SEI Bids Farewell to Three Board Members

Beiting, Colantone and Foster leave the Board of Directors

Summit Education Initiative (SEI) staff wishes the best for Dr. Mary Anne Beiting, Dan Colantone and Leonard Foster, who all stepped down from SEI’s Board of Directors in June 2017.

Archbishop Hoban High School logoDr. Beiting, retired Archbishop Hoban High School principal, served the Board for three years. Through her current role with the Diocese of Youngstown, Dr. Beiting has initiated potential partnership opportunities between SEI and Eastern Ohio Education Partnership.

Colantone, previous chief executive officer (CEO) of the Greater Akron Chamber, began serving the Board in June 2013. The Chamber’s awareness of and connections to local businesses helped SEI deepen relationships in the Greater Akron business community.Greater Akron Chamber logo

Leonard Foster – Reflecting on 20 Years of Service

As a founding SEI Board member, Foster has witnessed the organization’s growth ever since it began in the mid-1990s.

“Leonard has been not only an instrumental advisor to SEI’s overall organization, but also he helped lead us into this next evolution of our work,” says Board Member Kirstin Toth, senior vice president of GAR Foundation.

Leonard Foster

Leonard Foster

In June, Foster also retired from his position as director of human resources at the County of Summit. Throughout his career, Foster served several other boards and community organizations, in which many he assumed leadership roles.

“Leonard’s involvement in our community has enhances all our lives and had a positive impact on countless organizations,” says Bill Considine, also a founding SEI Board member and president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital. “Leonard is a man for all seasons and all people. His long-standing leadership and service to SEI has always had a focus on our communities’ children.”

Considine says Foster’s positive attitude and energy has kept the organization focused on creating the best learning environment for children. “Leonard is a valued friend, role model and champion for children,” he adds.

According to Toth, “Leonard has also been a great personal mentor and advisor to me, for which I cannot be more grateful.”