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.
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.
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.
Officers & Committees
- John A. Bastulli, M.D. (’83)
- David K. Koch
- Ian S. Oppenheim, Esq., CELA
- Debbie Okey
- Robert Grant Perry
- Venera F. Izant, CRPC, CSNA
- David P. Leone, DC, DAAPM
- Ed McQuiston
- William A. Nemeth
- James L. Pazol, J.D., Emeritus
- Munir P. Shah, M.D.
- Paul Watanakunakorn, M.D. (’98)
- Brian Wagner
- Brian L. Cmolik, M.D. (’85)
- Jerry Herman
- Cindy S. Johnson, CPA, CIT
- Joel Marx
- Jeffrey S. McDaniels
- Mehool A. Patel, M.D., M.B.A., FACP (’98)
- Sam Roth, Emeritus
- Nicholas R. Sucic, CPA, Treasurer, Committee Chair
- Cindy S. Johnson, CPA, CIT, Treasurer
- Deborah A. Okey, Vice Chair
- Bruce E. Sherman, Chair
- Brian Wagner, Committee Chair, Development Committee
- Paul Watanakunakorn, MD (’98), Secretary