Sally GriesBoard of Directors
Appointed 2012 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Sally Gries is founder and non-executive chairperson of Gries Financial Partners, a registered investment advisory (RIA) firm that provides investment and financial advisory services to high-net-worth individuals, foundations, endowments, and retirement plans. A graduate of Northwestern University, she is also a founder and chairperson of Fieldstone Associates, a real estate investment advisory firm, and is on the advisory board of Citymark Capital. The founder of the first female-owned money management and financial planning firm in Ohio, Gries has served on many boards in Northeast Ohio, including Holden Forests & Gardens, Hawken School and Case Western Reserve University, and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Daniel P. WalshBoard of Directors
Appointed 2016 by the administrative judge, 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals
Daniel P. Walsh is the founder and CEO of Citymark Capital. Citymark Capital is a real estate private equity fund management company with expertise on investing in apartment projects and mixed use real estate projects in the top 50 markets in the United States.
Prior to founding Citymark Capital, Daniel was President, Northeast Ohio for Huntington National Bank, joining the company in May 2010. Walsh’s responsibilities included management and oversight of all Huntington business activities in the Northeast Ohio metropolitan market. Huntington is a $60 billion bank headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.Prior to Huntington, he managed KeyBank’s Real Estate Capital Markets businesses nationally including Fund Management, CMBS, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA and Life Company whole loan placement business conducted by more than 100 professionals in 16 offices in major metropolitan areas across the US.
Walsh serves on the following boards: Destination Cleveland (current Chair); Cleveland Museum of Art (Audit chair); Cleveland Orchestra, Greater Cleveland Partnership- Commission on Economic Inclusion (Chair); United Way of Greater Cleveland (Co-Chair of the 2012 Annual Campaign); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chair, Finance Committee); Playhouse Square (Chair, Real Estate Committee), ideastream (Chair, Finance Committee); Cuyahoga Community College Foundation and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (Co-Chair, 2011 Sports Awards). Walsh is the past board chair for the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. He helped launch Global Cleveland.
He received his B.A. in Management and MBA from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio. Walsh also holds his Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, with a certification in environmental and energy law practice.
Frederick E. BidwellBoard of Directors
Appointed 2020 by the Board of Directors
Frederick E. Bidwell is the executive director and CEO of FRONT Exhibition Company, a nonprofit that plans and presents FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, which celebrated its debut edition in 2018. After a 35-year career as an advertising and marketing entrepreneur, he and his wife established the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation in 2011. Two years later, the Bidwell Foundation opened Transformer Station, a contemporary art exhibition space on Cleveland’s West Side. Bidwell served twice as board president of the Akron Art Museum and currently sits on the boards of the Arts and Culture Action Committee and the Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as the Visiting Committee of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.
Carrie CarpenterBoard of Directors
Appointed 2015 by The Center for Community Solutions
Carrie Carpenter is Senior Vice President, Regional Manager of Corporate Affairs for Huntington National Bank, where she directs community engagement strategies for the Cleveland region. She has more than 25 years of experience engaging leaders in community initiatives, building public relations campaigns, launching charitable programs and designing initiatives to address the needs of cities. Her experience building strategies spans the corporate, nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors.
She was named to Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 in 2007 and was honored with the YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence award. She is a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland class of 2009. In 2010, she was honored with the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund, and currently serves as its Cleveland co-chair hosting European leaders in the city annually.
Carpenter earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Kent State University in political science and women’s studies, and her Masters in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. She serves as vice chair of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank board, and was a founding board member of the Gordon Square Arts District. She is the founder and director of Women’s Networking Group-Cleveland, a 17,000-member social media discussion group that focuses on empowering women in the workplace.
Margot James CopelandBoard of Directors
Appointed 2020 by the Board of Directors
Margot James Copeland retired in 2019 from her role as executive vice president and director of philanthropy and civic engagement at KeyBank. Among her responsibilities, Copeland also served as chair & CEO of the KeyBank Foundation, guiding the company’s strategic philanthropic investments in education, neighborhood prosperity, workforce development and community service. Copeland formerly served as chief diversity officer at Key and currently serves as a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic, Say Yes to Education, the Thomas White Foundation and the Kenneth Scott Foundation. In addition to her experience leading the Greater Cleveland Roundtable and Leadership Cleveland, Copeland’s public service was marked by her appointment as vice chairperson of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission and subsequently the Cleveland Millennium Commission. The Richmond, Va. native holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University.
Jenniffer D. DeckardBoard of Directors
Appointed 2014 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Jenniffer D. Deckard served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Covia Holdings Corporation, a leading provider of mineral-based and material solutions for the Industrial and Energy markets, from May 2018 through May 2019. She previously served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Fairmount Santrol from 2013 through its May 2018 merger with Unimin to form Covia. Previously, Ms. Deckard served as Fairmount Santrol's President from January 2011 until May 2013, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 1999 until 2011, Corporate Controller from 1996 to 1999 and Accounting Manager from 1994 until 1996.
In 2013, 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 boards of the Cleveland Foundation, the Chardon Healing Fund, and the First Tee of Cleveland. She also serves on the Case Western Weatherhead School of Management’s Visiting Committee and the Board of Directors for the Fairmount Santrol Foundation. Ms. Deckard received a B.S. from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Kathleen FerryBoard of Directors
Appointed 2019 by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
A North Olmsted native, Kathleen Ferry brings more than 30 years of corporate finance and business operations experience to the board of the Cleveland Foundation. She began as the treasurer and co-owner of Telefast Industries in 1987, before assuming the role of CEO from 2002-13. She then went on to join FocusCFO in 2015 to assist Ohio small and mid-sized businesses with CFO services, including manufacturing, distribution, non-profit and financial sectors. Ferry is also a member of the Board of Regents at St. Ignatius High School, having previously served on the boards of the Jesuit Retreat House and Magnificat High School. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Dr. Hiroyuki FujitaBoard of Directors
Appointed 2012 by the Board of Directors
Hiroyuki Fujita is the founder and CEO of Quality Electrodynamics (QED), a global developer and manufacturer of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. In October 2019, QED became a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. based in Tokyo, with Dr. Fujita serving as chief technology officer of the MRI Division of Canon Medical Systems Corporation headquartered in Tochigi, Japan. He is the author of 17 patents and has published more than 40 scientific papers and abstracts.
Dr. Fujita serves as an adjunct full professor of physics in the Department of Physics and radiology in the Department of Radiology in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He also serves as an adjunct full professor in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland in Australia. Dr. Fujita is a Senior Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Dr. Fujita is the inaugural Honorary Consul of Japan in Cleveland for the Government of Japan. As Honorary Consul, Dr. Fujita protects the welfare of local Japanese residents and promotes Japanese-American cultural, governmental and business exchanges.
Dr. Fujita has served or currently sits on the Board of Directors or Board of Trustees for numerous organizations, including The Ohio State University and chairs its Talent, Compensation and Governance Committee, and the OSU Wexner Medical Center; the Musical Arts Association that governs The Cleveland Orchestra; the Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, which he chairs and also serves on its Quality, Safety, and Patient Experience Committee; the U.S.-Japan Council's Board of Councilors; the Great Lakes Science Center; Global Cleveland; the Cleveland Council on World Affairs; the Greater Cleveland Partnership; and the Hawken School.
He also serves on the President’s Visiting Committee, International Visiting Committee and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence Advisory Board at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Fujita served two terms on the U.S. Manufacturing Council for the U.S. Secretary of Commerce during the Obama Administration, sat on its U.S. Tax and Export Subcommittee and co-chaired the Energy Policy Subcommittee.
Dr. Fujita is a frequent invited lecturer at various institutions, organizations, and conferences for national and international audiences. Additionally, he has published his autobiography, “A Pathfinder,” and currently authors a monthly editorial in Wedge Magazine.
Dr. Fujita attended Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and completed his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and physics at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. He received his doctorate in physics from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Fujita founded QED in 2006, and by 2009, it was recognized in Forbes Magazine's top 20 list of “America’s Most Promising Companies,” and granted the Ohio Governor’s Excellence in Exporting E-Award. In 2010, Dr. Fujita received the Industrial Manufacturing Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Northeast Ohio and also received the Young Alumni Award for exemplary professional achievement and service to Case Western Reserve University. In recognition of growing an impactful, high-tech manufacturing company in the United States, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama invited Dr. Fujita to be an honored guest and sit in the First Lady’s Box at the 2012 State of the Union Address.
Dr. Fujita received the 2013 Presidential Award for Export ("E-Award") from the U.S. Department of Commerce for QED’s significant contribution to the U.S. Export Expansion program. In 2019, QED earned the President’s “E Star” Award for continuing U.S. export growth for another four consecutive years. Dr. Fujita was named one of the most influential 100 people for Japan in NIKKEI Business in January 2014. In 2015, he was named Case Western Reserve Radiology Alumnus of the Year and received the Consul General’s Commendation from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for his contributions to enhancing the relationship between Japan and the United States.
Dr. Fujita lives in Pepper Pike, Ohio, with his wife, Mikiko, and they have two adult sons.
Robert A. GlickBoard of Directors
Appointed 2015 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Robert A. Glick is the founder, former CEO and Chairman of Dots, LLC, a national specialty women’s apparel chain.
Glick was inducted into the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising’s Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in the industry and previously served as chair of the school’s advisory board.
Glick also serves on the boards of the Cleveland Orchestra, University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center and the Alliance Solutions Group. He also serves as an advisor to Activant Capital (private equity) based in Greenwich, CT.
Glick graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts and he earned a Master of Business Administration with highest honors from the University of Michigan. In 1995, he was named EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
The Rev. Dr. Robin HedgemanBoard of Directors
Appointed 2019 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Rev. Dr. Hedgeman has served as the Senior Pastor at Bethany Christian Church since 1997. In this capacity, Dr. Hedgeman has focused her congregation on a community-centered approach, including the development of a summer enrichment program for youth that provides participants with reading and math skills, sports activities, field trips, and more. Prior to coming to Cleveland, she served seven years on the regional staff of the Christian Church in Ohio. Dr. Hedgeman’s pastoral work has also included stops in her hometown of Washington, D.C., as well as Louisville, Ky. and Peoria, Ill. She is an adjunct professor for the National Youth Sports Program at Case Western Reserve University, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and serves as a mentor for the John Adams High School for the Adopt-A-School Program. Dr. Hedgeman earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Towson State University, a Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.
Constance Hill-JohnsonBoard of Directors
Appointed 2018 by the Board of Directors
Constance Hill-Johnson is the Owner and Managing Director of Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services, a national franchise, in Cleveland Ohio. Visiting Angels is an in-home service provider assisting the elderly and older adult to live as independently as possible by remaining safely in their own familiar home environment.
Ms. Hill-Johnson started her business in 2002, and now in its 16th year, has successfully served hundreds of seniors throughout the greater Cleveland area and surrounding communities. Her professional background includes over 10-years of senior health care management experience in a variety of health care settings. She is regarded as a both a dynamic motivational leader and speaker who shares with audiences her entrepreneurial journey which began in her early 40’s, in addition to her recent journey as an adult caregiver to a mother with dementia.
Ms. Hill-Johnson’s expertise spans a wide array of organizational settings including acute care hospitals, physician’s medical practices, and professional management services companies. Ms. Hill-Johnson also spent 5 years as an institutional sales broker on an equity sales and trading desk for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in Detroit, Michigan.
Ms. Hill-Johnson has earned the degree of Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Services Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
She was nominated and selected as one of the 2007 Top 10 Women Business Owners in northeast Ohio by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). In January 2005 she was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners to the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA) Board of Trustees and is a Board Member of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (BRIA). Additionally, she serves on the board of Adults at Risk (Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry), the African American Outreach Committee of Hospice of The Western Reserve and is past Co-Chair of the African American Philanthropy Committee of The Cleveland Foundation. Most recently she was selected as one of the 2017 Crain’s Women of Note honorees.
Ronald A. RatnerBoard of Directors
Appointed 2018 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Ronald A. Ratner is a Partner of RMS Investment Group, a closely held family investment company.
Mr. Ratner served as Chief Development Officer responsible for oversight of Forest City Realty Trust’s national development program until September of 2018. His career at Forest City began in 1975 and included direct development, construction, financing and management responsibilities, beginning with individual projects and progressing to executive supervision of multiple large scale developments on a national level. He had direct responsibility for over 80,000 residential units and in excess of 12 million sq. ft. of mixed-use development in 15 States.
Mr. Ratner received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and completed the master’s program in architecture at UCLA.
Mr. Ratner is active with numerous community, educational, charitable and professional organizations. He currently is a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council and serves on the board of The Cleveland Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners and the Cleveland Clinic. He was active with National Multi Housing Council and has previously served on the Board of Directors at Forest City, and as a board member at The Ohio State University, Park Synagogue, Brandeis University and Menorah Park.
Richard P. StovskyBoard of Directors
Appointed 2020 by the Board of Directors
Richard P. Stovsky retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in June 2018 after 35 years with the firm, holding positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as Vice Chairman. He currently serves as a director and audit committee chair of Encore Capital Group, and is on the advisory boards of several privately held companies including Safeguard Properties, Inc., Citymark Capital and Anderson-Dubose, Inc. Stovsky also serves on several nonprofit organization boards, including The Cleveland Orchestra, The 50 Club of Cleveland Executive Committee, the Cleveland Museum of Art Executive Committee, Bluecoats of Cuyahoga County Executive Committee and University School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and attorney, and holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a juris doctorate from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.
Graham VeyseyBoard of Directors
Appointed 2020 by the presiding judge, Cuyahoga County Probate Court
Graham Veysey is a neighborhood developer in Hingetown, a vibrant enclave of Ohio City; the head wine guy at MANCAN Wine – the first exclusive wine-in-a-can company distributed in over 30 U.S. States; and, the Principal of North Water production – an Emmy Award winning production firm. North Water Productions creates content for global brands, arts and cultural institutions, and political campaigns. Veysey consults for the Aspen Institute, and is a contributing producer for the Aspen Ideas Festival; is a Contributor for Vanity Fair for The New Establishment Summit; and, directs the main stage of The Atlantic Festival. He was formerly the project director for the Ohio City Farm, a six-acre urban farm in Cleveland. Veysey serves on the boards of Policy Matters Ohio and the Bidwell Foundation. He was a 2016 Presidential Leadership Scholar and is a graduate of Bates College.
Ernest L. Wilkerson Jr.Board of Directors
Appointed 2011 by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Ernest L. 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.