Foundation Board | Kent State University

BOARD OFFICERS

Stephen G. Sokany, MBA, '96
Executive Director
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Kent State University

Gary L. Brahler, '89
Immediate Past Chair
First Vice President - Investments
Polcar Brahler Heil Belden Wealth
Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisor

John R. Elliot, '70
Chair-Elect and Chair, The Committee on Governance
President
AMFM, LLC

Nora Conway Jacobs, '73
Chair
Senior Vice President, Crisis Communications
Hennes Communications

Michelle D. Thomas, Ph.D., '05
Secretary
Presidnt
The James Franklin Group, LLC

Jessica H. Vargo, CPA, '89
Assistant Treasurer
Chief Financial Officer
Kent State University Foundation

Robert W. Woolf, '65
Treasurer and Chair, Committee on Finance
Chairman and President (retired)
Chemi-Trol Chemical Company


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lawrence R. Armstrong, '79, '80
CEO
Ware Malcomb

Harvey J. Bazaar, '62
Caldwell, New Jersey

James M. Bailey, ’03, ‘04
Alumni Board Representative
Vice President, Product Director
Derivatives, Innovation, and Analytics
PNC Asset Management Group

Heather Cerbone, '90
Senior VP Product Design and Development
Ralph Lauren Corporation

Edmund D. Cooke Jr., '65
Chair, Committee on Grants
Partner
Law Offices of Cooke Robotham LLC 

R. Douglas Cowan, '64
Chairman of the Board (retired)
The Davey Tree Expert Company

Robert J. DiDiano, '87
Senior Vice President and Senior Director of Banking
Wachovia Wealth Management, Northeast Region

Barbara A. Donaho
Stow, Ohio

Timothy D. Eippert, '92
President
MC Sign Company 

John R. Elliot, '70
Chair, Committee on Audit
President
AMFM, LLC

Barry E. Fetterman, '74, '76
Principal (retired)
Sirach Capital Management Inc.

Richard J. Frenchie, MBA, LFACHE
President, The Frenchie Group
Affiliated Partner Leadership Excellence Health Care Advisory Network

Catherine E. Hackney, '74
Associate Dean, Administrative Affairs & Graduate Education (retired)
KSU College of Education, Health and Human Services

Cathy D. Hemming, '70
Founder
Cathy D. Hemming Literary Agency LLC 

Peter M. Holway, '82
Chair, Committee on Investments
Investment Director
Hirtle, Callaghan & Company 

Candice A. Hughes, Ph.D., '70, '72
President
Bridging Cultures Inc.

Steffany Matticola Larkins, '92
Chief Marketing Officer
Medical Mutual 

Judie Fall Lasser, '00
Hudson, Ohio

Gregory A. Long, '71
Chair, Committee on Audit
President and Managing Partner
Long, Cook & Samsa, Inc.

Margaret E. May, '96, '06
Alumni Board Representative
Pricing Analyst
The Progressive Corporation

Stephen M. Milkovich, '93
Co-owner and VP of Operations
Construction Mechanics Inc.

Linda Marie Noelle, Ph.D., '90, '00
Chair, Subcommittee on Membership
School Psychologist Administrator
Department of Justice

Robert G. Risman
Chair, Subcommittee for the KSU Hotel & Conference Center
President and CEO
Burton Carol Management LLC

Joseph F. Rich
Senior Director, North America Sales & Marketing
Danfoss Power Electronics

Robert E. Ross, ’70
Chair, Committee on Institutional Advancement
Director, Private Asset Management (retired)
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Richard D. Selip
President
Grand River Rubber & Plastics Co.

David J. Sibits, ’72
Senior Vice President, Strategic Development
CBIZ, Inc.

Michael D. Solomon, ’74
Board of Trustees Representative
Owner/CEO
XYZ Color Science, Inc.

Buzz Starner, '67
President and Owner (retired)
Starner Sales & Marketing

Diana P. Strongosky, '88
Senior Vice President, Research and Development
Sherwin-Williams Company

Daniel A. Wolfe, '82
AVP and Aviation General Manager
Nationwide Aviation Business Center


UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVES

Dr. Beverly J. Warren
President

Dr. Todd A. Diacon
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Dr. Mark M. Polatajko
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

Lori A. Randorf, '99
Assistant Vice President
Alumni Relations

Dr. Amy Reynolds
Dean, College of Communicaiton and Information


EMERITI REPRESENTATIVES

Roger K. Derr, ’58, ’63
Vice President and COO (retired)
Ametek Inc.

Cecile M. Draime, ’58
Owner (retired)
CD Interiors Unlimited

Linda Allard Gallen, ’62, '91
Design Director (retired)
Ellen Tracy

Roe Green, '80
Theatrical Stage Director
Self-Employed

Mel Mellis, '68
President (retired)
Real Estate Group, Bartlett & Co.

Ronald A. Pizzuti, '62
Chairman and CEO
The Pizzuti Companies

William B. Risman
Chairman
Realtek Industries Inc.