National Board of Directors

Kent State University Alumni Association National Board of Directors The Kent State Alumni Association's National Board of Directors is a 21-member volunteer board, which meets quarterly. To contact members of the board, call the alumni association office at 330-672-KENT (5368), or toll-free at 888-320-KENT. Members of the board can also be contacted by e-mail at

If you are interested in serving on the board, submit a nomination form.


Meg May, '96, M.A.E. '06
Manager of Agent Evaluation and Education, Progressive Commercial Lines
Newbury, Ohio

Past President

James Bailey, '03, M.S. '04
Sr. Vice President, Managing Director, PNC Institutional Asset Management
Hudson, Ohio

President Elect

Barbara J. Smith, '84
Director of Key4Women, KeyBank
Solon, Ohio


Lisa Aurilio, '87, MSN '99, MBA '11
COO, Akron Children’s Hospital
Hudson, Ohio


Lisa Beaufait, M.B.A. '97
President and CEO, TRAC Solutions, LLC
Canton, Ohio

Faculty Representative

Catherine Amoroso Leslie, Ph.D.
Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator, The Fashion School
Akron, Ohio

Foundation Representative

John R. Elliot, '70
Owner, AMFM, LLC
Charleston, West Virginia

Brook Bright, '87
Director, Institutional Equities Trading, KeyBanc Capital Markets
Westlake, Ohio

Monique M. Burkett, '02
Head Designer, G-III, Calvin Klein Suits and Suit Separates
Jersey City, New Jersey

Brad Gable, '04, M.S. '05
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Mid Ohio Emergency Services
Columbus, Ohio

Russell Galeti, Jr., '05
Strategic Planner, Department of State
Washington, DC

Andrea Gauding, '87
Vice President and CFO, Insurance Board
Independence, Ohio

Yasmin Isler, '04, '11
Lab Supervisor, ProMedica BioRepository
Sylvania, Ohio

Arica Kress, '03
Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Columbus Crew Soccer Team
Columbus, Ohio

Geoff Kroeger, '05
Vice President, Finance & Administration, Stride Tool, LLC
Hudson, Ohio

Pat Papesh, '70
Consultant/Business Coach, GFY, Inc.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Robert Pruitt, '85
Vice President/Principal, ASD, Inc.
Arlington, Virginia

Eric Smer, '07
Regional Systems Analyst, Phoenix Solutions, LLC
Canton, Ohio

Gary Trinetti, '76
President, Garick LLC
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Bernadine Van Kessel-Matava, '93
Director, Foreign Investment, FirstEnergy Corporation
Aerdenhout, Netherlands

Gary Zwick, '76
Partner/Practice Head, Walter & Haverfield LLP
Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Jason Zygadlo, '02
Drug Representative, BioTronik
Brunswick, Ohio