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

In Cleveland we have 70+ 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…

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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 »

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Jennifer Altstadt

Jennifer attended Purdue University, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering; attended Cleveland State University, graduating in 1994 with a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering; and completed her Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Case Western Reserve University in 2004. Her engineering background coupled with EMBA provides a solid foundation for executing in a complex environment by focusing on the big picture, processes, and people. Read More »

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Mark Altstadt

A graduate of Westlake High School, Ashland University (BS) and Cleveland State University (MBA), Mark has lived in Northeast Ohio since 1980. In 1992, he started working for the Bay Corporation, a small, private manufacturer of medical gas fittings and connections. Read More »

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Michelle Arocho

Michelle Arocho is an Ohio native with a desire to make a difference in Cleveland and the surrounding counties. she is a sales coach, manager and leader for a top 15 national home builder with over 15 years of sales,  real estate, and leadership experience.  She is passionate about coaching others to reach their potential and believes having tough conversations, setting boundaries, and being clear about expectations are necessary for successful personal and business relationships. Read More »

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Réka Barabás, Board Member

Réka Barabás is passionate about education, professional development, and designing learning experiences that foster the entrepreneurial mindset. With a background in nonprofit management, she serves as a consultant and Chief Relationship Officer for the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC), a network of NEO higher education institutions with strong entrepreneurship programs. Read More »

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Jill Bernaciak

Jill Bernaciak is an experienced corporate innovation leader, social entrepreneur, and consultant and proponent of transformational and adaptive leadership theories. She is currently a doctoral candidate in education from Bowling Green University and working on her dissertation which focuses on the relationship of business categories with social impact achievements. Read More »

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Gayle Boyer

As a consulting professional in the nonprofit and higher-ed sectors, Gayle applies strategic insights to solve operational problems and propel effective and sustainable organizations. She has over 30 years of experience in industries ranging from healthcare technology to higher education, in roles that have encompassed training and coaching, program and project management, and marketing and technology. Read More »

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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 »

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Dick Cahoon

Dick Cahoon retired from Dealer Tire in 2009 to devote more time to family and the community. Currently, Dick serves on several nonprofit boards including serving as Chair of the Lillian and Betty Ratner Montessori School. Dick has committed a significant amount of his retirement to SVP Cleveland, serving as board president and as Lead Partner for both Magnolia Clubhouse and MedWish International. This past year, Dick assisted in the hiring of SVP's new executive director, Abby Westbrook, and collaborated on reimagining how SVP engages with nonprofits. Read More »

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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 »

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Connie Collins

Connie Collin’s extensive experience in commercial photography and theater and a master’s degree in journalism qualify her as an expert storyteller. She has a passion to see other people tell their own stories and sees herself as a steward of that process. Read More »

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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 »

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Rachel E. Costanzo

With over twenty years of financial services and management consulting experience, Rachel is an enterprising and highly accomplished executive with a proven track record of achievement in nonprofit thought leadership, human resource management, financial reporting and analysis, risk management, regulatory compliance, project management, and technology development. Read More »

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Denise Crudup, Board Member

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

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William B. Doggett

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 »

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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 »

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Benjamin Faller, Treasurer of the Board

Benjamin D. Faller is a partner at Trzaska Rosen Faller, LLC, a Cleveland-area law firm providing community-minded legal counsel to individuals, small-businesses, and nonprofits, and a co-founder of Modern Title, a Cleveland-based title insurance, escrow, and closing agency. He was formerly a Clinical Lecturer at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught and practiced in the Community Development Clinic, supervising and mentoring third-year law students as they represented community-focused nonprofits and businesses in the Cleveland area. Read More »

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Chann Fowler-Spellman, 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 »

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Deirdre Gannon

Deirdre Gannon has 20 years of corporate innovation and technology experience. She is currently Vice President of Business Innovation for PNC's Enterprise Innovation Team and a member of GLIDE's Innovation Fund final investment committee. Prior to joining PNC, Deirdre led Westfield Insurance’s innovation subsidiary, 1848 Ventures, where she was responsible for leading a multidisciplinary team in launching new ventures. Read More »

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Bill Guentzler

Bill Guentzler, an SVP Fellow, joined MedWorks, a nonprofit linking uninsured and underinsured with healthcare in Northeast Ohio, as its Program Director in 2021. Formerly, he acted as Artistic Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). He worked at the CIFF for 20 years, joining its ranks as a Cleveland State University intern in 1998. After years of different positions, he was promoted to Artistic Director in 2005. As Artistic Director, he served as a juror and panelist at numerous festivals throughout the world. He holds a B.A. in Communications from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Cleveland State University, which named him one its of 50 Fascinating Alumni.  Read More »

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Patrick Hackett

Patrick Hackett currently works at JumpStart, Inc., in their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group, serving as their market research and data analyst. In this capacity, he helps the team develop better insights into how they can more fully serve their partners in the communities in which they operate. Read More »

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James Hailey

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 »

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Evan Ishida, Board Member

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 »

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Katie Keane, Board Member

Katie has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. She began her nonprofit work at Junior Achievement (JA) of Greater Cleveland as the Director of Marketing and Special Events. Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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Drucilla Knutsen, Vice President of the Board

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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James Nichols

James Nichols, an SVP Fellow, discovered his passion for community service as a member of his church’s high school youth group. After service trips to the Dominican Republic, he focused his studies on public interest work, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Boston University. Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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Gargi Patel

Gargi is a marketer with over 20 years of experience across multiple industries and marketing functional areas. She has a passion for pioneering new marketing techniques to help brands connect with people in an ever-changing consumer landscape and enjoys both the creative and analytical aspects involved in orchestrating marketing campaigns. Read More »

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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 »

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P.K. (Pete) Punwani, Board Member

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 »

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Michael Salkind

Michael Salkind was Chief of Structures and Materials for Sikorsky Aircraft, Chief of Structures for NASA HQ, Director of Aerospace Sciences for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and President of OAI. He helped develop Indus International to help businesses in USA and India develop strategic partnerships. Read More »

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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 »

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Trevor Shaw

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 »

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Joyce Shaw, Secretary of the Board

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 »

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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 »

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Linda Springer

Linda Springer is a retired adjunct instructor of leadership and management in the graduate nonprofit management program at the Mandel School of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland. Linda served ten years as executive director of the Cleveland affiliate of Social Venture Partners Read More »

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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 »

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Kristen Summers

As a Grants Management professional for five years, Kristen appreciates streamlined systems with an equity focus. She knows that grantmaking need not be overly complicated to achieve impact. Kristen is always asking her colleagues, "How are we going to use this data that we're collecting?" and striving for increased knowledge sharing throughout the community. Read More »

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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 »

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Catalina M. Wagers

Catalina is a member of Legacy Leaders at the Cleveland Leadership Center and a retail industry Executive with 30+ years of experience. A native of Colombia, she immigrated to the US in 1985 to finish her degree in business and, thereafter, began her retail career as a Management Trainee. A strong leader and strategic thinker, Catalina was steadily promoted reaching C-suite roles in several organizations. Read More »

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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 »

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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.

  • Jon Adams
  • Jennifer Altstadt
  • Mark Altstadt
  • James Anderson
  • Bernhard H. Anderson
  • Michelle Arocho
  • Réka Barabás
  • Jill Bernaciak
  • Gayle Boyer
  • Jim Bright, Esq.
  • Mary Bright, Esq.
  • Jaime Buehl-Reichard
  • Dick Cahoon
  • Doreen Cahoon
  • Kathryn A. Carlson
  • Connie Collins
  • Pam Conover, MD
  • Rachel E. Costanzo
  • Lana Cowell
  • Denise Crudup
  • Suzanne Doggett
  • William B. Doggett
  • Cynthia Dunn
  • Lin Emmons, PhD
  • Lindsay Erbaugh
  • Benjamin D. Faller
  • Chann Fowler-Spellman
  • Deirdre Gannon
  • Desikan Gandarvakottai
  • Bill Guentzler*
  • Patrick Hackett
  • James J. Hailey
  • Stephen Hayden, MD
  • Evan Ishida
  • Katie Keane
  • Shilpa Kedar
  • Karen Kidwell
  • Drucilla Knutsen
  • Michael Lepore
  • Marcia Levine
  • Dominique Litmaath
  • Susan Luria
  • Holly Mueller
  • Christine Myers
  • James Nichols*
  • Elizabeth Nolan
  • Michael Obi
  • Gargi Patel
  • Megan Patton
  • Carol Paull
  • P.K. (Pete) Punwani
  • Michael Salkind
  • Tara Schmitt
  • Joyce Shaw
  • Kevin Shaw
  • Trevor Shaw
  • Hilary Sparks-Roberts
  • Linda Springer
  • Stacey Stingley
  • Kristen Summers
  • Sharon Van Zeeland
  • Catalina M. Wagers
  • David Wittkowsky
  • Diana Woodbridge
  • Jill Miller Zimon, Esq.

*indicates an SVP Fellow

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Embracing the World around Her, SVP Partner Catalina Wagers Brims over with Passion and Compassion

What are you most passionate about? I am passionate about life! Living every moment to its fullest—living awake, curious, and in a perpetual state of wonder and gratitude. Living my truth while trying to make the world a better place one action at the time. I know it sounds corny, but this is my life purpose. Read More »

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From SVP International Board Member to Grandpa, Cleveland Partner Kevin Shaw is Committed to Building Connections for Bright Futures

You are one of SVP’s most veteran members, having joined in 2003. What drew you to SVP then and what has kept you engaged for the past 17 years? SVP Partner Mary Bright drew me in because she spoke so highly of this organization. The chance to make a difference was what most attracted me. Today, my close friendships are what keep me involved. Read More »

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Tinkerer and Tackler, from Bike Parts to Nonprofits, SVP Partner Ben Faller Loves a Challenge

Ben Faller’s favorite books from his youth were Our Universe and The Way Things Work. These titles reveal a deep and early desire to understand Mechanics—how forces affect material bodies, the conditions under which that happens best, and the right tools that get it done. Yes, this would make Ben a great problem-solver. And he loves to solve problems—in concrete ways with bike parts or wood and tools and in not-so-concrete ways with people and relationships and society. Read More »

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Beyond How It’s Always Been: SVP Partner, Denise Crudup, Blazes a New Trail and Believes in Our Unique Natures

SVP Partner Denise Crudup admits to having been a helicopter mom while her child grew up. As the time approached for her daughter to go off to college, she resolved she would turn those energies toward helping the community around her through philanthropy. A seasoned educator, holding two graduate certificates, three Master’s degrees with a fourth in progress, Denise approached this new journey as she does everything; “I got this, I will figure it out.” Then, her husband was offered a great job in another state. Read More »

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A Future Focused on Health for All: Q&A with SVP Fellow Nadet Najjar

"I have especially been impressed by SVP’s unique design, and how it can also mold itself to have an even greater reach to its applicants. I leave every SVP gathering inspired and with a warm heart. The genuineness of SVP’s members and outside organizations we work with has shown to be contagious." Read More »

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A Global View, a Local Approach & a Call for Alignment: Q&A with Barry Doggett

"I have been involved in philanthropy and nonprofit organizations for over twenty-five years around the world. The work that SVP Cleveland undertakes is unique in bringing such a wide range of approaches and talents to the table. Our Partners have tremendous talents and energy that translate into enhanced results for our Investees." Read More »

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From Hong Kong to Ohio, SVP Partner Dominique Litmaath Connects Worlds One Question at a Time

“People know Hong Kong as this incredibly densely populated, bustling, cosmopolitan city, but we actually grew up 100 yards from the beach in a small fishing village—Stanley [now well known as a tourist destination and overcrowded market with designer knockoffs]...But when I was growing up, it was all noodle and vegetable stands and pigs running around loose.” SVP Partner Dominique Litmaath reminisces, “I had an incredible upbringing. At the time I thought it was the most normal thing in the world.”... Read More »

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Getting Engaged: SVP Partner Evan Ishida’s Journey from Isolated Donor to Engaged Giver

Being an SVP Partner has helped me clarify the approach that I want to take to philanthropy and to helping our community. It’s reinforced a hypothesis that I had for myself: I want to impact community through community. Meaning, I don’t want to go it alone. I don’t want to be an isolated donor. Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Michael Obi | A Product of Nature and Nurture

Michael Obi’s love of business started with a car. Or rather, many cars. Michael’s father owned an auto mechanic’s shop in Nigeria and it quickly became the family business. As the youngest son in a family of eight, Michael spent his summer vacations helping his father fix and sell cars. Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit was reinforced by his mother who owned a food supply business. Read More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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