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James A. Ratner

James A. RatnerBoard of Directors

Chairman

Appointed 2006 by the administrative judge, 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals

James Ratner is executive vice president of Forest City Enterprises. Ratner is a board member of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Urban Land Institute, and Playhouse Square Foundation. He holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

Paul J. Dolan

Paul J. DolanBoard of Directors

Vice Chairman

Appointed 2008 by the Bank Trustees Committee

Paul Dolan is chairman and CEO of the Cleveland Indians, a position he has held since 2011. Previously, he served as president of the team since 2004, and as vice president/general counsel upon joining the organization in 2000. Prior to that, Dolan was a partner for 17 years at Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, a law firm based in his native Chardon, Ohio. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Lawrence University and earned his juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Teresa Metcalf Beasley

Teresa Metcalf BeasleyBoard of Directors

Appointed 2014 by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Teresa Metcalf Beasley was named a partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP in 2014. She joined the law firm in 2011, and also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Beasley previously served as an attorney with Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP. She also was Director of Law for the City of Cleveland under Mayor Jane Campbell’s administration from 2003 to 2004.

Beasley received the YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award in 2011. She serves as a board member for Laurel School for Girls, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and Village Capital Corporation. She served as chair of the Cleveland Foundation’s African-American Philanthropy Committee from 2005 to 2011. She received her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland State University.

Inajo Davis Chappell

Inajo Davis ChappellBoard of Directors

Appointed 2010 by the Board of Directors

Inajo Davis Chappell is a partner with the law firm of Ulmer & Berne. She serves as chair of the firm’s Nonprofit Group, representing a wide range of nonprofit organizations, as well as for-profit businesses and public institutions. Her legal expertise focuses on various aspects of corporate law and governance, general business transactions, and commercial real estate acquisition, development, construction, and financing. Chappell sits on the boards of several organizations, including the Cleveland Leadership Center, Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, and Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a juris doctorate from Columbia Law School.

Jenniffer D. Deckard

Jenniffer D. DeckardBoard of Directors

Appointed 2014 by the Bank Trustees Committee

Jenniffer D. Deckard is President & CEO of Fairmount Minerals. Deckard joined the company in 1994 and shortly was named Chief Financial Officer. She served in that capacity until being named President in 2011. Deckard was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

Last year, Jenniffer and her husband, Daryl, received the Cleveland Foundation’s Frederick Harris Goff Philanthropic Service Award. The couple was also named Geauga County Foster Parents of the Year.

Deckard serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Business Advisory Council and is a board member for Greater Cleveland Partnership, Chardon Healing Fund, and First Tee of Cleveland.

She earned her Master’s of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.


Hiroyuki Fujita

Hiroyuki FujitaBoard of Directors

Appointed 2012 by the Board of Directors

Hiroyuki Fujita is president and chief executive officer of Quality Electrodynamics (QED), which manufactures and sells state-of-the-art MRI coils worldwide, and eQED, a solar energy company that makes and distributes solar microinverters.  In recognition of growing a successful high-tech manufacturing company in the United States, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama invited Fujita to sit in the first lady's box as an honored guest at the 2012 State of the Union address. A native of Japan, Fujita came to Cleveland in 1992 to study at Case Western Reserve University, where he completed his doctorate in physics in 1998. He is an adjunct professor of physics and radiology at CWRU, and electrical engineering at the University of Queensland.

Sally Gries

Sally GriesBoard of Directors

Appointed 2012 by the Bank Trustees Committee

Sally Gries is founder and chairperson of Gries Financial, an investment and wealth management firm for high net-worth clients, foundations, and institutions. She is also a founder and chairperson of Fieldstone Associates, a real estate investment advisory firm. A graduate of Northwestern University, Gries was the founder of the first female-owned money management and financial planning firm in Ohio. She has served on many boards in Northeast Ohio, including Holden Arboretum, Hawken School, Case Western Reserve University, and Town Hall.

Bernie Moreno

Bernie MorenoBoard of Directors

Appointed 2014 by the Board of Directors

Bernie Moreno bought his first car dealership, Mercedes Benz of North Olmsted, in 2005. Over the past nine years, he has built The Collection Auto Group, which includes 21 dealerships throughout Northeast Ohio and Kentucky.

Moreno launched his career in the automotive industry with the Saturn Corporation. He also served as Vice President for New England’s largest automotive dealer.

Moreno received the Midwest Region Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young in 2011. Also that year, he received the Time Magazine/Ally Financial Dealer of the Year Award for the Greater Northeast Ohio Region. Moreno was named the 2014 Distinguished Business Executive of the year by Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland.

He currently serves as a board member for Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Young Presidents Organization, Cleveland State University, and Ohio Business Roundtable.

Frederick R. Nance

Frederick R. NanceBoard of Directors

Appointed 2005 by the Bank Trustees Committee

Fred Nance serves as the regional managing partner of Squire Sanders & Dempsey, where he heads the firm's sports and entertainment practice, and serves as general counsel to the Cleveland Browns. His legal practice has included numerous jury trials, project development through public-private partnerships, and contract negotiations. Much of his practice in recent years has included high-stakes negotiations involving community interests, and he participates often in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. An array of business and legal groups and publications has recognized him as one of the nation's top lawyers. He serves on many boards, including the Cleveland Clinic, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and RPM International.

Michael Petras Jr.

Michael Petras Jr.Board of Directors

Appointed 2012 by the Board of Directors

Michael Petras Jr. is chief executive officer of AssuraMed, a provider of specialty medical products for patients with chronic diseases, including diabetes. He is the former president and CEO of GE Lighting, which partnered with the Cleveland Foundation on the 2009 opening of the Cleveland schools’ MC2STEM High School on GE’s Nela Park campus in East Cleveland. A graduate of John Carroll and Case Western Reserve universities, Petras has served on the boards of United Way of Cleveland, John Carroll University, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Achievement Centers for Children.

Larry Pollock

Larry PollockBoard of Directors

Appointed 2012 by the Board of Directors

Larry Pollock is managing partner of Lucky Stars Partners, a private investment firm. He is past president and CEO of Cole National Corp., Zale Corp., and J.B. Robinson Jewelers, where he began his professional career on the sales floor in 1969. He serves on the board of the Cleveland Clinic and is a trustee of the Musical Arts Association, Ideastream, Kent State University, University School, Bellefaire JCB, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, and Wingspan Care Group. He received a bachelor's degree in marketing from Ohio State University.

Beth Oldenburg Rankin

Beth Oldenburg RankinBoard of Directors

Appointed 2011 by the presiding judge, Cuyahoga County Probate Court

Beth Oldenburg Rankin is past co-president and current co-vice chair of the board for the Cleveland Play House, where her involvement includes annual and capital fundraising, facilities location review, strategic planning, and development of the agreement with Case Western Reserve University’s Master of Fine Arts program. She also serves on the executive committee of Town Hall of Cleveland and is a past member of the board of Hathaway Brown and St. Paul’s School for Boys in Baltimore.

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan

The Rev. Dr. Stephen RowanBoard of Directors

Appointed 2009 by the Bank Trustees Committee

Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan has been senior pastor of Cleveland’s Bethany Baptist Church since 1999. Previously, he served in a variety of roles at the Cleveland Foundation, including assistant director of development, program officer for faith-based and “digital divide” programs, and director of the foundation’s economic development grantmaking. Prior to that, he had been a partner at the law firm of Ulmer & Berne, a deputy administrator for Cuyahoga County, and assistant director of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. Rowan earned his doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and his juris doctorate from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law.

Ratanjit S. Sondhe

Ratanjit S. SondheBoard of Directors

Appointed 2008 by the Center for Community Solutions

Ratanjit Sondhe is founder and CEO of www.DiscoverHelp.com, as well as an acclaimed author, writer, and columnist. He has addressed a variety of international conferences and other forums as a keynote speaker on stress management, ethics, and applied spirituality. Sondhe is also a radio and television host and founder and chair of the Business Association of Sikh Enterprises. He is a board member of the American Red Cross and Project Love and serves as chairman of the board of the Guru Nanak Foundation. Sondhe is a charter member of TiE Ohio. He has Master of Science degrees in chemistry and polymer technology from universities in India. In addition, Sondhe is the founder and former CEO of POLY-CARB Inc., a material science company acquired by the Dow Chemical Company.

Ernest L. Wilkerson Jr.

Ernest L. Wilkerson Jr.Board of Directors

Appointed 2011 by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Ernest Wilkerson Jr. is managing partner and founder of Wilkerson & Associates in Cleveland. He earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he edited the Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University. He serves on the boards of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, the National School Boards Association, and the Cleveland Convention Center Facilities Authority. Previously, he served on the board of the Cleveland Foundation’s former McDonald Fund, a supporting organization, and on the board of Cleveland State University.