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SVP Partner Group PictureWith more than 3000 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

In Cleveland we have 80+ members (our Partners) aged 24 to 84. They range from artists to entrepreneurs, from nonprofit leaders to corporate veterans, and from foundation executives to people just beginning to explore their giving potential.

If you want to make a difference – and a bigger difference then you could alone – you’ll want to meet these folks.

Meet Some of Our Partners…

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Jacquelyn Adams

Jacquelyn graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BS in Computer Engineering. After college, she served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote Tanzanian village teaching high school Math in Swahili and offering after-hours courses on HIV/AIDS prevention and education. It was during this time that her passion for helping those in need solidified. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Jon Adams

Jon is an entrepreneur with thirty years of experience building businesses. He initially founded AudioPack Technologies, a company specializing in the design and manufacture of wireless communications devices. AudioPack grew to 130 employees and sales of $25 million before it was acquired by Ultra Electronics, a publicly-traded UK aerospace and defense firm. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Bishara Addison, Secretary of the Board

As a young professional, committed to the revitalization of Cleveland, Bishara Addison has 7 years of experience in community engagement, policy, strategic planning, project management, volunteer management, and grant writing. The launch pad of Bishara’s career in public service began at The George Washington University where she majored in Political Science. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen is the Project Manager for our engagement with Effective Leadership Academy. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Réka Barabas

Réka is passionate about connecting young entrepreneurs to the community and giving them the opportunity to sell outside of the school walls. She joined the Young Entrepreneurship Institute team in 2013 and leads the Young Entrepreneur Market, coaching student entrepreneurs and educators through the process of starting and growing a product-based business. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Jill Bernaciak

Jill is an instructor in the entrepreneurship minor at John Carroll University and was one of the Burton D. Morgan Fellows who developed courses in Creativity and Idea Development, Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, and Marketing and Sales for Entrepreneurs. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Gayle Boyer

Gayle is a higher education professional focusing on career development in a liberal arts environment. As Operations Manager for the Career Center at Oberlin College, she leads the center's technology initiatives, manages on- and off-campus recruiting programs, and helps coordinate the center's volunteer and mentoring programs. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Mary S. Bright, Esq.

Mary is an attorney who specialized in business law. A 1976 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mary spent many years as in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 company and later was in-house counsel for a large nonprofit healthcare system. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Dick Cahoon

Dick Cahoon was born and raised in Akron and graduated from Firestone High School in 1973. He went off to Cornell for a few years and ended up back in Akron, working at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. and attending night school at the University of Akron. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Kay Carlson

Kay was appointed as executive director of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes in January 2009 after serving as interim director for six months. Kay comes to the Center with a vast background of experience and passion for the environment. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Ryan Chamberlain

Ryan Chamberlain, an SVP Fellow, is the Digital Editor and Social Media Manager for the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, a joint project between Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Amanda Cole

As a proud Antioch College alumna, Amanda Cole has been driven by the College’s motto to “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” During her undergraduate studies she ran a summer program for teens as an AmeriCorp Vista, worked on organic farms in Hawai’i, and hiked 500 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Erin Cole

Erin Cole believes “the personal is political” and the way to affect change starts within. Growing up in Kent, OH, in an activist family—her mother being one of the first volunteers at Townhall II in 1968 and her father a founding member of the Kent Environmental Council in 1970—Erin learned the importance of community, inclusion, and activism. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Pam Conover, MD

Pam is a retired pathologist. She worked at St. John West Shore Hospital for 12 years and served as chair of the Department of Pathology. She also served on the Medical Executive Committee and was a leader in quality assurance in the lab and hospital. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Denise Crudup

Born and raised in southeastern Michigan, I have been an educator for eighteen years. I designed and delivered high-quality curriculum, programs, and learning interventions and initiatives for educational institutions ranging from community colleges to public libraries. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

William B. Doggett, Treasurer of the Board

Barry Doggett is a member of the Steering Committee for the Academies of Cleveland, a program supporting five career technical high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He retired at the end of 2015 as Senior Vice President, Public & Community Affairs for Eaton in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Cynthia Dunn

Cyndy has recently retired from Judson Services, Inc., where she served as President and CEO for 27 years. Cyndy has been very involved with University Circle Inc., is board chair for Groundworks, and serves as vice board chair for Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Jon Englander

Jon, a CPA, has been developing a consulting brokering firm around boutique health care consulting firms. He was previously with one of those firms, MedCom Solutions, for a little more than three years. He has held numerous hospital and physician-practice positions in finance and operations, including 17 years at The Cleveland Clinic, from which he retired. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Benjamin Faller

Benjamin D. Faller is a Clinical Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, where he co-teaches the Community Development Clinic, supervising and mentoring third-year law students as they represent community-focused nonprofits and businesses in the Cleveland area. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Cindy Fisher

Cindy is a Director of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness for Eaton Corporation. In this role she has responsibility for leading organizational development initiatives and strategies within one of Eaton’s largest businesses. Cindy brings with her fifteen years of experience in human resources and talent management. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Chann Fowler-Spellman, Vice President of the Board

Chann Fowler-Spellman is a trustee and co-administrator of The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation in Cleveland. She currently serves on four nonprofit boards, has been a Partner with SVP since 2006, is involved in Philanthropy Ohio's Arts and Education funding groups, and co-leads Exponent Philanthropy's Northeast Ohio Engagement Group for small staffed foundations. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Mark Grossi

Mark has over 35 years of experience in the banking and brokerage industries. He is chairman of the board of PVF Capital Corp., a position he has held since 2009, presiding over the recapitalization, turnaround, and pending sale of its subsidiary, Parkview Federal Savings Bank. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

James Hailey, Board Member

James is responsible for coaching and development of financial planners. Using a performance enhancement model that incorporates activity tracking and monitoring, He helps planners identify areas of challenge and craft strategies to increase effectiveness and outcomes. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Evan Ishida, President of the Board

The work Evan Ishida loves is designing solutions and experiences that help people, teams, and organizations learn, collaborate, create, and innovate together. His expertise lies in building thriving cultures by facilitating and coaching his clients to craft new approaches to learning, growing collaboration, applying agile principles to planning, and applying the latest technologies to keep everything connected. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Katie Keane

Katie has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years. She began her nonprofit work at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland as the Director of Marketing and Special Events. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Shilpa Kedar

Shilpa has 20 years of diverse experiences from the business and nonprofit sector in the United States, India and Romania. She is the program director for Economic Development at the Cleveland Foundation. Before joining the Cleveland Foundation, she was director of business attraction for Team NEO. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Karen Kidwell

Karen is a transplant to Cleveland from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she worked with a number of nonprofits in a staff or volunteer capacity for over 17 years. She served as Development Director of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Executive Director of the San Francisco Parks Trust, and as a board member of Committee for Green Foothills and Earthshare of California. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Cayce Kitts

Cayce is currently a Senior Specialist in the Donor Services Operation Center at The Jewish Federation of Cleveland. In 2009, after following one of her greatest passions, she graduated from THE Ohio State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Piano Performance Studies. Soon realizing that she was not suited for the jazz musician’s lifestyle, she immediately began to work various jobs before landing a position in research administration at Case Western Reserve University in 2012. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Drucilla Knutsen, Board Member

Cil is the principal & founder of NEO Innovation, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to the development of new service offerings and products for technology start-ups, professional service firms, and nonprofit organizations. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Michael Lepore

Michael is a Cleveland native and M&A professional. He is a corporate development analyst at Chart Industries where he performs financial analysis and research for potential acquisitions and strategic initiatives, as well as assisting in the strategic planning process. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Marcia Levine, Board Ex Officio

Marcia spent her professional social work career at Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland. Before her retirement, she served as associate executive director following assignments as director of staff education, capital campaign coordinator, staff supervisor, and therapist. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Dominique Litmaath

Dominique is a management consultant specializing in compensation and performance management consulting. Previously, she led the global field compensation and international benefits group at Robert Half International, was a senior consultant at Towers Perrin, and had a career in sales and sales management at Hilton Hotels Corporation. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Stacey Litzler

Stacey has a B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University and an M.A. in English from Cleveland State University. After beginning her public relations career in the agency setting – working first in Chicago at Bozell PR and then in Cleveland for Whelan Communications – she began working on her own as a freelance public relations consultant. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Carol Lowenthal

Carol is a native of Iowa and earned her BA from Grinnell College before receiving her Master of Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago. In Chicago and Tacoma, Washington, Carol worked in individual and family counseling, primarily with high-risk pregnant women and unmarried pregnant teenagers. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Gilbert Lowenthal, MD

Gil worked as medical director of employee health plans and staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic, while also being involved with the education of medical residents and medical students. He is now officially retired from the Clinic, but he continues to see patients part-time. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Laura J. Malone

Laura serves as Vice President for American Endowment Foundation (AEF) an IRS-recognized public charity that administers a national, independent donor advised fund program. As part of her passion for promoting philanthropy, Laura holds her Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation from the American College. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Mary Beth Marks

Mary Beth Marks is a letter writer, a nature lover, a craft maker, a piano player, a garden grower, a question asker, a conversation starter, and a path paver. Hailing from Akron, she returned to Ohio in 2017 to pursue her MBA at Case Western Reserve University. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Nichelle McCall

Nichelle is a Startup Strategist and Tech Entrepreneur. Since 2007, Nichelle has provided startup advice to thousands of entrepreneurs and startup business owners. Many have gone on to raise millions in early-stage funding. She has been both a funder and a business owner (three-time startup founder), so is uniquely positioned to empathize and understand what entrepreneurs need at the start of their journey. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Holly Mueller

Holly Mueller is the owner and chief communications officer at Holly M Communications, a strategic public relations and communications firm. She and her team provide professional communications training and consultation services for clients who need help telling their story – whether it’s through improving their media relations presence, delivering effective speeches and presentations, or providing strategic guidance for both global and domestic marketing campaigns. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Christine Myers

Chrissy Myers is the Director and CEO of AUI—one of the leading employee-benefits agencies in Northeast Ohio that provides insurance benefits to solopreneurs and small- and medium-sized businesses in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Lauren Nelson

Lauren works as a User Centered Designer on Goodyear's New Ventures team in Akron, Ohio. In that role, she uses human-centered design and lean startup principles to identify new growth areas and build new business concepts that help Goodyear compete in the digital age. This skill-set and passion were developed when she earned a design-focused MBA from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, which she finished in May 2018. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Ann Newman

Ann is Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Northeastern Ohio, Inc., the local chapter of a national children’s nonprofit and has been with the organization since 2001 as its only employee. Several highlights of Ann’s career with RMHC-NEO include the steady growth of the grant-making program by 170% to increase mission impact, redirecting accounting duties from an outside contractor to in-house responsibility resulting in a cost savings of $40,000 annually, and developing strategies to increase revenue that has resulted in a 156% growth in the annual operating budget. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Elizabeth Nolan

Elizabeth's career choices illustrate that she is a woman with a mission. Improving the health of other women is of primary importance, but through that process she has demonstrated her commitment to increasing the voice and power of women business owners. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Michael Obi

Michael is the chairman and CEO of Spectrum Global Solutions. He helps companies succeed by improving performance and growing revenue through operational excellence. Spectrum invests in various business ventures that can be replicated across various markets in the US and internationally. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Victoria Onufrieff

Victoria Onufrieff, an SVP Fellow, is originally from Las Vegas, NV, but has spent the last five years in Cleveland pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University. She received her BA in International Studies, focused on Global Health, and is currently in the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program at CWRU. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Gargi Patel

Gargi Patel is the Lead Partner for our engagement with Jordan Community Resource Center. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Megan Patton

Megan Patton is a business strategist who has been a management consultant, trainer, and business coach for most of her career. She spends her time working with individuals, companies, and nonprofits to help them define and implement strategies that enable peak performance and growth. She looks at the way something is done (the process), who is doing the work (the people), and whether something should be done at all (strategy). Megan approaches client situations from a perspective of what is working well measured against company goals, and works hand-in-hand with her clients to develop workable and positive solutions to improve performance. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

P.K. (Pete) Punwani

Pete retired in July 2017 from Infosys after a 13-year career as a management consulting practice leader. During this time, Infosys grew from a $1 billion (sales) professional services firm to become a $10 billion company. Pete has lived in the Cleveland area since the 70s, starting out in manufacturing and then moving into management consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), and starting his own venture, ATOM. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Sam Rosenfeld

Sam Rosenfeld is an entrepreneur, having founded and grown four companies over the past eleven years. He founded and continues as Chairman of the Densus Group, which provides risk management and the reform of the security sector globally – most of their work emphasizes creating more efficient and effective systems and cultures that are more powerful because they are human rights promoting within police forces in developing nations. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Tara Schmitt

Tara has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years. She began her non-profit work as Managing Director of Development at the University of Michigan W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, where she was a member of the leadership team on a $40 million capital campaign. Her passion for Montessori education eventually led her to an administrative role at a Montessori school in Ann Arbor, MI. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Nikolia Schnupp

Nikolia Schnupp grew up mostly in Canton, Ohio, with a three-year stay in South Africa during elementary school during Apartheid, which is probably when the social justice spark was caught. Since then, she’s lived in more than ten different cities, most of them large and out West. A desire to fight for justice and equality led her to law school after a wide variety of odd jobs including coffee shops, warehouse work, night-supervisor at a family homeless shelter, secretarial, and bookkeeping. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Sonni Senkfor

Sonni Kwon Senkfor offers over 25 years of experience as a strategy and leadership consultant. She has advised clients in the technology, industrial, financial, consumer, academic, and nonprofit sectors on a variety of issues with a special focus on strategic development, innovation breakthroughs, and leadership alignment. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Beth Sersig, MD

Beth worked as a college health physician at CWRU Health Service for 28 years before “stopping work” in 2016. She now periodically teaches first- and second-year students at CWRU School of Medicine. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Trevor Shaw, SVP Fellow

Trevor is co-founder and CEO of Barkudo, a digital marketing platform that connects beverage brands with consumers. Trevor grew up in Cleveland Heights and graduated from Denison University with a BA in philosophy and economics in 2009. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Joyce Shaw, Board Member

Joyce Shaw has been an SVP Partner since 2003. She has served on the Investment Team, the Volunteer Team, and on various committees including the bigBANG! Planning Committee. Joyce helped when Cleveland hosted the SVPI conference, chaired bigBANG! 2015, and was the Lead Partner for EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Kevin B. Shaw

Kevin is chairman of Fathom, an online marketing firm, and a principal with Thunder Bay Enterprises, a firm which invests in private companies. Previously, Kevin served as president and CEO of NCS Healthcare, a public institutional pharmacy. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Linda Springer

Linda Springer is an adjunct instructor teaching leadership and management in the graduate nonprofit management program at the Mandel School of Case Western Reserve University. She also works with nonprofits facilitating board retreats and coaching on presentations, board governance, program design, and strategic planning and direction. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Stacey Stingley

Stacey graduated with a degree in International Business and Economics from Mount Union College. Having spent six years in marketing for non-profits, she transitioned to the for-profit world joining Fathom’s paid search team as an Online Advertising Specialist focusing on the Technology and Manufacturing vertical. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Anne Strassfeld

Anne Strassfeld is an attorney who specializes in representing hospitals and healthcare providers in business and regulatory matters. She has spent about half of her career working as in-house counsel for the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals Health System and as General Counsel for a health system in Kansas City, Missouri. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Alan Van Zeeland

Alan Van Zeeland has over 25 years of engineering experience in areas such as lean deployment, continuous improvement, product and process development, process implementation, and product testing. He began his career as a process engineer at General Motors/Delphi Corporation in Warren, Ohio where he developed innovations which led to two US Patents as well as induction into the prestigious General Motors Innovation Hall of Fame. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Sharon Van Zeeland

Sharon Van Zeeland is a Six Sigma certified manager with expertise in commercial and technical leadership, including business development, investor relations, strategic planning, sales, product design and reliability engineering. An alumnus of Kettering University (formerly General Motors Institute), Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Doug Wang

Doug retired from Northern Trust Bank in 2011 as a senior vice-president. He was a founder of Lakepoint Investment Partners where he served as a portfolio manager and partner for 12 years until the sale of the firm to Northern Trust in 2008. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Holly Wang

Holly is a graduate of Westminster College and an active community volunteer. She works part-time at the Shaker School Foundation and is a co-president of the League of Women Voters of Shaker Heights. Holly also serves as congregation secretary at Grace Lutheran Church. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Diana Woodbridge

Diana Woodbridge is the former executive director of Home Repair Resource Center, a community-based nonprofit that works to maintain and strengthen the houses of Cleveland Heights to support the community’s rich diversity. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Diana Yang

Diana Yang is an associate at Primus Capital, a private equity firm based in Cleveland. At Primus, she helps identify and evaluate opportunities to invest in growing software and technology-enabled companies within a number of verticals, healthcare and education being her main focuses. With each investment, Primus seeks to partner with exceptional management teams to help accelerate growth, improve the operating performance, and increase the value of the companies in which Primus invests. Read More »

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We are tremendously grateful for our community of Partners.

Your time and talent, your generosity, your drive for something better… these are the roots of transformation – for individuals, for organizations, for our community.

Thank you.

  • Jacquelyn Adams
  • Jon Adams
  • Bishara Addison
  • Amber Allen
  • Jeff Allen
  • James Anderson
  • Réka Barabás
  • Jill Bernaciak
  • Nancy Binder
  • Gayle Boyer
  • Jim Bright, Esq.
  • Mary Bright, Esq.
  • Dick Cahoon
  • Doreen Cahoon
  • Kathryn A. Carlson
  • Ryan Chamberlain*
  • Amanda Cole
  • Erin Cole
  • Pam Conover, MD
  • Lana Cowell
  • Denise Crudup
  • Suzanne Doggett
  • William B. Doggett
  • Cynthia Dunn
  • Lin Emmons, PhD
  • Jon Englander
  • Lindsay Erbaugh
  • Benjamin D. Faller
  • Cindy Fisher
  • Chann Fowler-Spellman
  • Desikan Gandarvakottai
  • Mark Grossi
  • Scott Hackenberg
  • James J. Hailey
  • Stephen Hayden, MD
  • Evan Ishida
  • Katie Keane
  • Shilpa Kedar
  • Karen Kidwell
  • Cayce Kitts
  • Drucilla Knutsen
  • Michael Lepore
  • Marcia Levine
  • Dominique Litmaath
  • Stacey Litzler
  • Carol Lowenthal
  • Gil Lowenthal
  • Laura J. Malone
  • Mary Beth Marks
  • Nichelle McCall
  • Holly Mueller
  • Christine Myers
  • Nadet Najjar*
  • Lauren Mercedes Nelson
  • Ann Newman
  • Elizabeth Nolan
  • Michael Obi
  • Victoria Onufrieff*
  • Gargi Patel
  • Megan Patton
  • Carol Paull
  • Linda Pifer
  • P.K. (Pete) Punwani
  • Kurt Ringenbach
  • Carol Rivchun
  • Sam Rosenfeld
  • Tara Schmitt
  • Nikolia Schnupp, Esq.
  • Sonni Senkfor
  • Steve Senkfor
  • Beth Sersig, MD
  • Joyce Shaw
  • Kevin Shaw
  • Trevor Shaw
  • Marilyn Sparks
  • Linda Springer
  • Stacey Stingley
  • Anne Strassfeld
  • Alan Van Zeeland
  • Sharon Van Zeeland
  • Doug Wang
  • Holly Wang
  • June Wang*
  • David Wittkowsky
  • Diana Woodbridge
  • Jim Wykoff
  • Jill Miller Zimon, Esq.

*indicates an SVP Fellow


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With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Pete Punwani: An Impactful Life

Pete Punwani is all about impact. Throughout his more than four decade-long career as a management consulting practice leader for firms such as Infosys, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Computer Sciences Corp, and his personal venture ATOM, he provided project leadership to over 40 clients—mostly Fortune 500 companies. He aided his clients in strategizing and implementing business transformation programs to improve their systems, processes, culture, and bottom-lines. For Pete, impact goes beyond bottom-lines. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Making Music…and a Difference: Q&A with Holly Mueller

What is something unexpected you have learned through your involvement with the SVP? I really like being in rooms with really smart people—and at SVP, I’m not even close to being the smartest person in the room! I love that everyone has such diverse backgrounds and we can learn so much from each other. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Guest Blog: Partner Jill Bernaciak

I came to SVP after discovering it on YouTube while researching pitch samples for my Social Entrepreneurship students at John Carroll University. An effective blend of creativity and business sense came across in those bigBANG! videos and I enlisted four of my John Carroll colleagues to attend bigBANG! 2014 with me. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Dick Cahoon | The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Before SVP, Partner Dick Cahoon claims he was “on no purposeful trajectory of any kind.” He describes his career as being one where he “fixed stuff that was broken or created stuff out of nothing” – no small feat, but clearly not driven by the appreciative self-awareness he has now. He attributes his change of heart to SVP. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Mary Bright | SVP's Sage

Lucky for us, Mary Bright calls Cleveland home. Despite having lived in Minnesota, Texas, New York, D.C., Nebraska and Wisconsin, Mary has rooted herself in our region and has been an SVP Partner almost since our inception twelve years ago. Our resident sage, Mary brings her good-natured, no-nonsense, pragmatic, irreverent, analytical, curious and compassionate self to all that she does. And she doesn’t hesitate to do the heavy lifting along the way. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Bishara Addison | Small but Mighty

Two expressions spring to mind with SVP Fellow Bishara Addison: “Good things come in small packages” and “Small but mighty.” Though diminutive in stature, her passions and knowledge loom large as do her aspirations to bring resources to the neighborhoods and communities she knows and loves. She describes how inspired she is by the “hidden gems of neighborhoods which show America at its best” like the Kinsman community garden which flourishes amidst blight and disinvestment or the public libraries in Cleveland which burst with “polite kids who are really using them.” Above all, Bishara is “driven by the idea that Cleveland is on its way to beautiful neighborhoods in which to live, work and prosper.” Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Evan Ishida | A Teacher and Activist by Design

Surprisingly, the skills Evan learned at 16 as a shoe salesman have served him well ever since. He quickly discovered the importance of active listening in order to identify his customers’ real needs so that he could talk them out of flashy high tops for more sensible running shoes. As the Manager of Performance and Learning Consulting for Eaton’s Eaton University, Evan uses active listening to assess training needs, to stimulate innovative solutions by the consultants and designers who work for him, and ultimately to develop learning solutions that will benefit the entire company. Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

Jill Miller Zimon | Problem-Solver Extraordinaire

As we all know, hindsight is 20/20. And yet, even though Jill Miller Zimon’s early decisions may have felt random or rebellious to her at the time, looking back at her trajectory, there is an inherent cohesiveness to her actions. In fact, an early shift in her major at Georgetown from Chinese to a double major in government and sociology signaled a transition which reflected her abiding love of policy and people... Read More »

With more than 2700 members from Boston to Bangalore, SVP is the world’s largest network of engaged donors. 

If you want to make a difference—and a bigger difference then you could alone—you’ll want to meet these folks.

SVP Origin Story

It was 1994, and Paul Brainerd was out of a job. He had just sold his software company, Aldus Corporation, to Adobe. PageMaker, the desktop publishing program his company created, had revolutionized printing and publishing—and left him an unexpected millionaire. Read More »

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