Leadership
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Executive Director

216.316.5373

Annette has a passion for community engagement and strategic planning. As Executive Director, she leads One South Euclid and oversees residential and commercial development, community outreach efforts, fundraising, grants approvals, and current and future programming. She has proven experience in community development corporations and human services as well as a master's degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community and Social Development from the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University.

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Manager, Programming and Communications

216.396.9392

Barbie has a background in Marketing and Communications in the nonprofit sector, winning awards from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and the Association for Women in Communications. She leads One South Euclid's communication efforts and supports programming initiatives related to the Neighborhood Grant Program and fundraising. She holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University and is certified in inbound marketing, social media and Google Analytics. She has volunteered through the Greater Cleveland Volunteers Association and with Future Heights, among other organizations.

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CARL C. DeSCOTT

AmeriCorps VISTA

216.280.5837

Carl works to develop strategies to meet the needs of small businesses and entrepreneurs in South Euclid to help create a vibrant community for all. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Board of Directors

Members of the Board are volunteers who either live or work in South Euclid.

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KAREN POELKING

President

Karen is a retired Higher Education Administrator.  She worked at Notre Dame College for 40 years in a variety of administrative roles, most recently serving as VP for Board and Community Relations.  She has a BA and B.S. from Bowling Green University and an M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. 

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LISA MACK

Vice President

Lisa Mack is Regional Coordinator at MyCom Youth Development, an initiative that supports youth development as a direct path to healthy, safe communities for everyone by connecting youth with existing programs, funding opportunities and resources for positive growth. Lisa holds a B.S. from Purdue University.

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MOE ROMEO

Treasurer

A former Councilman for the city of South Euclid, Moe is a retired IT Manager of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

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RITA ROSS

Secretary

Rita Ross is now retired having spent the bulk of her career in personal lines insurance as an adjuster and administrative manager. She has been an instructor with AmeriCorps and Cleveland State University. Rita has a B.A in Communications Management and a M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Development. She enjoys property rehabilitation and genealogy Tracking.

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RICK KRIVANKA

President-Elect

Chair, Governance Committee

Rick Krivanka is Executive Director of the Jesuit Retreat Center. He has been a consultant and facilitator, and served as Director of Pastoral Planning for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for over 32 years. Rick has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Organizational Development from Case Western Reserve University. He and his wife Barb have lived in South Euclid since 1975. 

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LEN CALABRESE

Immediate Past President

Len was the Executive Director of the Commission on Catholic Community Action, the President of Catholic Community Connection, and a Past President of the City Club of Cleveland. He also was a

Professor at the University of Akron and President of the Cuyahoga County Library Board. Len has over 35 years of experience in higher education, public policy, faith-based and interfaith activities, nonprofit management, intergroup relations, leadership development, and community and economic development work. Len has a B.A. from John Carroll University and an M.A. from Northwestern University. His specialties include public-private partnerships,
community relations, coalition building, multicultural diversity, leadership development, social marketing, and economic development.

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KEITH BENJAMIN

Ex-Officio Member

Keith is the Community Services Director for the City of South Euclid and an experienced leader in the fields of government, non-profit organizations, K-12 and Higher Education. He is also skilled in Economic & Community Development, Policymaking, Marketing, Branding & Communications, Fundraising & Development, Diversity Management and Crisis communications. Keith has a B.A. from The Ohio State University and a M.S. from Cleveland State University. 

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MICHELLE TAYLOR BROOKS

Board Member

A resident of South Euclid for 23 years, Michelle says she loves this city and her goal is to help it grow and prosper. During her nearly three decades with Alcoa (now Howmet), she has been Vice Chair for the Women’s Committee, the recording secretary for the Civil Rights Committee, and served on the Health & Safety and Veterans’ Committees. Michelle also serves on the Executive Board for UAW Local 1050. She has helped plan events, such as Christmas in July for veterans, toy drives for foster children, and gate collections for men’s and women’s shelters. She also helped with the Bexley Bash.

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BEVERLY BURKS

Board Member

Beverly Burks is a Network Manager at MYCOM Youth Development Initiative of Greater Cleveland. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and an M.P.A. from Cleveland State University.

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CAROL FIORELLI

Board Member

Chair, Revitalization Committee

Chair, May-Green Action

Carol is a retired executive of KeyBank, a career which spanned 36 years in the areas of Commercial Banking, Technology and Operations, and IT Risk Management. Carol holds a B.S. in Education from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from John Carroll University. Carol is currently also a board member of Womankind and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Women's Guild and has been a volunteer math tutor for the Cleveland School of Arts. Carol is a lifetime South Euclid resident and holds the community near and dear.

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RAJA B. FREEMAN

Board Member

A South Euclid Resident, Raja Belle Freeman works as a Lead Teaching Artist for Twelve Literary Arts, a non-profit dedicated to the arts, building a better community, and educating and uplifting youth voices. Raja is also a poet, who teaches after-school poetry classes to high school students. She has a Bachelor's from Cleveland State University. Raja wants to help show South Euclid's youth that the city cares about them.

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STEVEN HAYNIE

Board Member

Steven Haynie, a 17-year resident of South Euclid, has worked for the Cuyahoga County Public Library System for more than a decade and currently serves as the Manager of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch. He earned his masters' degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences in 1996. Steve loves cultivating community partnerships and serving the needs of the community at large.

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PATRICK HYLAND

Board Member

Raised in South Euclid, Pat moved back in 1987 to raise his five children. After earning a B.S. in journalism from Bowling Green State University, he worked for The Painesville Telegraph, Canton Repository, Cleveland Clinic, Catholic Universe Bulletin and Advanstar Communications. Since 2012 he has been Director of Industry Communications for the Propane Education & Research Council. 

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TAMMY LEASE

Board Member

Employed by Penske Corporation, Tammy Lease oversees contract administration for six Cleveland-area stores. In her 30 years in the Automotive Industry, she has performed and overseen all phases of accounting and contract auditing for multi-franchise dealers. She has also served on the South Euclid Tree Commission and looks forward to working with OSE to bring more  public art to the city.

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JULIE MOSTOV

Ex-officio member

Julie Mostov, Principal of JEM Fundraising Consultants, is a veteran marketer, fundraiser and event planner. Julie is currently consulting with the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce and brings experience from Playhouse Square, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and John Carroll University. A native of Youngstown, and a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Julie is a 22-year resident of South Euclid,  Her previous volunteer experiences in South Euclid includes fundraising for the Playground of Possibilities in Bexley Park, South Euclid Humane Society and City of South Euclid's Centennial.

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CURTIS ORR

Board Member

Curtis Orr is a Cleveland Police Detective and CEO of CO Serving Services. He has a Bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University and is a resident of South Euclid.

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AL PAYNTER

Board Member

Al Paynter is President of Professional Home Inspections and  the former Owner of Lindsey Chemical as well as a U.S. Army Veteran. Al resides in South Euclid and attended Staunton Military Academy at Mount Union College.

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JOSEPH POLLACK

Board Member

Joe Pollack owns Pollack Studio in South Euclid, a more than 50-year-old business started by his father. It has been a fixture in South Euclid since 1973. Over the years, Joe has been on the board and Vice-President of the Society of Northern Ohio Professional Photographers, a board member, treasurer, and President of the Akron Society of Professional Photographers, as well as an affiliate representative to the Ohio Professional Photographers. Joe has been active in South Euclid's business community, has served on numerous committees for the Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce, and currently leads the Cedar-Green Merchants’ Association.

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KIM SCOTT

Board Member

Kim Scott is in her 15th season with the Cleveland Indians and is currently an Executive Assistant, Business. She has over 30 years of experience in the sports industry. Kim is passionate about South Euclid. Over the years, Kim was involved in PTA, Boosters, South Euclid Good Neighbor Committee, Bexley Community Group and Precinct Leader. Kim is a member of Garfield Memorial Church.

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DENISE TURNER

Board Member

Denise is a Project Manager at the YWCA Greater Cleveland for A Place 4 Me, an initiative to help end and prevent youth homelessness. Previously, she was Coordinator of a financial literacy program that assisted young adults to become financially secure who had transitioned out of foster care. Denise is also a member of the South Euclid Charter Review Commission, a member of the National Congress of Black Women, and formerly served as Jury Commissioner Chairperson for South Euclid. She recently became a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Cuyahoga County.

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ELAINE YEIP

Board Member

Elaine Yeip has more than 24 years of fundraising experience serving on the professional staff at United Way Greater Cleveland, the Citizens League/Citizens League Research Institute, The City Club of Cleveland and more recently, managing office operations at The Literacy Cooperative. She holds a BA degree in Communications from John Carroll University and volunteers for Reach Out and Read and The Literacy Cooperative Corporate Spelling Bee. Elaine strongly supports organizations and events that promote civic engagement and beautiful neighborhoods and has lived in South Euclid for most of her life.