CLC alumni recognition

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Emily Bacha (LookUp 2005) and Mackenzie Makepeace (CLI 2013, OBC 2015) were part of Crain's Twenty in their 20's

Gary Hanson (LC 2001) has been named interim CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 

Karla Wludyga (CLI 2013) has been named Director of Leadership Cleveland at Cleveland Leadership Center. 

Andrea Hogben (LC 2012, CLI 2009) is now Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications at Medical Mutual of Ohio. 

George Rodrigue (LC 2016), Editor of The Plain Dealer, has added the title General Manager.

Elizabeth McIntyre (LC 2006) was selected for The Press Club of Cleveland's Journalism Hall of Fame. She will be inducted November 10, 2016.

Several alumni received awards from Community Shares at its 2016 Social Justice Awards luncheon on June 24: Joe Cimperman (LC 2003), Eleanor R. Gerson Leadership in Social Justice; Diana Cyganovich (LC 2013, LC2 2014), Volunteer of the Year; and Lou Tisler (CBB 2001), Distinguished Activist. 

Tom Bennett (CLI 2014) has been named Executive Director of Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland.

Margaret Bernstein (LC 2016) was honored with a Calliope Award for WKYC's #WeReadHere campaign.

Kauser Razvi (CBB 2010) has become 
Director of Community and Developer Relations and Jennifer Thomas (LC 2009) has become Chief Strategy Officer of DigitalC.

Merle Gordon (LC 2000) was sworn in as director of Cleveland Department of Public Health.

Sonya Pryor-Jones (CEF 2007) and  Felton Thomas Jr. (LC 2010) have been named White House Champions of Change Making.

Jerry Wareham (LC 1995) is planning to retire from his role as CEO of ideastream after the Board of Trustees names a successor.

Bernie Moreno (LC 2007) has been elected Chair of the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees.

Lee Fisher (LC 1984) has been named Interim Dean of Cleveland State's Cleveland-Marshall School of Law for the 2016-2017 school year.

Lauren Rich Fine (LC 2007) has been named Managing Director of Gries Financial Services.

Dr. A. Marc Harrison (LC 2008) is slated to take over as President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare on October 15, 2016. 

E. Mark Young (CBB 2016) was selected as CAAO's Board Member of the Year at the CAAO Executive Matchmaker Reception.

Michael Clegg (LC 1981), Dennis Lafferty (CLI 2011) and Grafton Nunes (LC 2012) have received Golden Achievement Awards from the Rose Centers for Aging Well, a subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging.

Augie Napoli (LC 1995) was named President and CEO of United Way of Greater Cleveland.


Carrie Carpenter (LC 2009) has been named President and Executive Director of Gordon Square Arts District.


Cynthia Vrsansky Schulz (LC 2003) has been named Director of Community Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for Calfee Strategic Solutions, a subsidiary of Calfee, Halter & Griswold.


William Holdipp (CBB 2004) has been named Executive Director of the Consortium of African American Organizations (CAAO)


Craig M. Boise (CBB 2002, LC 2014) has been named Dean of the Syracuse University College of Law.


Shirley Stineman (LC 2003, CLC Board of Trustees) has been named Executive Director of Workforce Communication for Cuyahoga Community College.


Kerry McCormack (LookUp 2005) was sworn in as new Councilman for City of Cleveland Ward 3.


Ann Killian (LC 1999, CLC Board of Trustees) will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Crain's Cleveland Business Archer Awards event on August 9.


Elizabeth McIntyre (LC 2006) has been named Editor and Publisher of Crain's Cleveland Business.

Heather Ettinger (LC 1996) has been recognized by InvestmentNews as one of inaugeral "Women to Watch" in the financial industry.


Jacqueline F. Woods (LC 1988) will receive the Cleveland Foundation Women of Note Legacy Award at the Crain's Cleveland Business Women of Note Summit & Awards on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Several other alums are among the 2016 Women of Note Honorees: Micki Byrnes (LC 2005, Boot Camp 2012), Michele Connell (LC 2016, CLI 2010), Karen Gahl-Mills (LC 2011), Anne C. Goodman (LC 2003), Debra Green (CBB 2006) and Lisa Rose (LC 2009). 

Tom Furnas (LC 2015, CBB 2003) is a finalist in the nonprofit category for Crain’s Cleveland Business CIO of the Year. He will be recognized Thursday, April 14, 2016.


Christian Business League will honor Alexandria Johnson Boone (LC 1988) at the Trailblazer Tribute event on Friday, June 24, 2016.


Malou Monago (CBB 2010) has been named Vice President of Institutional Advancement for the Cleveland Institute of Art.


Jerry Gootee (LC 2015) had been tapped to become Managing Partner of Ernst and Young's Akron office when the current Managing Partner retires June 30.


Matt Carroll (LC 2016) has become Chief Economic Growth and Opportunity Officer for Cuyahoga County


Jeff Epstein (LC 2016) has been named Executive Director of MidTown Cleveland.


Shawn M. Riley (LC 2012, LC2 2013) has been named President of McDonald Hopkins LLC effective October 1.


Laura Rayburn (LC 2013, LC2 2014) has been named Vice President for Development at Saint Martin de Porres High School.


Four alums and one CLC staff member have been named Movers and Shakerrs by The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club: Emily Bacha (LookUp 2005), Grace Kozan (iCle 2001), Mackenzie Makepeace (CLI 2013, OnBoard 2015), Elise Yablonsky (CBB 2014) and Jill Pecoraro, Director of (i)Cleveland and Young Professional Programs.


Francis Afram-Gyening (LC 2012), CEO of Care Alliance, was among the Health Care Heroes selected by Crain's Cleveland Business. The UH Connor Integrative Health Network, of which Dr. Francois Adan (LC 2014, LC2 2015) is Medical Director, was recognized for Corporate Achievement. The NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health was recognized as Innovation All Star; Dr. Jay Gershen (LC 2016) is President of NEOMED.


Paul Wellener (LC 2007, CLC Board of Trustees) has been named Managing Principal for the Northeast Ohio region of Deloitte LLP.


Simon Bisson (CLI 2014) has been named Interim President of United Way of Greater Cleveland.


Lisa Rose (LC 2009) has been named President of Dix & Eaton.

37 CLC alums are in Cleveland Magazine’s Community Leader Power 100 List of Northeast Ohio’s Most Influential People, and many of them are ranked in the top 25: David T. Abbott (LC 1989), ranked 14; Akram Boutros (LC 2015), ranked 23; Marc Byrnes (LC 2008), ranked 21; Rick Chiricoasta (LC 2006); Dennis Cocco (LC 1999); Alexander “Sandy” Cutler (LC 1990), ranked 8; Jenniffer Deckard (LC 2008); Art Falco (LC 1993); William Friedman (LC 2012); Marcia Fudge (LC 1995); Fred Geis (LC 2015); David Gilbert (LC 2001), ranked 9; Eric Gordon (LC 2013), ranked 19; Jay Gershen (LC 2016); Kyle Kutuchief (CLI 2011); Alex Johnson (LC 2002); John Kahl (LC 2000); Chris Kelly (LC 2006); Bill Kitson (LC 2013; LC2 2015); Bill Koehler (LC 2011); Ray Leach (LC 2006); Randall McShepard (LC 2003); Beth Mooney (LC 2008), ranked 1; Bernie Moreno (LC 2007), ranked 22; Cynthia Moore-Hardy Fache (LC 1999); Richard Pogue (LC 1978); Deborah Read (LC 1999), ranked 20; Ronn Richard (LC 2003), ranked 4; Chris Ronayne (LC 2007), ranked 25; Bob Smith (LC 1997); Hilton Smith (1992); Robyn Minter Smyers (CBB 2013; LC 2016); Frank Sullivan (LC 2001); Dan Walsh (LC 2011); Thomas F. Zenty (LC 2004), ranked 5; Brain Zimmerman (LC 2011; LC2 2013 & 2014), ranked 24; Ann Zoller (LC 2002).

Tracey Mason (LC 2009) has been named Vice President of Partnerships & Client Services at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

Christy Bykowski (CBB 2005) named a Top Woman in PR by PR News.

Francis Afram-Gyening (LC 2012), President and CEO of Care Alliance Health Center, was named the Innovation All Star in the Crain's Cleveland Business 2016 Health Care Heroes Class.

Steffany Larkins (CL 2012) has become Chief Marketing Office at Medical Mutual of Ohio, following the announcement that Jared Chaney (LC 2002) plans to retire from that role in 2017 and continue as Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer.

Don Messinger (LC 1984) has been named Chairman of the Board of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

Three of the four 2016 honorees at CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs’ Tribute to the Public Service Scholarship and Award Event are CLC alumni who have also played integral roles in CLC’s success over the past 10 years: Dennis M. Lafferty (CLI 2011), The Honorable Bruce H. Akers (LC 1978) and Allan C. Krulak (LC 1988).

Sharlene Ramos-Chesnes (LC 2008) is now President's Ambassaodor at Kent State University. 

Jay Gershen (LC 2016) name Executive of the Year and Tonnie Alliance (CLI 2014) received an Achievement in Excellence Award from the National Sales and Marketing Executives professional organization.

David Gilbert (LC 2001) was named Business Executive of the Year, and Michele Seyranian (LC 2016) was named an award recipient in the 2016 Distinguished Marketing and Sales Awards presented by the Cleveland Sales & Marketing Executives professional organization. 

Alicia Graves (CEF 2009) accepted to the 2016 Leadership Academy of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Joe Cimperman (LC 2003) has been named President of Global Cleveland. 

David Kuntz (LC 2013, LC2 Fellows 2014) has been named Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance with Cuyahoga Community College. 

Julie Iselin (CBB 2013) and India Pierce Lee (LC 2002) are featured as 2016 Smart Creatives by

Maria Pujana (LC 2005) has received the Ohtli Award, one of the highest honors from the government of Mexico, for her work with Northeast Ohio's Mexican and Latino/Hispanic communities.

Deborah Bridwell (LC 2010) has been named Executive Director of Stella Maris.

Five of the eight women selected by YWCA Greater Cleveland for the 2016 Women of Achievement awards are CLC alumni: Micki Brynes (LC 2005, Boot Camp 2012), Lee Friedman (LC 1995, former CLC President and CEO), Kathryn Jensen (LC 1992)¸ Robyn Minter Smyers (CBB 2003, LC 2016) and Sue Tyler (LC 2004).

Scot Rourke (LC 2009) was recently appointed Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Information Officer for Cuyahoga County

Gary Hanson (LC 2001) has been named interim director of the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The Asian American Bar Association of Ohio announced its 2016 leadership team, which includes President Barbara Lum (CBB 2015) a Thompson Hine LLP associate in Cleveland who has served as the group’s leader since 2013. 

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Volunteer Recognition Award recipients included CLC alums Brandon D. Cox (LookUp 2002), Nicole Wilson (CLI 2011) and James E. Young (LC 1983).

Several CLC alums were recognized by the Cleveland Jewish News as being Difference Makers in the community: Justin Bachman (LookUp 2013), Jack Bialosky Jr. (LC 1995), Michael Cantor (LC 2012, LC2 2013), Matthew L. Fieldman (CBB 2012), Lisa Hacker (CLI 2013) and Enid Rosenberg (LC 2007).

Megan O'Bryan (LC 2010) was appointed by Cuyahoga Community College as Vice President of Development. 

Several CLC alums will be recognized Dec. 1 with Crain's In-House and General Counsel AwardsGina Beredo (LC 2015), Colleen Cotter (LC 2011), Kenneth Kraus (LC 1991), Lisa Kunkle (LC 2014), Robin Wilson (CLI 2011) and Joe Yonadi (CLI 2014).

Joe Calabrese (LC 2002) was one of nine to be named Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. 

Several CLC alumni won elected offices on November 3: Michael Summers (LC 2004), City of Lakewood Mayor; John Litten (CBB 2014), Lakewood City Council;  Kyle Miller (CBB 2015), Olmsted Falls City Council; Jason Russell (CLI 2011), South Euclid City Council; Gordon Short (CBB 2007), Strongsville City Council; Ben Holbert (CLI 2015), Woodmere Village Council; Michele Weiss (CLI 2015) University Heights City Council; Mary Dunbar (CLI 2009), Cleveland Heights City Council; and Georgine Welo (LC 2009), South Euclid Mayor, Ben Holbert (CLI 2015), Woodmere Village Council.

Tom Zenty (LC 2004) is the winner of the 2015 Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership, given by the Global Institute for Leadership Development. 

Cleveland State University has published its Fascinating Alumni list, which highlights just a few of CSU’s 120,000 graduates across the globe and their impact on the community. CLC alumni included are: Mark Avsec (LC 2014), Kate Brown (LC 2013, LC2 2014), Timothy Cosgrove (LC 2004), Kelly Falcone-Hall (LC 2016), Frank Fecser (LC 2002), Valarie McCall (LC 2007), Randy McShepard (LC 2003), Evan Morse (LC 1987), Raymond Pianka (LC 1983), Chris Ronayne (LC 2007) and Lou Tisler (CBB 2001). 

Jackie Adams (CBB 2016) was honored with the Young Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University. 

Case Western Reserve University's "think" magazine catches up with globe-trotting CLC Board Member Michael Goldberg (LookUp 1987, LC 2007) to share his lessons on entrepreneurship, education and mentoring.

Equality Ohio is honoring Raymond Bobgan (LC 2010) as its Cleveland Ally of the Year at their Allies for Equality Holiday Party. 

John G. Morikis (LC 2013) has been named CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Co.

Pat Haggerty (LC2012) accepted the Encore Cleveland Prize from BVU and the Cleveland Foundation on behalf of the Legal Aid Society's Act 2 program, which deploys late-career and retired volunteer lawyers into the community. Haggerty chairs the committee that oversees Act 2. 

Alexander "Sandy" Cutler (LC 1990) was one of two Northeastern Ohio executives named to the Harvard Business Review's list of best-performing CEOs in the world. 

Ariane Kirkpatrick (LC 2015) was recently featured as the cover story in the October issue of Phenomenal Woman Magazine


John Carmichael (LC 2015) of Newbridge Center for Arts and Technology, Michal Marcus (CLI 2013) of HFLA of Northeast Ohio, and Roz Quarto (LC 2015, CLI 2013) of ESOP Realty., Inc., are among the eight nonprofit leaders whose organizations were selected to  make presentations at Social Venture Partners’ bigBANG! Event on Nov. 4 based on their innovative approaches to creating social change and their potential for significant positive community impact. Details about the event HERE.


Victor Ruiz's (LC 2012, LC2 2013) work leading Esperanza is gaining national acclaim. The White House Initiateve on Educational Excellence recently named Esperanza as a "Bright Spot" in the Hispanic Education National Online Catalog.  


Bruce Akers (LC 1978) was presented with the Champion of Student Success Award by City Year America at its National Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. earlier this year. 


Tom Gill (CLI 2009, CEF 2010) has been named associate director of Urban Community School. 

Danny Williams (LC 1993) received the 2015 Alumni Nonprofit Leadership Award from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. 


Notre Dame College will present its inaugural Corporate Citizen Award to Margaret Wong (LC 1984) on Oct. 1


Several CLC alums were named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business inaugural list of the top 100  “Most Connected” people in Northeast Ohio: Tom Adler (LC 1978), Craig Arnold (LC 2002), James C. Boland (LC 1978), Julie Boland (LC 2006), Alexander Cutler (LC 1980), Ralph M. Della Ratta (LC 1999), Richard Fearon (LC 2005), Lauren Rich Fine (LC 2007), Jeffrey I. Friedman (LC 1988), Lyle G. Ganske (LC 2000), Jay A. Gershen (LC 2016), Christopher Gorman (LC 2003), Michael J. Haas (LC 2014), Stephen Hardis (LC 1985), Peter Hellman (LC 1993), Alex B. Johnson (LC 2002) and Jerry L. Kelsheimer (LC 2005). Crain’s has released only some of the names, with more being announced each week leading up to an Oct. 26 special section which will rank the individuals as well.


Phil Robinson (CLI 2009, CEF 2010, LC 2013) was named to the The Pahara Institute's Fall 2015 cohort of leaders for its NextGen Network. Twenty five leaders have been selected to join a Pahara network designed to recognize and support exceptional emerging senior leaders who can amplify the voices of underrepresented communities that are currently not well served by public schools. 


Congratulations to those who will receive Crain's CFO of the Year awards, including these CLC alums: Robert Gudbranson (LC 2014), Chris Nagel (LC 2013) and Bob O'Brien (LC 2003).


Congratulations to those named to the Crain’s Forty Under 40 list, which includes these CLC alums: Jacquelyn Adams (CBB 2016), Cortney Kilbury Crockett  (CBB 2011), Joe DiSalvo (LC 2015), Sheri Dozier  (CLI 2012), José Feliciano Jr. (CBB 2008), Stephanie Jansky (CLI 2014, CBB 2016),  Kyle Kutuchief (CLI 2011) and Phillip M. Robinson Jr. (CLI 2009, CEF 2010, LC 2013).


Julie Johnson (CBB 2002) has been named President & CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve. 

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio recently released their 2015 Women of Distinction finalists. Among them were CLC alumni: Dr. Rachel Talton (LC 2005, CBB 2002),  Ashley Basile Oeken (Boot Camp 2013, CBB 2012, CLI 2009),  Dr. Lolita McDavid (LC 1985),  Dr. Annemarie Grassi (LC 2016, Boot Camp 2013, CBB 2008),  Jamie Sullivan (CBB 2014).



Nik Kottha (CBB 2015) was voted on to the board for The New Agrarian Center, the umbrella organization for City Fresh, a local CSA.

Lauren Onkey (LC 2013) has been named the first Dean for Humanities at Cuyahoga Community College's new Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center. 



Eliza Wing (LC 2001) has been named Chief Communications Officer for Cuyahoga County.

Andrew J. Passen (CLC Board of Trustees) received the Lifetime Achievement Award Aug. 11 from the 2015 Archer Awards by Crain's Cleveland BusinessShelly Peet (CBB 2001, LC 2009, LC2 2013) was named HR executive of the Year, and gave a shout-out to her LC class in accepting the award. Another CLC alum, Wendy Edgar (CLI 2009), had also been among five finalists for the executive of the year award. 



Charna Sherman (LC 2012) has been chosen to be the newest board member of Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. She is taking the seat that has been held by Sari Feldman (LC 2004), and will be joining Eliza Wing (LC 2001) on the CAC Board. 



Connie Atkins (LC 1995) has been named one of 100 Magis Medal Winners by Alpha Sigma Nu, the worldwide Jesuit Honor Society. 



Eddie Taylor, Jr. (LC 2000, CLC Emeritus Trustee) has been appointed as co-chair of the Opportunity Corridor's Steering Committee along with Michael Taylor. They will assist in ensuring that the new roadway maximizes its potential to become a job-producing economic developement catalyst.



CLC has a large presence on the Cleveland 2016 MarComm Community Relations Sub-Committee working on local issues related to the GOP conventions coming here next year. The committee is co-chaired by Micki Byrnes (LC 2005, Boot Came 2012), Scott Chaikin (LC 1996) and Eddie Harrell Jr. (LC 2015). Among the committee members are: Rita Andolsen (LC2 2013, LC 2011, Boot Camp 2012), Michael Bennett (LC 2009, CLC VP External Affairs), Marianne Crosley (CLC President and CEO),  Fran DiDonato (CBB 2008), Deb Donley (LC 2007), Diane Downing (LC 1978), Eric Gordon (LC 2013), Renee Harvey (LC 2015, CLI 2014), Colette Jones (CBB 2011), Valarie McCall (LC 2007, CLC Board Member), Dan Moulthrop (LC 2014), Ashley Oeken (Boot Camp 2013, CBB 2012, CLI 2009), Mike Shafarenko (CBB 2009), Richard Stewart (LC 2015), and Ann Zoller (LC 2002). The committee is staffed by former CBB Director Hannah Belsito.



Joy Roller (LC 2009) has been named Managing Producer, Public Affairs Programming, at Ideastream



Liz Ludlow Vaccariello (LC 1998) will be inducted into The Press Club of Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame on Nov. 15.



Marcia Fudge (LC 1995) will be the keynote speaker at the 8th annual Army of Believers Scholarship Luncheon for CSMD on July 31st. Dr. Akram Boutros (LC 2015) is an honorary co-chair of the event. 



Natalie Leek-Nelson (LC 2010) delivered a TEDxCLE talk earlier this year. Her talk, "Bad Moms or Bad Circumstances? The Untold Story of Women & Children" is now available to stream. 


Thom Fladung (LC 2013, LC2 2014) has joined Hennes Communication as Vice President. 



Richard Browdie (LC 2004) is one of only 200 individuals nation-wide to participate in the White House Conference on Aging



Carrie Carpentrer (LC 2009) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of The Cleveland Foundation.


Ron Soeder (LC 2012, LC 2 2013) received the 2015 Alumni Merit Award from Baldwin Wallace University. This award recognizes outstanding alumni and honorary alumni for their achievements and service to their professions, communities and alma mater.



Colleen Cotter (LC 2011), Phyllis Harris (Boot Camp 2013), Alex Johnson (LC 2002), Ronn Richard (LC 2004), Victor Ruiz (LC 2012, LC2 2013), and Timothy Tramble (LC 2010) have been selected by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to be members of the indpendent panel that will select the 13 members of a community police commission. The panel was formed as a way to begin the process that will lead to reform the city's division of police. 


Elizabeth Newman (CBB 2004) has been named President and CEO of the Center for Families and Children.



Ben Newman (CBB 2013) has been named Vice President of Blue Point Capital Partners



Edward "Ned" Hill (LC 1997) was interviewed and featured in Inside Business Magazine for his past 30 years at Cleveland State University, and his transition into a tenured position at The Ohio State University.



Edward J. Largent III (LC 2010) to succeed James R. Clay as President and CEO of Westfield Group.



Diane Strachan (CLI 2013), Director of Development for the Cleveland Museum of Art has been awarded with the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Strachan will be honored at the Nov. 6 National Philanthropy Day.



Craig Arnold (LC 2002), President and CEO of Eaton Corp., has been named to become CEO of the company in 2016.



Debra Adams Simmons (LC 2009) was selected as a member of the 2016 class of Nieman Fellows. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism has trained newsroom leaders and fostered journalistic innovation for 78 years. 



Andrew J. Passen (CLC Board of Trustees) was named as the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient for the 2015 Archer Awards by Crain's Cleveland Business. Wendy Edgar (CLI 2009) and Shelley Peet (CBB 2001, LC 2009, LC2 2013) were named as finalists in the HR executive of the Year category.



Chris Ronayne (LC 2007) accepted the Non-Profit of the Year Award from the Greater Ohio Policy Center on behalf of University Circle. The Non-profit of the Year Award honors organizations that are innovating community solutions and meeting local needs and opportunities with distinction.



William Koehler (LC 2011) was named Chief Executive Officer of Team NEO


John Zitzner (LC 2006), President of Friends or Breakthrough Schools was awarded the Homer C. Wadsworth Award from the Cleveland Foundation. The award is given annually to a local leader who has demonstrated innovation, creativitiy, ingenuity, risk-taking and good humor in a civic, volunteer, nonprofit or public sector role. 


Felton Thomas Jr. (LC 2010), Director at the Cleveland Public Library has been elected the 2016-2017 President of the Public Library Association, a division of the American Library Association.


Barb Paynter (LC 2013) is leaving Hennes Paynter Communications to establish Paynter CommunicationsBruce Hennes (LC 2008, CLC Board of Trustees) has renamed the firm Hennes Communications. 


Randy McShepard (LC 2003) was named President of the Union Club.


Chris Thompson (LC 2014), Jamie Pawlak (CLI 2014), and Greg Stefani (LC 2010) judged the final presentations of the Teaching Cleveland Student Challenge. TCSC provides Cleveland-area students with opportunities to meet influential people, think critically and deeply about issues in Cleveland, and contribute ideas and voices to the conversation.


Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis (LC 2008), Evalyn Gates (LC 2013), Natalie Leek-Nelson (LC 2010), Robyn Minter Smyers (CBB 2003) were recognized by Crain's 2015 Women of Note Summit & Awards. 


Vi Huynh (CBB 2007) was recognized for Excellence in Individual Achievement by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council.

Jennifer L. Steuber (CBB 2012) has been appointed general counsel and chief legal officer of the Ohio Turnpike Commission.


Diane Downing (LC 1987) has been named Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Host Committee for the RNC 2016 convention in Cleveland, and Brittany Williams (CLI 2013, LookUp 2000) was named Senior Project Director.


Congratulations to Paula Grooms (CLI 2012), Executive Director of Ingenuity, who was named Woman of the Year in Events by WISE Cleveland (Women In Sports and Events).


Edward "Ned" Hill (LC 1997) is retiring from his post as Dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University to join the faculty of The Ohio State University.


Linda Warren (LC 2006) is the 2015 Athena Award Recipient for her work in social activism.


Elizabeth Newman (CBB 2004) was named President and CEO of The Centers for Families and Children. She replaces Sharon Sobol Jordan (LC2003), who left the position to join the administration of Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish.


CLC Board Member Michael Goldberg (LookUp 1987, LC 2007) has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work in Namibia on developing the South African country's entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Third Federal Savings received the Corporate Partner Award from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress for its continued partnership and investment in Slavic Village. The award was accepted by Third Federal President and CEO Kurt Karakul (LC 2012).


John Farina (CBB 2002, CLI 2011) will receive the ArtCares Icon Award from the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland at the Art Cares 2015 benefit on May 16.


Jeffrey Johnson (LC 1998) and David Gilbert (LC 2001) were inducted into the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.


Kevin Moore (LC 2009) accepted the 2015 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre on behalf of Cleveland Play House.


Tom Schorgl (LC 1999) is being honored by the nonprofit Ohio Citizens for the Arts for his effort to pass the Cuyahoga County tax that supports arts and cultural organizations.


Linda Warren (LC 2006) and Denise Zeman (LC 2007) were named finalists for the ATHENA Awards. Lauren Rudman (CBB 2011) will be recognized as a 2015 Young Professional Leadership Award recipient.


Cam Powers (LookUp 2014) was selected as the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club's student of the month.


Victor Ruiz (LC 2012, LC2 2013) was recognized in an article by Fresh Water Cleveland for boosting graduation rates among Hispanic students.


David Gilbert (LC 2001) was named President and CEO of the Cleveland 2016 Host Committee for the Republican National Convention.


Dix & Eaton announced that Chas Withers (LC 2007) will become the next CEO, taking over for Scott Chaikin (LC 1996).

4/9/15 published an article about Lolita McDavid (LC 1985) and her work with Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.


The German Marshall Fund of the United States announced the Marshall Memorial Fellows for the 2015-16 class, which includes Alesha Washington (CLI 2009) and Jessica Davis (CBB 2011).


Justin Bachman (LUTC 2013) of Honor Good Deeds and Daniel Mansoor (CLI 2010) of GiveNext graduated from Cleveland's SEA Change social enterprise accelerator program and competed as one of 8 finalists on April 6. Honor Good Deeds provides dynamic and engaging programming the empowers people to embrace their differences. GiveNext is a mobile and online platform where donors can transact and record their charitable giving. Both recieved prize money at the event to advance their innovative companies.


Anthony Russo (LUTC 1987) was named as a director for the next Avengers film.


James Campbell (LC 2003), Diane Downing (LC 1987), Nina Gibans (LC 1978) and Gary Hanson (LC 2001) were named 2015 Golden Achievement Honorees.


Richard Clark (LC 2012) was quoted in an article by Fresh Water Cleveland about a new high school being built for Saint Martin de Porres. CLC was proud to provide customized leadership training to a group of their students last fall.


Cyan Blackwell (LUTC 2015) and Sharilyn Clark (LUTC 2014) will be on Academic Challenge representing Maple Heights on April 11 at 7:00 p.m. on WEWS.


Ken Marblestone (LC 2011) has joined the private investment firm and investment bank Cascade Partners as Managing Director of their new Cleveland office.


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 2005, CBB 2002), 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).



2014 Alumni Recognition

2013 Alumni Recognition 

2012 Alumni Recognition 

Three of the four 2016 honorees at CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affiars’ Tribute to the Public Service Scholarship and Award Event are CLC alumni who have also played integral in CLC’s success over the past 10 years: Dennis M. Lafferty (CLI 2011), The Honorable Bruce H. Akers (LC 1978) and Allan C. Krulak (LC 1988).