BOARD OFFICERS

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

John R. Elliot, '70
Chair
Owner
AMFM, LLC

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

Peter M. Holway, '82
Chair-elect and Chair, Committee on Investments
Principal
Hirtle, Callaghan & Company 

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

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

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


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Raj Aggarwal, '70, '75
Retired Visiting Research Scholar
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

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

James M. Bailey, ’03, ‘04
Senior Vice President, Managing Director
PNC Institutional Asset Management

Harvey J. Bazaar, '62
Caldwell, New Jersey

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

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

Edmund D. Cooke Jr., '65
Partner
Law Offices of Cooke Robotham LLC 

Robert J. DiDiano, '87
Regional Managing Director - New York Region
Wells Fargo Private Bank

Timothy D. Eippert, '92
Chair, Sub-Committee on Membership
President/CEO
MC Sign Company 

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

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

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

Candice A. Hughes, Ph.D., '70, '72
Associate Professor, Department of School Psychology
Adjunct Faculty, International Psychology Department
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology​​​​

Richard G. Krumel, '71
Retired Executive Recruiter

Steffany Matticola Larkins, '92
Chair, Committee on Audit
Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer
Medical Mutual 

Judie Fall Lasser, '00
Hudson, Ohio

Dale A. Leppo, '74
Chairman of the Board
Leppo Group

Mark Lucas, '83
Lean Manufacturing Manger
General Motors

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.

Stuart Neidus, '73
Gates Mills, Ohio

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

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

Richard D. Selip
President (retired)
Grand River Rubber & Plastics Co.

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

Barbara Smith, '84
Alumni Board Representative
Director of Key4Women
KeyBank

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

Buzz Starner, '67
Chair, Committee on Grants
President and Owner (retired)
Starner Sales & Marketing

Diana P. Strongosky, '88
Senior Vice President, Group Strategy and Supply Chain Execution
Sherwin-Williams Company

Michelle D. Thomas, Ph.D., '05
Chair, Committee on Governance
President
The James Franklin Group, LLC

Daniel A. Wolfe, '82
Vice President; General Manager, Aircraft Captain
Aviation Business Center, Nationwide Insurance


UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVES

Todd A. Diacon, Ph.D.
President

Christina Bloebaum
Dean, College of Aeronautics and Engineering

Mark M. Polatajko, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration

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

Melody Tankersley, Ph.D.
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost

 


EMERITI REPRESENTATIVES

Roger K. Derr, ’58, ’63
Executive 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 (retired)
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
Burton Carol Management, LLC