On the Move

HIRAM COLLEGE NAMES AD: Todd Hibbs has been selected to lead Hiram College athletics, starting July 1. He will replace Ellen Dempsey. 

ULMER HIRES XIE: Ulmer & Berne LLP’s Cleveland office added Mengxue Xie to its product liability practice grou

BROWN NEW AKRON CHILDREN’S VP OF DEVELOPMENT: Shelly Brown was named Akron Children’s Hospital’s vice president of development. She joined the hospital in 2008 as a major gifts officer and most recently served as senior director of principal giving. She replaces John LaGuardia, who retired earlier this year.

VACANTI JOINS TUCKER ELLIS: Tucker Ellis LLP hired Tony Vacanti as business litigation counsel. He will counsel property owners, tenants, developers and investors through complicated land use, zoning, eminent domain, property tax and transactional matters.

SCHROER NAMED DIRECTOR OF ALLERGY, IMMUNOLOGY AT AKRON CHILDREN’S: Brian Schroer joined Akron Children’s Hospital as director of allergy and immunology. He will oversee the department’s staff and direct patient care in Akron and regional locations.

BOCKELMAN JOINS ROCKET: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse named Brooke Bockelman vice president of booking.

PAXTON JOINS ACLU: The ACLU of Ohio hired Mary A. Paxton as director of development. She will work out of its Cleveland office. 

GERMAIN TO JOIN CIM: Vocal coach and pianist François Germain will join the Cleveland Institute of Music’s voice department as a full-time conservatory faculty member beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.


HEINEN’S NAMED A TOP GROCER: Heinen’s Grocery Store, which operates 19 locations in Cleveland, is one of the top grocery stores in the country, ranking No. 3 nationally out of 96 grocery chains, according to rankings recently published by Consumer Reports. It received a reader score of 89 out of 100.

CHAMBERS RANKS ULMER & BERNE: Ulmer & Berne LLP was recognized by “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” as a top firm. Chambers also recognized six of the firm’s practices and 15 of the firm’s partners and counsel. They are: Evelyn K. Holmer, Peter A. Rome, Patricia A. Shlonsky, Clayton L. Kuhnell, Michael A. Marrero, Eric M. Robbins, Vance V. VanDrake, III, Stephanie Dutchess Trudeau, Frances Floriano Goins, Michael N. Ungar, Bill J. Gagliano, Lori Pittman Haas, Scott P. Kadish, Mary Forbes Lovett and Frederic X. “Fritz” Shadley.

METROPARKS WINS FIVE AWARDS: Cleveland Metroparks won five national awards for excellence in parks and recreation from the 2019 National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials Awards. 

FRANTZ WARD RECOGNIZED IN CHAMBERS: Frantz Ward LLP was recognized in the 2019 edition of “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” The firm was recognized in band 1 for its labor and employment practice, and the construction practice was also recognized. The following lawyers were recognized: T. Merritt Bumpass, Jr., Michael N. Chesney, Ian H. Frank, Michael J. Frantz, Brian J. Kelly, Nora E. Loftus, James B. Niehaus and Daniel A. Ward.

TUCKER ELLIS RANKED IN CHAMBERS: Chambers USA recognized Tucker Ellis LLP lawyers and five practice areas in its “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” The following lawyers were recognized: Corine Corpora, Sharla J. Frost, Christopher Hewitt, Sherry Knutson, John Lewis, Robert Loesch, Rita Maimbourg, John McCaffrey, Christy Prince, Keith Raker, Ronald Stansbury, Scott Stitt and Kevin Young. 


CHAUTAUQUA BOARD ELECTS NEW CHAIR: The Chautauqua Institution board of trustees elected Candace “Candy” Littell Maxwell as its next chair. Current chair James Pardo will conclude his term Oct. 1.

CIM ELECTS TRUSTEES: The Cleveland Institute of Music’s board of trustees elected Anthony J. O’Malley and Jonathan Paul Miller to serve three-year terms.

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