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, Chair, Committee on Governance
President
AMFM, LLC

Nora Conway Jacobs, '73
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.

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

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
Alumni Board Representative
Vice President, Senior Institutional Client Advisor
PNC Asset Management Group

Harvey J. Bazaar, '62
Caldwell, New Jersey

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
Senior Vice President and 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

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
Associate Professor, Department of School Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology​​​​

Richard G. Krumel, '71
Retired Executive Recruiter

Steffany Matticola Larkins, '92
Chair, Committee on Audit
Chief Marketing Officer
Medical Mutual 

Judie Fall Lasser, '00
Hudson, Ohio

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

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.

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
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, Research and Development
Sherwin-Williams Company

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


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
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