About Us

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Summit Education Initiative (SEI) is made up of civic, education and business leaders who share the vision of educational excellence for all Summit County students. Board members serve three year terms which may be renewed. The Board is comprised of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and eighteen additional members.  Several ad-hoc task forces and standing committees assist in the work of the the board. The board meets four times each year.

The Board of Directors’ responsibilities include:board of directors support

  • Hire, support, and evaluate the Executive Director
  • Establish governing policies
  • Execute fiduciary responsibilities
  • Ensure development and execution of strategic plans
  • Support and assist with fundraising

Listen to Board members explain the value of SEI’s work in the community on our “Board Member Stories” page.

The current Board of Directors are:

David Jennings, Chair
Akron-Summit County Public Library

Belinda Cox, Vice-Chair
Vice President, Operations
Mutual Health Services
Consumers Life Insurance
Medical Mutual of Ohio

Mutual Health Services

Evan M. Scocos, Treasurer
VP & Controller
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Andrew Duff, Secretary
Vice President, General Counsel
Corporate & Real Estate
Cedarwood Development Inc.

Nicholas Browning 
President, Akron Region
The Huntington National Bank

Tommy Bruno
Executive Director & General Manager
The Summit – WAPS 91.3 FM and WKLT 90.7 FM

William Considine
President & Chief Executive Officer
Akron Children’s Hospital

David E. Custodio, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President, Hospital President
Summa Akron City & St. Thomas

Summa Health System

John Dearborn
StreamLink Software

Jeff Ferguson
Tallmadge City Schools

Kathleen Friess
Immaculate Heart of Mary School

Ramona Hood
Vice President, Transportation Management
FedEx Supply Chain

David James
Akron Public Schools

Shana Lee
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Leadership
Kent State University

Wm. Glenn Leppo
Chief Executive Officer
Leppo Group, Inc.

Tia Ramlow
Great Work! Employment Services

Robert Reffner
Vice President and General Counsel
FirstEnergy Service Company

Ilene Shapiro
County Executive
County of Summit, Ohio

Lada Gibson-Shreve
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Stark State College

Kirstin Toth
Senior Vice President
GAR Foundation

Dr. Jarrod Tudor
Dean of Wayne College and Acting Dean of the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education
The University of Akron

John M. Williams
Deputy Executive Director/COO
Alpha Phi Alpha Homes, Inc.

Past Board Members

SEI is fortunate to have a history of community leaders who have served on the Board of Directors in the past.

  • Dr. Mary Anne Beiting, Archbishop Hoban High School
  • Robert Briggs, GAR Foundation
  • Dan Colantone, Greater Akron Chamber
  • Richard Chenoweth
  • Joseph Clapp
  • Christopher K. Collins, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • James Crutchfield, Akron Beacon Journal
  • Betty Dalton
  • John Farber, Old Trail School
  • Leonard Foster, County of Summit
  • Reverend Ronald Fowler, Arlington Church of God
  • Barbara Hiney
  • Ali Jamshidi, First Energy Corporation
  • William Jasso, Time Warner Cable
  • Brad Lakhia, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Barbara Mathews (deceased)
  • John Ong
  • Theresa Proenza
  • Russell Pry, County of Summit (deceased)
  • Suzanne Rickards, Herman Machines (deceased)
  • Mike Sherman, The University of Akron
  • James Staley, YRC Transportation
  • Robert Tieken, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Linda Urda, Ph.D.
  • Jean Van Ness, GAR Foundation
  • Darren Wells, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • John Yasinsky, Ph.D.
  • Joseph Zarconi, M.D., F.A.C.P., Summa Health System