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.

Annelise Broome

Youth Fund President

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Annelise Broome

Youth Fund President

Charlita Anderson-White

Director

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Charlita Anderson-White

Director

Board Member Since: 2016

Magistrate for the Lorain County Juvenile Court

Chris Bellamy

Director

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Chris Bellamy

Director

Susan J. Bowers

Board Chairperson and Executive Committee Chair

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Susan J. Bowers

Board Chairperson and Executive Committee Chair

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.

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.

Albert Calo

Hispanic Fund President

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Albert Calo

Hispanic Fund President

Board Member Since: 2016

Sales Engineer at CenturyLink

Rey Carrion

Governance Committee Chair

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Rey Carrion

Governance Committee 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 Vice Chair and Audit Committee Chair

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Kevin Donovan

Board Vice Chair and Audit Committee 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

Board Member Since: 2020

Community Volunteer

Regan Phillips

African American Community Fund President

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Regan Phillips

African American Community Fund President

Board Member Since: 2018

Administrative Assistant for the City of Elyria Office of Safety Service

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

Board Member Since: 2019

Owner of Ross Builders

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.  

 

Randy Wagner

Board Secretary

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Randy Wagner

Board Secretary

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