Board Emeritus

The Community Foundation of Lorain County has thrived over the past 40 years thanks to the unwavering dedication of our Board members, both past and present . We acknowledge their vast knowledge, their strong commitment, and their unwavering support in making the Community Foundation of Lorain County the pillar of strength it is today.

Susan J. Bowers

Board Chair 2019-2020

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Susan J. Bowers

Board Chair 2019-2020

Susan Bowers is an expert in the fields of healthcare, quality, administration, leadership and business operations and brings extensive knowledge and experience to her role as Board President of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. Mrs. Bowers served as the President of Mercy Allen Hospital, Chief Nursing Officer and, most recently, as Chief Quality Officer Mercy Lorain System until her retirement.

Mrs. Bowers attended Lorain County Community College before receiving her B.S. in Nursing from Bowling Green State University and her M.B.A. from Tiffin University.

Bowers joined the Community Foundation Board in 2012.  She is a founding member of 100 Women Who Care About Lorain County, a member of the Leadership Lorain County Class of 2004 and is an active member of First Lutheran Church, Lorain. Additionally, Bowers has been involved with the United Way Impact Analysis and recently joined the board of directors for the Specialty Hospital of Lorain.

Sue resides in Sheffield Village with her fiancé George. They enjoy spending time with their three children, five grandchildren, and one rescue puppy.

James Vandemark

Board Chair 2013-2014

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James Vandemark

Board Chair 2013-2014

James Vandemark has been a valued member of the Lorain County community since he began his career in the jewelry business over 38 years ago. In 2002, he became a small business owner when he opened Vandemark Jewelers in Elyria, which features contemporary jewelry designs as well as a collection of estate jewelry and watches. He holds a certificate in Diamonds and Diamond Grading from the Gemological Institute of America.

Over the years, Jim has become a valued ambassador for the Community Foundation. In addition to serving on the Foundation’s Grants Committee, Jim serves on the Elyria City School Endowment Foundation, is President of the Elyria Public Library Endowment Foundation, and is a member of the Elyria Rotary and is an Ely Trust Trustee.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Harris

Board Chair 2015-2016

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Tim Harris

Board Chair 2015-2016

Tim is the President and CEO of the Insurance Board, a niche $50M insurance program that provides property-casualty insurance to more than 4,300 clients across 50 states through a network of independent insurance agents. Previous to the Insurance Board, he spent his first 12 years in the business with a Fortune 500 company, having responsibilities for the strategic oversight and direction of profit and loss for both medical malpractice and supporting property-casualty lines of business. He also spent 12 years as an insurance broker which included work with large commercial clientele, including several public entity insurance pools.

Tim is also very active in the community. In addition to the Community Foundation, Tim has served as President of the Board for a charitable health center delivering quality healthcare to the uninsured. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors for Save Our Children in Elyria. He is a member of the board of 5805 Euclid Inc, the organization responsible for acquiring land and constructing the UH Rainbow Center for Women and Children, and the board of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Tim also serves on the board of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission which attracts and leverages sporting events to advance economic development in Northeast Ohio.

Farnaz Ansari Berna

Board Chair 2017-2018

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Farnaz Ansari Berna

Board Chair 2017-2018

Ms. Farnaz Ansari Berna is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at United Church Insurance Association (dba Insurance Board).  She is responsible for the overall growth of revenue generated by the organization’s distribution force and the execution of marketing and communication strategies. Previous to her time at the Insurance Board, Ms. Ansari Berna served as a Relationship Strategist for PNC Bank and as a Private Banker for First Merit Bank. She has received a BSA from Kent State University and has earned her Property and Casualty Insurance Liscense.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Farnaz is active within our community by serving on the Ethics & Grievance Committee for the Lorain County Bar Association and serves on the Mercy Health Foundation Lorain Board of Directors.  Farnaz was also awarded the 2016 Difference Makers Award/Emerald Award Honoree for Inspirational Leadership from Leadership Lorain County.

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Board ChairYears ServedBoard ChairYears Served
Gayle A. Reeves, Esq.2011-2012
John Keyse-Walker, Esq.2009-2010Jane Norton2007-2008
Rita T. Canfield2003-2004James A. Park2005-2006
Susan E. Schaeffer2001-2002Jack T. Guadry1999-2000
Benjamin G. Norton1998Robert S. Cook1995-1997
Billy S. Rowland1993-1995John S. Corogin1990-1992
Scribner L. Fauver1986-1989William E. Foster1980-1985

In addition to our Chairpersons, over 100 passionate individuals have served the Community Foundation of Lorain County as a Director over the past 40 years, connecting people who care with causes that matter.

Larry Alderman, Esq.Elba Armstrong Donald Arnold, Ph.D.Joel Arredondo 
J. Lawry Babitt Michael Bass George Bent Ava Biery 
Robert Bowman Lisa Bramhall Grace Broome James Bucci 
Albert Calo Marianne Charles Robert Cook Judith Crocker, Ed.D.
Andrew CulbersonRaymond Cushing Leonard Deluca James Doughman 
Maria Escuro Joseph Ferut, Jr.  Angela Fielding Kevin Flanigan 
Sharon Furcron Lisa Gonzalez Michael Goodman Terry Goode
Marion GordonKent HagemanDr. Irma Hanson E. Jean Harper, Ed.D.
Dr. Roy HayesThomas Haywood Laurie Hoke Charles Horton 
Don Illig Frank JacintoClyde Jackson, Sr.Keith James 
Marilyn JenneDerek Johnson Larry Jones Robert Jones 
Claudia Jones Justine KeenanMargaret Khliff Gerda Klein
Pat Lindley Katarina Levit Judy Lozano Sanchez Sara Malone 
Dr. James McGlamery Heidi McGlamery Cynthia McGuire Russell McLaughlin, Esq.
Katie McNultyJoseph Miclat Ruth Miller Edward Moore, Jr. 
Fannie Moore-Hopkins Pierce Morgan Gustalo Nunez Morgan Parsons 
Michael Peachock Thomas Pillari Kristen Putnam-Walkerly Margarita Quinones 
Rigoberto Reveron Chief Celestino Rivera Robert Singleton Libby Skolnik 
Sam Speck, III DMVFreddie Springfield Donald Stevenson Kenneth Stumphauzer 
Louis Suarez Sandhya Subramanian, Esq.Elizabeth Thomas Dr. Robert Thomas 
Rebecca Temerario Dr. John Vanek Andrew WarholaRickie Weiss
Karen A. Wells, Ed.D. Eric Woidke Helen Woodward Dr. J. Milton Yinger
Molly YoungLily Yuzon