CLC alumni recognition

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Barbara Paynter (LC, 2013) was recently elected into the Public Relations Society of America's (PRSA) College of Fellows. The College is an honorary organization within PRSA comprised of more than 350 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.

Michael Goldberg (LC, 2007, LookUp 1987) is serving as a judge for MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge, which awards more than $1 million to organizations around the world that are “using technology to solve a grand challenge of our time.”

Ben Kroeck (CBB 2015) has been promoted to Senior Philanthropy Coordinator for Dominion Energy.

Ralph Della Ratta (LC 1999) is Citizens Bank's new Ohio market president.

Five Cleveland Leadership Center alumni were recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business' Twenty in their 20s:
     •Jessica Malone (CLI 2015)
     •Kerry McCormack (LookUp 2005)
     •Stephen Love (CBB 2016)
     •Kate Mathews (iCLE 2010)
     •Selina Pagan (LookUp 2013)
     •Anthony Ries (CLI 2015)

J. Bennett Guess (CLI 2016) was named the Executive Director of the ACLU of Ohio, and will begin his tenure July 1.

Toi Comer (CBB 2015) was named as City Year Cleveland's next Vice President and Executive Director.

Dick Pogue (LC 1978) and Lauren Steiner (CBB 2003, CLI 2011) will be honored at National Philanthropy Day in November. Dick Pogue will receive the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer award, and Lauren Steiner will receive the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award.

43 Cleveland Leadership Center alumni are on the Crain's Cleveland Business Who's Who 2017.

Nine of the sixteen women to be honored at Crain's Cleveland Business' annual Women of Note event are CLC alumni.
     • Colleen M. Cotter (LC 2011), Executive Director, Legal Aid Society
     • Kirsten M. Ellenbogen (LC 2014), President & CEO, Great Lakes Science Center
     • Kelly Falcone-Hall (LC 2016), President & CEO, Western Reserve Historical Society
     • Beth E. Mooney (LC 2008), Chairman & CEO, KeyCorp
     • Elizabeth Newman (CBB 2004, LC 2016, LC2 2017), President & CEO, Centers for Families and Children
     • Sharlene Ramos-Chesnes (LC 2008), President & CEO, InterChez
     • Lauren Rich Fine (LC 2007), Managing Director, Gries Financial LLC
     • Patricia Shlonsky (LC 2012), Partner-in-Charge, Ulmer & Berne LLC
     • Michelle Tomallo (LC 2017), President | Co-Founder, FIT Technologies

AJC Cleveland will honor Reneé Chelm (LC 2008) at their 2017 Appeal for Human Relations Reception on June 28.

Blaine Griffin (LC 2014, LC2 2015) was unanimously recommended and approved to fill Mamie Mitchell's (LC 2013) Cleveland City Council Ward 6 council seat.

The following alumni were recognized as part of Crain's Cleveland Business' Eight over 80:
   Bruce Akers (LC 1978)
   William M. Denihan ( LC 1981)
   Peter van Dijk (LC 1987)

Grafton Nunes (LC 2012) will receive The Robert Bergman Prize at the 67th annual Cleveland Arts Prize event on June 29.

Lee Fisher (LC 1984) was named Dean of Cleveland State University Law School.

Joe DiRocco (LC 2015) has been named Regional President Northeast Ohio at Fifth Third Bank.

Sally Gries (LC 1978) and her husband Bob will be awarded the Cleveland Playhouse 2017 Centennial Star Award on Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Erica Aber (CBB 2013) was honored as the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) Volunteer of the Month.

Jasmyne McCoy (LookUp 2016) was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

Teri Paridon (OBC 2016) won the Best Supervisor/Mentor award at The Expys 2017.

George Costanzo (LookUp 2014) was elected Student Body President of Kenyon College.

Tom Nobbe (LC 2014, LC2 2016) was named interim CEO for EDWINS. Tom will serve in the position formerly held by EDWINS founder, Brandon Chrostowski, who took a leave of absence to focus on his Cleveland mayoral bid.

Gwyn Dubel (iCLE 2016) received the receive the recognition of Outstanding Alumni Relations for the 2016 year from Baldwin Wallace University for her service as the Alpha Phi International Fraternity Director of Alumnae Relations for the Baldwin Wallace-Delta Upsilon Chapter.

Shelly Cayette (CLI 2014) was recognized as on of Crain's Cleveland Business' Five to watch in sports business.

Tom Gill (CEF 2010, CLI 2009) has been named President of Urban Community School. He will assume the role from Sister Maureen Doyle (LC2 2017, LC 1992), who is retiring after leading the school for 32 years, on July 1. 

Kristen Baird Adams (LC 2010) is now Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Regional Presidents at PNC.

Micki Byrnes (CEBC 2012, LC 2005) and Margaret Bernstein (CLI 2014, LC 2016, LC2 2017) were awarded TEGNA Employee Awards. Micki won Manager of the Year, and she and Margaret were co-winners of the Diversity Award Individual.

Susan Chiancone (LC 2015) became Vice President and CFO at Meister Media Worldwide back in November 2016.

Matt Zone (LC 2007) was elected President of the National League of Cities in November 2016.

Barbara Philibert (LC 2015) became President and Chief Operating Officer of Oatey in January.

Forty CLC alumni were among the Crain's Cleveland Power 100.
   Kyle Kutuchief (CLI 2011)
   Richard Pogue (LC 1978)
   Scott Wolstein (LC 1984)
   David Abbott (LC 1989)
   Sandy Cutler (LC 1990)
   Art Falco (LC 1993)
   August Napoli, Jr. (LC 1995)
   Robert C. Smith (LC 1997)
   Chuck Jones (LC 1999)
   Deborah Read (LC 1999)
   Cynthia Moore-Hardy (LC 1999)
   Dennis Cocco (LC 1999)
   John Kahl (LC 2000)
   John T. Petures, Jr. (LC 2001)
   Paul Dolan (LC 2001)
   David Gilbert (LC 2001)
   David LaRue (LC 2001)
   Craig Arnold (LC 2002)
   Alex Johnson (LC 2002)
   Randell McShepard (LC 2003)
   Ronn B. Richard (LC 2004)
   Thomas F. Zenty III (LC 2004)
   Sam Miller (LC 2005)
   Rick Chiricosta (LC 2006)
   Chris Kelly (LC 2006)
   Ray Leach (LC 2006)
   Bernie Moreno (LC 2007)
   Chris Ronayne (LC 2007)
   Marc S. Byrnes (LC 2008)
   Beth E. Mooney (LC 2008)
   Jenniffer Deckard (LC 2008)
   Bill Koehler (LC 2011)
   Daniel Walsh (LC 2011)
   Brian Zimmerman (LC 2011, LC2 2012, 2014)
   William Friedman (LC 2012)
   Eric S. Gordon (LC 2013)
   Akram Boutros (LC 2015)
   Jay Gershen (LC 2016)
   Robert Klonk (LC 2016)
   Robyn Minter Smyers (LC 2016, CBB 2003)

The following CLC alumni were announced as 2017 recipients of Distinguished Marketing and Sales Awards by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland.

2017 Business Executive of the Year
   Fred DiSanto (LC 2003)
   2017 Distinguished Marketing and Sales Award Recipients
   Emily Adams (CLI 2016)
   Nathan Hui (CLI 2015)
   Christina Klenotic (CBB 2015)
   Valarie McCall (LC 2007)
   Jennifer A. Stull (CLI 2012)

The following CLC alumni and staff were announced as 2017 Movers & Shakers Award Winners by The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club.
   Nicole Boyd (CLC Program Associate)
   Tom Brew, Jr. (OBC 2015)
   Melissa Carney (CBB 2013)
   Kyle Miller (CBB2015)
   Rachel Miller (CBB 2017)
   Christina Sanders (CLI 2014, Leadership Council)
   Michelle Sustar (OBC 2015)

George Rodrigue (LC 2016, LC2 2017) was named President of the Plain Dealer Publishing Co.

Timothy P. Knight (LC 2017) is now president of tronc, Inc.'s digital content and commerce division, troncX.

Chris Quinn (LC 2015) has been named Editor and President of Advance Ohio.

William M. Denihan (LC 1981) will retire from his position as Chief Executive Officer of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, a position which he has held for the past 15 years. His retirement is effective August 1, 2017.

Lisa Oliver (LC 2009, CBB 2004) has been named president and CEO of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.

Lou Tisler (CBB 2001) has been named director of National Community Reinvestment Coalition's Housing Counseling Network.

Raymond Bobgan (LC 2010) received the 2017 Governor's Award for the Arts in Arts Administration.

Jayne Juvan  (CBB 2010) was recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2016 Attorneys Who Matter.



2016 Alumni Recognition

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).