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Annette Iwamoto

Executive Director


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. Annette was recently named as one of Crain's 40 Under 40.

Barbara McCann

Manager, Programming and Communications


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.

Carl DeScott

AmeriCorps VISTA


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.

Rick Krivanka


Rick Krivanka retired in 2021 after seven years as Executive Director of the Jesuit Retreat Center. He continues to work as a consultant and facilitator. He 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. 

Jillian Dinehart

Vice President

Jillian Dinehart has lived in South Euclid for four years, choosing to make it her forever home after living in Downtown Cleveland for some time. Although she was born and raised in the Rochester, NY area, Jillian came to study law at Case Western Reserve in 2007 and never looked back. She is a partner at Marshall Dennehey, a civil defense litigation firm, and she focuses her practice on municipal liability, construction defect litigation, and defending landowners from suit when an accident happens on their property. Jillian is a recent graduate of Ladder Down, a selective program designed and led by female attorneys to increase professional leadership skills. She has her BA in Political Science, with a minor in Spanish Language, and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law. In her spare time, you can find Jillian walking her three dogs near Memorial Junior High, or looking for the best cheese omelet in South Euclid.



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.

Rita Ross


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.

Lisa Mack

Immediate Past 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.

Keith Benjamin

Ex-officio Board 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. 

Amy Crawford


Board Member

Amy Crawford has worked for small, minority or woman-owned businesses for the past 18 years and has educated corporate clients on the benefits of implementing a diverse supplier program. She is the Business Development Director of Checks & Balances, a woman-owned Workforce Solutions company based in the DC Metro Area. Amy is passionate about serving her community and has sat on several nonprofit boards. She moved to South Euclid in 2022.

Jess Fitzgerald

Board Member

Jessica works as an Email Developer at Sherwin-Williams. She has a bachelor's degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and is passionate about visual art. She is happy to call South Euclid home, and hopes to create a community where everyone is welcome and thriving.

Raja 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.

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.

Pat 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. 

Pat Kenney

Board Member

Patrick Kenney is the retired Chief Operating Officer of CHN Housing Partners, a nonprofit affordable housing developer and housing service provider that works with its partners to solve major housing challenges for low-income people and underserved communities. Pat began his career in housing in 1978 when he served as a disaster relief manager in Andhra Pradesh, India. He then worked as a community organizer with the Buckeye Woodland Community Congress and became the first Executive Director of the Buckeye Woodland Community Development Corporation. Pat and his wife Carol have been residents of South Euclid since 2000.

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.

Julie Mostov

Ex-officio Board 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.

Tara Nichols


Board Member

Tara Nichols is a senior specialist of Gift Planning and Strategic Collaborations at University Hospitals. She holds a B.A. in Communication Management and a M.Ed. in Adult Learning from Cleveland State University (CSU). Introduced to the world of development while initially working at CSU, Tara has a deep passion for charitable work.

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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.

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.

Natalie Stamper


Board Member

Natalie Stamper serves on the city's Board of Zoning Appeals, works as a Laboratory Technician at Lubrizol Corporation, and is a talented vocalist who founded the musical group, Stamper Starr. A resident since 2011, her commitment to service is deeply rooted in her West Virginia upbringing, where her family's strong civic engagement set an inspiring example. Her parents' involvement in city council and her father's role as a County Commissioner instilled in her a sense of responsibility towards her community. Natalie pursued her education at Marshall University and the University of Phoenix.

Michelle Taylor Brooks


Board Member

Michelle works for Howmet Aerospace where she served on the Women's Committee, the Civil Rights Committee, the Health and Safety, Committee, and the Veteran's Committee. She serves on the Executive Board for UAW Local 1050.

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.

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.

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