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Foundation Board

Board Officers

  • M. Neal Rains

    Chair

    Neal Rains is past president, the Print Club and Cleveland Bar Foundation. He was a trustee of Gordon Square Arts District, Near West Theatre, Cleveland Play House, and other nonprofits. BA, the University of Iowa, JD, Northwestern University Law School. Neal is a retired law firm partner.

  • Monica K. Brown

    Vice Chair

    Monica Brown serves as the VP for Human Resources & Administration at the Cleveland Foundation, where she has worked since 2006. She is the chair and co-founder of the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals and very active in her community of Lakewood, Ohio, where she resides with her family.

  • Tracy Strobel

    President

    Tracy Strobel is the Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library. From 2011 to 2013, Tracy served as the U.S. representative to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s International Network of Emerging Library Innovators. She is a member of the Public Library Association Board of Directors (2016-2019) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee (2015-2019). In February 2020, Tracy was appointed to the board of The Center for Community Solutions, a nonpartisan think tank focused on solutions to health, social and economic issues.

  • William I. Russo, CFP

    Treasurer

    Bill is on the Board of Directors of the Solon Chamber of Commerce, Solon Benevolent Fund, Councilman in Solon since 2007, President of Greater Cleveland Adult Baseball (GCAB), and a member of the Solon Italian Club. John Carroll University, BS/BA, Wright State University, MBA.

  • Allyn A. Davies

    Secretary

    Ms. Davies is the Co-Owner of The Merrymeeting Group. She serves on the Cuyahoga County Library Operating Board for which she was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by the Cuyahoga County Council. She also serves on the Cleveland Central Catholic High School Advisory Board.

Board Members

  • Janet Auwerter

    Board Member

    Janet AuWerter has an extensive professional background in advertising, public relations and fundraising. As a volunteer, she has used those skills to raise awareness and funding for many civic, not-for-profit, educational and religious organizations

  • Nancy Barnes, Esq.

    Board Member

    Nancy Barnes is a partner and head of the Labor & Employment group at Thompson Hine. She is excited to support and promote libraries in the 21st century. Nancy gained her love of reading from her mother, who was a teacher-turned-children's librarian. Nancy lives in Hudson with her three sons.

  • Caroline Borrow, PhD

    Board Member

    Caroline is a mathematics educator interested in helping students and teachers learn the "Why" and "How" of mathematical concepts. Caroline enjoys helping spread the library's mission of lifelong learning and civic engagement. She serves on other boards throughout Cleveland.

  • Helen Rankin Butler

    Board Member

    Helen Rankin Butler serves as Board Chair at Hathaway Brown School. Her strong background in education and leadership began at HB as a student and later Trustee. Prior, Helen taught 5th grade in New York City and spent 11 years as a residential camp director.

  • Cindy Chaiten

    Board Member

    Cindy is a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch and has been in financial services for over 20 years. She served on the Board of Directors of the Mandel Jewish Day School for 7 years, 5 of those as development committee chair. Cindy lives in Shaker Heights with her husband and two daughters.

  • Quo Vadis Cobb

    Board Member

    Quo Vadis is Assistant General Counsel, North America for Rockwell Automation. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, MA from CMU and JD/MPA from Syracuse University. She's on the board of directors for The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, CCPLF and is a former board member of The City Mission.

  • M. Lily Datta Peyrat

    Board Member

    Lily Peyrat spent her career in Finance and Strategic Planning working in NYC and San Francisco. Lily is excited to be a part of advancing CCPL’s mission and the incredible programs and services the system offers its communities. Lily lives in Shaker Heights with her family. SB, MIT. MBA, Kellogg

  • Bob DiBiasio

    Board Member

    Bob is SVP/Public Affairs for the Cleveland Guardians. 2022 is his 44th season with his hometown team. He serves on a variety of boards in Cleveland, including his role as President of Cleveland Guardians Charities. He is also the President of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Eric Dicken

    Board Member

    Eric L. Dicken is the AVP of Development for Programs, Events, and Protocol at Case Western Reserve University. His career spans 25 years at public and private universities. BA, Hiram College: MEd, Kent State; MNO, Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District.

  • Susan Donlan

    Board Member

    Susan Donlan is Chief Communications Officer for KeyCorp. Prior to joining Key, Susan served as VP, Corporate Communications at TD Bank Group. Before beginning her career in banking, Susan held a range of positions in the Canadian government. She lives in Shaker Heights with her family.

  • Lori Ann Franklin

    Board Member

    Lori Ann Franklin is the Chief Operating Officer for OverDrive, Inc. the global distributor of digital ebooks, audiobooks and magazines for libraries and schools. Bowling Green State University, BS/BA, Baldwin Wallace University, MBA.

  • Lute Harmon

    Board Member

    Lute has been President of Great Lakes Publishing since 2009. Headquartered in downtown Cleveland with over 50 full-time employees and more than 100 part-time freelancers, Great Lakes Publishing produces the subscription publications Cleveland Magazine, Ohio Magazine and Lake Erie Living as well as 50 client publications each year. Mr. Harmon also serves as President of Great Lakes Publishing’s digital agency, Quest Digital.

  • Jennifer Hartford

    Board Member

    Jennifer Hartford serves on a number of civic and non profit boards in the Cleveland area. She enthusiastically supports the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s mission to encourage reading and education while providing invaluable services to the community. Jennifer lives in Shaker Heights with her husband and two daughters.

  • Ron Konstantinovsky

    Board Member

    Ron is a VP & Relationship Manager in the Institutional Real Estate Group at Huntington Bank, where he has worked since 2007. Ron has a BS in Economics from Ohio State and completed the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He previously worked as a volunteer and board member at several local non-profits. Ron is a Cleveland native and currently resides in Orange with his wife, two children, dog, and cat.

  • Paul Linehan

    Board Member

    Paul Linehan serves as President of AML RightSource. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 16 years as an attorney at a large Cleveland-based firm, advising clients including financial institutions, in multiple areas of complex litigation including bankruptcy, fraud, and AML related issues. He earned his B.B.A in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and spent four years as an audit-side CPA at a big-four (then, big-six) accounting firm before returning to law school at the Case Western Reserve School of Law. Mr. Linehan serves his community as a member of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation Board.

  • Bridget Martin

    Board Member

    Bridget Martin is Senior Vice President and Assistant General Auditor for the PNC Financial Services Group. She holds a bachelor degree in Finance from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. Bridget lives in Bay Village with her husband and 4 young children.

  • Lisa Cynamon Mayers

    Board Member

    Lisa Cynamon Mayers is a Senior Admissions Consultant with Road To College, a boutique college admissions consulting firm. Lisa is passionate about promoting literacy and developing a love of reading in children and adults. She lives in Beachwood with her husband and two teenage daughters.

  • Shaun Ng

    Board Member

    Shaun Ng joined the Cleveland Clinic in October 2016 as Managing Director in Investments. Prior to joining the Clinic, Shaun spent 17 years at the World Bank, heading various functions in Asset Management and Finance. Shaun began his career at PwC London. He lives in Beachwood with his family.

  • Anthony M. Panzica

    Board Member

    Tony Panzica is the CEO of Panzica Construction and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Arts Cleveland, Gilmour Academy and Ursuline College. As a dedicated patron of the arts, he serves on the Board of Directors for Cleveland Playhouse and Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL. Tony resides in Gates Mills with his family.

  • Jennifer Parmentier

    Board Member

    Jennifer A. Parmentier is Vice President and President - Motion Systems Group for Parker Hannifin Corporation in Cleveland, OH. Mrs. Parmentier holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Webster University and an Executive MBA from Loyola Chicago Quinlan School of Business.

  • Anne-Marie Petros

    Board Member

    Anne-Marie Petros is an owner/director of Tensing Pen hotel in Jamaica. She spent the last 20 years volunteering at several non-profits. She sits on the board of the Womens Council of the CMA. She lives in Hinckley, together with her husband Sam and their 4 children. CWRU, MBA 2000.

  • Lisa Priemer

    Board Member

    Lisa Priemer is a former educator who lives in Bay Village with her husband and four children. For six years, she served as a board member for the Bay Village Board of Education where she held the positions of Vice President and President. During her leadership, she spearheaded curriculum and safety initiatives and led in appointing treasurers and a superintendent.

  • Caroline Selman

    Board Member

    Caroline has worked in Human Resources for 25 years, eventually opening her own HR consulting company. She is passionate about the work CCPL does for the Cleveland community, most notably programs involving children’s literacy. Caroline and her husband David have two daughters, ages 20 and 23.

  • Lorie Hollington Smith

    Board Member

    Lorie is the Associate Director of Advancement at US, focusing her work on major giving and alumni engagement. She is a lawyer by training and has served on both corporate and non-profit boards. Lorie is a lifelong reader. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Pepper Pike.

  • Tara Stewart

    Board Member

    Tara Stewart is VP Supplier Quality for Eaton Corp., a former educator and has a passion for lifelong learning. Tara is also on the board of Equality Ohio. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Don. Eastern Michigan University, MS in Quality Management; Marquette University, MBA.