Board of Directors

 

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Dr. William Lanzinger, ChairmanMedical Director Hand Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Dr. Lanzinger is a hand surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University and then went on to get his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University.  

"I joined the board of ASGA in 2016 in what I thought was an altruistic endeavor. The people whom I have met have changed me forever. I am certain that I’m a better father today for being a part of this board. It has brought more meaning to my life than anything I could give back."

Lanzinger is married to Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger of Summit County Common Pleas Court. They live in Green with their 3 children. Their oldest son is on the autism spectrum.

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Carol Haines, Vice ChairpersonVice President, Power Solutions, Core Scientific

"In 2016, I was actively searching for a board to join in the Akron area. In addition to ASGA, I currently serve on the board of Keep Akron Beautiful and previously served on the board of the Summit County Humane Society. My hope was to find a board where I could not only serve at board meetings but also participate in activities that will help the organization grow and thrive. I wanted to find a board with engaged members that are organized and passionate. I was lucky enough to join the board of ASGA in late 2016 and think it's the perfect fit for me."

 

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Geoffrey W. Hall, SecretarySenior Healthcare Executive, Cleveland Clinic Rehab Hospital Edwin Shaw

Mr. Hall is an executive leader with more than 20 years of experience cultivating, improving, and directing operations for various facilities throughout the healthcare industry. Hall holds an MBA in Management and Operations from Walden University, a Master of Social Work from East Carolina University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Auburn University.


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Jon Bluebond, Treasurer, Retired

Mr. Bluebond moved to Akron in 1978 to take a job as a clinical social worker with a friend who had recently moved to Akron. 40 years later, he is still working in the field of developmental disabilities. Throughout his professional career, he has served as a social worker, finance director, and now a County Board of DD Superintendent.

Jon is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Psychology. He and his wife, Toby Ann Weber, have two sons named Alex and Andrew. Jon enjoys spending his time away from work traveling and visiting wine growing regions across the country.

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Tim Piatt, Macala & Piatt, LLC

Tim has been an attorney in North Canton for 12 years at the law firm of Macala & Piatt. His practice focuses mainly on representing pension plans for local building trades unions. Tim graduated from Kent State University in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education – History and Political Science. He graduated from the University of Akron Law School (where he met his wife Jennifer) in 2006. He received his Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of Akron in 2010.

For some reason, Tim is an avid Cleveland Browns fan. Before his son Sam, who is on the Autism spectrum, and daughter Abby was born, Tim enjoyed reading historical fiction and mystery novels. Since the birth of his children, he is an enthusiastic reader of books about unicorns, knights, and princesses.

"ASGA is an outstanding organization that provides amazing support and resources to not only the Autism community but the community in general. I serve on the Board because I want to do everything I can to help the ASGA continue its growth and impact on everyone impacted by Autism."

Tim and Jennifer live in Green with Sam, Abby, and Hanford the dog.

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Ashley Angeletti, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Corporate Finance from The University of Akron. She joined Merrill Lynch in 2014 while completing her degree and is now a Financial Advisor on a wealth management team in North Canton. Ashley is committed to understanding the priorities of her clients and their families to help them achieve their financial goals. Ashley is a resident of Green, Ohio and enjoys visits to her family home in the Portage Lakes.

“I have volunteered on the fundraising committee for the Autism 5K walk and run the past 3 years as well as the Casino night event. The 5k run and walk is truly my favorite event because you get to see the families and children interact with one another and enjoy a nice day out. The fundraising committee was a great way to introduce me to this community-based organization. I am excited to be able to serve on such a prestigious board that allows its members to collaborate and develop the way we are able to help families affected by autism.”

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Debra Shifrin, Attorney

Debra is an attorney who limits her practice to representing the disabled before the Social Security Administration.

She is a graduate of The American University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Debra is a past president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). She is also very involved in the Akron community. She joined the ASGA Board in 2018 as her way of giving back to a community which has shared so much with her and her family.

Debra is married to Steve with 2 grown sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and the apple of her eye – her grandson.

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Dr. Jessica Foster, Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Akron Children's Hospital

Dr. Foster is a graduate of both medical school and graduate school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is the Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and an acting Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician at Akron's Children's Hospital.

Melissa Snowe

Melissa Snowe, Accountant, U.S. Department of Defense

"I plan on relentlessly urging our culture to see not the stigma of ASD - its difficult challenges & isolating differences - but rather the wonder of it, uniquely exhibited in each Autistic person, not disordered but complexly ordered."

Ms. Snowe recently graduated from the University of Akron and is currently studying for the CPA exam. She resides in Akron with her three sons. 

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Douglas G. Colafella, Director, Communications & Branding, FirstEnergy Corp.

As Director of Communications & Branding, Doug Colafella leads public relations and strategic communications at FirstEnergy. Colafella has more than 25 years of experience helping companies successfully manage public relations challenges and effectively communicate with customers, employees, and local communities on a broad range of issues.

His background also includes a decade serving clients at two of the world’s largest public relations firms, Ketchum and Burson-Marsteller. Colafella earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Political Science. He lives in Hudson, with his wife Meg and three teenage sons.

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Sharon C. Reaves, Director of Human Resources, Summit County Executive's Office

Cabinet-level executive who is responsible for strategic human capital planning, employee engagement and organizational effectiveness for one of the largest employers in Summit County. Serving the needs of the County's residents through departments including Jobs & Family Services, Sanitary and Sewer, Sheriff's Office, among others, the Human Resources is an inclusive team that provides mission-centered support and ethical leadership.

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Ryan Pink, Business Analyst, U-Haul International

Ryan is a corporate business analyst for U-Haul International, a husband, and father of 2 young boys.

“Working in several different positions over 20 years at U-Haul, in both business and tech, I’ve gained different skills that I plan to put to work for the ASGA and our community. I look forward to working with such a wonderful organization to enhance the available events, services, and support for those in the area impacted by Autism.”

Ryan lives in Rittman with his wife Laurie and sons Luca and Rocco. His oldest son is on the Autism spectrum.

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Louise Dalton, General Manager of Global Analytics and Decision Support, The Timken Company

Louise received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Brunel University, England and earned an executive master of business administration degree from Boston University’s school of management. She is also a graduate of Leadership Stark County. Louise lives in Jackson Township with her husband Ethan, and their two youngest sons Ethan and James.

“I am honored to serve on the ASGA board, and welcome the opportunity to help make a positive impact on those affected by Autism in our communities.”

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Lorraine M. Signore, Director of Marketing, Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC

Lorraine is the Director of Marketing for the law firm of Brennan Manna & Diamond, a wife, and mother of 4 children. Her youngest son will be a freshman at The University of Akron this fall and is on the autism spectrum.

“When our son was diagnosed with autism 16 years ago, we had no idea how profoundly our lives would forever be changed. Throughout our journey, we have learned about patience, acceptance, hope, and love. His challenges made us better people and I couldn’t be more thankful. As a board member of ASGA, I dedicate my time, talent and treasure to inspire hope, love, and acceptance for those affected by autism. I am proud to serve with others who share my passion.”

Lorraine also serves on the Executive Board of the Copley-Fairlawn Schools Foundation.

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Sara Kline, Board Member Emeritus, Superintendent, Cuyahoga Falls Department of Parks and Recreation

Sara Kline is a previous board chair and board member of the Autism Society of Greater Akron and continues to support ASGA in its mission. Sara now serves as the Superintendent of the City of Cuyahoga Falls Parks and Recreation department. She is the proud mother of a wonderful 21-year-old daughter, Lindsay, who lives with autism.

Sherri Bevan Walsh

Sherri Bevan Walsh, Board Member Emeritus, Prosecuting Attorney, Summit County

Ms. Walsh was elected Summit County Prosecutor in 2000 and has been recognized on both the state and national levels for her outstanding leadership. 

Ms. Walsh resides in Hudson with her husband and their two sons.

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Brett Zimmerman, Board Member Emeritus, Intervention Specialist, Springfield Local Schools

Mr. Zimmerman holds a Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist License & a Master’s degree in Education. He is a lead mentor teacher in the Springfield Local School District and attends the Suffield United Church of Christ where he serves on the governing board as an elder.

Brett enjoys working with the youth ministry, community outreach programs and the Autism Society family events, such as; bowling, swimming & picnics. In addition, he likes to travel with his family & volunteer in the community. His favorite places to visit are Cape Cod, Massachusetts & Palm Springs, California.

Zimmerman resides with his family in West Akron & has an adult son on the spectrum.