CLC Board elects new Chair, members

Leadership Council and Akers Award recipients recognized

The Cleveland Leadership Center Board of Trustees elected Richard “Rick” Fedorovich, CPA, Managing Partner and CEO of Bober Markey Fedorovich, as Board Chair at its annual meeting on June 17, 2020.

The Board also welcomed new members of the CLC Leadership Council and David J. Akers Leadership Award recipients, and thanked outgoing members for their service. The meeting was hosted virtually.

Fedorovich, an alumnus of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2015, succeeds Ira Kaplan (LC 2003), Executive Chairman of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP. Fedorovich serves on the Boards of several Northeast Ohio civic organizations including the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Cleveland Clinic. He is a 2017 graduate of the FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy.

The new members of the Board of Trustees are:

  • Kip Bollin (LC 2020), Partner in Charge, Cleveland, Thompson Hine LLP
  • Fiona Chambers (LC 2013, LC2 2014), Office Tax Managing Partner, Deloitte
  • Blaine Griffin (LC 2014, LC2 2015), Ward 6 Council Member, City of Cleveland
  • Kenya Guess (LC 2019), President, Bonnie Speed Delivery, Inc.
  • David Heller (LC 2020), CEO, The NRP Group LLC

Margaret McKenzie (LC 2019), President, South Pointe Hospital, was elected to a full term after having been appointed to fill a vacancy during the current year.

The Board thanked outgoing members for their service: James Aronoff, Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm, Annette Iwamoto, and Paul Wellener.

The David J. Akers Leadership Award recipient is chosen by the graduating Cleveland Bridge Builders class to recognize a classmate who most embodies the spirit of CBB as a leader and someone with visionary civic involvement, an ability to influence classmates, and a sense of humor. It was created by the Board of Trustees upon the retirement of Akers as CBB founding Board Chair. Three CBB 2020 classmates tied for the award. Each will have an honorary placement on the CLC Board for up to three years. They are:

  • Dawn Arrington, Cleveland Action Strategist, ioby
  • Charmaine Holland, Talent Development Leader & Inclusion Strategist
  • Phillip Rowland-Seymour, Manager, University Hospitals


Don Graves (LC 2020), a member of the LC2 Fellows Class of 2020, updated the Board on its plans to create a coaching/mentoring experience and network for people of color who are emerging leaders. The Fellows will offer virtual group sessions and one-on-one networking to help individuals find careers and rise through the ranks.

Becca Kopp Levine (CBB 2012), Chair of the CLC Leadership Council, provided an update of the advisory group’s work to recruit CLC program participants, reach out to CLC alumni including next-generation program alumni, and engage in leadership training and community service. She will serve a second year as Leadership Council Chair. Other Council leadership roles will be held by:

  • Drew Stelzer (OBC 2019), Vice Chair
  • Keshia Johnson (CBB 2003) and David Valent (LookUp 2000), Cultivation Committee Co-Chairs
  • Anne-Marie Connors (CLI 2017) and Patrick Hackett (OBC 2019), Next Gen Committee Co-Chairs
  • Matt Fieldman (CBB 2012) and Debbie Lewis (CLI 2017) Training & Development Committee Co-Chairs

New Council members were welcomed:

  • Kenny Golovan (LookUp 2013)
  • Shannon Jerse (LC 2016, LC2 2017)

Outgoing members of the Leadership Council were thanked for their service: Katie Kelly. Benjamin Kroeck, William Lewis, Allison Lukacsy-Love, Hillary Lyon, Christina Sanders, Nigamanth Sridhar, and Janice Taylor Heard.

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The Cleveland Leadership Center’s mission is to build a continuum of civic leaders committed to our community’s excellence by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement. CLC provides leadership and community engagement opportunities across a wide spectrum of life and career stages to inspire, connect, and challenge individuals to make a positive community impact.

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