Alumni Awards & Honors

Have an award or honor to share? Heard of national, local or regional acclaim a class member has received? Email Rachel Ciomcia, Director of Alumni Programs, at 


Congratulations to Art Falco (LC 1993) for presenting at TEDxCLE 2014 Import Export. His topic Staging Success: The PlayHouseSquare Story. For info on TEDxCLE click HERE. For info on Art Falco, click HERE.  


Congratulations to Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton (LC 1996) who was honored by the American Association of Community Colleges. She received the AACC’s national Leadership Award during the organization’s annual convention in Washington D.C. The award is presented to individuals for outstanding accomplishments and professional contributions to the community college field. Read more HERE


Congratulations to Carrie Rosenfelt (CBB 2013), Colette Jones (CBB 2011) and Damon Taseff (CLI 2011) on being selected as 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellows by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Read more HERE. 


Congratulations to Heidi Gartland (LC 2007; CLI 2011; LC2 Fellows 2013) and E. Harry Walker (LC 2004) for being named by Crain's as 2014 Health Care Heroes. Read more HERE. 

Congratulations to Gregory Amend (CLI 2009), Jenny Kelly (Civic Engagement Boot Camp 2013), John Litten (CBB 2014), and Jamie Sullivan (CBB 2014) on being named the Top 25 Under 35 Movers & Shakers award recipients this year by The Cleveland Professional Twenty-Thirty Club.  To see a complete list of award recipients click HERE.

Congratulations to CLC Alum Beth Mooney (LC 2008), Chairman and CEO at KeyCorp to a two year term with the Greater Cleveland Partnership as board chair. Read more HERE. 

Congratuations to CLC Alumni who made Crain's Cleveland Business's Power 150 List! See the List HERE. See Crains Cleveland Business HERE

Congratulations to Beth Mooney (LC 2008) of KeyCorp, winner of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) 2014 Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership.  Read more HERE.

Congrats to Alexandria Johnson Boone (LC 1988) and Debra Adams Simmons (LC 2009), who are being honored by the   National Coalition of 100 Black Women at the 23rd Annual Women of Vision luncheon for their professional and civic achievement. Read more HERE. 

Congratulations to Chris Thompson (LC 2014) for being published in the Standford Social Innovation Review with his article titled Rereading "Collective Impact": Three Lessons. Read it HERE.

Congratulations to Lynnette Jackson (CBB 2001, LC 2012, CLC Board of Trustrees) for being named to the German Marshall Fund's new Leadership Development Advisory Council. Read more HERE. 

Congrats to Matt Fieldman (CBB 2012) on being named Fundraising Professional of the Year by FundRaising Success Magazine for his work with EDWINS. Read more HERE. 

Melissa Carney (CBB 2013), account supervisor at Fahlgren Mortine, was named as one of the 2013 People-to-Watch in PR by PR News, a leading marketing and communications industry publication. The international honor is awarded to promising young practitioners ages 30 and under working in corporate, nonprofit, institution, government and agency public relations. Melissa was recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2013. A full release is on Fahlgren Mortine's website

Congratulations to all CLC Alumni who were named to the Inside Business Magazine's 2014 Power 100 list. See full list of CLC Alumni honored HERE

Congratulations to Tameka Taylor (LC 2014) on being awarded the 2014 CMHA Community Partner Award. 

Stephen Elis (LC 1985) receivies Centennial Medal Awarded by Case Western Reserve University School of Law. The Centennial Medal Award is the highest award bestowed upon a graduate school of law.  

Congratulations to Aseem Garg (LUTC 2005) and Emily Bacha (LUTC 2005), who are now leading the Cleveland Young Professional Senate (  As of Jan. 1, 2014,  Emily Bacha is serving as the President and Aseem is the Vice President of the organization. 

Congratulations to Bruce Hennes (LC 2008) for recieveing the "Best in Show" award from Public Relations Society of Americas annual Cleveland Rocks Awards ceremony for its work on behalf of a ferry boat operator. The same campaign was awarded a Gold "Rocks" award in the crisis communications category. More information HERE. 

Congratulations to the CLC Alumni honored this year by the YWCA with a "Women of Achievement" Award: Kristen Baird Adams (LC 2010, CLC Board Member); Jennifer Bell (LC 2008); &  Denise San Antonio Zeman (LC 2007)

Congratulations to CLC board member Gary Shamis for receiving the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's 2013 Gries Family Award for Community Leadership.  To read more click HERE.

Congratulations to Michael E. Bennett (LC 2009), who was re-elected President of The Press Club of Cleveland's Board of Directors. Also re-elected to the board were John Betchkal (LC 1981), Thom Fladung (LC 2013, LC2 2014), and  Denise Polverine (CBB 2006, LC 2008)

Congratulations to Lori Scott (CLI 2013) who was recently honored by The Ohio State University – College of Social Work Hall of Fame as the 2013 “Distinguished Recent Alum Award” recipient. Read more HERE

Congratulations to Jose Feliciano Jr. (CBB 2008) who has been appointed to the Board of the Office of Latino Affairs for the State of Ohio. He will be formally welcomed at the December 10th board meeting, along with recent appointees from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Congratulations to Frederick Stueber (LC 1999) Senior Vice President, general counsel, chief compliance officer and secretary at Lincoln Electric  on the Lifetime Achievement from General And In-House Counsel Awards. Read more HERE

Congratulations to Lilah Zautner (CBB 2013) and The Vital Neighborhoods working group of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, on their award from Neighborhood Connections for Cross-neighborhood Collaboration. They were recognized for their ongoing commitment to bring neighbors together from across the City to engage in activities that build community, foster stewardship and promote sustainability, such as the Annual Potluck in the Park local food feast.

Congratulations to Mary Dunbar (CLI 2009) on her efforts to help Cleveland Heights be recognized as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of American Bicyclists. 

Congratulations to JaNice Marshall (CLI 2012) and Judi McMullen (LC 2013) for receiving the President's Awards of Achievement from Tri-C during Convocation this year. 

Congratulations to the CLC Alumni honored as finalists for Crain's General & In House Counsel awards: Patricia Gaul (LC 2012); Kim Bixenstine (LC 2009); Steve Eisenberg (CBB 2002); and Fred Stueber (LC 1999) who is being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Congratulations to Nichelle McCall (CBB 2009) and her business, BOLD Guidance, for winning in the ‘Best Mobile App’ category of DigitalUndivided‘s FOCUS 100 tech conference. 

Congratulations to Sam Steinhouse (LC 2009) for being named a finalist for CFO of the Year by Crain's. 

Congratulations to U.S. Marshall Peter Elliott (LC 2006), recent recipient of the George Voinovich Municipal Service Award by the Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association.  To see Marshall Elliott receive his award click HERE.

Congrats to Joe Tichar (CBB 2012) and Jeff Verespej (CBB 2013) who are featured in this quarter’s “Think: The Magazine of Case Western Reserve University” as two of their 30 under 30 outstanding young CWRU alumni.

Congratulations to Justin Bachman (LUTC: SLA 2013) on being one of ten recipients of the national Peace First Prize Fellowship.  This two-year fellowship will support Justin in expanding his already successful "Tolerance Fair" concept.  Read more HERE.

Congratulations to all of the CLC alums who were named to this year's Crain's Cleveland Business 40 under 40 Honorees: Jacob Duritsky (CBB 2012), Drew Martin (LC 2014), Jay Masurekarm (CBB 2013), Marty McGann (LC 2013), Jeff Pacini (CBB 2013), Tony Rospert (CBB 2011), Victor Ruiz (LC 2012), and Andrew Samtoy (CBB 2012).  To see the full list click HERE.

NFL & Hispanic Heritage Foundation Present Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award to Esperanza’s Executive Director, Victor Ruiz (LC 2012). On Sunday, September 29, at 12:30pm, at the Cleveland Brown’s Stadium, Esperanza’s Executive Director, Victor Ruiz, will be awarded the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, in recognition for his contribution to the Hispanic community. The NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Courtyard by Marriott have partnered for the third annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards Presented by Courtyard by Marriott during the 2013 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Each award recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.

Congratulations to Vincent Hwand (LUTC 2013) St. Ignatius High School, and Amy Wu (LUTC 2013) Orange High School for reaching the semifinals for the National Merit Scholarship. Read more HERE.  

Congratulations to Eileen Saffran (LC 2003) for being appointed by the County Executive to the ADAMHS Board, which provides oversight of the funds dispersed to qualifying non-profit organizations for mental health, alcoholism and substance abuse services, and for receiving the Reminger Women’s Initiative Vanguard Award, which celebrates a visionary in our community who leads by example, inspires with his/her accomplishments, and challenges us all to be better individuals.

Beth Mooney (LC 2008) has been named to the top spot on the  "The 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking" list, released by American Banker. Amy Brady (LC 2014) has been ranked No. 15 on the " The 25 Women to Watch" list.

Congratulations to Leslie Dunn (LC 2007) on being elected president of the board of directors at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA).  Congratulations also go out to Lauren Rich Fine (LC 2007) who was approved as a member of the board of directors at MOCA.  To read more click HERE.

Congratulations to Bill Hartmann (LC 2012), Dominic Ozanne (LC 1982), and Paul Westlake (LC 1998) on being appointed to the Cleveland Museum of Art board of trustees.  To read more about each of the new trustees click HERE

Kudos to Sunder Sai (LUTC 2013) who was featured as a guest columnist in the September 12 Plain Dealer.  Read his views on Cleveland and Jesse Owens HERE.

Congratulations to Jenny Spencer (CBB 2011) who was selected to attend The New Generation Seminar, theme this year as "Social and Economic Transformation in Asia Pacific" participants visit Honolulu, Hawaii, Beijing, china, Seoul, and Korea a two-week intensive educational, dialogue and study tour travel program. 

Congratulations to the 32 Tucker Ellis Attorney's Named Among Best Lawyers in America for 2014 and specifically to Stephen C. Ellis (LC 1985, Christopher Hewitte (LC 2014), John Lewis (LC 1978), Rita Maimbourg (LC 2011), Mark McCarthy (LC 1980), Joseph Morford (LC 2005), and Brian O'Neil (LC 2007).  

Congratulations to Darrell Clay (CBB 2013) who was listed at "AV Preeminent Rated" and named to "ALM/Martindale-Hubbell's lost of Cleveland's Legal Leaders"

Congratulations to Susie Barragate and Shana Zollar both (CBB 2013) Alums, who are being honored as HR Leaders by Crain's. Susie is a recipient of an Innovation award, and Shana was named an HR Executive of the Year. Way to go Susie and Shana!

Congratulation to all of Cleveland's Women of Note, and especially Rebecca Bagley (LC 2011), Marcia Fudge (LC 1995), Sharon Sobol Jordan (LC 2003), Joy Roller (LC 2009) and Denise San Antonio Zeman (LC 2007).  Hear from these amazing women in their own words HERE.

Congratulations to Joe Glick (CBB 2005) for being appointed divisional Chief Operating Officer at Deutsche Bank AG. Joe was previously based in Europe as the Global Head of Strategy & Capability Building. 

Congratulations to Katelyn Waddle (LUTC 2009) for being named the West Shore Sun Student of the Week for her accomplishments at George Mason University. 

Congratulations to the CLC Alumni honored by the YWCA with the Women of Achievement awards: Virginia Benjamin (LC 2007), Kim Bixenstine (LC 2009), Lauren Rich Fine (LC 2007), Constance Harper (LC 2004) and Lisa Oliver (CBB 2004, LC 2009).

Additional congratulations to the CLC Alumni honored by the YWCA with the Women of Professional Excellence awards: Tory Bender (Boot Camp 2012), Carrie Rosenfelt (CBB 2013), Margaret Callesen (CLI 2009), Elizabeth Jaszczak (CLI 2012), Heather Stakich (CLI 2011), and Angela Wilcoxson (CLI 2009). 

Congratulations to the CLC Alumni included in the 2013 Class of Honorees for Crain's Women of Note: Rebecca Bagley (LC 2011), Rep. Marcia Fudge (LC 1995), Sharon Sobol Jordan (LC 2003), Joy Roller (LC 2009), and Denise San Antonio Zeman (LC 2007). 

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Pujana (LC 2005) and Sam Miller (LC 2005) on their induction into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. 

Congrats to Darren Frankel (iCleveland 2012), who was accepted to the USRowing 2013 Men’s Under 23 National Team Selection Camp.


Congratulations to Anila Nicklos (CBB 2009) for being named "Woman of the Year" by The Albanian American Women's Organization. She will receive this award on March 10th, 2013 in New York. 


Congratulations to all of the 2013 NEO Top 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers honored this year, including these CLC alums: John Hagerty (CBB 2012), John Hausman (CBB 2013), Dominique LaRochelle (CBB 2013), Timothy McCue (CBB 2011), Kelly McGlumphy (CBB 2010), Lori Scott (CLI 2013), Brent Shelley (CBB 2012), and the CLC's Rachel Ciomcia (CBB 2010). 


Congratulations to Michael E. Bennett (LC 2009), who was elected President of The Press Club of Cleveland. 


Congratulations to Ron Johnson (CBB 2006) for being elected as the Board Chair for the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation Board. 

To See Alumni Recognition for 2012 Click HERE