James A. RatnerBoard of Directors
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.
Frank C. SullivanBoard of Directors
Appointed 2004 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Frank Sullivan is chairman and chief executive officer of RPM International, a Fortune 1000 maker of specialty coatings and sealants. He held various commercial lending and corporate finance positions at Harris Bank and First Union National Bank prior to joining RPM as a regional sales manager. He serves on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, and the Timken Co. Sullivan was president of Leadership Cleveland’s Class of 2001 and is a member of the Cuyahoga County Bluecoats. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina as a Morehead Scholar in 1983.
Charles P. BoltonBoard of Directors
Appointed 2004 by the chief judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Charles Bolton is chairman of Brittany Stamping, a Cleveland private investment firm that owns four manufacturing companies, and Polychem Corp., a Mentor manufacturer of extruded polypropylene and polyester strapping used in commercial packaging. He is also the former director of the Ohio Department of Development's Office of International Trade and a former member of the Ohio Senate. Bolton is a trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Musical Arts Association, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation; an honorary trustee of Case Western Reserve University; and a life trustee of Hawken School. He holds a bachelor's degree in American history from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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.
Paul J. DolanBoard of Directors
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.
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 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.
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.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.
Sandra PianaltoBoard of Directors
Appointed 2004 by the Board of Directors
Sandra Pianalto has been president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland since 2003. She joined the bank in 1983 as a research economist. She is a member of the board of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, University Hospitals Health System, United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, and the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Akron and a master’s degree in economics from George Washington University.
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 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 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. 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.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.