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.
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.
Ronald B. AdrineBoard of Directors
Appointed 2022 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Ronald B. Adrine is a life-long resident of Greater Cleveland. He graduated from Fisk University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He passed the Ohio bar in l973. In 1974, he joined the staff of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor as an assistant in the criminal trial division. In 1976, he entered the private practice of law. Two years later, he served as a Senior Staff Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations. He was elected to serve six full six-year terms, on the bench of the Cleveland Municipal Court. He was elected by his peers to serve as Administrative and Presiding Judge of his Court, from 2009 until his retirement in January of 2018. In 2017, he received the President’s Award from the Association of Municipal and County Court Judges of Ohio, the Freedom Fund Award from the Cleveland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and was selected for inclusion in the inaugural class of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Hall of Fame. Additionally, he was appointed by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law to serve as its initial Jurist in Residence. He is recipient of The Ohio State Bar Association’s two highest awards: the Ohio Bar Medal and the Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence.
In retirement, he continues active service to the community. He chaired the 2018 Cuyahoga County Charter Review Commission. He pursues efforts at justice system reform, with Arnold Venture’s Pretrial Research Advisory Board and a national convening it is sponsoring on the intersection of interpersonal violence and systemic racism. He sits on the National Board of Futures Without Violence. He serves as faculty for the Ohio Judicial College’s New Judge, New Magistrate and Acting Judge Orientations. He helped design Raising the Bar: a joint initiative of the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio State Bar Association to combat sexual harassment in the legal community. He is a Founding Member of the new Ohio Black Judges Association and serves as the chair of its Communications Committee. He also participated as a member of the Ethic Subcommittee of recently-elected Cleveland Mayor, Justin Bibb’s Transition Team.
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 serves as board chair for the Arts and Culture Action Committee. Currently, he also sits on the boards of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress 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.
Margot James CopelandBoard of Directors
Appointed 2020 by the Board of Directors
Margot James Copeland’s experience spans board and operational leadership; currently she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic as vice chair of Government & Community Relations, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Say Yes to Education, and recently concluded nine years at Kent State University as board secretary, chair of Nominating and Governance, and chair of Academic Excellence and Student Success. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of AARP and the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority. She is an Advisory Board member of Nirvana Analytics, an investment and private equity company.
Copeland is the former chair and CEO of the KeyBank Foundation (retired), and also served as chief diversity officer at KeyBank. Under her leadership at KeyBank, Copeland developed strategic philanthropic investing and measuring long-term performance. This earned The Civic 50 recognition six consecutive years with four distinctions in the financial services sector; the most in the company’s history. As KeyBank’s first Chief Diversity Officer, she led initiatives earning national distinction including successive recognition by DiversityInc. Copeland is a recipient of the Master Innovator recognition by Smart Business Magazine. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University and a master’s degree from The Ohio State 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.
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.
J. David HellerBoard of Directors
Appointed 2022 by the Board of Directors
J. David Heller is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of The NRP Group. Over the past 27 years, Mr. Heller has helped to create one of the largest multifamily development companies in the U.S., from the ground up. Since its founding in 1994, The NRP Group has delivered more than 45,000 apartment homes and currently manages 25,000 residential units across the nation.
Prior to founding The NRP Group, Mr. Heller worked as a consultant for The Townsend Group where he was responsible for more than $3.6 billion in real-estate investments, included office, industrial, retail, single-family and multi-family construction projects. Additionally, he was responsible for portfolio diversification, asset management, investment strategy and project underwriting. His clients included the State of Washington, the City of Milwaukee, Ohio Police and Fire, Los Angeles Police and Fire, the City of San Francisco. Mr. Heller previously spent five years at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Chicago as a manager in the real estate consulting division.
Mr. Heller holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A certified public accountant, Mr. Heller is a member of the AICPA. In addition, he serves on the executive committee and is past Chairman of the Housing Credit Group for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Mr. Heller serves on the Advisory Board for the Campaign for Affordable Housing and the Editorial Advisory Board for Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. Mr. Heller also serves as an officer of the Board for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.
Mr. Heller is deeply committed to community service and holds several leadership positions across many civic organizations. In January 2009, the President of the United States appointed Mr. Heller as a Member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. Mr. Heller also serves on the Advisory Board of the University Hospital Cardio Vascular Institute. He joined the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund Board in December 2008, and he has continued to serve for 13 years. Mr. Heller also serves on the Board of the Parkwood Corporation, the United Way Foundation. In 2010, Ernst & Young Cleveland recognized Mr. Heller as the “Entrepreneur of the Year.” Mr. Heller also serves on the Board of the International Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Since 2016, Mr. Heller has also served on the Board of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).
Mr. Heller is greatly devoted to serving the Jewish Community across Northeast Ohio. He was Board President of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, President of the Board of the Ohio Jewish Communities and following his role as Campaign Chair in 2013 and 2014, The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland named Mr. Heller Board Chair for the 2019-2022 term.
Mr. Heller lives in suburban Cleveland with his wife Rebecca. They have four children, Lindsey, Ben, Ellie and Sam.
Carey F. JarosBoard of Directors
Appointed 2022 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Carey Jaros is a global consumer and industrial products executive and board member. Since 2020, she has served as President and Chief Executive Officer at GOJO Industries, maker of PURELL® skin and surface solutions. In this role, she oversaw the company’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ultimately delivering 140 billion doses of PURELL® products and investing 10 years of capital over 18 months, expanding capacity and vertically integrating to ensure supply in future public health crises. Jaros joined GOJO in 2016 to lead strategy, product management, and marketing, and then served as Chief Operating Officer before being named CEO. She is a board member of publicly traded Grocery Outlet (NASDAQ: GO), of ESOP ACRT Services, Inc., and is an active angel investor.
Jaros began her career with Bain & Company, where she spent over a decade advising private equity and corporate clients on M&A due diligence, growth strategy, and turnarounds. She also spent several years at Dealer Tire, where she led strategy, finance, and was a general manager. Jaros serves on numerous non-profit boards in Northeast Ohio and nationally and is also a Trustee of the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. She received her AB in Public Policy from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Jaros was born and raised on the East Side of Cleveland, where she lives today with her husband, Brett Farmery, and their three daughters.
Stewart A. KohlBoard of Directors
Appointed 2022 by the administrative judge, 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals
Stewart A. Kohl is Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Riverside Company, a $14 billion global private equity firm founded to invest in premier companies at the smaller end of the middle market. Since 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 800 companies globally. The firm’s investors include leading pension funds, endowments, funds-of-funds, insurance companies and banks. The firm employs more than 300 people in offices across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Kohl joined Riverside in 1993. Prior to that, he was a vice president of Citicorp Venture Capital, Ltd., the private equity arm of Citibank.
In addition to his work with Riverside, Mr. Kohl serves as an Honorary Trustee of Oberlin College and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cleveland Clinic, where he Co-Chaired its $2.6 billion Power of Every One Capital Centennial Campaign, which was completed in 2021. He was inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in 2009. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Building for Hope Capital Campaign of the Center for Families and Children.
Mr. Kohl earned the George S. Dively Entrepreneurship Award in 2018. He was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame in 2014. After spending 16 years as a “Heavy Hitter” participant in the Pan-Mass Challenge bicycle fundraiser, Mr. Kohl founded VeloSano, a similar event that has raised $30 million to fund cancer research since 2014.
Mr. Kohl holds a BA from Oberlin College.
Randell McShepardBoard of Directors
Appointed 2021 by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Randell McShepard is currently employed as the Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Talent Officer for RPM International Inc., a $6 billion chemical coatings/paint company headquartered in Medina, Ohio. In this post, he is responsible for managing external and governmental affairs, leading the corporate philanthropy program, facilitating corporate purchasing initiatives and coordinating executive leadership development activities.
An active community and corporate leader, Mr. McShepard is currently serving on several boards in Northeast Ohio including Baldwin Wallace University, Destination Cleveland and Taylor Oswald LLC. He is co-founder and chairman of PolicyBridge, a public policy think tank serving the Northeast Ohio region, and co-founder of the Rid-All Green Partnership, a thriving urban farm and environmental education campus in Cleveland’s Lower Kinsman neighborhood. He also currently serves as a member of the Cuyahoga County Citizens’ Advisory Council on Equity, which was established in 2020.
Mr. McShepard’s previous community/civic leadership roles have included: president of The Union Club of Cleveland, chairman of the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board, chairman of the Manufacturing Advocacy Council of the National Association of Manufacturers, chairman of the Sisters of Charity Foundation, vice-chairman of The Fund for Our Economic Future and vice-chairman of Business Volunteers Unlimited. He has also served as a trustee for The George Gund Foundation, The City Club of Cleveland and United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Mr. McShepard is a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Baldwin Wallace University (B.A.) and Cleveland State University (M.S.).
Among his many honors, Mr. McShepard was inducted into the John F. Kennedy High School Hall of Fame and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Cleveland State University and Baldwin Wallace University. He was also recognized as a “C-Suite Champion” by Crain’s Cleveland in 2019. He is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland and remains active at his home church, St. James AME Church in Cleveland, where he serves on the Steward Board.
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.
Maria SpanglerBoard of Directors
Appointed 2020 by the Bank Trustees Committee
Maria Spangler is the Director of Community Engagement for the Sherwin-Williams Company, a 154-year-old firm founded in and committed to Northeast Ohio. In addition to serving as Director of the Sherwin-Williams Foundation, she develops strategy and provides thought leadership for corporate responsibility efforts in support of communities and 60,000 employees across the company’s global footprint.
Spangler earned her B.A., cum laude, in political science from John Carroll University. She holds a juris doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a masters of public administration from the Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University
Extensively involved and committed to the Northeast Ohio community, Maria serves on the boards of Cuyahoga County Public Library, University Circle Incorporated, and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. She and her husband Michael are strong supporters of educational access to underserved communities and remain staunchly committed to the mission of Esperanza.
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 a 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, Morrison Products, Inc. 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 has spent the last dozen-plus years devoted to sustainably transforming neighborhoods. He is Principal at Grammar Development, a real estate and creative placemaking firm championing responsible redevelopment and community building in the Hingetown enclave of Cleveland. Graham is also Principal of North Water Productions, an Emmy-award winning media and events firm, and an Executive Producer at the Aspen Institute. Through this work, Graham has led the strategy and execution of large-scale summits like the Aspen Ideas Festival, Bloomberg CityLab, the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Aspen Ideas Climate, and Vogue Forces of Fashion.
He also is a co-founder of Graham+Fisk's Wine-In-A-Can, the first exclusive canned wine that is distributed in over 40 states and has won multiple awards from Wine Enthusiast.
Graham was previously Project Director for the Ohio City Farm, a 6-acre urban farm, which he spearheaded with The Refugee Response, a nonprofit working with refugee communities on sustainable agriculture.
Graham has a bachelor's in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Bates College. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar.