Officers and Directors


Pamela R. Valentine
Director of Community Development
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio


Martin Belsky, Esq.                                      Randolph Baxter Professor of Law                The University of Akron


Vice President

Andre' Lessears                                            Director, Diversity & Inclusion,                       Cleveland Clinic Akron General


Benjamin Comston                                              Director of Operations, Workforce Management                                                 Genesis Financial Solutions   



Barbara A. Feld                                            Emeritus Executive Director                      Tuesday Musical Association        



Maura Scanlon Bozzelli, Esq.                  Attorney, The Scanlon Group


Anita L. Davis, Esq.                              Retired Legal Counsel, Summit County Department of Job & Family Services


James S. Harris, Jr.
Senior IT Project Manager,  Eaton Corp.

April Jefferson
Senior Communications Representative,  FirstEnergy Service Company

Michael Kavulic, Ph.D.
Director, Research Strategic Initiatives  Kent State University

Dana K. LaGarde
Immediate Past Board President
Lead Project Manager, AT&T


Ellen McWilliams-Woods, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent
Akron Public Schools
Diane Miller-Dawson
Finance Director,  County of Summit

Dr. Fedearia Nicholson-Sweval
Dean of Student Success,  Stark State College


Ann Otto, Ph.D.
Retired Associate Vice President,  NEOMED


Paul Stallings
Manager, Accounting                              Real Estate, Progressive Insurance

Debbie Walsh
Assistant to the Director, Summit County Board of Elections
The Honorable Annalisa S. Williams
Judge, Akron Municipal Court
Pam Wright, CPA
Partner, Assurance Services,  Sikich LLP

Ex Officio, Non-Voting Members 

David W. James
Akron Public Schools
Jacqueline A. Silas-Butler, Esq.
Executive Director
Project GRAD Akron






Past Presidents of Project GRAD Akron's Board of Directors


      Robert "Bob" Kulinski           Jocelyn McClendon            Jean Van Ness, Esq.

                2002-2004                         2004-2007                        2007-2009


   Danielle Kimmell, CPA             Bennett Gaines                 Anita L. Davis, Esq.

             2009-2012                           2012-2013                          2013-2015