Kent State Geauga and the Twinsburg Academic Center Advisory Boards

The Kent State University Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Academic Center’s Advisory Boards consist of 22 community members. These community members support Kent State’s mission of transforming lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment. In August of 2018, the Advisory Board was split because of the two-location campus operation, which now gives the two separate boards a clear direction of which communities to support and connect to Kent State. The Twinsburg Academic Center Advisory Board promotes and connects our campus to Twinsburg and the surrounding communities. The Kent State Geauga Campus Advisory Board does the same, but for Geauga County.

We are thrilled to have such engaged and supportive community members on our Advisory Boards. Member information is listed below:

Geauga Campus Advisory Board Members:

  • Rich Frenchie, Chairman, President, The Frenchie Group
  • Brian Bontempo, Ph.D., Superintendent, Auburn Career Center & Ohio Technical College
  • Jim Dasher, Retired, Athletic Director Hawken Schools
  • Jim Dvorak, Geauga County Commissioner; Realtor, Century 21 Home Star
  • Dean Fuller, Purchasing Advisor, NOF Metal Coatings
  • Matt Galemmo, Retired*
  • Nick Giardina, President, Advanced Accounting
  • Jay Giles, Kent State Geauga Adjunct Faculty, Economics; Retired, Middlefield Banking Company
  • Tracy Jemison, Past President, Geauga Growth Partnership
  • Richard Markwardt, Superintendent, West Geauga Schools
  • Jim McCaskey, President, McCaskey Landscape & Design
  • Mary Samide, Retired*
  • John Stoddard, Superintendent, Berkshire Local Schools
  • Sean Thompson, President, T Manfrass & Assoc. Architects
  • Ryan Wooley, Chief Technology Officer, Hawken Schools

Twinsburg Academic Center Advisory Board Members:

  • Walt Hoffmann, Chairman, Current Councilman for Reminderville, Retired, Assistant Superintendent
  • Joe Clark, Ph.D.,  Superintendent, Nordonia Hills Schools
  • Jamey DeFabio, Real Estate Agent at Keller Williams; Twinsburg Township Trustee; Chief Bailiff of Bedford Municipal Court
  • Mark J. Dvorak, Private Attorney, Abdallah & Dvorak, LLC
  • Abby Fechter, Director of Banquet Operations, Gleneagles Golf Club & Events*
  • Keri Knowles, Youth Minister at Saints Cosmas and Damian Parish
  • Laura Leonard, Director, Twinsburg Public Library*
  • Valerie Lumby, Community Member*
  • Charles Mbanefo, Owner, C. Mbanefo MD Group
  • Kathi Powers, Superintendent, Twinsburg City Schools
  • Giovanni Schieda, Solution Consultant at MRI Software
  • Sheila Williams, Retired, Educator*
  • Ted Yates, Mayor, City of Twinsburg*

    *Kent State University Alumni