CLC alumni recognition

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Dayan Gross (LC 2013) was recently named the new regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Southwest Region.

Elaine Price (LC 2005) is President and CEO of a new business she launched, NatureVation Outdoor Adventures.

The 25th Anniversary of Crain’s 40 Under 40 includes the following alumni of the Cleveland Leadership Center:Luis Cabrera (CBB 2013), Priyanka Chaudhry (CLI 2015), Michael Christoff (CBB 2014), Shibani Faehnle (CBB 2015), Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. (LC 2015), John Litten (CBB 2014), Matthew J. Previts (CLI 2013), Nicholas Alexander (CLI Fall 2016), Ann McCarthy-Garland (CBB 2017).

Annette G. Butler (LC 1978) and Grace Gallucci (LC 2015) are among the honorees receiving the Cleveland State University and Cleveland State University Alumni Association 26th Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards on September 30.

Tom Adler (LC 1978), Mitchell Balk (LC 2001), Seth Briskin (LC 2008, CBB 2001), Michael Haas  (LC 2014), Gary Isakov (LC 2011) are on Cleveland Cleveland Jewish News' 2016 Difference Makers list. David Gilbert (CL 2001)will receive the Civic Leadership Award at the November 2 award ceremony.

Joe Marinucci (LC 2003) received the International Economic Development Council's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mark Avsec (LC 2014), Richik Sarkar (LC 2015), Beverly Schneider (CLI 2010) and Jonathon Vinocour (CBB 2012) were recognized in Crain’s Cleveland Business Who To Watch In Law.

Michael E. Stanek (LC 2015) was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee. 

Marc S. Byrnes (LC 2009), Cynthia Moore-Hardy (LC 1999) and Gary Oatey (LC 1991), will be inducted into Cleveland Magazine’s Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame on November 2, 2016. 

Bryan de Boer (CBB 2012) has been named as the new Advancement Director of the Akron Art Museum. 

Dr. Brian Harte (LC 2014) was named President of Cleveland Clinic Akron General. 

Sadie Winlock (LC 2011) is now President and CEO of Akron Urban League

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.



2015 Alumni Recognition

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).