Leadership Cleveland director named

Robert P. Kirschner has been named Director of Leadership Cleveland, a program of Cleveland Leadership Center that empowers recognized and senior-level positional leaders to increase and advance their community impact. He also will direct the LC2 Fellows program, in which Leadership Cleveland alumni engage in a project-based, outcome-driven civic engagement experience. “Bob comes to us…

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Gina Vernaci stepping up at Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square recently announced Gina Vernaci’s (LC 2011) promotion to President and Chief Operating Office. In her new role, which she assumes on October 1, she will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Playhouse Square. According to the statement released by Playhouse Square, Art Falco (LC 1993) will remain on as CEO, but will,…

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CLC alumni named to Cleveland Fed Community Advisory Council

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has created a 15-member Community Advisory Council that includes three CLC alumni: Heidi Gartland (LC2 2013, CLI 2011, LC 2007) Augie Napoli (Stokes CLI 2018, LC 1995) Danny Williams (LC 1993) According to a Crain’s Cleveland Business article, “The council is designed to ‘help inform the bank’s community development…

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Shane McRann Bigelow and Kara Lewis on the move

Kara Lewis (CBB 2011) is stepping up to serve as Director of AB Bernstein’s Cleveland-area private wealth practice. She steps into the role vacated by Shane McRann Bigelow (LC 2016), who was named CEO of Ownum, Bernie Moreno Co.’s blockchain company. According to a quote in Crain’s Cleveland Business from David Barnard, Managing Director at…

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Rich Garcia moves to OEConnection

Rich Garcia (LC 2011) was recently named Chief Financial Officer of OEConnection. According to a quote in Crain’s Cleveland Business, “Chuck Rotuno, chairman and CEO of OEC, said in a statement that Garcia has an ‘impressive track record of driving profitability within international businesses and negotiating acquisitions.’ As such, Rotuno said Garcia ‘will be a…

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