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The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.


  • Cynthia Andrews



    Cindy Andrews is President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County.  Over the past 30 years, Cindy has held a variety of senior management positions in the private and nonprofit sectors.  Prior to joining the Community Foundation in 2017, Cindy was the executive director at Oberlin Community Services, a social services organization serving southern Lorain County.  Before joining OCS, Cindy spent 26 years at IBM in key management positions, including senior location executive of the company’s Northeast Ohio geography responsible for over 400 IBMers and and the relationship with the business and philanthropic community.  Cindy also led the IBM Education Industry team for the Public Sector Americas.  She was the sales and business development expert in working with colleges, universities, and large urban school districts.  Cindy led the IBM Smarter City regional event bringing together industry thought leaders in health care, education, manufacturing and distribution. 

    Her daily work included leading projects that range from streamlining administrative processes (lowering the costs of operation) to helping teachers improve the education process and individual student performance through smart decision-making techniques.

    During her career with IBM, she has earned numerous awards for business development and client satisfaction.  She is also a member of IBM's Golden Circle and has earned multiple IBM 100% Club awards. Cindy has served on the board of trustees of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, Business Volunteers Unlimited, The Center for Families and Children and Oberlin Community Services.

     Currently, Cindy serves on the board of directors of Mercy Health Lorain and the Fund for Our Economic Future. 

    Cindy holds an MBA and a BS in marketing from the Pennsylvania State University.

    She is married to Geoffrey G. Andrews and has two children, Michael and Rachael.


  • Assata Cheers
    Community Engagement Fellow
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    Assata joined the Community Foundation in February of 2020 as our Community Engagement Fellow.  She was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, and received a BA in Communication Studies from Kent State University.  Assata has 3 years of experience in the nonprofit world. Working for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) as the Director of Community Outreach, as well as an Intern for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), prepared her for her role at the Community Foundation of Lorain County.  This work fueled her passion for Community Engagement.  Assata produces an Apple Podcast in her free time and loves to spend time with family.

  • Theresa Eged


    Theresa joined the foundation in 2002 and brings a wealth of skills in information management and computer systems. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Theresa was previously employed by Deaconess Hospital and resides with her husband, Michael, in Columbia Station.


  • Alison Hawkinson

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    Alison joined the Community Foundation in 2019.  She is responsible for managing the day-to-day finance and accounting operations and assisting the CFO with the overall financial management. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alison gained valuable experience working in public accounting for 15 years and for a non-profit organization for 9 years.  She holds a BS in Accountancy and Finance from Miami University and is a licensed CPA.  Alison lives in Avon Lake with her husband, four daughters, and two dogs.

  • Angela Lee
    Scholarship Coordinator
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    Angela Lee

    Angela-LeeAngela joined the Community Foundation in May 2004. Angela is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton College with an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences. She was previously employed as a Medical Receptionist at Tri-City Family Medicine Diagnostic Center. Angela is the mother of three children.


  • Brittany Lovett
    Marketing and Communications Officer
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    Brittany is a native of Lorain County and has worked in the nonprofit community for over 12 years.  She received a BA in Marketing from Xavier University with a focus on non-profits. Brittany developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a beneficiary of youth development programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA and many local youth programs throughout Ohio for nearly 15 years.  This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve quality of life for our region; one program at a time.  She enjoys attending local events as well as cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

  • Rachel Ocasio
    Office Relationship Manager
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    Rachel Ocasio

    OcasioRachel Ocasio is the Foundation's Office Relationship Manager. Rachel comes to us having spent seventeen years with Lorain National Bank. She served sixteen years in LNB's Trust Department as the Trust Operations Coordinator/Administrative Assistant. During that time, CFLC was one of Rachel's primary clients, and her service to the Foundation was exemplary. This past year, Rachel transitioned into a position as Account Payable Analyst within LNB's operations.

    Rachel is an LCCC graduate with a Business degree and is also a certified Fitness Instructor. She lives in Amherst with her husband and son.  We are excited to add Rachel's expertise and personality to the CFLC team!


  • Susan Poole, J.D.
    Development Officer
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    Susan joined the Foundation in 2019.  Prior to that, she spent eight years as Executive Director for Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services.  She is a former adjunct instructor at Lorain County Community College.  Susan holds a BA from Baldwin Wallace College and a JD from the University of Buffalo Law School.  She resides in Avon Lake with her husband and three children.

  • Jamie Simoneau
    Program Evaluation and Integration Officer
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    Jamie Simoneau joined the Community Foundation in September 2019 as Program Evaluation and Integration Officer.  She leads the Community Foundation’s efforts to document, track, and communicate outcomes and impact.  In addition, she works to develop community partnerships around shared priorities.

    Previously, Jamie served as COO for Great Lakes Science Center.  A member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2011, Jamie brings nearly 20 years of non-profit management, marketing, and public relations experience to her role.  She has also held roles with a retail real estate developer and communications agencies.   

    Jamie grew up in North Ridgeville and lives with her husband, John, and their three young sons in Avon.

  • Michele Skinn
    Advancement Officer, Huron County Community Foundation
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    Michele Skinn

    Michele SkinnMichele has an extensive development background including 15 years as Director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation in Norwalk, Ohio. 

    She also served in senior development positions with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Kent State University.

  • Jim Stobe
    Chief Financial Officer
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    Jim Stobe, a native of North Ridgeville, joined the Community Foundation as CFO in August of 2019.  As CFO, his role is to manage the finances and oversee the internal operations of the Foundation.  Jim is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Business, and he is a licensed CPA.  Prior to working for the Foundation, Jim served as CFO for Cohen & Company (public accounting firm) and Marshall Goldman Motor Sales (exotic car dealership).  Jim is the President of the Avon Lake Board of Education where he has served as a board member since 2012.  Jim and his two kids, CJ and Savannah, live in Avon Lake with their dog Avery.  Much of the family’s free time is spent with the kids on soccer fields across Ohio.

  • Linda Ong Styer
    Senior Program Officer
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    Linda Ong Styer


    Linda joined the Community Foundation in December 1996 after many years of senior executive positions with not-for-profit organizations in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Linda holds a Masters of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University. She has reviewed grants for Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, and the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Linda was born in Singapore and moved to Ohio in 1980.


  • Melissa Timko
    Data Management Fellow
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    Melissa Timko

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    Melissa Timko joined the Community Foundation in February of 2020 as our Data Management Fellow, working to lead the management and collection of information in order to more effectively communicate with our donors, agencies and sponsors through all types of media – including everything from e-newsletters to fund statements.

    Over the last 25 years, Melissa has worked for all types and sizes of companies; from a locally owned financial institution to an international real estate management company. For 8 years, she was the owner of 5 Corners Bed & Breakfast in Amherst and most recently served Community Congregational United Church of Christ as the Office Manager. 

    Melissa was raised in Lorain.  She and her husband, Paul, currently reside in Lorain and have two daughters.

We support innovative programs and act as a catalyst in identifying problems and sharing information with individuals, other foundations, and corporations.

We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.

We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

We value community, which we define as putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.

We exercise and promote leadership in meeting the changing needs and opportunities in the community.

We work to mobilize individuals to become active partners in building a better community.

Through our efforts, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and to instill a greater sense of unity in Lorain County.

We value integrity, which we define as always doing the right thing.

We value excellence, which we define as providing the best service to all.

We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.

We believe integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency