OFIC Board of Trustees - Bios

Akron / Canton / Cincinnati / Cleveland / Columbus / Dayton / Toledo / Life Trustees


**Catherine Belden
Sr. Manager, Revenue Growth Management, The J. M. Smucker Co.

Catherine Belden has over 20 years of experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods Industry. She is currently the Senior Manager of Revenue Growth Management at the J.M. Smucker Company responsible for driving new pricing capabilities and mindset across the Consumer Foods businesses. Prior to her current role, she worked across Trade Marketing to provide financial and promotional guidance to Marketing and Sales. Cathie is a graduate of Kent State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is also active within the community volunteering her time with several non-profit organizations.

 *Charles D. Lasky
Senior Vice President for HR, First Energy Service Company

Charles Lasky is currently responsible for all Human Resource activities at FirstEnergy including compensation and benefits, learning and development, talent management and success, Executive Succession and development, recruiting, compliance, labor relations and safety. He joined the company in 1986 as an engineer at the W.H. Sammis Plant in Stratton, Ohio. After serving in various engineering positions at Sammis and other locations, he was promoted in 1992 to planning supervisor at the R.E. Burger Plant, in Shadyside, OH, and to industrial relations coordinator in the Akron General Office from 1994 to 1995. Mr. Lasky then served in various fossil operations and plant management positions before being named director of the Bruce Mansfield Plant, in Shippingport, PA., in 2001. From 2004 through 2015 he held several vice president roles in Fossil Operations. He was named to his current position of Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resource Officer in 2018. Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Executive Nuclear Program, 2012; University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, 1999; The University of Akron, BSME, Mechanical Engineering 1981 – 1986.

Robert W. Malone
Shareholder, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs

Mr. Malone is a business lawyer, and chair of Buckingham’s business practice group, with a focus on assisting entrepreneurial clients in the creation, restructuring, purchase and sale of their businesses. During such times of transition, he often helps clients with the negotiation and documentation of their relationships with other entities. Although he has the capability to represent publicly held companies in select areas, most clients are privately held. His extensive experience dealing with the tax issues facing privately held companies enables him to offer clients a unique advantage. In fact, he has participated in the drafting of legislation adopted by the Ohio General Assembly concerning the taxation of owners of private companies including the Ohio statute that created limited liability companies. His clients deserve and demand prompt and efficient services, and so he focuses on exceeding his clients' expectations for the quality and efficiency of his services, and responsiveness to his clients' needs.

Christopher J. Maurer
Retired Executive VP, Chief HR Officer, FirstMerit Bank

Chris Maurer is Retired Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer of FirstMerit Corporation. He joined First National Bank of Ohio in June 1992 as Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources. In November 1993, Maurer was named Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources of FirstMerit Corporation. Prior to his joining First National, he was employed by Diebold Incorporated where he spent 21 years holding various management positions in Human Resources. Maurer has been President of the Stark County Human Resources Association, past State Chairman of the Ohio Job Services Employers' Committee (JSEC) and past Chairman of the Job Training Partnership for SDA #23. He also has been active on the Advisory Board of Kent State University - Stark Campus, has been Chairman of the President's Advisory Council at Stark State College, and has held the position of First Vice President of the Board of Trustees for United Way Central Stark County. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Akron City Club where he has served as President. He is a 1994 Leadership Akron graduate. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees to the Akron Area YMCA and is past Chairman. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stark State College for two separate two-year terms. Chris also serves on the Board of Trustees to the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Maurer graduated from the University of Akron with a BS degree in Secondary Education and has completed 50% of an Executive MBA degree at Kent State University. He also completed the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Advanced Human Resources Management. Chris is the 2011 recipient of Cleveland Crain’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Resources. He has also been inducted into the Plain Local Schools Alumni Association Hall of Distinction in 2010.

Robert G. Merzweiler
Chairman & CEO, Landmark Plastic Corporation

**Robert Grant Perry
Vice President, Welty Building Company

Robert is Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Planning for Welty Building Company. In this leadership role, he oversees the sales strategy for the regional offices, generates national accounts, and is a sales leader. Through his many experiences he has developed a strong network of C-suite clients which have helped drive his successes. Robert brings a unique insight to his work gained from his experience in a number of leadership roles. Prior to joining Welty Building Company, Robert was Corporate Sales & Manager of Suite Sales for the Cleveland Browns. In this role, he utilized his strategic perspective to generate sales across a variety of industries. Before the Cleveland Browns, he was President of Legacy Healthcare Solutions, a medical supplies distributor. Additionally, Robert served in the role as Senior Therapeutic Director for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, setting national sales records at The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MetroHealth Hospital. He holds an MBA from Kent State University and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College. Currently, he lends his energy and strategic perspective to the Boards of: The Lillian and Betty Ratner School, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and American Heart Association. Formerly sat on the Boards of North Coast Community Homes, Akron Roundtable, American Cancer Society, Board of Visitors at Western Reserve Academy, and Student Trustee at Western Reserve Academy.

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T. Stephen Gregory
President, Gregory Industries, Inc.

Robert Murphy
Partner, Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh

Robert Murphy is a partner with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in representing small, mid-size and large companies in the areas of negotiation and documentation of business transactions and real estate acquisition, development and construction. He also represents oil producers, lease holders & landowners in oil and gas matters, including Utica shale projects. Mr. Murphy serves as co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, is a graduate of Leadership Stark County and chairman of the Pike Township Zoning Commission. In 2010, he was selected as one of 20 outstanding leaders under the age of 40 in the greater Canton area. Mr. Murphy is a native of Canton and a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He is past chairman of the executive committee for ystark! (the network for young professionals in the greater Canton area) and chairman of the Central Catholic Board of Directors. He is a member of the Stark County and Ohio Bar Associations. Education: J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2004 (Order of the Coif, 2004); B.A., Kenyon College, 2001.

 **Tracy L. Sabo
Vice President, Human Resources, Aultman Hospital Foundation

Tracy Sabo is the Vice President of Human Resources & Education & Development with Aultman Health Foundation in Canton, Ohio. Her experience base is broad with expertise in Accounting, Management/ Leadership, Education & Development and Human Resources. Tracy has over 25 years of experience working in the service, manufacturing and healthcare industries with the last 18 years at Aultman Health Foundation as a Benefits Director, Associate Vice President of HR and currently now serving as a Vice President of HR. Tracy has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, as well as, an MBA with a minor in Management from Walsh University in Canton, Ohio. She is a life-long resident of Stark County where she is raising her 3 children. Tracy is an enthusiastic member of the community and focuses on supporting many organizations including the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. She enjoys outside recreational activities, spending time with her children and her family.

Randolph L. Snow
Of Counsel, Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh

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Evan J. Andrews
Executive Vice President, Montgomery Inn Inc.

Tommie Lewis
President & CEO, Make it Plain Consulting, LLC

Tommie Lewis is the President and CEO of Make It Plain Consulting, LLC. Tommie is an accomplished diversity and inclusion leader, facilitator, motivational speaker and personal development coach. He has facilitated workshops in Conflict Resolutions, Diversity & Leadership Management, Personal Branding and Emotional Intelligence and Diversity across the world. Lewis has offered leadership and diversity consultancy to corporate clients such as Toyota Motor Sales, GE Consumer Finance, American Modern Insurance, City of Cincinnati Leadership Institute, Alabama Cooperative Extensive System and Leadership Nashville. He is a highly sought-after facilitator and speaker for academic clients such as Vanderbilt University, Morehouse College, University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati, Wilberforce College and Thomas More College and numerous Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee secondary school districts and leadership conferences across the U.S. Tommie holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Africana Studies from Tennessee State University. He also earned certification in Egyptology and African Deep Thought from the University of Chicago, International & Cross-Cultural Management from the University of Houston and Emotional Intelligence and Diversity from the Emotional Intelligence and Diversity Institute (UCLA). He has also completed the Coaching Across Cultures executive coaching seminar in Rome, Italy with Master Coach, Philippe Rosinski.

Thomas R. Schuck
Partner, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister

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Thomas D. Bechtel, CPA
Partner, Director of Transaction Services, Cohen & Co., Ltd. 

Robert Murphy is a partner with Black McCuskey and focuses his practice in representing small, mid-size and large companies in the areas of negotiation and documentation of business transactions and real estate acquisition, development and construction. He also represents oil producers, lease holders & landowners in oil and gas matters, including Utica shale projects. Mr. Murphy serves as co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, is a graduate of Leadership Stark County and chairman of the Pike Township Zoning Commission. In 2010, he was selected as one of 20 outstanding leaders under the age of 40 in the greater Canton area. Mr. Murphy is a native of Canton and a graduate of Central Catholic High School. He is past chairman of the executive committee for ystark! (the network for young professionals in the greater Canton area) and chairman of the Central Catholic Board of Directors. He is a member of the Stark County and Ohio Bar Associations. Education: J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2004 (Order of the Coif, 2004); B.A., Kenyon College, 2001.

Albert P. Blank
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Union Home Mortgage

Al Blank has been with Union Home Mortgage since January 2013. In his capacity, Mr. Blank has had the privilege of working with a very talented group of Independent Mortgage Bankers across 35 states and 120 branch offices. Union Home Mortgage originated in excess of $2.4 billion in 2016. Mr. Blank graduated from Mount Union College in 1984. He obtained his Master's in Business Administration from Kent State University's Executive MBA Program in 1990. Al has enjoyed a career in the financial sector since 1984 in various executive roles. He has an extensive background in Capital Markets, Growth and Development as well as Operational Fulfillment. He has developed his experiences in both the bank and non-bank environments. Al has enjoyed serving on the boards of several non-profit and community organizations such as The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Hope for Youngstown, Talk is Cheap, the Warren/Youngstown Regional Chamber of Commerce and Valley Christian Academy. In addition, Mr. Blank is involved in numerous committees and task forces which includes serving the MBA Residential Board of Governors, co-chairing the Mortgage Servicing Rights Liquidity.

Timothy E. Boyle
Vice President & Chief Counsel Competition and Trade Regulation, Eaton Corp

Tim Boyle is Vice President and Chief Counsel-Competition and Trade Regulation at Eaton Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He joined Eaton in 2002 and is responsible for antitrust and competition, export and import regulatory issues, government contracts and internal investigations for Eaton on a world-wide basis. Eaton manufactures electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulic components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulic and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems. The company has approximately 76,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. Mr. Boyle graduated, with honors, from Duke University School of Law in 1986 and with highest honors from Denison University in 1983.

Gabriel Bruno
EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Lincoln Electric

Mr. Bruno has held his current position since February 18, 2016 and has been its Executive Vice President since March 7, 2015. Gabe served as Chief Information Officer of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. from March 7, 2015 to February 18, 2016. He served as an Interim Chief Information Officer at Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. from February 18, 2016 to June 2016, Vice President at Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc., from May 2012 to February 19, 2014, and Vice President and Corporate Controller of Lincoln Electric Company (a subsidiary of Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc.) since January 12, 2006. He began his career at Lincoln Electric in 1995 as Financial Reporting Manager. He was named North American Controller in 1997, and in 2003 he was appointed Director, Finance and Information Technology of Lincoln Electric. He served as Corporate Controller and Director of Information Technology of Lincoln Electric since 2004. Before joining Lincoln, he was a manager in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Gabe received his accounting degree from John Carroll University.

 James P. Carulas
Chief Executive Officer, Meaden & Moore Ltd.

Jim has been with Meaden & Moore for over 25 years, advising clients on a number of financial and business matters. Much of his experience has been working with the owners and management of growth-oriented companies, specifically manufacturing, distribution and industrial service companies, on business growth strategies, including global initiatives. Areas of Specialization: Audits – Mergers & Acquisitions – Corporate Finance – International Business. Professional Development: • American Institute of CPAs • Ohio Society of CPAs • AGN International Board of Directors, Chairman • AGN-North America, Board of Directors • Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, founding member and past board of advisors • Member of Vistage International • Association for Corporate Growth • Ohio Venture Association • Board of directors and advisors of several private companies Community/Philanthropic Pursuits: • Board of Directors, Friends of Breakthrough • Past Board of Directors, Ohio Federation of Independent Colleges • Miami University Alumni Association • Shaker Historical Society

 **Matthew A. Danis
Vice President, Shook Construction Company

Matthew started his career as a co-op in Shook Construction’s marketing department while attending college at the University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he relocated to Cleveland to help expand Shook’s market presence within Northeast Ohio. Over the last 10+ years Shook’s Cleveland Office has grown from two market sectors to five and has experienced significant growth in revenue and overall market share. Today, Matthew is the company’s Vice President of Corporate Development, leading the sales, marketing and communications activities across all of Shook’s regions. He is a 2011 graduate of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Bridge Builders Program and has previously volunteered with the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Cleveland, the Northern Ohio Society of Healthcare Engineers and the Society for Marketers of Professional Services. He is currently working on Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Cleveland State University. Matt is extremely active in the local community, serving on the board of multiple organizations. These include the ACE Mentoring program, which mentors high school students while exposing them to career options in the design and construction industry, Cleveland State University’s Co-Op Advisory Council and the Fore the Kids Golf Outing, a charity event Matthew leads that now in its 10th year has raised approximately $200,000 for the University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Matt lives in Concord Township (located south of Painesville) with his wife Emily and infant son Cody and enjoys golf, running and spending time with his family.

 Michael F. Hilton
President & CEO, Nordson Corporation

Michael F. Hilton is President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ: NDSN), a leading producer of precision equipment for dispensing adhesives, coatings and other materials. Since joining Nordson in 2010, Mr. Hilton has led the company to record sales and earnings results through a deepened focus on innovative new products, emerging markets, continuous improvement and strategic acquisitions. Prior to joining Nordson, he spent 33 years at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: APD), in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility. Mr. Hilton serves on the board of directors of Ryder System Inc. (NYSE: R); the board of trustees and the executive council of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI); the board of MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network); and the board of Friends of Breakthrough Schools. He is also a board member of the Nordson Corporation Foundation and is active in United Way and a variety of other charitable endeavors. Mr. Hilton holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Patrick J. Hyland, Jr., AIA
Architect + Senior Associate, DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky

Patrick Hyland designs for campuses, the Arts, and museums + interpretive environments.  He has delivered several successful and award-winning design solutions to significant clients, such as the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cleveland Browns, Penn State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Mount Union.  Patrick has also worked on master plans and various facilities for Baldwin-Wallace University, Kent State University, Hathaway Brown School, Western Reserve Academy, Holy Name High School, Westminster College, the New Albany Community Authority, Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School, Canisius High School, Saint Joseph Academy, and the General Services Administration.

Mr. Hyland graduated with a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture in 2004.  He earned his Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction in 1997 from the Pennsylvania State University, where he was also awarded a Faculty Letter of Commendation.  Mr. Hyland has served on the graduate faculty of Kent State University’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design and Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. Mr. Hyland has taught undergraduate and graduate architectural + urban design studios at Kent State University and Penn State University.  In addition to teaching, he has also served on design juries at Penn State University, Kent State University, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, and for Cleveland Public Art. 

Mr. Hyland’s independent design work was shown in the “Influence + Imposition” exhibit at Cleveland Public Art during 2007 and other venues, including the AIA Cleveland’s Architect’s Draw Exhibition in 2012, Pentagon September 11th Memorial Competition Exhibition at the National Building Museum (2002), and faculty and student exhibitions at Penn State and Yale.   In addition, Mr. Hyland has presented his work to various institutions and conferences, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Ohio Town Gown Summit, the International Town Gown Association, and the American Planning Association.

Mr. Hyland has been a resident of Parma, Ohio since 2006.  He and his wife Jennifer are the parents of Madelyn (10) and Gavin (8).  Mr. Hyland has been involved in the built environment of the greater Parma community through the Mayor's City Center Task Force, his planning and design work for Holy Name High School, Padua Franciscan High School, and his Kent State graduate urban design studio, which considered the next evolution of the city. In addition to his board work for the Ohio Foundation of Independent College, he also serves on the University of Mount Union School of Engineering’s Engineering Advisory Board, as well as the Advisory Board for Holy Name High School.

Michael V. Johnson
Senior Vice President of Board & Executive Services, Ratliff & Taylor

Michael V. Johnson is a Global Human Resources and Business Executive with extensive Private Equity and Fortune 500 experience delivering innovative human capital solutions in the Specialty Chemicals, Pharmaceutical and Industrial Technology industries for more than three decades. Currently, he is a Senior Vice President of Board & Executive Services for Ratliff & Taylor, Northeast Ohio's largest full-service talent management firm. Prior to Ratliff & Taylor, Mike was a Corporate Officer and member of the Executive Committee as Vice President Human Resources for OM Group Inc. Mike also held Human Resource leadership positions at FXI Foamex Innovations, Inc. and the global pharmaceutical company, Sanofi-Aventis. Mike received both his Masters of Science, Industrial Relations and Bachelor of Science, Business Administration at Loyola University of Chicago. In addition to his impressive professional accomplishments, Mike has served on several non-profit, community and church boards.

Suzanne Miklos
President, O.E. Strategies

Suzanne Miklos, Ph.D. is President of O.E. Strategies in Broadview Hts. She has twenty years' experience consulting to organizations in improving effectiveness of human interaction and people management practices. Clients, including manufacturing, professional service firms and public organizations, experience measurable results in improved people practices. She uses data to increase individual and organizational self-awareness leading to increased personal and organizational effectiveness. Service, flexibility and strong partnerships between O.E.S. staff and other partners have led to the success of the firm. O.E.S. has a track record of building customized processes on technology platforms in several national companies. Dr. Miklos is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and received her Ph.D. in Industrial Gerontological Psychology from The University of Akron.

Timothy G. Novotny
Shareholder, Maloney + Novotny LLC

Timothy G. Novotny, CPA, Shareholder, Maloney & Novotny, Cleveland. Mr. Novotny joined Maloney & Navotny in 1977 and is shareholder-in-charge of the Education Services Group. He has more than 40 years of experience working with educational institutions. His client engagements include colleges and universities, private schools, foundations, trade associations, various civic and cultural organizations and a diverse group of other not-for-profit organizations. He is a recognized industry expert and a frequent guest lecturer, presenting numerous seminars related to a variety of educational issues locally and nationally. A 1977 graduate of the University of Dayton, Tim is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a past member of the Board of Directors and the executive committee of the Ohio Society of CPA's and past President of the Cleveland Chapter of Ohio Society of CPA's. Tim is the current treasurer of the Board of the Ohio Erie Canal Association; a member of the audit committee for the Cleveland Metro Parks and The United Way of Greater Cleveland, as well as a member of various other local boards.

Thomas A. Piraino, Jr.
Retired, Parker Hannifin Corporation

James M. Switzer
Director, Infrastructure Program Management, AT&T

Jim is the Director, Lead Technical Program Manager for AT&T in Cleveland, Ohio. He joined AT&T in 1994 as General Manager of Ameritech New Media, the phone company’s startup cable TV business. Jim has led statewide or national AT&T startups including DLS, U-verse internet and video. Jim currently manages an equipment swap/deployment program to upgrade 24,000 cellular sites across the U.S. in preparation for the next generation 5G network and looks forward to the next “big thing” to work on at AT&T. Jim is a 1980 graduate of Mount Union College and received his MBA in 1991 from Baldwin Wallace College. Jim also serves on the board of Lakeside Chautauqua. AT&T encourages volunteerism and has recognized Jim with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the past seven years.

*Eddie Taylor, Jr.
President, Taylor Oswald LLC

Eddie Taylor, Jr. is President of Taylor Oswald, LLC. Oswald Companies is one of the nation's largest and most respected insurance brokerage firms. He is also a co-founder of Collaborent Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the development and execution of group purchasing programs. Eddie was the founder of Integrated Consulting Services, Ltd., a privately held, third-party administrator for workers' compensation and has previously owned or operated companies in a variety of industries including warehousing and distribution. Mr. Taylor was the Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Leadership Center and is a former Board Chair for the Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is the immediate past Chairman of The Presidents' Council, LLC. He also serves as a board member for the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (Executive Committee), College Now Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE), and University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He also serves on the President's Visiting Committee for Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of Allegheny College and completed the Executive MBA Program at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. Eddie is an active member of The Presidents' Council in Cleveland, OH and Black Young Presidents' Organization (BYO). He's a graduate of Leadership Cleveland (Class of 2000).

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Vinita J. Clements
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Nationwide Financial

Vinita Clements currently serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Nationwide Financial. In this role, she provides strategic human resources leadership and consultation to the President and Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Financial, Kirt Walker. Vinita joined Nationwide in April of 2004. In her previous experience with Nationwide, she supported the Exclusive Channel Regional Operations led by Amy Shore, the IndependentPi Channel Regional Operations led by Jeff Rommel and Nationwide National Partners organization led by Gary Douglas. During her tenure with Nationwide, Vinita has also supported the Call Centers, Veterinary Pet Insurance, Nationwide Bank, and the Affinity Business Units. Prior to joining Nationwide, she had 15 years of experience in Sales, Call Center Operations and Human Resource Management including leadership of Human Assets and Leadership/Performance for the Global Markets team at AT&T.

*Todd F. Clossin
President & CEO, WesBanco, Inc.

Frederick G. Hadley
Vice President, First Financial Bank

Fred Hadley is vice president of First Financial Bank. He is past president of Gladden Community House and Harvard Alumni Club of Central Ohio, a member of the Rotary Club of Columbus, a board member of Thurber House and Edison Welding Institute, and a member of the Advisory Board of WOSU Public Media. Education: B. A. Harvard University.

*Francie B. Henry
Regional President, Fifth Third Bank - Central Ohio

Francie Henry serves as market president in Central Ohio, Fifth Third Bank. Appointed to this role in May 2017, Henry will be particularly focused on driving the Bank’s growth in Commercial, Wealth & Asset management, Treasury Management Services, Capital Markets and Corporate Advisory Solutions. Francie has more than 30 years of banking experience and has spent her career at Fifth Third Bank. Most recently, she served as managing director of Wealth & Asset management at the Bank. Prior to that, she served as Central Ohio head of Retail Banking for eight years. Francie joined Fifth Third Bank in May 1986. Since that time, she has held many leadership positions, including affiliate marketing coordinator, regional BankMart manager and head of the Central Ohio Retail division. Most recently, Francie was named head of the Central Ohio Investment Advisors division in August 2011.

James M. Malz
Region Manager, Ohio, JPMorgan Chase

James M. Malz is Managing Director and Region Manager of the Ohio Market for Commercial Banking. Malz is a veteran commercial banker who held key management positions with KeyCorp prior to joining Bank One Corporation as Division Manager in 2001. In 2003, Malz was named President, Northeast Ohio Region for Bank One and continued to serve in this capacity for JPMorgan Chase Bank following its merger with Bank One in 2004. In 2011, Malz was appointed President, Ohio Market, for JPMorgan Chase. A native of Andover, Ohio, Malz earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at Hiram College. He currently serves on the Boards of The Columbus Partnership, Hiram College Board of Visitors and The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. He is President of the Bridgestone Invitational Championship Council, Leadership Committee of the 2013 President’s Cup and a member of Leadership Cleveland Class of 2005.

Randall K. Marker
Chairman, Thomas & Marker Construction Co.

Known for his high energy, creative thinking, and his ability to read the room and engage his audience, Randy provides the vision and leadership for Thomas & Marker Construction, a commercial contractor and construction management firm, with offices in Bellefontaine and Columbus, Ohio. He joined the firm in 1984, after six years with Texas Instruments, where he worked in both their government defense and consumer electronic divisions. Focused on associate development and empowerment, through Randy's direction, Thomas & Marker has grown to become one of the largest and most reputable construction and real estate development firms in west-central Ohio. Randy's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Texas Tech University. Randy is active in community economic development, and has volunteered his time in numerous organizations, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, YMCA, the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, and the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.

Kyle J. Pifher
Principal, Findley Inc. 

Diana Westhoff
Vice President, Huntington Bank

Diana has more than 25 years of leadership, management, and training & development experience in the financial industry, Diana works for Huntington National Bank in the Commercial Banking business segment supporting procedure design and writing, internal communications and training. She also delivers service to businesses and colleagues in the areas of facilitation, leadership, coaching, professional development and consulting. Prior to Huntington, Diana worked for JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) for 27 years in the areas of Retail Financial Services, Asset Management, Treasury & Securities Services and Chase Credit Diana has a BA in Organizational Communications from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. She has experience and training in Personal Branding, Time Management, Crucial Conversations, Conflict Resolution and Customer Service. She's recognized for excellence in adaptability, commitment, high energy, leadership, planning & organization, communications and strong relationships.

William S. Williams
Chairman Emeritus, Tri-W Group, Inc.

William S. Williams, Chairman Emeritus, Tri- W Group (The W. W. Williams Company), Columbus. Mr. Williams joined The W. W. Williams Company in April 1978, after serving as a staff accountant for Geupel Construction from 1975-1978. The company sells and services Detroit Diesel and MTU diesel engines, Allison transmissions, MTU Onsite Energy generator sets and Carrier Transicold transport refrigeration units from twenty-nine locations in nine states in the Midwest, Southeast and Southwest US and northern Mexico for the truck, bus, power generation, construction, industrial, military, mining and marine markets. They also provide logistical services for the military in three states. Mr. Williams graduated from The Columbus Academy; holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Ohio State University. He is a former deacon and elder at the Broad Street Presbyterian Church and a member of Catawba Island Club, Columbus Club, Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club, and the Scioto Country Club.

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Bear Monita
Partner, LWC Incorporated

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Tim Alter
President, Rudolph/Libbe Inc.

Tim Alter has served as president of Rudolph Libbe Inc. since 1998. His career with the Rudolph Libbe Group began in 1983 when he joined GEM Inc. as one of the specialty contractor’s first associates. Over the next 15 years, he progressed from field superintendent to operations manager and vice president of marketing and sales at GEM before being named to Rudolph Libbe Inc.’s top leadership post. Tim and the presidents of GEM Inc., Rudolph Libbe Properties, GEM Energy and Lehman Daman, lead the Rudolph Libbe Group’s journey toward safety excellence. He is past chair of the Construction Innovation Forum and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce. Tim is a member of Vistage International, a peer-to-peer membership organization for CEOs, business owners and executives. He also is a member of the Ford Motor Company Key Supplier Council, the Associated General Contractors, the National Builders Alliance and serves on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Toledo, Legatus International and Saint Ursula Academy.

 **Valerie M. Blanchett
Vice President, Human Resources, The Andersons, Inc.

Val Blanchett is Vice President of Human Resources at The Andersons, Inc. with extensive experience in strategic HR solutions, leadership coaching and change management, Val joined The Andersons in 2016 after working as the Business Unit HR Leader for the Corn Milling Business Unit at Cargill. Prior to joining Cargill in 2006, Val spent 21 years with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan where she held various HR leadership positions and was part of the team that implemented lean concepts within the organization. Val received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

*Barbara J. Britenriker
Executive Vice President/CFO, Farmers & Merchants State Bank

Barbara Britenriker serves as the chief financial officer, principal accounting officer, executive vice president and comptroller of Farmers and Merchants BanCorp. Inc. and of Farmers & Merchants State Bank, a subsidiary of Farmers and Merchants BanCorp. Inc. Ms. Britenriker served as a vice president of Farmers and Merchants BanCorp. Inc. until April 2002 and senior vice president and also served as senior vice president for Bank. She served as the chief financial officer and executive vice president at Farmers & Merchants Bancorp. She is on the board of Junior Achievement of Archbold. Education: Bachelor’s degree from Defiance College and Master’s from the University of Toledo.

Stephen A. Hirzel
President, Hirzel Canning Company

Michael Koralewski
Vice President Site Operations, First Solar Corporation

Mike Koralewski is Vice President of Operations at First Solar. He has been with First Solar since 2006, leading their global quality and product reliability initiatives. Mr. Koralewski has been significantly involved in the globalization of the manufacturing replication process in both roles. Prior to First Solar, he was employed by Dana Corporation where he served as Director of Quality for their Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, along with a variety of quality functions throughout different business units over his 10 year time with the company. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a BSE in Chemical Engineering and holds an MBA from Bowling Green State University.

Ronald A. McMaster
Retired, Glasstech Inc.

Michael A. Muse
AIA-Architect/Principal, The Collaborative Inc.

An architect and principal of The Collaborative, Michael Muse’s career focuses primarily on higher education. He has completed highly impactful projects on Ohio private institution campuses including: Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Capital University, Defiance College, Lourdes University, Otterbein University, and Ohio Wesleyan University. At the State level, he has worked with Bowling Green State University, Clark State Community College, Kent State University, The Ohio State University, Terra State Community College, the University of Akron, the University of Toledo, and Wright State University. Mr. Muse places a special emphasis on working with groups to explore options, and then build consensus amongst diverse constituents. Having joined The Collaborative in 1995 he steadily gained responsibility due to his excellent design and management skills. In 2006 he became a principal and was named board president in early 2015. Active in both the Ohio and Toledo chapters of The American Institute of Architects, Michael serves as Honor Award Committee Chair for AIA Toledo. His attention to detail creates projects which excel programmatically, with thoughtful spaces and intuitive plans. Independent juries from AIA Ohio and AIA Toledo have recognized sixteen of his projects for design excellence. Education: Bachelors of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University, 1992; Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan, 1995. He is a registered architect in the States of Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Michigan, New Jersey and West Virginia.

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Phillip B. Dennison
Principal, Packer Thomas

*James G. Fahey
Chief Learning Officer, HBK CPAs & Consultants

James Fahey, PAFM is the Chief Learning Officer at HBK CPAs & Consultants, a Top 100 CPA firm with offices in OH, PA, NJ and FL. He has more than 25 years CPA firm experience working in human resources, recruiting, training and development, technology and practice management. His CPA firm experience covers a 25 person local firm, an 85 person regional firm and now a 500+ person national firm. This broad experience helps him understand the unique needs of CPA firms large and small. He is a prior board member of the CPA Firm Management Association. Mr. Fahey earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management & Human Resources from The University of Akron.

*James M. Gasior
President & CEO, The Cortland Savings and Banking Company

James M. Gasior has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Cortland Bancorp and its banking subsidiary, the Cortland Savings the Banking Company, since November 2009. He is also a member of the Company's Board of Directors and has been a Director since 2005. Mr. Gasior previously served on the Company's executive management team as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was Corporate Secretary of Cortland Bancorp and the Bank from November 2005 - October 2009. He joined the Company on March 30, 1990. His previous positions at the Company include General Audit Officer, Operations Officer, Chief Operations Officer and Senior Lending Officer. Mr. Gasior is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Ohio Society of CPAs. He is also a member and Director of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Ohio Bankers League, the Financial Managers Society, the RMA Northeast Ohio chapter, the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance Advisory Council at Youngstown State University, YSU's University Outreach.

Timothy F. Shaffer
Senior Vice President, Region President, Farmers National Bank

Tim Shaffer was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. He has been in the banking industry for over 30 years, all in the Mahoning Valley market. For over 25 years he has been Commercial Lender or in Commercial Loan management. He began his career at Bank One in 1984 and later spent 19 years at Huntington National Bank and its antecedents. He joined Farmers National Bank of Canfield in 2011 and was promoted to the Bank Board in 2013. He has served as East Region President of Farmers since June 2015, overseeing the Commercial Lending, Commercial Treasury, and Private Client teams. Tim's education includes: BSBA from Youngstown State University - 1984; MBA from the University of Akron - 1989, and Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin/Madison - graduating August 2017.

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Life Trustees

David L. Belew
Retired Chairman, Beckett Paper Company

Robert E. Mercer
Retired Chairman, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Ward J. Timken
President, Timken Foundation of Canton

Charles J. Tyburski
Of Counsel, Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh

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