Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors governs the Community Foundation, oversees our grantmaking, and ensures that the Community Foundation provides leadership and value as an anchor institution in Lorain County.

Directors serve four-year terms with a two-term limit except for the Presidents of the African American Community, Hispanic, Women’s, and Youth Funds who serve during their Presidency.

Charlita Anderson-White

Director

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Charlita Anderson-White

Director

Charlita Anderson-White serves Lorain County as the Magistrate for the Juvenile Court and has served the Lorain County justice system for over 20 years including five years as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ms. White received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications degree from Northern Michigan University, her Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Ms. Anderson joined the Board of the Community Foundation in 2016. She has served many other Lorain County organizations throughout her career including Lorain County Children Services, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Lorain County Free Clinic, Lorain County Urban League, Genesis House, Lorain County Bar Association and the National Council of Negro Women. 

Charlita resides in Oberlin with her husband, Dr. Clovis White.  Charlita is a mother to one grown son, Christopher.
 

Chris Bellamy

Director

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Chris Bellamy

Director

Chris Bellamy, CPA, CGMA is the President of Cohen & Company, one of the country’s largest accounting firms. Chris is responsible for strategic direction, growth and development related to the firm’s effort for closely held companies, private equity ventures, registered and alternative funds, multinational companies and real estate organizations. Mr. Bellamy received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Ohio University.

Mr. Bellamy joined the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation in 2012 and serves on the Investment, Grants and Audit Committees. Chris was also one of the founding members of the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club and currently serves on the Ohio University College of Business Executive Advisory Board.

Chris lives in Avon Lake, Ohio, with his wife and three children and is an avid golfer and Cleveland sports fan.

Annelise Broome

Youth Fund President

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Annelise Broome

Youth Fund President

Annelise serves as the 2020-21 President of the Youth Fund, an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, and represents Lorain County youth on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  She is a Junior at a Lorain County high school and is a member of the marching band, pep band, and concert band.  In addition to serving as the Secretary of the band, Annelise is also a member of the National Honor Society. 

After high school, Annelise plans to attend college and major in a science-related field. 

In her spare time, Annelise is a big fan of K-Pop music and The Ohio State Buckeyes and enjoys spending time with her cats. 

Keith Brown

Director

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Keith Brown

Director

Rev. Brian Burke

Director

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Rev. Brian Burke

Director

Board Member Since: 2019

Interim Minister at Valley City Emmanuel United Church of Christ.

Rey Carrion

Board Vice Chair

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Rey Carrion

Board Vice Chair

Rey Carrion serves as Director of Facility Services for Kendal at Oberlin, a vibrant, diverse, and caring retirement community that focuses on healthy aging. Mr. Carrion brings 20+ years of urban planning, construction management, and community development experience to his position at Kendal. He previously served as the director of Community Development for the City of Lorain.

Mr. Carrion’s experience allows him to deeply understand the Lorain County community and its needs. He showcases this experience as the 6th Ward Councilman for the City of Lorain, where he also serves as the Chairman of the Federal Programs Committee and is a member of the Finance and Parks & Recreation Committees. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and the Light Up Lorain Committee. Rey was instrumental in the development of the Pipe Yard Stadium in Lorain. Rey began serving on the Community Foundation Board in 2014 and is currently the Governance Committee Chair. He is also actively involved in his church, Sacred Heart Chapel, and the grassroots organization he recently created, Friends of South Lorain.

Rey was born in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Lorain with his wife, Orquidia. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.

 

Kevin Donovan

Board Chair

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Kevin Donovan

Board Chair

Kevin Donovan is a Shareholder at the Fauver Law Firm, which provides a wide-range of legal services to closely-held businesses and their owners in Lorain County and throughout Northeast Ohio. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston University School of Law, Mr. Donovan focuses his practice in the fields of Entity Selection, Business Acquisitions, Succession Planning, and Tax-Exempt Organization Law. He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, Ohio and Colorado and to appear before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Military Appeals and the United States Tax Court. He is a former Air Force Judge Advocate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Appointed to the Community Foundation Board of Directors in 2014, Mr. Donovan also volunteers with the Ohio State Bar Association, the Lorain County Bar Association and Kids in Flight, which uses aviation related activities and airplane rides to give children with serious illnesses or disabilities an opportunity to escape by soaring above their crises, complications and struggles.

Kevin and his wife Linda reside in Amherst and are parents to three daughters and grandparents to four grandchildren.

Sadie Goble

Director

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Sadie Goble

Director

Board Member Since: 2015

Auditor at the NASA Glenn Research Center

Maria Grega

Grants Initative Chair

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Maria Grega

Grants Initative Chair

Board Member Since: 2018

Adjunct Faculity at Lorain County Community College

Special Projects Coordinator at the Centers for Dialysis Care

Tina Kishman

Director

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Tina Kishman

Director

Board Member Since: 2019

Assistant County Prosecutor

Brenda Norton

Women’s Fund President

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Brenda Norton

Women’s Fund President

Brenda Norton has dedicated her life to community service and helping nonprofit organizations of all sizes and interest areas In addition to serving the Community Foundation, Ms. Norton currently serves as Trustee for the Norton Family Foundation, a Board Member of the FireFish Festival, and is Chairperson of the Rock-a-Bye Ball Committee to benefit Blessing House. Her past Board positions include the Stocker Foundation, Blessing House, and Avon Preschool Parents Club. Brenda also has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Baldwin Wallace University. 

Brenda joined the Community Foundation Board of Directors in 2020, when she was appointed as President of the Women’s Fund, an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation of Lorain County.  The Women’s Fund works to expand chances and choices for Lorain County women and children.  

Brenda resides in Avon with her husband, Ben, and they have three children. 

Regan Phillips

African American Community Fund President

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Regan Phillips

African American Community Fund President

Regan Phillips serves as the Executive Administrator for the City of Elyria Council Clerk’s Office.  Prior to her position with the City, Regan served several nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity and the YWCA, where she served as Program DirectorMs. Phillips attended Lorain County Community College. 

Regan joined the Community Foundation Board of Directors in 2018.  She currently serves as the President of the African American Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation of Lorain County.  Previously, Ms. Phillips served as the Lorain Section National Council of Negro Women President2nd Vice President for the NAACP, and has served on numerous Boards including Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services, Leadership Lorain County, Elyria Kiwanis, and the Urban League Guild.  

Regan resides in North Ridgeville and enjoys spending time with her husband, Steve, and her daughter, Angel. 

Judy Recknagel

Director

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Judy Recknagel

Director

Mrs. Judy Recknagel is the owner of The Mermaid’s Tale, a boutique located in downtown Amherst specializing in clothing, jewelry, and accessories for women. As a long-time entrepreneur, Judy brings a vast amount of business and community relations experience to the Board of the Foundation.

Mrs. Recknagel was appointed to the Community Foundation Board of Directors in 2019. Throughout her tenure, she has served on the Boards for other organizations including Main Street Amherst, the LCCC Business Advisory Board and the Design Review Board for the City of Amherst. Judy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Northern University.

A native of Lorain County and graduate of Admiral King High School, she and her husband, Bill, live in Lorain.  Their daughter, Stacey, works alongside her mom at the Mermaid’s Tale.

 

 

Nick Ross

Director

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Nick Ross

Director

Mr. Nick Ross is President of Ross Builders, a leading commercial builder located in North Ridgeville specializing in healthcare, religious, and restaurant construction. Mr. Ross has received his Healthcare Construction Certificate by American Society for Healthcare Engineering and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Mr. Ross earned his Bachelor of Science in Technology, Construction Management from Bowling Green State University.

Nick joined the Community Foundation Board of Directors in 2019. Additionally, Mr. Ross is involved in several professional organizations including the Society of Construction Professionals.

Nick, and his wife Laura, have two children.

Mike Shebak

Director

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Mike Shebak

Director

Mike Shebak is the Senior Managing Director and Head of Institutional Consulting for Clearstead Advisors, a private financial advisory firm dedicated to building strong families and communities through strategic investments. In this role, Mr. Shebak sets the direction and manages the firm’s institutional consulting practice and Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO) business. Prior to joining Clearstead, Mike led the investment advisory product management and investment operations functions for two large regional banks.   Mr. Shebak received his B.A. in Management from Wittenberg University and his M.B.A from the Ohio State University.  

 Mr. Shebak joined the Community Foundation Board in 2017. In addition to serving as the Foundation’s Investment Committee Chairperson, Mike also volunteers with several youth organizations including St. Jude’s CYO program and the Positive Coaching Alliance.  

 Mike resides in North Ridgeville with his wife Cara and three children.  

 

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Eileen Torres

Hispanic Fund President

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Eileen Torres

Hispanic Fund President

Randy Wagner

Board Secretary

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Randy Wagner

Board Secretary

Chief Duane Whitely

Director

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Chief Duane Whitely

Director

City of Elyria Police Department

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In addition to our current Board of Directors, the Community Foundation would like to acknowledge the knowledge, commitment, and support of our previous Board members towards making the Community Foundation of Lorain County the pillar of strength it is today.