CLC alumni recognition
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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 Business. Shelly 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.
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.
Bruce Hennes (LC 2008, CLC Board of Trustees) has renamed his firm Hennes Communication after the departure of Barb Paynter (LC 2013).
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 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.
Mary Schwendeman (LC 2007) has joined Evi-Base Community Care as their Chief Executive Officer.
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).
Cleveland.com 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 Cleveland.com 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 Cleveland.com 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 cleveland.com 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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