PROJECT GRAD AKRON'S

2020-2021 Board of Directors

OFFICERS

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President

Martin H. Belsky, Esq.

Randolph Baxter
Professor of Law
The University of Akron

President-Elect
February 2021 - Present

Maura Scanlon Bozzelli, Esq.

Attorney at Law
The Scanlon Group

Vice President

Fedearia Nicholson-Sweval, Ph.D.

Dean of Student Success
Stark State College

Treasurer

Pam Wright, CPA

Partner
Assurances Services
Sikich LLP

Secretary

Michael Kavulic, Ph. D.

Director, Research
Strategic Initiatives
Kent State University

DIRECTORS

Michelle Bisson

Vice President,
Marketing & Communications
Summa Health System

Benjamin Comston, Esq.

Director of Operations,
Workforce Management
Genesis Financial Solutions

Anita L. Davis, Esq.

Attorney at Law
Past PGA Board President
 

Barbara A. Feld

Emeritus
Executive Director
Tuesday Musical Association

Annie Hanson Hilaire

Director of Community Relations and Engagement
The University of Akron

April Jefferson

Senior Communications Representative
FirstEnergy Service Company

Dana K. LaGarde

Retired Lead
Project Manager, AT&T
Past PGA Board President

Ellen McWilliams-Woods, Ph. D.

Chief Academic Officer/ Assistant Superintendent
Akron Public Schools

Diane Miller-Dawson

Finance Director
County of Summit
 

Ann Otto, Ph. D.

Retired Associate
Vice President
NEOMED

Brian R.E. Simmons, Esq.

Associate
Vorys, Sater, Seymour
and Pease LLP

Pamela R. Valentine

Community Volunteer
Past PGA Board President
 

Debbie Walsh

Assistant to the Director
Summit County
Board of Elections

The Honorable
Annalisa S. Williams

Judge
Akron Municipal Court

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President-Elect
July 2020 - Jan 2021

Andre' Lessears

Relocated to Alabama

EX OFFICIO

David W. James, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools
Akron Public Schools

Jacqueline A. Silas-Butler, Esq.

Executive Director
Project GRAD Akron

Presidents of the Project GRAD Akron’s Board of Directors

Vivian Celeste Neal
2002
(Interim Director to establish the non-profit status)

 

Robert Kulinski
2002 - 2004

 

Jocelyn McClendon
2004 - 2007

 

Jean Van Ness, Esq.
2007 - 2009

 

Danielle Kimmell, CPA
2009 - 2012

Bennett Gaines
2012 - 2013

 

Anita L. Davis, Esq.
2013 - 2015

 

Dana K. LaGarde
2015 - 2018

 

Pamela R. Valentine
2018 - 2020

 

Martin H. Belsky, Esq.
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