June 28, 2020

SCHS Vice President selected for Leadership Cleveland Class of 2021

The Cleveland Leadership Center has named 68 people, drawn from public companies, nonprofits and public-sector institutions and chosen through a competitive application process, as members of the Leadership Cleveland class of 2021, including Rebecca L. Gallant, vice president of communications for the Sisters of Charity Health System.  

The Leadership Cleveland program runs 10 months and challenges senior-level leaders to act on pressing community issues. The program provides unique and meaningful opportunities for conversations and experiences that build knowledge, skills and relationships. Participants learn about the community and explore how collaborative leadership is critical to Northeast Ohio's current and future success.

The program typically begins with an opening retreat in September, followed by monthly day-long sessions, a midyear retreat, a class trip to learn from another region and a commencement ceremony the following June.

As reported in Crain’s Cleveland Business, the members of the class of 2021 will join nearly 2,500 Leadership Cleveland alums from the past 42 years, including many from the ministries of the Sisters of Charity Health System, such as: Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA; Susanna H. Krey; Shannon F. Jerse; Heather A. Stoll; and others.

The full Leadership Cleveland class of 2021 class roster includes:

  • Orion Bell, president and CEO, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging
  • Tom Bernot, vice president, Falls
  • Mike Boddy, chief operating officer, The Anderson-DuBose Co.
  • Antony Bonavita, executive vice president, venue operations, Cavaliers Operating Co.
  • Jim Brown, chief financial officer, Dix & Eaton
  • Timothy M. Burke, president, Northeast Ohio, KeyBank
  • Kara Carter, senior partner, advancement and workforce, JumpStart Inc.
  • Marjorie Chambers, VP-union activist/tool and die maker, UAW Local 1005/General Motors
  • Bill Chorba, CFO, Cleveland Metroparks
  • Valda Clark Christian, chief compliance officer, University Hospitals
  • Tanzalea Daniels, director of finance and administrative operations, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Thomas Dewey, executive vice president, people and strategy, Medical Mutual
  • Teresa Dews, president, Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital
  • Jill Dietrich, executive director and CEO, VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
  • Ayonna Donald, director of building and housing, city of Cleveland
  • Elizabeth Faler, general manager, The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland
  • Suzanne Ferrara, SVP, regional sales executive, treasury management, PNC
  • Rebecca Gallant, vice president, communications, Sisters of Charity Health System
  • Thomas Gill, president, Urban Community School
  • Melissa Graves, CEO, Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center
  • Elizabeth Grove, president, The Lubrizol Foundation
  • Arthur C. Hall III, firm administrative partner and partner-in-charge, Cleveland, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • Paul Harris, partner and practice group leader, business litigation, Ulmer & Berne LLP
  • Graham Hearns, managing director, chief of staff, The Riverside Co.
  • David Henkel (organizational affiliation to be announced soon)
  • Roderick L. Ingram Sr., chief marketing officer, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Joy Johnson, interim executive director, Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc.
  • Jessica Jung, managing director, Oswald Cos.
  • Megan Kacvinsky, CEO, Point To Point
  • Laura Kepley, artistic director, Cleveland Play House
  • Phil Kerber, division vice president, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
  • Melissa Kline, senior vice president-patient care services and chief nursing officer, The MetroHealth System
  • Christopher Knestrick, executive director, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless
  • Paul Koomar, mayor, city of Bay Village
  • Thomas Kuty, principal/Cleveland consulting practice leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Brian Lane, president and CEO, The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS Healthcare
  • Rebecca Levine, partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
  • Shana Marbury, general counsel/SVP, talent, Greater Cleveland Partnership
  • Michal Marcus, executive director, HFLA of Northeast Ohio
  • Robert Maschke, principal/founder, Robert Maschke Architects Inc.
  • Leighton McCoy, vice president, Dominion Energy
  • Michelle Newland, president, retail and international, Oatey Co.
  • Kirsten Park, senior vice president, treasury, Eaton
  • Aaron Pechota, senior vice president, The NRP Group
  • Timothy Phillips, president and CEO, First Federal Lakewood
  • Anne Richards, president and CEO, Goodwill of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio
  • Darnella Robertson, regional external affairs, FirstEnergy
  • Terrence S. Robinson, vice president, workforce systems design, Success Pathways Alliance
  • Fredy Robles, chief program officer, Catholic Charities Corp.
  • Diana Rosa, chief quality officer, Koinonia
  • Carrie Rosenfelt, senior vice president, director of community outreach, Huntington Bank
  • Jon Ruple, managing shareholder, Maloney + Novotny LLC
  • Autumn R. Russell, executive director, Early College Early Career, MAGNET: Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network
  • Meenakshi Sharma, chief strategy officer, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Dawn Southard, vice president of investor relations, Team NEO
  • James Stief, chair of the business department and attorney, McDonald Hopkins LLC
  • Mark Swaim-Fox, executive director, Cleveland region, Facing History and Ourselves
  • Caroline Taich, founder and principal consultant, Kirtland Consulting LLC
  • Sheila Trauernicht, chief communications officer, Westfield Insurance
  • Ted Tywang, vice president, general counsel, Haslam Sports Group
  • Carina Van Vliet, CEO, Cleveland Council on World Affairs
  • Megan Van Voorhis, president and CEO, Arts Cleveland
  • Jacob VanSickle, executive director, Bike Cleveland
  • Jeffrey Wade, chief of staff/special counsel to the CEO, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Nadine Wallman, group vice president, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Timothy Warsinskey, senior editor/special projects, Advance Local
  • Lisa Williams, president, Eastern Campus, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Deandra Williams-Lewis, senior director, corporate services, ReliabilityFirst

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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