NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT CTO: Gary R. Katz is the new executive director of Cleveland Tenants Organization. He previously worked with the Cleveland Housing Court for 11 years, the Bellaire Puritas Development Corporation and private and nonprofit mediation firms. Marie Kittredge, interim executive director, will be a consultant through the transition.

YEHUDAH IS RIGHT AT HOME: Yehudhe Yehudah joins Right at Home, a home health care service in Beachwood, as community outreach manager to support adults to stay independent and age in place safely.

POPS ORCHESTRA NAMES PAIR: The Cleveland Pops Orchestra named Lynne Krause as the chief development officer and Michael Duniec as executive assistant to the president/CEO and director of social media. Krause has 20 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Duniec has more than seven years of experience with online social media marketing.

TAFT NAMES TWO CHAIRS: Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP named two as practice group chairs within the firm. Jill Friedman Helfman was named chair of the domestic relations group. Friedman Helfman concentrates her practice on family law, such as spousal support, custody and parenting time matters and also offers legal counsel. Howard Bobrow was named chair of the venture capital group. He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital. Bobrow is also a member of the firm’s executive committee.

TRI-C NAMES NEW CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER: Cuyahoga Community College has named Karen Miller as the college’s provost and chief academic officer.

LILLY NAMED KARAMU MARKETING DIRECTOR: Karamu House, an African-American theater and gathering place in Cleveland, named Nathan Lilly as new director of marketing and communications. Previously, Lilly worked with the Karamu House as a performing artist and assisted in behind the scenes creative. 

SMUCKER NAMED ORCHESTRA BOARD PRESIDENT: The Cleveland Orchestra’s board of trustees elected longtime board member Richard K. Smucker as the board’s 13th president. Smucker was elected to the board in 1989.

HEARING CENTER NAMES CRAFT FINANCE DIRECTOR: The Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center in Cleveland named Daniel Craft, CPA as new director of finance and administration. Craft is a former partner of Ernst & Young with more than two decades of experience.


TRI-C EARNS BELLWETHER AWARD: Cuyahoga Community College won its first national Bellwether Award for the workforce development programs at its Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence. The award recognizes college job training initiatives designed to produce graduates in high demand fields.

POZEK NAMED ‘MOVERS AND SHAKERS’: The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club named Sarah Pozek of Direct Recruiters in Solon to its “25 Under 35 Movers and Shaker’s List of 2017.” Pozek is director of Direct Recruiters’ life sciences practice area.

LAWYERS HONORED BY OHIO STATE BAR ASSOCIATION: Ronald S. Kopp, president of the Ohio State Bar Association, visited Cleveland to honor 10 lawyers at the OSBA District 12 annual meeting at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Center. OBSA recognized Kenneth A. Bravo of South Euclid, Harold W. Babbit of Fairview Park, Gerald B. Chattman of Cleveland, Michael R. Gareau of North Olmsted, Robert P. Lawry of Shaker Heights, Judge Richard J. McMonagle of Cleveland, William L. Spring of Cleveland and Howard A. Steindler of Cleveland for 50 years of service and Arlene B. Steuer of Westlake for 65 years of service.

The Ohio State Bar Association also presented Allison Taller Reich of Cleveland with its Community Service Award for attorneys 40 and under.

CARVER NAMED TOP FINANCIAL ADVISER: Barron’s Magazine has named Randy Carver of Carver Financial Services in Mentor as one of the top financial advisers in the nation and one of Ohio’s best advisers.  


AFP ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: The Greater Cleveland chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals announced its board of directors’ executive committee for 2017. Betsey Kamm is president; Sharon Martin is immediate past president; Mitch Wasserman is treasurer; Neb Burke is secretary; Fran Anderson is vice president of professional development; Tanya Wagner is vice president of communications; Pat Milenius is vice president of membership; and Bernadette Boguski is vice president of resource development. The position of president-elect is vacant for 2017.

KOEHLER NAMED BOARD PRESIDENT: Christopher C. Koehler, a partner at Frantz Ward LLP, was named president of the board of the West Side Catholic Center.

CHESNEY JOINS BOYS & GIRLS CLUB BOARD: Michael N. Chesney, a partner at Frantz Ward LLP, has joined the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland. Chesney will serve on the board’s human resources committee.


MARKETPLACE EVENTS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP: Marketplace Events has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, committing to provide corporate financial support, product donations, contributions from attendees, advocacy and awareness building, and on-site activation across 57 annual events in 25 markets.

TORCH GROUP ACQUIRES SELKER LEADERSHIP: Solon-based Torch Group Inc. acquired Selker Leadership, a values-driven search firm specializing in the placement of C-suite and senior-level candidates in the software, technology and financial services industries. Greg Selker has been added to the team as senior vice president and search operations leader. Ron Torch is president and CEO of Torch Group.

SCORE CLEVELAND HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESSFUL YEAR: SCORE Cleveland announced it increased its number of mentoring sessions in 2016 by 50 percent, coaching 844 local clients in more than 1,200 mentoring sessions. SCORE is a nonprofit volunteer organization composed of retired executives who coach, counsel and mentor entrepreneurs in the Cleveland area who are starting or expanding businesses. 

BETH BRODY EVENTS OPENS: Beth Brody has opened an event planning business, Beth Brody Events. Brody has more than 20 years of event experience, concentrating on large corporate and nonprofit events as well as working with Cleveland professional sports teams.

HUMBARGER ADDED TO SOCIAL MEDIA PANEL: Bryce Humbarger, marketing director at Executive Caterers in Mayfield Heights, joined a social media power panel at the Catersource and Event

Solutions Conference and Tradeshow

recently in New Orleans.

BIALOSKY ELEVATED TO COLLEGE OF FELLOWS: The American Institute of Architects elevated Jack Alan Bialosky Jr. to its College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession and society. 

BUCKLEY KING LAUNCHES PRACTICE: Buckley King added a sports, entertainment and media law practice focused exclusively on supporting the business and legal needs of those niche industries. Richard J. Volante and Sydney Elizabeth Victor joined the firm to lead this practice. 

JCU ACCOUNTING PROGRAM RANKS NO. 1 IN OHIO: The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy ranked John Carroll University’s accountancy program No. 1 in Ohio and No. 23 in the nation. JCU is in University Heights.

PUGH NAMED MEMBER OF NDC BOARD: The PFM Group’s Bethany Pugh joined Notre Dame College’s board of trustees. 

ROTH JOINS ROCK HALL BOARD: Shelley Roth, president of Pierre’s Ice Cream Co. in Cleveland, was appointed as a member of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s board of trustees. Roth has experience in the music industry from working for Atlantic Records before becoming president of the ice cream company. 

LAKE HEALTH APPOINTS FOUR TO BOARD: The Lake Health board of trustees named Stephen C. Ellis, Dawn M. Gubanc-Anderson, Brett S. Himes and Rodney W. Howell to the hospital’s board of trustees.

FERGUSON TO OPEN SHOWROOM: Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting will open a showroom at 24441 Miles Road in Warrensville Heights in April. It will be a 10,000-square-foot kitchen and bath showrooms featuring faucets, fixtures and accessories as well as lighting and appliances.

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