman (LC2 Fellows 2014 & 2012, LC 2011, CLC PARTNER), Chris Ronayne (LC 2007, CLC PARTNER), Cynthia Moore-Hardy (LC 1999), Daniel Klimas (LC 2003), David Abbott (LC 1989, CLC PARTNER), David Gilbert (LC 2001, CLC PARTER), David Goodman (LC 1993), Deborah Read (LC 1999), Eric Gordon (LC 2013, CLC PARTNER), Frank Sullivan (LC 2001), Hilton Smith (LC 1992), Jennifer Deckard (LC 2008, CLC PARTNER), John Kahl (LC 2000), Lev Gonick (LC 2007), Lonzo Coleman (LC 1995), Marc Byrnes (LC 2008, CLC PARTNER), Marcia Fudge (LC 1995), Nina Turner (LC 2 Fellow 2012, LC 2011), Ray Leach (LC 2006), Richard Pogue (LC 1978, CLC PARTNER), Rick Chiricosta (LC 2006, CLC PARTNER), Ricky Smith (LC 2010), Robyn Smyers (CBB 2003), Ronald Richard (LC 2004), Scott Wolstein (LC 1984), Steve Millard (LC 2002), and William Friedman (LC 2012).


Barbara Lum (CBB 2015) was elected the 2015 president of the Asian American Bar Association of Ohio. 


Charles E. Jones (LC 1999) was named CEO of First Energy. 


Congratulations to CLC alums who are among The Plain Delaer's "People to watch in 2015;" Bernie Moreno (LC 2007), Bruce Murphy (LC 2002), and Lou Tisler (CBB 2001).



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