Meet the Signature Class of 2019
First Row Left to Right: Mary Raitano, Jill Teubl, Cindy Phillips, Jessica Hazeltine, Pamela Crombie, Amber McClain, Jenn Moore, Joe Kott, Kris Conwill, Nancy Peacock, and Sherry McGraw.
Middle Row Left to Right: Lisa Loveless, Kara Wolff, Robin Dillon, Lissette Rivera, Andrea Reedy, Debbie Oda, Kimberly Oliver, Mike Smiechowski, Kelly Prostor, Ruth Crane, Tara Haley, Maureen Dowell, and Jamie Marks.
Back Row Left to Right: Edward Kinney, Matt McKelvy, Rick Shewbridge, Annette Wissel, Carey Bates, Joe Zingaro, Lisa Keltz, Derek Pratt, Troy McClowry, Richie Muniak, Kent Morgan, Jeremy Webb, Drew Hall, and Dustin Fowkes.
What was your aha moment?
Dr. Taylor discussed how our conversations should help move us forward. This is a quote that will always remain with me! I will use this this mantra both personally and professionally!
My aha moment was remembering over 30 names in one day is possible, along with how my Temperament plays a role in how I work in group settings.
My aha moment came in our last session together when people were remarking on how this group had become an important part of their professional lives and they could rely on every person for that support. I thought to myself "This is so true!"
My aha moment was that we talked more about us as people than about what we did for work. It wasn't about finding out what people did for a living, it was more about learning about the person.
I realized when we were doing the name game that we're all just people trying to do our best in our lives, both personally and professionally, and want to have a little fun while doing it.
What clicked for me was hearing about the challenges facing the community and the projects that were aligned to those needs. It really connected the role we play to a larger community effort.
It was so fascinating to see the room split off into their different "animal" groups (temperaments). I learned a lot about my classmates. It was very eye opening!
I have been a Medina County resident for the past 14 years and an employee for the
Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) for the past 18 years.
Throughout my tenure here I have advanced into three different positions resulting in my
current position as Director of Business. In 2015, I went back to school to work on
obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio University, while continuing to work fulltime.
After completing an internship at the MCBDD in August 2017, I graduated cum
laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Management, Business Administration.
Professionally, I have chaired various committees related to finance and funding issues,
as well as technology. As the chair of the MCBDD Waiver Analysis Committee, we
review waiver requests, local funding resources and uses, funding implications, and the
financial impacts to the agency and future planning. I have also chaired two
database/software migration committees and was responsible for setup of database
infrastructure, oversight of staff training, reporting, and interactions with software
developers. As a leader on the Quality Systems Review Committee, I was part of a team
that compared all state rules and regulations and how they impact the agency planning
process for services provided to people with developmental disabilities. We made
recommendations for changes in processes to ensure compliance and develop tools for
follow-up and improvement. Finally, as a part of the Technology Committee, I help
review and recommend the agency’s needs for computer training, hardware, software,
and troubleshooting needs. My involvement and understanding of technology has led the
MCBDD in having me oversee our agency’s technology department.
I currently live in Medina Township and have been married to the love of my life for the
past 25 years. We have two boys, 26 and 22 years old, and we look forward to seeing all
of the contributions they will make in society as they have successfully transitioned to the
next chapter of their lives.
Kristopher Conwill has spent a large portion of his life in Medina County. A 1995
graduate of First Baptist Christian School (currently Median Christian Academy), Kris
worked at several local businesses before leaving Medina to pursue a full-time police
officer position with the City of Wooster. After working 12 years as a police officer and
patrol sergeant, Kris returned to Medina and began employment with Independence, Ohio
based Redwood Living, Inc. Kris has a Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree from Tiffin
University, and he is currently obtaining his M.B.A from Tiffin as well. During his
professional career, he has been recognized for his leadership, which can be seen in his
promotions in both his past and present employment. As a strong believer in servant
leadership, Kris was awarded the Wooster Police Department Officer of the Year and the
State of Ohio Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer of the Year. Today, Kris works as
the Co-President for Redwood, focusing his skills on the company’s operations, human
resources, marketing and information technology departments. He lives with his wife,
Dawn, and two Daughters, Ashley and Hailey, in Montville Township.
I have a BA History degree from Lafayette College in Easton, PA and an M.Ed. from Kent State
University in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel. After graduate school, I
worked at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH in the dual position of Coordinator of Student
Activities/Residence Hall Director. I volunteered on the regional branch of the National
Association of Campus Activities (NACA) and helped organize and plan their annual
conference. I was the 4-Year Private College Chair for the Ohio College Personnel Association
(OCPA) where I was awarded the Young Professionals Award. I also chaired their annual statewide
I am the mother of three great sons, ages 19, 16 and 11 and have volunteered as the President,
Vice President, Past President and Event Co-Chair for their elementary school’s PTO. I was also
chosen to serve on our church’s first ever Parish Pastoral Council, which advises our pastor on
matters ranging from a census of our membership to organizing a parish-wide service day. I
volunteered as Community Service Co-Chair for the Medina Early Childhood PTA and was an
active member for 5 years.
I am married to Travis and we own TGC Engineering, which is based in Sharon Center. I
currently assist at the office with accounting and special events. I created the nonprofit Ears To
You, which lifts the spirits of cancer patients by providing a moment of joy and hope. Ears To
You was created in 2008 and to date, we have donated over 20,000 pairs of earrings plus
thousands of hats and headscarves to cancer patients of all ages, with any type of cancer. We
partner with 22 hospitals to distribute our donations, with most of them located in NE Ohio.
Pamela holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education, from Kent State University
and has worked for Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates (JOG) since 2008. Pamela has
functioned as an in-school and out of school Career Specialist, GED Instructor,
Workforce Development Coordinator within the JOG organization and now
serves as the CCMEP/Program Manager.
Pamela currently is a committee member for the Adult Education Advisory
Council and the Career Based Intervention Committee, through Medina County
Career Center. She also volunteers her time for Jobs for America’s Graduates
(JAG) presenting workshops, conduct webinars to professionals on out of school
service strategies, student engagement, retention, competency delivery and follow
up techniques. Pamela is also involved with Summit County’s Mothers of
Multiple Club where she helps organize fundraisers that raise funds for Akron
Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes, Capes for Courage, sponsored families at
the holidays and others.
Pamela is the recipient of JAG National- Excellence in Drop Out Recovery and
Out of School Programming, awarded in July 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, JAG
National- Outstanding Career Specialist, July 2013, Goodwill Employee of
Distinction Honoree, September 2013, JAG National- Five of Five, July 2012,
2013, and 2014. While Pamela works in Medina County, she resides in Cuyahoga Falls with her
husband and twin boys.
Rev. Robin Dillon has been the pastor of LeRoy United Methodist Church, Westfield
Center, since July 2016. In her ten years of ministry, she has also served churches in
Wooster and Upper Sandusky, Ohio. A former elementary school teacher in the School
District of Philadelphia, she holds an undergraduate degree in education from East
Stroudsburg University and her Master of Divinity from The Methodist Theological
School in Ohio, Delaware, Ohio. In addition to teaching, prior to ministry, she worked as
a corporate training manager for a medical technology start-up company. Robin is the
Dean of the East Ohio United Methodist Clergy Licensing School and serves on several
conference committees and credentialing boards. In 2014 and 2016, Robin was awarded
District Pastor of the Year by the laity of the Canal District of the East Ohio Conference
of The United Methodist Church.
Maureen Dowell is the Program Manager for the Medina Community Recreation Center.
She has been assisting in the program development and implementation of wellness,
enrichment, sports and special events for all ages for over 13 years. She also assists in the
coordination of the Healthy Medina Community initiative, in partnership with Cleveland
Clinic Medina Hospital, as well as providing wellness programs for the employees of the
city, and Medina School district. These programs encourage a holistic approach to a
person’s wellness journey along with preventive screenings and education to provide the
best tools for success in all aspects of their lives.
Maureen has her Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, with a
concentration in Recreation Administration from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
She recently received the Medina Hospital Community Service Award for her work with
the Healthy Medina Program and is an active member of the Living Well Medina County
Committee Team. In her spare time Maureen is also PTO President at her children’s
elementary school and assists coaching for various youth sports teams for her children as
A transplant from the Ohio Valley, Dustin has resided in Medina County since 2011 after
spending several years post college in the Kent area. A graduate of Kent State University, where
he was a member of the honors college, Dustin graduated with a Bachelors of Business
Administration in finance with management and entrepreneurship minors.
Professionally, Dustin spent the first eight years of his career in the energy industry serving in
both analytical and consultative roles for two separate companies during that time. In late 2017
he decided to make a change and now serves as a benefits analyst for a human capital
management firm (corporate benefits, human resources, and organizational development).
Dustin’s leadership and volunteer activities began during his time at Kent State where he served
in several officer roles for the International Business Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi and have
included organizations such as Toastmaster’s International over the years. Dustin is a 2015
graduate of Leadership Medina County’s Emerging Leaders Program and is currently an active
member of the LMC Board of Trustees, co-chair of the Emerging Leaders Alumni Association
and LMC Golf Outing committee, member of the United Way of Medina County NextGen
steering committee, and an active volunteer for the Trinity Rose Foundation.
Dustin resides in Medina with his wife and three children.
Tara Haley is the Associate Publisher and Business Development Director of The Medina
County Women’s Journal since 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications
from Bowling Green State University. With twenty-one years of experience in marketing
and sales in the pharmaceutical industry, radio and print; she has a proven track record to
help small to mid-size businesses grow. Tara serves on the board for First Impression,
INC., as the Public Relations Chair for Fem City Akron and the planning committee for
the Greater Medina County Chamber of Commerce EmpowHER Women’s Business
Conference. Tara is most honored to be the co-director of The Women of Our
Community and Athena Leadership Program recognizing women that are improving the
lives of others in Medina County. Tara is a proud member of Wayne Women’s Network
and the chairperson of the scholarship committee, Greater Medina Chamber, Wadsworth
Chamber of Commerce and Northern Medina Chamber Alliance. She was just accepted
as a member of the Wayne County Referral Network. She was awarded the YWCA
Woman of Professional Excellence for her work. Tara and her husband Brad have two
children and live in West Salem. Tara enjoys cheering for her children’s sports teams and
volunteering at their school. She always looks forward to enjoying outdoor summer
activities with family and friends.
Drew Hall has been a resident of Medina County since 2014. He is a 2009 and 2011 graduate of
Bowling Green State University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and
Graduate Student Senate. He is an honors graduate of the Education and Human Development
Drew has spent his professional career working in fundraising and development, primarily with
United Way’s across Ohio. He spent the early part of his career working with United Way of
Greater Toledo, before accepting a position with the College of Business Administration at Kent
State University. He has served as Director, Resource Development for United Way of Medina
County since February of 2016.
Drew’s leadership and volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Trustees for Project:
LEARN where he serves on multiple committees. He is also a member of the Programming
Committee for the Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance. Since 2017, Drew has been a
member of the Next Generation Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals,
where he works with other development professionals around the country to attract young
professionals to the industry. Lastly, Drew has served as an Alumni Advisor for the Delta Sigma
chapter of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at his alma mater since 2011.
Jessica is a person in recovery who is committed to improving the lives of others in recovery. She is a member of Main Street Medina, 100 + Women Who Care, the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, the Medina County Career Center Adult Education Medical Assisting Advisory Council, the National Association of Social Workers, the Family First Trauma Informed Care Committee and an active participant and supporter of the R.A.K.E. (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) movement and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. In addition to managing the recovery center, she is the artist and owner of a small business, J.Scribbs Custom Hand Lettering and Calligraphy, LLC.
My name is Lisa Keltz. Although not a native of Medina I have called Medina my home
for 25 years now. I was born and raised in California where I met my husband of 30+
years. We have three daughters and am the proud grandparent of 3 grandsons and 2
granddaughters. While in California I attended Glendale College prior to making the big
decision of relocating our family. I was fortunate upon my arrival to land a job at a
wonderful community minded organization Old Phoenix Bank/FirstMerit. I had a very
fulfilling career of over 20 years. During my career and through hard work I was
promoted several times ending my career there as a Commercial Banking Assistant. My
biggest take away from Old Phoenix/FirstMerit was the importance of giving back to
your community and how important it is to be engaged. During my tenure with Old
Phoenix/FirstMerit I was actively involved in numerous organizations including Medina
Jaycees, Heritage PTA, Cheer advisor for the Medina Colts (not an easy task), Junior
Achievement, and the very fun task of rocket builder for Drew Phillips 5th grade classes
each spring. I developed a passion for committee involvement, chairing several
committees for Medina Chamber. For this work I was awarded the Committee service
award by FirstMerit; an award only bestowed to three people each year throughout the
In 2015 an opportunity presented itself to make a move to Westfield Bank. My new role
and promotion is that of a Commercial Portfolio Manager. I love my job but just as
important is the encouragement and support Westfield gives me to further participate
in various service organizations. Today I remain very active in the community serving as a
Board member for NMCCA, MCEDC committee member, Medina Chamber committee
member, for 9 years I volunteer at the Bridgestone World Golf Championship, as a
walking scorer and Red Cross committee member for their largest fundraiser; Power of
the Purse. I feel the Leadership Medina Program would be a wonderful addition to the
many organizations I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
I was hired by the Medina Police Department in 1997. Since that time I have held
various assignments within the department including the community oriented policing
division, SWAT, motorcycle patrol, bicycle patrol, detective bureau and the Medina
County Drug Task Force. In 2004 I was the first officer assigned full time to conduct
drug investigations within the City of Medina. This assignment consisted of covert
investigations involving drug trafficking in and around the City of Medina. In 2009 I was
assigned to the Medina County Drug Task Force. I served as the Team Leader, second in
command, while assigned to the Drug Task Force. In May of 2011 I was promoted to
sergeant and assigned to the Patrol Division. I supervised the afternoon shift until my
promotion to Chief of Police in October of 2017.
I have attended well over 1000 hours of training. I have several certifications in the field
of computer forensics and computer network investigations. In 2014 I attended the
second session of the Public Safety Leadership Academy (PSLA). PSLA is an elevenweek
cohort-based leadership course offered by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs
in partnership with the Ohio Department of Public Safety. Students are law enforcement
leaders from across the state. The specialized curriculum includes content in the areas of
leadership and ethics; interpersonal and organizational communication; public
management and budgeting; organizational theory; human resources management; and
organizational behavior in law enforcement. Students also attend enrichment events and
executive level development seminars led by distinguished speakers from both the
government and private sector.
My mother was born in Lodi Hospital in 1949 to Virginia and Stuart Bartter. After graduating from Cloverleaf and
college she moved to Virginia where she met my father. I was born in Hopewell Virginia in 1977. Shortly after I was
born I and my family moved back to Medina County to be close to my mother’s family.
I attended Cloverleaf schools for grades k-12. After graduating from Cloverleaf in 1995 I spent a year at the
University of Cincinnati studying mechanical engineering. After my first year at Cincinnati I transferred to Case
Western Reserve University where I earned my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
While at Cloverleaf I met my wife Ericka. We and our three kids (and one very bad dog) live in Westfield Center. My
wife teaches in the Medina school system and my kids all attend Cloverleaf.
After college I joined the business my father founded in 1987 (Knott Brake Company) where I worked as a design
engineer. During my time at Knott I gained my Ohio professional engineer (PE) license, worked as Chief Engineer,
and recently took ownership and replaced my father as president and CEO of the company.
As Director of Rehab for Ideal Home Health Care, I am responsible for a staff of 37
multidisciplinary clinicians for the provision of services to the elderly/aging population.
I graduated from The Ohio State University in 1996 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy.
I worked the early stages of my career learning my trade in the settings of inpatient Acute
Rehab at Aultman and Fairview hospitals. In 2003, I discovered my passion for
occupational therapy in the setting of home health care. I developed my ability to provide
services to clients in their home. The setting of home health is also where and when I
developed my love of Medina County. My primary goal since 2003 has been keeping
clients functioning independently to allow them to remain living in their homes. In 2010,
I began working with Cleveland Clinic Home Care where I began my formal leadership
roles of Senior Therapist, Clinical Coordinator, and eventually Interim Rehab Manager. I
was awarded Outstanding Professional of the Year in 2014. In 2016 I began working
with Ideal Home Health Care where I continue my passion for the delivery of
occupational therapy to clients in their homes. I enjoy teaching young therapists the skill
of home care, leading and developing a team of clinical professionals, and being actively
involved in our agencies executive leadership team. I have been married for 21 years and
have a beautiful daughter who keeps me grounded and focused on the true importance of
Jamie Marks has over two decades of human resources experience. Her current role is
Human Resources Manager at Fire-Dex, a leading manufacturer of head-to-toe protection
for first responders, located in Medina County. She is instrumental in recruiting and
driving continuous improvement efforts throughout Fire-Dex, with a focus on HR
Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources from Ohio University. She is
certified as a PHR and SHRM-CP. Jamie is actively involved in several Medina County
and Northeast Ohio organizations, including her participation in the Society of Human
Resources Management Medina County and Cleveland chapters, Medina City School,
Business Advisory Board; HG Blake Elementary School PTO, 100 Women of Medina
County, OSU Extension Medina County, Community Development Advisory Board; and
Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland.
Jamie resides in Montville Township with her husband Dave and two children. They
share her love for exploring everything Medina County has to offer.
Amber McClain is a graduate from The University of Akron with her Bachelor’s Degree
in Social Work. She has served as a Protective Service Worker for Medina County Jobs
& Family Services since May 2016. Amber strives to make a difference in the lives of the
people she serves throughout Medina County. Amber was honored as the recipient of the
Medina County Women of Our Community ATHENA Young Professional Award in
2015. Amber recently accepted a 3-year term on the Board of Directors for Community
Action Wayne/Medina. Amber’s leadership roles have included, but are not limited to:
one of the founding members of The Medina County Coalition Against Human
Trafficking, an Ally for Buckeye Blanket Buddies from Buckeye High School & United
Way’s Youth Venture Program and the representative for JFS at the SHARE Cluster
meetings. Amber has also served on countless community partnerships: Domestic &
Sexual Assault Coalition, Imagine Peace, Youth Advisory Consortium, Family
Assistance Collaborative Team, SHARE Cluster, Children’s Center Multidisciplinary
Team, United Way Youth programs, Medina Coalition Against Human Trafficking &
Sister to Sister. Amber’s volunteer experience has included EVE – a program in WV for
children and families with Domestic Violence and Habitat for Humanity – Amber built
her own home through Habitat for Humanity.
Troy McClowry has been the owner of LLA Therapy since 2000. LLA Therapy is a private
practice that specializes in pediatric therapy. LLA Therapy has three outpatient locations and
works with schools and facilities throughout Ohio. Troy has been a practicing Speech Language
Pathologist for over 25 years. Troy received his undergraduate degree in Communications from
John Carroll University and his Masters degree from Kent State University. Troy has served on
numerous volunteer boards in a variety of capacities: Came Sue Osborn, Autism Society Greater
Akron, Zane’s Inc., Medina Youth Baseball and is currently the President of the Medina Athletic
My husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary August 2017. We live in West Salem with our fur babies, two cats, and one dog, all of whom are strays who "found" us and enjoy the good life now.
I am a Cloverleaf High School graduate. I am a graduate of The Nursing Home Training Center with a Certificate in Dietary Management as well as a Certificate in Food Safety and Sanitation from ServSafe and State of Ohio. I also hold a Certificate in Holistic Pet Care and am a Canine Nutritionist.
I began my career at Lodi Hospital as a cook and worked my way up to Manager of Nutrition Services as well as Manager of Environmental Services. I have a wonderful job and Lodi Hospital is a great place to work.
I have volunteered for Lodi Hospital Lades Auxiliary group, Lodi United Methodist Church Community meal program for Lodi Hospital and Lodi Meals on Wheels program.
Matt McKelvy is the Premium Audit Leader for Westfield Insurance. As a 20 year
employee of Westfield, Matt has held diverse technical and leadership roles across the
organization focused on delivering value to businesses and home owners. Most of his
career has involved helping customers manage risk within their organizations through
loss prevention and mitigation strategies aimed at improving worker safety, property
loss mitigation and safety behind the wheel.
Matt is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in
As a member of the Medina Presbyterian Church serving on their Board of Deacons,
Matt is engaged in various initiatives to support local families and organizations. He has
also volunteered time to support other community based organizations such as
Rebuilding Together, Rise Against Hunger and the Medina Personal Care Pantry.
Matt was born and raised in Brunswick, Ohio and presently resides in Montville
Township with his wife Jennifer and 3 children, Madelyn, Ian and Jack.
I am a graduate of Elmira College in Elmira, New York with a Bachelors of Art in English
Literature and Political Science. I graduated from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2006
with a concentration in Labor and Employment Law. I have spent my career in public service, a
fact I am very proud of. I spent three years at the City of Parma Law Department researching
and writing legal opinions for different city departments. Upon leaving Parma’s Law
Department, I began work at Medina County Job and Family Services as the staff attorney
representing the agency in child abuse/neglect matters as well as Adult Protective Services
matters in Probate and Juvenile Court. In 2017, I joined the court staff as the Court
Administrator for Probate and Juvenile Court. I currently reside in Parma Heights and spend a
significant amount of time volunteering at my child’s school with PTU, scouts and assistant
coaching basketball, cross country and track. I have served as president of the Parma Area
Jaycees and was chair of the Parma Heights Civil Service commission.
I received my undergraduate degree from Defiance College and received my master’s
degree from Ashland University. I started my career as a physical education and health
teacher in Rocky River as well as various coaching positions. I then worked for West
Holmes Local Schools as the OWA (Occupational Work Adjustment) instructor for atrisk
students and was the head boys’ basketball coach. In three years, I led the boys’
basketball team from an 0-21 season to competing in the regional finals and was named
Eastern District Coach of the Year. I had the opportunity to get into administration at
Cloverleaf Local Schools as their Athletic Director and then spent the majority of my
career in the Brunswick City Schools as Athletic Director, Principal and Assistant
Director of OTES (Ohio Teacher Evaluation System). During my time with Brunswick
we worked to improve the education of our students with disabilities and those socially
economic disadvantaged students. I created a Boys Club for at-risk male students and
piloted an Alternative School for at-risk students. At Buckeye we have been focusing on
meeting the needs of all learners and have been working on high yield strategies to better
engage our students. We have created our Strategic Plan which addresses our direction
for the next five years in key areas such as academics, facilities and financial
accountability. We have expanded our course offerings for junior high and high school
students as well as added programming with collaboration with the Medina County
Career Center. Our supportive community also passed a renewal emergency levy in the
fall of 2016 which has added financial stability for our district. We have begun to
upgrade our facilities throughout the district and look forward to the opportunities they
will provide our students and community.
I have been involved with the CORE Furniture Bank in Cuyahoga Falls which provides
some basic furniture, at no cost, to people who are in need, many being single mothers
from the Battered Women’s Shelter. The process entails making home visits to assess the
need as well as meeting the recipients at the Furniture Bank to help them select and load
their furniture. I also serve as an overnight host at my church for Operation Homes for
homeless in Medina County needing some support as they work to get back on their feet.
I find helping people in need fulfilling and rewarding.
Richie Muniak is a local business executive, a public education evangelist, a tech geek,
and a fun guy to be around. His career started as an IT tech and has blossomed all the
way up to an executive at a medium sized manufacturing company in Brunswick. He
currently manages various departments including Information Technology, Accounting,
and Human Resources. In spring of 2018, he was written up as a “Rising Star Under 40”
in the Print & Promo Magazine.
Richie is also a current member of the Medina County Career Center board of education.
During his four years on the board he served as the President of the board for a year. He
has a passion for Public Education and brings that passion to the local business
Richie is the Director of Administration at I.D. Images, LLC and has his MBA from
Cleveland State University and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from The
University of Akron.
After growing up in Indiana and attending school at Brigham Young University, my
path led back to the Midwest. My husband Stan and I moved to Ohio due to an
employment opportunity after college. While here we have raised three daughters
and have spent time in the homeschool and public school communities alike. I've
had the pleasure of being an advisor in the Homespun Heroes 4-H Club and later as
president of the parent-led Friends of the Orchestra (FOTO) organization within the
Medina City School District for three years. More recently, I served for two years on
the BYU Alumni Cleveland Chapter Board as the original chair of the Replenishment
Grant Committee. A program was established in which local BYU students could
obtain needs-based grants with the understanding that the money would be
"replenished" to the local fund when recipients are financially able, thus creating an
ever-renewing source of aid for future students. I've been blessed in our local
church congregation to serve in teaching and organizational leadership capacities
for children to adults. Currently Stan and I are finishing our second year as earlymorning
seminary teachers of 17 high school aged youth each school day at 6 a.m.
During daylight hours I work with my husband in our financial planning firm, Oda &
Co., Inc. located in the old St. Francis Xavier Church building on West Liberty Street.
I hold a Series 7 General Securities License. We are pleased to have been part of the
Medina business community for over 15 years.
Magistrate Kimberly L. Oliver was appointed to the position of Magistrate in the Summit County Domestic Relations Court in 2017. Prior to this appointment, Magistrate Oliver served as a Magistrate in the Medina County Domestic Relations Court from 2011 to 2016, as a Hearing Officer for the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, was Founder and Owner of a solo law practice handling general legal matters, General Counsel for a freight bill auditing firm, a Judicial Attorney in the Akron Municipal Court, a Senior Staff Attorney for a legal services office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a Law Clerk/Intern for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Magistrate Oliver is an Ohio Supreme Court approved Family Law Mediator, General Mediator and Parent Coordinator. She is a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, an Akron Bar Foundation Fellow, member of the Akron Bar Association and the Akron-Canton Barristers. Magistrate Oliver was recognized by the Akron Bar Association as Committee Chair of the year in 2011.
Magistrate Oliver received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and her Juris Doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law.
I moved to Medina with my family in 1967 as a sophomore in high school. I graduated from
Ohio University with a bachelor's degree in a program that allowed me to design my own
curriculum, including creative writing, English, history, theater arts, and studio art.
I joined the Medina Gazette and learned copy editing, feature writing, government reporting
and layout. After a year, I edited a small, start-up magazine for two years before landing a
job at the Akron Beacon Journal, where I worked for nine years as a reporter in the Metro
and Lifestyle sections.
I left full-time employment for full-time parenthood, but free-lanced for the next 14 years,
writing for regional magazines and authoring eight non-fiction and fiction books. I returned
to full-time writing as the Opinion Editor at the Medina Gazette, where I supervised the
newsroom and wrote editorials. After seven years, I was hired to write marketing and
enrollment materials for Summit Academy Management, a group of Ohio charter schools for
students with learning disabilities. From 2014 to 2017, I was assistant director at Steel
Academy in Akron, a performing arts middle school and high school for students with
In April, I was hired to lead the Free Clinic of Medina County as Executive Director.
I am originally from Wayne County (Wooster) and have worked my entire 31 year career in
banking, starting at First Federal Savings and Loan (who had branches in Medina)/Signal
Bank/FirstMerit which was purchased by Huntington in 2016. I am a 2005 graduate of the
Blythe School of Banking and while working for FirstMerit as a Retail District Manager in
Ashland Ohio, I participated in Leadership Ashland County and graduated in 1999. Additional
key achievements include:
• Trustee, United Way of Medina County- current
• Past chairperson of Taste of Medina County- multiple years
• Named Volunteer of the Year in Ashland County
• Past Board Member of The American Cancer Society, Ashland Chapter
• Chairperson of The Ashland County Relay for Life, 2001 and 2002
Derek Pratt is the President of 4Ward With Purpose Inc., providing Programs and Services supporting Housing Stability & Homeless Prevention. 4ward With Purpose Inc.’s services aim to lift up those in need, often facing poverty, whether situational or generational, by giving them a voice, and empowering them to resolve conflict in their lives constructively.
Derek served on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Mediation Center (CMC) from 2015-2017. In 2017 he contracted as the Interim Managing Director, where he led the program development, growth, and training initiatives, expanding CMC’s Court ADR Program within Garfield Heights Municipal Court.
His background includes leading the Resident Advocacy & Services initiatives, as the Director of Resident Advocacy for a national apartment Owner/Management company. In this role, he supported, and led, Resident Supportive Services for over 220 apartment communities in 23 states.
Derek has several years of Human Resource leadership experience and has led National Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for a Corporate Fortune 300 Company.
He holds an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology from Chancellor University, and holds certifications in the Ohio Supreme Court’s Basic, and Specialized Family Mediation. In 2013, he graduated from the Diversity Center of North East Ohio’s Leadership Development Program “LeadDiversity”.
Derek and his family live in Brunswick, OH.
I am an only child raised by a single mother in the 70’s/80’s. My mom always did the best she could but saying that money was tight would be a grave understatement. With government assistance and programs through the local YMCA and church groups, we were often the recipients of donations of food and sometimes even gifts during the holidays. I started working at the age of 15 so that I could buy my own clothes and take care of other school expenses to help ease the burden for my mom. I tried to put myself through college but financial aid wasn’t enough and I was discouraged from taking on student loans. At the age of 19, after completing one year of college, I began working as a file clerk in the accounting department of a law firm. I worked for that firm for sixteen years making my way up through the department until I eventually became a Payroll Manager. I only left that job when I was able to be a full time mom. Over the years since then, I have been fortunate to work for companies that were willing to give me a chance based on my experience and confidence. I have worked in virtually every aspect of the accounting field and I am proud to say that I have enjoyed a successful career, despite the lack of a college degree. I have always remembered where I came from and, although I know that those personal experiences have shaped me to be the person I am today, I wouldn’t wish that kind of struggle and uncertainty on anyone, especially a child.
My husband and I bought our first home and had our son within six months of moving to Medina. The summer after we moved here, I received a phone call from a member of the local Welcome Wagon chapter inviting me to a meeting for new residents. I worked in Cleveland and, outside of my neighbors, I didn’t know anyone so I figured I would take a chance and see what it was all about. I went to one meeting and found myself talked in being the Social Activities Chair. Some of the women I met at that first meeting are among my closest friends to this day! My involvement with Welcome Wagon granted me the potential to meet new people, become immersed in the community and brought me to what I consider to be my ‘Civic Calling’. Through Welcome Wagon, I held the position of Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and President. I was selected as the Member of the Year in 2008. The most meaningful event I’ve had the pleasure of participating in was an annual Children’s Christmas Party that the Welcome Wagon hosted at the Medina bowling alley. For several years, the group collected donations and provided an afternoon of bowling, food, gifts and fun for underprivileged children and their families each Christmas Eve. Not a year went by that I didn’t shed tears at the knowledge that the gifts the children received from Santa could very well be the only gifts they might get that year. It was bittersweet to recognize that life had come full circle for me and it gave me great pleasure to be on the giving end of those gifts. As my son got older, I became involved as the Vice President in charge of fundraising for the Preschool PTA. When my tenure ended there, I joined the elementary school PTO as Treasurer (and six years of being a Room Mom!) and then the middle school PTO as both Treasurer and Scholarship Chair. Most recently, I have been on the board of the Medina Soccer Association as the Treasurer for five years and the Tournament Director for an annual soccer tournament for four years. Now that I’m thinking about it, I realize that I have always been on the board of one non-profit organization or another since I moved here!
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University, a Juris
Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Masters in Social Service
Administration from Case Western Reserve. I am a licensed attorney and licensed social worker.
After a few years of practicing law, I have spent 20+ years in nonprofit administration working
with various populations including low-income, elderly, disabled and refugees. As an adjunct
professor in Ashland University’s social work department, I taught classes in human behavior,
social policy and research. My passion is mentoring social work students in the classroom and
as interns in a professional setting. In addition, I have volunteered in Medina at my church, my
children’s school, Medina Band Parents’ Association and as a Girl Scout Leader for several
Andrea Reedy understands the dynamics of family business. Andrea’s 36 years of experience, with 23 of those at the helm of her family business, include all the duties of everyday business plus…successfully transitioning from 1st to 2nd generation, steering the company out of near bankruptcy, completely changing industries due to market shifts, selling the initial business, closing a location, restructuring after the sudden death of a sibling and father’s long-term illness, in addition to building a new facility and relocating.
Graduating from Ohio State University was just a stepping stone in a life time of learning. Andrea is also a graduate of the two-year Sales Professionals Course by Hecht and Associates, The Curriculum for Living by Landmark Education, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, as well as countless industry training programs. She was blessed to be mentored by a retired international finance executive from a fortune 500 company. Andrea is a NFI Certified Master Hearth Professional and a Certified Recreational Water Specialist. Her passion for effectiveness penetrates The Place team; which has the most nationally certified fireplace professionals in Ohio.
As a seven year member of Business Networking International, she has passed over 1.3 million dollars in referral sales to fellow members and received the BNI 2016 Referral of the Year Award. She is a Medina County Women of Distinction Award recipient and was honored with the United States Presidents’ Volunteer Service Award for her work with the Mission of Love. However, she says her greatest achievements are a wonderful marriage, the raising of three amazing daughters, and creation of career opportunities for her team members.
Lissette has traveled across the world much like the pollen of a dandelion flower – finally taking root in Northeast Ohio. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, before heading to Florida to attend the University of Miami, she studied wildlife management abroad in Nairobi, Kenya with the School for Field Studies. Shortly before graduating, Lissette’s mother suffered a severe exacerbation from multiple sclerosis. She returned home and graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photojournalism. While waiting for her resumes to be answered, Lissette worked as a citizen lobbyist for environmental organizations and women’s shelters in Chicago and San Francisco. After realizing that National Geographic must have lost her application for advocacy photojournalist, she accepted a position with ChicagoTribune.com. Although grateful for the opportunity, the dotcom bubble was on the verge of bursting. Lissette moved to New Jersey and received her Masters of Public Affairs and Politics degree from Rutgers. Subsequently, as a government relations executive, her family and career carried her from Trenton to Philadelphia, and finally she landed in Cleveland. Currently, the regional government relations manager for Westfield she is a proud Medina County employee and advocate.
Dr. Richard Shewbridge was appointed a Cleveland Clinic staff endocrinologist in October 2010. He began his endocrinology practice in Medina Ohio in 1996. Dr. Shewbridge received his medical degree in 1988 from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. He completed internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as fellowship training in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism, in the United States Air Force. Dr. Shewbridge is American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)-certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism.
Dr. Shewbridge was named President of Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital in July 2017. He previously served Medina Hospital as the Vice President of Medical Operations, chair of Medical Staff Quality Committee, and member of the Medina Hospital Board of Directors. He has also served as Cleveland Clinic Associate Chief Quality Officer, Regional Hospitals. Dr. Shewbridge is a member of the Endocrine Society as well as the American Diabetes Association. He is an assistant professor of clinical internal medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
Richard and his wife, Sally, live in Medina Township, and have three children.
Mike Smiechowski grew up in Wadsworth. After graduating High School he joined the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marines he held the position of a work center Supervisor and quality control inspector in the ordinance division. After receiving an Honorable discharge in 2002 from the USMC Mike moved his family back to Wadsworth. Coming home he attended school to be certified for police work. In 2002 he graduated from the Stark State Ohio Police Offices Training Academy program. While attending this school he started working at Sandridge Food Corporation. While working at Sandridge Mike worked as a reserve deputy for the Medina county Sheriff’s department. Given the opportunity for promotion at Sandridge Mike was able to work with and learn the Quality Assurance, Sanitation, and Manufacturing sides of the business in management positions over the next 11 years. In 2013 he was given the opportunity to be the Sandridge on site representative for the newly acquired Morton IL facility. After a year at the Morton IL site Mike moved back to Ohio to work on the ERP system at the Sandridge Corporate office. Currently Mike’s the ERP System manager. This role involves interactions with every portion of the business.
While growing at Sandridge Mike decided to go to college. Starting in 2009 Mike attended Stark State and then Walsh University to complete his Master’s Degree in Business in 2015. In 2016 Mike attended and graduated from the Leadership Medina County Emerging leaders program.
Currently Mike is involved in Boy Scouts of America as the Scoutmaster of Troop 406 in Wadsworth. He has worked with this Boy Scout troop for the last 11 years. During this time the troop has had 12 boys achieve the rank of Eagle, two of these being his oldest sons. Mike is also currently a Co-Chair of the Leadership Medina County Emerging Leaders alumni Committee. With this group we give people that have graduated from the emerging leader’s program opportunity to continue to use the skills that they learned in the program and continue to grow their network.
Jill Teubl graduated from Cedarville University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Communication. She has been employed by the Medina County Park District as its Public Information Manager since 2001. She works three days per week for the park district.
Jill served as a board member on the Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau board from 2012-2016. Her involvement in the bureau led to her accepting a newly-created part time position of Sales Coordinator in the fall of 2017. The sales position was created specifically to attract small business meetings/conferences to Medina County, as well as to build an online social media presence.
Jill grew up in Parma, Ohio and moved to Medina in 1997 with her husband Roy. They have one teenage daughter. As a member of the Medina United Methodist Church, Jill volunteers in the church café and with the youth group.
Jeremy Dean Webb was born in Provo, UT. Crawled through Reno, NV and was educated in Cashmere Washington graduating High School as Valedictorian of a class of 60 students in 1993. After a 2-year Mission in Cape Town, South Africa, he met Stacy Seidner of Ashland, OH at Aspen Grove Family Camp in UT and they were married in the Portland Oregon LDS Temple. Following his Graduation from Brigham Young University in Mechanical Engineering he began work with Hughes Space and Communication in El Segundo, CA. At that time the GM holding company sold the Space portion of Hughes to become Boeing Satellite Systems. Jeremy was studying Financial Decision Systems, Strategy, and Mergers and Acquisitions through the Loyola Marymount MBA program and completed his degree in 2002 less than a year after the events of 9/11/2001. During this time of change, he was provided an opportunity to return to Washington and work with his Father at Webb Accountancy Corp. He later returned to Utah to again work for an Aviation and Defense Supplier before moving to Medina in 2010. He is a BYU Cleveland Alumni Chapter Board member, an employment contact at St Francis/Holy Martyr Employment Network, scout committee member of Troop 400 and a former Rotarian. Jeremy and Stacy are the parents of 5 children and have recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.
In 1987, I graduated from St. Augustine Academy in Lakewood, OH. Within five years, my husband and I purchased our first five-bay automotive repair shop in Cleveland. Ten years later, we expanded with another four bays brining our total up to nine bays. Two years later, we again expanded by purchasing another two bay repair shop in Medina (Wissel’s Auto Repair). While my husband was responsible for the repair shop and the employees. I, as the majority owner, focused in on the business aspect. I was responsible for all of the office work as well as accounts receivable and accounts payable. I was responsible for employee payroll and being certain we remained in compliance. I was able to work from home and complete the business paperwork which allowed me the opportunity to be an active parent, as I had four children (including a set of twins) within four years.
Even though the business kept me very busy, I was constantly volunteering for activities associated with the school. Some examples include:
o Sharon Elementary – Class parent, Market Day volunteer, COSI volunteer, Holiday Shop Coordinator, Vice President of the PTO
o Highland Middle School – Activity Night Co-Chair (many years), Concession Stand Organizer, Veterans Day Coordinator, President of the PTO (three years)
o Highland High School – Snowball Dance chaperone, Post Prom Committee, Post Prom Gifts Coordinator, Vice President of the PTO (three years)
o Highland Wrestling – Coordinated social media presence, served as athletic booster, helped coordinate the Sunday morning tournaments to include fiscal responsibility
In May of 2011 I was nominated for the Highland Pride Award. I was nominated because of my “commitment, enthusiasm and generosity to the students and staff of the Highland Local School District.”
In 2012, I began working part-time at the Medina County Career Center in the admissions office. I could not believe that just two years later I was selected to be the superintendent’s secretary. Many people had applied and were tested for proficiency. I was ultimately selected, and I work hard every day to be certain that the Superintendent knows he made the right choice.
I graduated from Cloverleaf High School in southern Medina County. I was actively involved in 4-H, which started my love for agriculture. My husband and I run a 60 cow dairy farm in Medina. We open our family farm for the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour, Boy Scouts, 4-H clubs and school field trips. I am also an active member of Medina County Farm Bureau.
I have been able to channel my passion for agriculture into a career with Dairy Farmers of America. I manage our animal care, farm practices, and environmental stewardship programs. These programs are critical to our dairy producers because it allows them to share their great story of dairy farming to consumers. Last year, I received the Above and Beyond award. This award is nominated by peers for individuals who go exceed Dairy Farmers of Americas core values.
I have lived in Medina County for almost 14 years. I attended E.T.I. Technical College where I earned my Associates Degree in Mechanical and Architectural Design and Drafting. After College, I was a volunteer freshman basketball coach at Copley High School for four years, which developed into the Freshman Head Coaching position where I remained for another 10 years. I am currently a volunteer coach for Medina Youth Sports (Basketball and Soccer). My work experiences include an Autocad Draftsman, Senior Project Manager, IT Manager and Account Manager at a Downing Exhibits, a tradeshow exhibit house; The IT Manager for Domokur Architects; and currently the Sales Manager for an INSYTE Consulting Group, an organization that specializes in eCommerce website design and IT solutions. I currently live in Montville Township with my wife and daughter where we enjoy partaking in many community events and activities.