Board of Directors


 Sara Kline

Sara Kline, Chairman, Mayor, Stow

Stow is an outstanding place to call home, and she is honored to represent the residents and businesses of the community as the Mayor.

Over the past few years, Sara Kline feels fortunate to be a part of several community projects and organizations, both past and present that make a positive impact on our community.  They include S.O.A.R. (Stow’s Boundless playground, accessible for children regardless of their abilities–located in Silver Springs Park), co-chair of the steering committee; Safe Routes to School, a collaboration between the City and school district, with assistance from ODOT; Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce; Women in Government seminars for students in collaboration with Stow-Munroe Falls High School; Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club; Stow Schools Foundation; Fraternal Order of Police Association and the Parent-Teacher Association.

Sara is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Colorado.

Most importantly, she has a wonderful daughter who is a student in the Stow-Munroe Falls school system.

Jason Bogniard

Jason Bogniard, Vice-Chairman, Principal, Applegrowth Partners

Jason Bogniard joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and serves as the Autism Society of Greater Akron's Treasurer.  Jason is a principal in the business valuation and litigation consulting group at Apple Growth Partners.

As an Accredited Senior Appraiser, Jason has been responsible for the development of hundreds of business valuation engagements for interests in closely held companies covering a variety of industries. Jason is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor’s degree in finance. Additionally, Jason has obtained a Masters of Business Administration at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management, receiving the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award.

Jason lives in Hudson with his wife and two daughters.

Katie Newman

Katie Newman, CPA, Treasurer, Manager, Assurance Services, SS&G

Katie is a Manager of BDO USA, LLP’s (Formerly SS&G, Inc.’s) Assurance Services department. She has more than 8 years of financial accounting, and business consulting experience and has been with the SS&G, Inc. for more than 8 years. She has performed audits for service organizations, nonprofit organizations and employee benefit plans, reviews, compilations and due diligence consulting. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and graduated from The University of Akron. Katie is a member of the AICPA and the OSCPA and volunteers for the OSCPA Scholarship Selection Committee.

Katie and her husband Jeremy Newman reside in Chippewa Lake and recently welcomed their first baby Lincoln Jeremiah Newman into the world.

April Stephens

April Stephens, Secretary, Key Account Manager, Dominion East Ohio

April Stephens is a proud Akron native who graduated from Firestone High School and also holds a Bachelors degree in Human Resources Management from Franklin University.  Currently, she works as a Key Account Manager for Dominion East Ohio, where she develops new business relationships, negotiates contracts and manages key corporate accounts for the 2nd largest natural gas utility in Ohio.  She has more than 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies, primarily focusing on sales, business development, and corporate account management.  Her extensive background expands to all phases of strategic and tactical solutions, solution selling, and corporate account management.   

April’s most important job is being the mother and primary advocate to her son who has autism.  Prior to joining the Board, April has worked as an educator and advocate for families impacted by autism.  In addition, she has volunteered for many programs for the Autism Society of Greater Akron. She currently serves as a stand-in volunteer for the Sensory Storytime Program at the Northwest Akron Branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library.  She also helped launch and now facilitates a new Summit County program called Coffee, Tea, and Autism, which provides resources, information, and referrals for those affected by autism.  

In her spare time, April enjoys singing and playing a variety of musical instruments.  She has performed in a variety of national venues, including her most recent appearance at the 2015 Richmond Jazz Festival where she performed alongside the likes of David Sanborn, New Edition, Lauryn Hill, and the late Natalie Cole. April works to ensure that her musical talents inspire and motivate audiences worldwide while spreading positivity. Her passion is to educate, bring awareness, support, and advocacy to people affected by autism.  

Sue Hobson

Sue Hobson, Director, Community Health and Relations, Akron General Health System

Suzanne (Sue) Hobson is Director of Community Health and Community Relations for Cleveland Clinic Akron General where she is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships in the community. She coordinates health screenings and events on behalf of Akron General that help meet the needs of the uninsured and underserved, often in collaboration with other organizations that share similar goals.  She also oversees the advocacy and government relations function.    

Sue began her career at Akron General as a Public Relations Assistant in 1983. Three years later, she was promoted to PR manager, a role she maintained for the next nine years.  She served as Assistant Director for the Akron General Development Foundation for several years before assuming her current position.  Sue’s community involvement includes committee work to help address issues such as infant mortality, minority health and access to healthcare. She also participates on the Health Allocation Team of the United Way of Summit County.

Sue is a 2004 Leadership Akron graduate and a member of the board of directors of the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank, the Autism Society of Greater Akron, and the Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP).  As liaison of the Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute of Akron General, she works closely with Leadership Akron and the program’s facilitator to ensure that this community-based experience assists Akron General leaders in becoming more knowledgeable and engaged in the community. During the program, named after the late Akron General executive and highly respected community leader, participants visit best-in-class organizations and explore topics around Access to Basic Needs, Economic Health, Healthy Children and Families, and Healthy Civic Life.  Since it was established in 2012, more than 100 leaders have graduated from the program.

Across the health system, Sue advocates for employee engagement in the community, participation on boards and volunteerism which includes such activities as DAP’s Green and Clean Day, United Way’s Day of Caring, the Foodbank’s volunteer days and various health-related walks.  She chairs the Health System’s Harvest for Hunger campaign to collect food and funds to be distributed by the Foodbank.  

Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in media management from the University of Akron and a master’s degree in journalism from Kent State University.  She lives in Tallmadge with her husband and four children along with the family’s two Labrador Retrievers.

Dr. William Lanzinger

Dr. William Lanzinger, Medical 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.  He completed his surgical residency at Akron General and then went on to Loyola University in Chicago to complete a hand surgery fellowship.  He has been practicing at Cleveland Clinic Akron General since 2010.

In addition to his clinical duties, Lanzinger is the Medical Director of hand surgery.  He is an active member of the orthopedic residency program that trains young doctors to become orthopedic surgeons.  He is a member of the American Association for Hand Surgery and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  He has had numerous publications in national scientific journals, and is the author of multiple book chapters in hand surgery.  He has given lectures at the national and international level for hand surgery.

Lanzinger is married to Judge Jill Flagg Lanzinger of Barberton Municipal Court.  They live in green with their 3 children.  Their oldest son is on the Autism spectrum.

Ari Mazumdar

Ari Mazumdar, PhD, MBA, Lead Engineer, Global Raw Material Development & Approvals, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Ari Mazumdar works for The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and is the team lead of Goodyear's Global Raw Material Development and Approval group. His group works on the technical approval of all raw materials used in the manufacturing of Goodyear tires globally.

Ari is a graduate of the Goodyear Community Leadership Institute's 2015-2016 Class which aims at further developing Goodyear's emerging leaders through a specific focus on community service, Goodyear leadership traits, and trains participants to serve on community boards.

Ari's desire to serve in the board of Autism Society of Greater Akron emanates from a personal connection with Autism along with his interest in giving back to the community by serving towards making an impact in the society.

Coming Soon

Jay Mitzel, Retired VP of Supply Chain Services, Summa Heath Systems

Janet Rogers

Janet Rogers, RN, MSN, C.N.A., FACHE, Director, Critical Care, Emergency Department, Trauma, Akron Children’s Hospital

Janet Rogers joined Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron March 26, 2012. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St. John College of Cleveland and a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Ursulline College.  She holds certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in adult nursing as well as certification as a nurse executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Janet’s experience includes positions as Director of Critical Care and Emergency for Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital and Summa Health System and Chief Nursing Officer for University Hospital Geneva Medical Center. Her clinical nursing experience includes positions in Surgical ICU and Neurosurgical ICU at the Cleveland Clinic and Emergency Nursing and Clinical Supervisor at St. Thomas Hospital of Akron.

She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executive, Northeast Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives and the Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives, American College of Healthcare Executives, ACHE of Northeast Ohio where she is a member of the programming committee.

Ms. Rogers joined the board of the Autism Society of Greater Akron in 2014. She resides in Hudson with her husband and two adult sons who are on the spectrum.


Magistrate Ronald L. Cable, Jr., Board Member Emeritus, Summit County Domestic Relations Court

Magistrate Ron Cable has been with the Summit County Domestic Relations Court since July of 2000. Prior to serving as a full-time magistrate, he worked as both a judicial attorney and part-time magistrate with the Summit County Domestic Relations Court. Magistrate Cable has additional experience working for Legal Aid and as a private attorney.

Magistrate Cable graduated from the University of Akron with a B.A. in political science and from the University of Akron School of Law with a Juris Doctor. Magistrate Cable also attended the Capital University School of Law.  

In addition to his legal experience, Magistrate Cable worked as a case manager where he assisted inmates from the federal prison system with reestablishing their family relationships and with gaining employment upon their release. Magistrate Cable also worked in the juvenile correction system where he assisted troubled youth.

In addition to his work as a magistrate, Ron Cable is involved as a mediator and presenter in the Court’s programs that promote conflict resolution. Furthermore, Ron Cable serves on various boards including the Autism Society of America, Greater Akron Chapter, University of Akron Learning Commons Task Force, University of Akron Friends of the Library, Akron Bar Association Family Law Section Officer, Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism Adult Service Committee, Summit County Fatherhood Initiative Steering Committee and Family Relations and Interdisciplinary Counsel of Summit County.

Ron Cable is a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates and the Akron Bar Association. Ron Cable is a resident of Akron, Ohio where he lives with his wife and three children.

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. She was honored as Public Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers for her commitment to crime victims, named Prosecutor of the Year by the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for her aggressive prosecution of criminals, and has been recognized with more than 20 awards, including Most Improved Child Support Program in the country for her management of Summit County’s Child Support Enforcement Agency. Most recently, she received a Public Service Award from Summit County Children Services and was named a Hudson Hero by the Hudson Rotary Club.

Prosecutor Walsh is the Past-President of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association and is Past-Chair of the State Victims Assistance Advisory Board, an appointed position by the state Attorney General. In 2013, she was appointed to co-chair the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section, Victims Committee.

Prosecutor Walsh’s goal is to aggressively prosecute criminals and ensure that victims receive support and assistance throughout the criminal justice proceedings. In 2012, her criminal division prosecuted more than 3,400 cases of felony crimes in Summit County, with a conviction rate of 96 percent.

Ms. Walsh has been an attorney in the Summit County area for close to 30 years. She previously served as an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Akron, a Magistrate in three Summit County courts and as a Police Legal Advisor. She also was a partner for 10 years in the law firm of Bevan & Associates. 

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


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

Mr. Zimmerman has been on the Autism Society of Greater Akron Board for four years. His family lives in West Akron & he has an adult son on the spectrum. Brett 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. He 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.