Foundation Board | Division of Institutional Advancement | Kent State University


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, Chair, Committee on Governance

Nora Conway Jacobs, '73
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.

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

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


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

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

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

Harvey J. Bazaar, '62
Caldwell, New Jersey

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

Edmund D. Cooke Jr., '65
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
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

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

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

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

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.

Michael D. Solomon, ’74
Board of Trustees Representative
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, Research and Development
Sherwin-Williams Company

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


Dr. Beverly J. Warren

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


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)

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

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

William B. Risman
Burton Carol Management, LLC