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.
Carrie CarpenterBoard of Directors
Appointed 2015 by The Center for Community Solutions
Carrie Carpenter is the executive director and president of the Gordon Square Arts District, a Cleveland neighborhood that leverages arts and culture for economic development and revitalization. She was a founding board member of the organization in 2007, when it was formed by three nonprofit partners to raise $30 million to renovate and build three theaters that anchor the district. She became its director in 2016, embarking upon its next phase of arts-based place-making, marketing and artist engagement in the district.
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 their 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 currently serves as vice chair of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. A past board member of the Cleveland Leadership Center, she still chairs its Leadership Cleveland advisory committee. She previously served as the president of the board of Cleveland Public Theatre, one of the anchors of the Gordon Square Arts District.
Inajo Davis ChappellBoard of Directors
Appointed 2010 by the Board of Directors
Inajo Davis Chappell is a partner with the law firm Ulmer & Berne LLP. 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 has served on the boards of many community organizations, and is chair of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a juris doctorate from Columbia Law School.
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
Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita is the Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Quality Electrodynamics (QED), a global developer and manufacturer of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology. He is the author of 16 patents and has published more than 40 scientific papers and abstracts. Dr. Fujita serves as Adjunct Full Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, and Radiology, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at The University of Queensland, Australia. Dr. Fujita is a Senior Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Dr. Fujita has served or currently sits on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for numerous organizations, including The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Board, The Musical Arts Association that governs The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Foundation and chairs its Finance and Administration Committee, Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital and also on its Quality, Safety and Patient Experience Committee, The U.S.-Japan Council Board of Councilors, The Great Lakes Science Center, Global Cleveland and Hawken School. He also serves on the President’s Visiting Committee, International Visiting Committee and the Inamori Center of 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, sat on its U.S. Tax and Export subcommittee and is the Co-Chair of the Energy Policy Subcommittee.
Dr. Fujita is a frequent invited lecturer at various institutions, organizations and conferences for national and international audiences. In addition, Dr. Fujita published his autobiography, “A Pathfinder” from Shogakukan, Japan, in October 2013.
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 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Fujita founded QED in 2006 and by 2009 was recognized by Forbes Magazine in the 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, Northeast Ohio, and also received the Outstanding Recent 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 of America, 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. He was named one of the most influential 100 people for Japan in NIKKEI Business, 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 contribution to enhance the relationship between Japan and the United States of America.
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.
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 Bernie Moreno Companies, which includes 31 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.
Michael B. Petras Jr.Board of Directors
Appointed 2012 by the Board of Directors
Michael Petras serves as CEO of Sotera Health LLC. Sotera Health is the world’s leading fully integrated provider of mission-critical health sciences, lab services and sterilization solutions for the healthcare industry. Michael has more than twenty-five years of leadership experience, most recently serving as President and CEO of Cardinal Health’s Post-Acute Solutions segment. Previously, he was the CEO of AssuraMed, a leading medical products supplier, which Cardinal Health acquired in 2013. He also worked at General Electric for approximately two decades, including serving as President and CEO at GE Lighting and Industrial, a $6 billion GE business unit with more than 30,000 employees in over 100 locations worldwide.
Michael is a board member of The Cleveland Foundation, John Carroll University and serves on The Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Directors. He is also a past board member of Achievement Centers for Children, United Way of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Partnership.
Michael holds an MBA degree in marketing from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from John Carroll 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 of Trustees of the Cleveland Play House where she has served on the board since 1995. In addition, she serves as Chair of their Spotlight Endowment Campaign and as a member of their Planning and Progress and Development Committees. Currently in her second term on the Cleveland Foundation board, she is Chair of the Advancement Committee and serves on the Finance and Administration and Social Impact committees.
She is also involved in “Cleveland’s Path to Say Yes” initiative and serves on both their Asset Mapping Work Group and their Indicator’s Work Group.
Past board commitments include Town Hall of Cleveland, Hathaway Brown School and St. Paul’s School for Boys in Baltimore.
Beth received her B.A. degree cum laude from Smith College and has an active private practice tutoring primarily high school children with expressive language issues.
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.
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.