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Cleveland Internship Summit Speaker Bios

Richard J. Batyko, APR, Fellow PRSA

Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Development
Team Northeast Ohio

Rick has over 20 years of Fortune 100 and nonprofit communications, marketing and brand management experience. As President of the Regional Marketing Alliance of Northeast Ohio, Rick is leading corporate, civic and foundation-backed efforts to market the Northeast Ohio region, including Cleveland, Akron, Canton and Youngstown, to external and internal audiences.

Rick has served as director of communications for Babcock & Wilcox; as a director of communications and brand management for AlliedSignal; as manager, e-media and news management at Honeywell International; as vice president of marketing & communications at the Cleveland Foundation; and as vice president for regional marketing for the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Rick is a graduate of Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism and earned his Master of Arts in Public Relations from Kent State University. He is an adjunct professor at Kent State University’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Rick holds his APR accreditation with the Public Relations Society of America and was inducted into its College of Fellows in 2009.

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Ronald M. Berkman, Ph.D.

Cleveland State University

Ronald M. Berkman was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees as President of Cleveland State University (CSU) on April 26, 2009. Dr. Berkman came to CSU from Florida International University (FIU) in Miami where he served most recently as Provost, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

In his seventh year at CSU, Dr. Berkman has established the University as a prominent and innovative force in urban higher education. He has championed the creation of a student-centric environment to promote student success. His tenure at CSU has been marked by record-setting freshman classes, a $500 million campus makeover that has sparked private downtown development, and community building collaborations that create internship opportunities for students.

Dr. Berkman received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976. Prior to serving at FIU, he taught at The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, The University of California at Berkeley, Brooklyn College, the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, New York University and the University of Puerto Rico.

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Joe Calabrese

CEO & General Manager
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Joe Calabrese brings more than 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors of the transportation industry to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Calabrese has increased RTA’s customer base and RTA’s integral role in the mobility and economic development of the region.

Calabrese has catapulted RTA to become one of the most successful organizations in the public/private sector. In 2015, Calabrese was one of nine to receive Governing Magazine’s “Public Official of the Year Award.” He is the only transit leader in the country to ever receive that distinction. That same year, Calabrese was the recipient of Smart Business Magazine’s “Smart 50” Award, and RTA was named “One of the 50 Smartest Organizations in Northeast Ohio.”

Under Calabrese’s leadership, RTA is strategically focused on outstanding customer service, maintaining a positive image and having strong financial management. As a result, RTA has become one of the most respected transit agencies in the nation, and was named "The Best Large Public Transit System in North America" by the American Public Transit Association (APTA) in 2007. In 2008, Calabrese was named the Outstanding Transit Manager of the Year.

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Ed Evans, SPHR

Human Resources Director
Maloney + Novotny LLC

Ed Evans retired from the United States Army as a Major with 21 years of service. His last remaining 14 years in the Army were spent in the HR field known as the Adjutant General Corps. Over the past five years, he has been the HR Director for Maloney + Novotny LLC, a public accounting firm in downtown Cleveland.

Ed has three Master's degrees, including an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace University. He also earned two HR Certifications; one from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and the other from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He sits on the Membership Committee for the HR Leadership Group of Northeast Ohio and is a member of the Cleveland SHRM Chapter.

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Ronald F. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Ronald F. Ferguson has taught at Harvard since 1983, focusing on education and economic development. His research and writing for the past decade have focused on racial achievement gaps, appearing in a variety of publications.

His most recent book is "Toward Excellence with Equity: An Emerging Vision for Closing the Achievement Gap," published by Harvard Education Press. He is the creator of the Tripod Project for School Improvement and also the faculty co-chair and director of the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University.

After 31 years as full-time faculty, he has recently moved into an adjunct position and will focus the majority of his time on research and writing. Ferguson earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and PhD from MIT, both in economics.

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Thomas E. Hopkins

Senior Vice President, Special Projects
The Sherwin-Williams Company

Thomas E. Hopkins was Corporate Officer and Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Sherwin-Williams Company from 1997 until his retirement in 2015. Tom was primarily responsible for the development, implementation, and transformation of the enterprise-wide Human Resources Strategy to drive superior performance of Sherwin-Williams’ business objectives.

Tom joined The Sherwin-Williams Company in 1981 as an intern in the Training Department for the Paint Stores Group. Early in his career he created and implemented a Management Trainee Program. The innovative program became institutionalized and has long been the talent development engine for the company, resulting in deep leadership bench strength and high levels of employee retention.

Later, he supported the development and roll out of SW’s Culture of Excellence, that has become the cornerstone of continuous improvement for Sherwin-Williams with a particular emphasis on supply chain and innovation.

Tom is actively involved with several Northeast Ohio based organizations and agencies. He has a strong interest in talent and workforce development supporting the economic growth and vitality of the region.

He is the former chair of the Cleveland Leadership Center, serves on the Board for Vocational Guidance Services as a member of its Executive Committee, and was a member of the Commission on Economic Inclusion's Board of Advisors. Finally, Tom was the Chair of the Visiting Committee for the College of Science & Health Professions at Cleveland State University, as well as a Trustee for CSU’s Foundation.

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Evan Ishida

Board Member
Engage! Cleveland

Evan’s “why” is to help organizations create places where people love their work. He does this as a member of Thrive, a creative consultancy that provides fresh approaches to learning, innovation, happiness, strategic planning, and leadership.

Evan's expertise comes from several years leading learning and development teams inside global Fortune 200 companies such as Nationwide Insurance and Eaton. As an entrepreneur he has also co-founded a tech startup called KnowledgePost, and ran his own successful consulting practice.

In 2010 he collaborated with community leaders to launch Engage! Cleveland. Its mission is to help connect young professionals with their areas of passion in the community. He also serves as lead partner for Cleveland Social Venture Partners and is a board member of Cleveland Society of Human Resource Managers.

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Margy Judd

Executive Arrangements, Inc.

Margy is President of Executive Arrangements, a 36 year old firm that provides talent attraction & retention services for companies and organizations who are recruiting or relocating employees into NE Ohio.

EA is hired to land highly sought after candidates by wooing reluctant spouses, overcoming negative stereotypes of Cleveland & Akron and neutralizing competitive offers in other, better known, cities. With an 80 percent success rate, EA is known by local companies & executive search firms as The Closer. And, to mitigate retention risks, EA stays in touch with newcomers their first year in town to provide the networks and resources the family needs to quickly acclimate once they arrive. 

Margy serves on the board of PlayhouseSquare Foundation, was one of the seven founders of the Cleveland Bridge Builders and a graduate of its charter class in 2001, a member of the 2007 Leadership Cleveland class, a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10K small business program and a member of the EO Accelerator program.

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Christopher G. Keim

Frantz Ward

Chris is a trial lawyer who focuses on civil litigation matters, including general business disputes, product liability claims, employment litigation, and transportation law.  He has extensive first-chair litigation experience in successfully defending businesses through trial throughout the United States, with over seventy-five bench and jury trials to date.

This includes representing closely held and publicly traded transportation-related companies and their insurers in routine and catastrophic litigation involving the design, manufacture, and installation of their products.  In the past year, Chris was lead counsel on two jury defense verdicts in employment-related matters.
Chris is a former Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor, where he gained significant first-chair jury trial experience prosecuting adult felony cases.

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Natalie Kuns

Central Region Campus Recruiting Leader

With more than 10 years' experience at EY, Natalie draws on her time as a former client-server in EY’s Houston Assurance practice to understand and address the talent challenges our client-serving teams face.

During her tenure on the campus recruiting team, Natalie has worked closely with local and regional leaders in 17 Central offices to attract top talent to internships and full-time positions. She oversees recruiting efforts at for all service lines and schools in the Central Region.

Natalie graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.B.A in Accounting and Management. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and was nominated by her peers to be the 2013 recipient of the Allen Boston Award for outstanding performance as a campus recruiter.

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Rob LaSalvia

Chief, Office of Education
NASA Glenn Research Center

Rob LaSalvia is the Division Chief for the Office of Education at the NASA Glenn Research Center and is responsible for the development and implementation of a portfolio of innovative partnerships and programs that leverage NASA’s unique mission content, facilities and workforce to improve the quality of science and math education nationally. The Office of Education collaborates with universities, museums, K-12 school districts and a host of nonprofit organizations to achieve its mission.

Prior to his role as a supervisor, LaSalvia developed or managed a variety of programs targeted at supporting students and teachers, including Summer of Innovation and the NASA Explorer Schools. During his tenure as manager, these programs in total engaged over 1 million students in all 50 states and demonstrated positive gains in student interest and achievement in science and engineering topics and disciplines. Both projects leveraged current and emerging technologies to provide model curriculum, blended professional development, and technical assistance to school districts and out-of-school time providers.

LaSalvia has been recognized for his program quality and innovative strategies by the Harvard John F Kennedy School of Government with a “Bright Idea” Innovations in Federal Government Award, a Regional Emmy Award for online student programming from the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and a Wings of Excellence Award from the Cleveland Federal Executive Board.

LaSalvia started his career as a co-op student at NASA Glenn. A native of Cleveland, Rob graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and received a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Baldwin-Wallace College.

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Ray Leach


Ray Leach is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc. a Cleveland, Ohio-based non-profit venture development organization that has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models and its ability to leverage its experience and expertise across the U.S.

JumpStart’s work focuses on assisting community leaders to maximize the job and wealth-creating economic impact of local startup and high-growth small companies with a focus on ways to assist and invest in these firms to dramatically improve local economic competitiveness. Ray is considered a national thought and practice leader at the intersections of public, private and philanthropic partnerships that accelerate job creation and increase economic outcomes in neighborhoods, cities, regions and countries.

Ray was a Sloan Fellow and a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Akron. He began his career at IBM and went on to co-found four startup technology companies.

Ray was a founding member of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). He also currently serves as the Chair of the National Venture Capital Association’s (NVCA) Alumni Council, is a founding member of the NVCA’s Diversity Task Force and is on the board of Invent Now, which educates 100,000 U.S. kids each summer in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Lisa Logan

Executive Vice President, Retired
Logan Clutch Corporation

Elyse (Lisa) Logan is recently retired Executive Vice President and owner of Logan Clutch Corporation, located in Westlake, OH. Logan Clutch is an owner-managed family business which designs and manufactures a proprietary product line of clutches for the marine, machine tool, off-road, agriculture, oil & gas and other industrial markets.

Lisa’s experience with manufacturing began in the 1980s with the Warner & Swasey Company, before electing to join her father’s small, emerging engineering and manufacturing business where she worked with other family members to provide leadership and direction to the growing company, especially after her father’s untimely death.

While performing various executive and leadership roles in her professional career, Lisa remains a strong proponent for workforce development. She designed and developed a successful Intern / Co-Op program at Logan Clutch to provide engineering students with meaningful work, the ability to cultivate professional skills and work side-by-side with talented personnel in a real-world work environment.

As an active advocate for small business, Lisa served many years as a board member of COSE, the Council of Smaller Enterprises.  She also served three terms as a member of the COSE Executive Committee and Board Development Committee. Lisa is a member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership Board and serves on GCP's Government Affairs Council.

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Jeff Malbasa

President & CIO
Spero-Smith Investment Advisors

Jeff Malbasa oversees the delivery of Spero-Smith Investment Advisors' financial planning, wealth management, and investment strategy consulting services, and develops and implements the company’s strategic initiatives. Jeff also leads the investment management team overseeing, equity, market and economic research as well as manager/investment due diligence and portfolio construction.

Jeff is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.

Jeff is an active community leader in Northeast Ohio, serving on the Board of Directors of  Community Housing Solutions and as a member of the LeadDiversity Alumni Committee, the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland’s Endowment Committee, the United Way Pension Committee, The Lake Ridge Academy Investment Oversight Committee, the Tufts University Alumni Association, the University School Alumni Association, and the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead Alumni Advisory Council.

Jeff earned a Master's of Business Administration degree in finance and banking from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and History.

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Shana F. Marbury, Esq.

Shana MarburyGeneral Counsel/VP, Strategic Initiatives & Research
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Shana Marbury oversees legal affairs for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and leads the organizational strategic priorities of education, talent and workforce development.

For the last several years, Shana has focused attention on GCP’s educational initiatives which include partnering on collaborative community projects, such as drafting and implementation of “Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools” and setting strategy for the successful 2012 Cleveland Municipal School District levy campaign and 2014 capital levy campaign.  Outside of the education realm, her levy experience has also included bringing GCP resources to the successful 2013 levy campaigns for the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland Public Library. 

Prior to her employment at the GCP, Shana worked as a consultant in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Before consulting, Shana worked as a labor, employment and school law attorney in the Cleveland office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP (Squire Patton Boggs). Shana received her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School and completed her undergraduate work at Tufts University, where she double-majored in sociology and political science.

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James M. McWeeney, II

Labor & Employment Attorney
Walter | Haverfield LLP

Walter | Haverfield attorney James M. McWeeney, II focuses his practice on education law.  In particular, he handles First Amendment issues specific to school districts and recently has provided guidance on navigating potential violations of the Establishment and Free Speech Clauses. 

James also advises clients on labor and employment matters, contract drafting and disputes, public record requests, as well as policy drafting under Ohio law.  He regularly speaks at professional development seminars for school district employees.

James graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law.  While attending law school, he was honored with the Dillard Fellowship, where he mentored first-year law students with legal research and writing skills.  James graduated summa cum laude from Miami University of Ohio.  In addition, he taught fourth and fifth grades in the Mississippi Delta as a member of Teach For America.  James’s law practice reflects his personal commitment to education and his first-hand knowledge of the challenges school districts face.

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Andrew Miller

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Analytics
Cleveland Indians

Andrew Miller is in his eleventh season with the Cleveland Indians and his fourth since being named Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Analytics. Miller directs organizational efforts in strategic planning, research and analysis in all areas related to business operations. In addition, Miller advises the Baseball Operations Department on negotiations and strategic issues. 

Previously, Miller served as Baseball Operations Assistant and Assistant Director of Baseball Operations before being promoted to assist Mark Shapiro during his transition to team president. In his roles within Baseball Operations, Miller was involved in every aspect of the Club’s Major League team operations, focusing on financial, contractual and strategic elements of player acquisitions and negotiations. 

Prior to joining the Indians in 2006, Andrew spent nearly seven years working in the investment banking and venture capital industries before completing a JD-MBA at Northwestern University in 2007. Andrew graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1997 from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he also spent four years as a left-handed pitcher on the Cal baseball team.

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Bernie Moreno

Bernie Moreno Companies

Bernie Moreno opened the doors to his first dealership after purchasing the assets of Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted in 2005. In the ten years since, the Bernie Moreno Companies has grown from a single dealership into an impressive collection of 31.

In 2011, Moreno won the Midwest Region Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young, the TIME Magazine/Ally Financial Dealer of the Year Award for the Greater Northeast Ohio Region, and the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2014, Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland named Moreno the Distinguished Business Executive of the Year, and Crain’s Cleveland Business cited Bernie Moreno Companies as one of the 50 fastest-growing businesses in Northeast Ohio.

Today, Moreno remains focused on providing exceptional experiences for both associates and clients. It’s a technique that seems to be working; for the past four years, Bernie Moreno Companies has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

Moreno serves on the boards of many educational and charitable organizations, including: The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation; Young Presidents Organization; Cleveland State University Board of Trustees; The Fifty Club of Cleveland; Middle Market Committee for the Greater Cleveland Partnership; Destination Cleveland and the 2016 GOP Cleveland Convention Host Committee; Ohio Business Roundtable and the Cleveland Foundation.

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Richey Piiparinen

Director, Center for Population Dynamics
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University

Richey Piiparinen is the Director of the Center for Population Dynamics at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

His research on economic restructuring, demographics, and psychosocial trends has been featured in numerous national media outlets, including NPR's Morning Edition, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Forbes, and the Globe and Mail. His op-eds and essays have appeared in Cleveland magazine, the Plain Dealer, Crain's Cleveland Business, the Daily Beast, and the Atlantic.

Richey is co-editor of Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology. He was selected as one of Cleveland Magazine's "Most Interesting People" in 2014 and is a member of "Crain's 40 Under 40" class for 2015. Richey is a Cleveland native and resides in the city.

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Jonas Robinson

BMO Capital Markets

Jonas Robinson is an Associate in BMO Capital Markets’ Corporate Banking Commercial Real Estate group where he is responsible for managing one-fourth of a portfolio of real estate loans aggregating over $3 billion primarily to Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”).

Mr. Robinson focuses on underwriting, monitoring and structuring a portfolio of corporate loans to REITs for acquisitions and general working capital to commercial real estate clients across all property types, including retail, hotel, office, multifamily, self-storage, healthcare, and manufactured home communities.

Mr. Robinson joined BMO Financial Group in 2011. Mr. Robinson received his Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute of Chicago.

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Joe Roman

President and CEO
Greater Cleveland Partnership

Joe Roman is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, one of the nation's largest metropolitan chambers of commerce with more than 10,000 members.

GCP’s current areas of focus include preserving competitive air service at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport; helping to reform the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and public education in the city; and continuing to support the development of Cleveland’s downtown business district, lakefront and other major projects throughout the region. Other priorities are addressed through GCP’s advocacy platform, one of the most robust efforts by a U.S. metro chamber.

Roman previously served as executive director of Cleveland Tomorrow and helped to found critical economic development organizations in the region such as BioEnterprise, JumpStart, NorTech and the Cleveland Plus Marketing Alliance. His board memberships include the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, MAGNET, BioEnterprise, the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Team NEO, and Cleveland Development Advisors, an affiliate real estate investment fund of GCP. He is a vice chair of the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee and chair of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

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Jack Schron, Jr.

Jergens, Inc.

Jack Schron, Jr. has been involved in Jergens' manufacturing operations since 1978 and has served as president since 1978. The company was founded in in 1942 by Jack Schron, Sr. as Glenn Tool and Manufacturing. The Jergens campus in Cleveland, is built on a 47-acre site, formerly an abandoned rail yard. Jergens, Inc. is committed to sustainability and urban renewal and has been named an American Supply and Machinery Manufacturer’s Association environmental winner for Brownfield reclamation.

Schron also co-founded Tooling University LLC, and was its president from 2000 to 2010. He takes an active role in numerous local regional manufacturing and workforce development organizations, currently serving on the boards of Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET), Wire-Net, the National Institute for Metalworking Skills, the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, Industrial Supply & Manufacturers Association , Bluecoats, Inc., and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Manufacturing Academy at Max Hayes High School.

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Ed Valentine LEED AP BD+C

Project Executive
Gilbane Building Company

Ed Valentine has more than 38 years in the construction industry and his leadership covers a variety of market segments including higher education, K-12, mission critical, corporate, healthcare, museums and criminal justice building programs. He has led projects teams to provide construction services for Progressive Insurance, KeyBank, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Battelle Memorial Institute, The Andersons, Inc. and many others.

Ed is well-versed in team building and management, trade contractor coordination, owner/user communications, as well as quality and safety control programs. He has been involved in establishing strict project control measures for complex projects throughout his career and his experience includes multiple building types and construction delivery methods.  Ed earned a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

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Amber Vura

E.C. Kitzel & Sons, Inc.

Amber Vura grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Max S. Hayes Vocational High School in June 2010. During her senior year, she was offered a position at E.C Kitzel & Sons by Tom Schumann.

Amber then began working part time at the end of her school day—about three hours a day until the day after graduation when she was hired as a full-time employee.

She has been trained around the shop and has sharpened her skills in more than one department. She also has taken college courses in Small Business Management.

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Boyd Yarbrough, Ph.D.

Vice President of Student Affairs
Cleveland State University

Boyd Yarbrough is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Cleveland State University. Boyd has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in counseling and a doctorate in higher education. With an extensive background in higher education, Boyd is a member of the President’s Executive Team at CSU and has held many significant administrative leadership positions during his career. Working at both private liberal arts colleges and large public universities, Boyd has held positions ranging from student housing and student life, to business and finance, to administration of facilities and auxiliary services, to head of human resources.

Boyd has held numerous leadership roles over the past 30 years. He has served in various capacities including president of the State Association of South Carolina, co-chair of the National Task Force on Sustainability, a member of the Convention Planning Teams, as well as convention chair for the American College Personnel Association.

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