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The NEOMED Foundation strives to strengthen the financial capacity of Northeast Ohio Medical University and to broaden access to high quality medicine, pharmacy and graduate education. The Foundation works with the University as it endeavors to meet the health care workforce needs of Ohio and our nation, engages in groundbreaking health care research and serves the community. Founded in 1978 as the Medical Education Foundation, the Foundation accomplishes its mission through advocacy, fundraising, community outreach, investment management and stewardship of resources. The Foundation, comprised of health care, community and business leaders, is led by a 27-member volunteer Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

John Bastulli, M.D. (’83), is director of anesthesia at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio where he also serves as medical director, surgical services and operating room manager.

Brian Cmolik, M.D. (’85), is associate chief of surgery at the Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio where he also serves as chief, section of cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr Davidson graduated from NEOUCOM in 1982 and completed his family medicine residency at Akron General Medical Center. After residency, he returned to his hometown, Dayton, Ohio, where he was in private group practice for 16 years. In 2001 he relocated to NE Ohio to become the medical director of the Akron General Center for Family Medicine and a faculty member of the residency. In 2003-2004 he attended the Michigan State University primary care fellowship focusing on research and then became the director of research at the Center in 2004. In this role he assisted all the residents with their research projects and also coordinated the evidence-based medicine and practice management curricula. His interests also include heart disease prevention, clinical lipidology, and office based research and teaching.

He was an active member of NEON from 2004-2009, accepting research fellows every summer, culminating in regional and/or national presentations for each fellow. He has been Program Director of the Akron General Family Medicine Residency since 2008 and remains actively involved as an advisor to most of the research projects conducted at the Center. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and is also a member of the NEOUCOM chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha.  He has challenged many students and residents in table tennis and is ready for more. He lives in Solon, Ohio, with his wife Natasha. They have 4 children ages 11-27.

Kelly Glover is the Senior Marketing/Business Development Manager for Sikich.  She has over 17 years of experience in implementing sales and marketing strategy.

Deborah L. Grinstein, Esq., Trust Officer – Community Development, Farmers Trust Company.

Deborah joined Farmers Trust Company in 2018.  Prior to that, she was the Endowment Director at the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, where she advised donors and developed major planned giving charitable gifts as well as managed its endowment and investments.  Her focus is on assisting not-for-profits and religious institutions in assessment of current fundraising, annual giving, and long term strategic financial planning. Assisting in donor development, endowment growth and management, she continues to guide donors through the process of realizing the full potential of philanthropy.

Debbi is a Member of the Mahoning County Bar Association and the Mahoning/Shenango Valley Estate Planning Council.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science, from Emory University, and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Touro College School of Law.

Attorney John R. Harrison practices in the areas of elder and special needs law. He assists older adults and individuals with special needs and their families with estate planning, Medicaid, guardianship, litigation, probate matters, and the maintenance of public benefits. He also works with public agencies throughout Ohio that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness, or who have substance abuse issues.

John spent the majority of his career working for Disability Rights Ohio, The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, and in private practice, where he advocated for the rights of people with disabilities of all ages in diverse civil matters. He gained significant litigation, mediation, and negotiation experience during this time. After working with individual clients for many years, John was inspired to tackle legal issues that affect the broader population. He strove to right injustices within our society, finding a way to do so by working with public agencies and county boards. Of note, he served as lead counsel in McQueen v. Cuyahoga County Probate Court, 135 Ohio St.3d 291, 2013 Ohio 65, which by a unanimous decision, the Ohio Supreme court guaranteed the right of a ward under guardianship who is unable to pay for an attorney for a review hearing, the right to have counsel appointed at court expense.

John is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section and Elder and Special Needs Law Committee. He also serves on the Milestones Autism Organization board. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan in 1990 and in 1995 he received his J.D. degree with honors from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is admitted to practice before the Courts of the State of Ohio, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. His civic involvement includes service on the boards of Milestones Autism Resources and the Northeast Ohio Medicaid University Foundation.

Jerry is President of Wisdom Capital LLC, a consulting firm providing services in the areas of Finance; Business Strategy and Efficiency; and Education. Jerry is a Chartered Financial Analyst who formed Wisdom Capital to help businesses meet their challenges by drawing on 30 years of experience as an equity analyst. He has been actively involved in financial analysis and diligence, business valuation, strategic assessment, industry and market research, merger and acquisition analysis, P&L modeling and forecasting, formation and substantiation of investment opinions; strategic communications, and investment banking activities. As an analyst he has reviewed hundreds of businesses/business models and conducted regular and extensive review or consultative interactions with senior executives, entrepreneurs, operating mangers; board members, private equity investors, investor relations representatives and among the largest and most reputable institutional investors.

Jerry has been involved in thousands of company investor conferences, meetings or calls; and personally conducted hundreds of personal interviews and strategic assessments with senior executives of public and private companies. He has been a guest speaker and/or Chairman at industry conferences, and has authored numerous reports on companies and industry sectors.

For the past 15 years has been one of the most recognized experts in the education and training sector, and has received awards from The Wall Street Journal (Stock Picking), StarMine/Financial Times (earnings estimate accuracy); and has been quoted or referenced in national media such as The Wall Street Journal, Investors’ Business Daily, Crain’s, CNBC, and Bloomberg; as well as regional and local media. During his career he has worked with business services, staffing, professional services, transportation, natural resources, chemicals/specialty chemicals, building materials, consumer durables, and manufacturing and process industries.

“Live like no one else now, so you can live like no one else later.” – Dave Ramsey. An entrepreneur at heart, I love helping people thrive and succeed. Being part of an amazing company like Aligned Health Center has been an unbelievably rewarding experience for me. We are the first and only Chiropractic BioPhysics clinic in Northern Ohio and we also specialize in Regenerative Medicine and Physical Therapy.

After years of seeing patients in chronic pain and struggling with other ailments, combined with the growing opioid crisis in our country, I served as the Lorain County Manager for Legalize Ohio 2016, a volunteer-run group of activists to repeal the prohibition of cannabis in Ohio.

In 2020, I started Mindful MMJ Ohio, a company dedicated to helping patients with a qualifying medical condition obtain their medical marijuana card from a MD or DO, guiding them through the process every step of the way.

In addition to helping patients take a proactive step towards their health, I have built Network Fifty Two, a networking group that helps people connect and work together in a mutually beneficial way. I’ve been amazed at the success of this group from the very beginning. It proves that collaboration is a key ingredient in the pursuit of excellence.

To further expand my reach to help others both personally and professionally, I run a life and health insurance brokerage, NFT Insurance Group. This allows me to encompass my wide network of people, businesses, and services to provide a unique approach to help individuals and small businesses with the best possible solution when it comes to insurance, investments and benefits.

Adding to the ever-evolving book that is my life, I am in the process of renovating and reopening my great-grandparents’ grocery store in Lorain, OH as a joint venture with my oldest child, Nevaeh. Jeancola’s Market opened in the late 1940s and was a staple in the community for over 50 years! I hope to guide my daughter through the start of her entrepreneurial career as we travel through this journey together.

In my free time, you will find me training in the gym as a nationally-qualified competitive bodybuilder, crafting, attending concerts of all genres, spending time on the boat with my family, or traveling. As a proud mother of three amazing children, I try to lead by example, believing that a parent should not make their children their excuse – but their reason.

David Koch is chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Board in Akron. His experience includes four years as director of fundraising and endowment development at the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, and a 25-year career in sales and marketing at Akron-based Belenky, Inc.

Koch is a graduate of Xavier University.

David J. Konik, CPA, Vice President, The Huntington National Bank

Mr. Konik holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and has a CPA designation from the State of Ohio. He is also a graduate of the National Graduate Trust School at the University of Wisconsin, and a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Mahoning-Shenango Estate Planning Council. He has completed many courses on estate and income taxation and financial planning in addition to requirements for continuing professional education as a CPA. He has thirty-nine years of trust experience including estate and gift planning, trust and individual income taxation and trust and estate administration. Mr. Konik has served on many
community boards including The Henry H. Stambaugh Auditorium Association, OPRS Foundation Philanthropy Committee, The Community Corporation Endowment Finance Committee, The Mahoning County Bar Association Bar Foundation Trustees, American Cancer Society and Family Services Agency. He is a Relationship Manager responsible for the administration of individual trusts,
endowment funds, investment management accounts and IRA’s as well as escrow and custodial agency accounts. He is also the manager of the Warren, Ohio Huntington Wealth & Investment Management Private Bank Office.

Dr. Leone graduated with his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1988. In 1990 he founded one of the first multi-specialty pain practices in the county. This practice incorporated MD’s, DC’s, DO’s and PT’s all at one location. More than 20 years later The Spine and Pain Institute continues to be the region’s leading pain center. Dr. Leone is a fellow of Chiropractic Orthopedics. He is one of the first chiropractors to be board certified in acupuncture in Ohio and is one of the only Doctors of Chiropractic certified in spinal decompression in the state.

Dr. Leone is an avid fitness and wellness enthusiast and had extensive numerous post-doctoral training in nutrition which has allowed him to develop a nutrition program for SPI. He lectures regularly to the Nurse Practitioner program at Kent State University and holds the position of adjunct professor. Dr. Leone has served on numerous boards and committees in Portage County and Kent since beginning practice.

He is an avid martial artist and holds black belts in Kung fu, karate and weapons training. He also enjoys playing the guitar, golf and fitness training. Dr. Leone lives in Aurora, OH with his 4 children, wife Lisa and beagle Rosie.

Jennifer Lile, Director at Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty Company, L.P.A. in Canton.

Her practice focuses on the areas of estate and special needs planning, trust, probate and elder law. Her practice areas include: Estate & Trust Planning, Elder Law Planning, Special Needs Planning and Probate Administration. Jennifer is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation.

Joel joined his family business in 1974, after having graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in economics.  Joel became president of Medical Service Company upon the death of his father in 1979 and today is Chairman.    Based in Cleveland, Ohio the company operates with a staff of nearly 250 out of over twenty offices serving patients in Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Kentucky, Indiana and Pennsylvania. He is active in community, religious, social service and professional associations.  He has served as a director on various boards and committees of both state and national medical equipment service and hospice organizations and is a Past President of the Ohio Association of Medical Equipment Services and Former Chairman of the Board of the American Association for Homecare.  Joel was a four-time Governor appointed Board Member of the Ohio Respiratory Care Board and a member of numerous other professional associations including American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), Ohio Pharmacist Association (OPA) and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

In addition, Joel is on or has served on the boards or as an officer of COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises), the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Jewish Family Service Association, Vocational Guidance Services and the non-profit Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, the largest nursing home in Ohio.  He has volunteered with the Small Business Division and the Health Impact Committee of United Way Services.  He has served as Vice Chairman of COSE for Community Leadership and has served on the Governor’s (Ohio) Small Business Advisory Council.   He continues to be active at The Temple – Tifereth Israel and is a board member and officer of the congregation.

Medical Service Company operates a closed door pharmacy specializing in hospice care and provides respiratory, sleep apnea and medical equipment to patients in their homes.  He lives with his wife Rochelle in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

Mr. Mosley is Senior Vice President at Huntington Private Bank with over 30 years of experience in the areas of Probate, Estate and Trust Administration as well as tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals.. Mark is an attorney and has successfully completed certified wealth specialist courses as well as Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University.

Andy comes from a family known in the Youngstown area for business and community leadership. His grandfather and father were in the investment industry. Prior to that Andy’s family owed and operated Moyer Pants, a national manufacturer of men’s garments. After working for a regional investment firm, Andy and his father joined Ted Dumas in 1994 to form Dumas & Moyer. In 2008 they merged with W3 Wealth Management. Today a fourth generation now leads the firm. Jonathan Lapine, Andy’s son-in law now serves as Managing Partner in the Warren office. W3 serves clients nationwide with offices in Akron, Warren, Cleveland, and Columbus.

Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from University of Cincinnati and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University in New York. He also holds his Certified Financial Planner designation as well as securities and insurance licenses.

Andy has served in numerous leadership positions inside the Jewish communities in Northeast Ohio both as a professional staff person and volunteer. He currently serves on the boards of the Ohio Jewish Communities and the Jewish Community Relation Council in Youngstown. Andy was a 1998 graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley and remains involved in the program.

Andy and his wife Judy like to spend free time with family and friends trying out new restaurants, attending theater, and traveling. Andy and Judy have a daughter Julie, son-in-law Jonathan & grandchildren Hannah & Benjamin .

His experience and educational background lead Andy to develop financial plans that help families make the most of their lives. He values his relationships with clients and understands the responsibility entrusted to him. Andy enjoys finding new ways to simplify clients’ financial lives while delivering piece of mind.

Deborah Okey has long been committed to helping and mentoring people and students at all levels to achieve success and advancement in their careers.  Through her extensive experience in various leadership roles in a multinational Fortune 200 company, she has developed valuable insights and practical tools for success and has been a keynote speaker in areas such as Developing Your Professional Presence, Demonstrating Strategic Thinking, Creating Relationships (Sponsors versus Mentors), Managing Your Own Career and Being Aware of Your Brand.

Deborah recently retired from Goodyear, where in 2010, she became the first woman to serve as Associate General Counsel for the largest strategic business unit of Goodyear – North America.  As the first woman to serve on the North America leadership team, Deborah joined with the team in achieving a stunning turnaround of the North America business from a $300 million loss in 2009 to nearly $1 billion in segment operating income in 2014.

She started at Goodyear as a litigation attorney and then became the first woman to hold the position of Associate General Counsel for Litigation.  In this role for 10 years, she was responsible for the strategy and management of all the product liability lawsuits and claims that were filed against Goodyear in the United States and overseeing all inside and outside attorneys who represented Goodyear.

Before joining Goodyear, Deborah was in private practice with the law firm of Roetzel & Andress and was lead trial lawyer for several major tire manufacturers and other product manufacturers in trials throughout the United States.  She then became an in-house counsel for Continental General Tire and managed its product liability lawsuits.  Later, she managed all of the lawnmower lawsuits in the United States for the largest lawnmower manufacturer, American Yard Products Division of White Consolidated Industries in Cleveland.

Deborah graduated sixth in her class with a Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, at the University of Akron School of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, magna cum laude, from the University of Akron.  Most recently, she is enrolled in the Columbia University Business School in New York City as part of her continuing career development.

Dr. Patel is an assistant professor of internal medicine at NEOMED, an attending staff and medical oncologist at Summa Health System, Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital and Summa Health Center at Lake Medina. He is also in private practice at Summit Oncology Associates, Inc.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron, a Doctor of Medicine degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University. He currently serves as president of the NEOMED Alumni Association.

Robert Perry serves as vice president at Welty Business Company in Akron, Ohio, where he oversees business development for Ohio. He previously served as manager of suite sales for the Cleveland Browns, president of Legacy Healthcare Solutions and senior therapeutic director of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Perry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Kent State University. He resides in Shaker Heights.

Bruce E. Sherman, CPA, is president of Sherman CreativeBruce ShermanPromotions, Inc., a distributor of imprinted promotional materials. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Youngstown State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Sherman is a past president and current member of the board of the Youngstown State University Alumni Society, past chair and current member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, member of the Board of Directors for Leadership Mahoning County (and graduate of the class of 1985), and past treasurer and current Board member at Interfaith Home Maintenance. He is also a trustee for the Frances and Lillian Schermer Charitable Trust and the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation.

Nicholas Sucic is currently vice president and controller at The Davey Tree Expert Company in Kent, Ohio. He joined the company in 2001 as corporate controller, chief accounting officer. Prior to Davey Tree, he served as chief financial officer of Vesper Corporation, held various asset management positions at The Prudential Investment Corporation, and was a partner at Ernest & Young, LLP.

Sucic earned a Bachelor of Business Accounting degree and a Master of Science degree in accounting from Kent State University. In 2006 he was named outstanding accounting alumnus of the year.

He is currently a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Financial Executive International (FEI) and American Institute of CPA’s.

Brian C. Wagner is the president of CCG Automation, Inc. and CCG Energy Solutions, Inc., a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).  Brian is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP), and Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP).  He and his companies have received numerous international, national and regional awards including AEE Energy Project of the Year, Automated Logic (part of United Technologies) Project of the Year, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, EPA Energy Star, EPA Battle of the Buildings, Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Weatherhead 100 – #1 Upstart.

Brian has volunteered his time as past Vice Chairman of the UH Parma Medical Center Foundation, Polaris Career Center Advisory Board, Revere Local Schools Buildings and Grounds Committee, American Red Cross and Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Through the Brian and Lisa Wagner Family Foundation, Brian and his family support many local organizations including Akron Children’s Hospital, UH Parma Medical Center, St. John Bosco Parish, St. Victor Parish, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and NEOMED.

Officers & Committees

  • Jerry Herman, Treasurer, Committee Chair Investment & Finance Committee
  • Jennifer Lile, Secretary
  • Mark Mosley, Committee Chair, Development Committee
  • Deborah A. Okey, Board Chair
  • Ian Oppenheim, Esq., Committee Chair, Committee on Directors
  • Bruce Sherman, Past Chair
  • Brian Wagner, Vice Chair
  • Elliot B. Davidson, M.D. (’83)
  • Kelly Glover
  • David K. Koch
  • Ian S. Oppenheim, Esq., CELA, Committee Chair
  • Robert Grant Perry
  • Munir P. Shah, M.D.
  • Bruce Sherman
  • Deborah A. Okey, J.D., Board Chair
  • Daniel Blain
  • Brian L. Cmolik, M.D. (’85)
  • Jerry Herman, Treasurer, Committee Chair
  • Cindy S. Johnson, CPA, CIT
  • Joel Marx
  • Mehool A. Patel, M.D., M.B.A., FACP (’98)
  • Sam Roth, Emeritus
  • Nicholas R. Sucic, CPA
  • Deborah A. Okey, J.D., Board Chair
  • Daniel Blain
  • John A. Bastulli, M.D. (’83)
  • Venera F. Izant, CRPC, CSNA
  • David P. Leone, DC, DAAPM
  • Ed McQuiston
  • Mark Mosley, Committee Chair
  • William A. Nemeth
  • James L. Pazol, J.D., Emeritus
  • Bruce Sherman
  • Brian Wagner
  • Paul Watanakunakorn, M.D. (’98)
  • Deborah A. Okey, J.D., Board Chair
  • Daniel Blain
  • Deborah L. Grinstein
  • John Harrison, Esq.
  • Venera F. Izant, CRPC, CSNA
  • David Koch
  • David J. Konik
  • Rajiv Lapasia, M.D. (’00), Alumni Board
  • Jennifer L. Lile, CELA
  • Andrew Moyer, CFP

Contact

Daniel Blain
Vice President, Advancement
President, NEOMED Foundation
Phone: 330.325.6261
Email: dblain@neomed.edu

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