Board of Directors

  • Rev. Felix Carrion
    Euclid Avenue Congregational Church

    Rev. Felix Carrion is serving as Designated Minister of Euclid Avenue Congregational Church of the UCC- a position he assumed in May 2003.† Prior to this call, Rev. Carrion served as Interim Minister at Faith, United Church of Christ, in Richmond, Ohio for two years (2001-2003).† Between the years of 1994 through 2000 he was with the United Church of Christís Office for Church in Society and Commission for Racial Justice. As associate for multiracial and multicultural church empowerment with the Office for Church in Society and the Commission for Racial Justice, Carrion provided support and training for church- in- society and racial justice ministries to conferences, associations, and local churches throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Rev. Carrion provided leadership as staff and spokesperson for the United Church of Christís pronouncement and proposal for action on being a multiracial and multicultural church.
  • Michael Cristal, Board Chairman
    Consolidated Risk Management

    Michael is President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Risk Management, an Insurance/Risk Management consulting firm.† He began his career in 1978 at Garson-Blau, Inc., a family owned Insurance Agency.† In 1983 Michael became a Vice President, and in 1985 an owner.† The agency merged in 1988 with Republic Hogg Robinson, an International Insurance Brokerage firm.† Michael worked at Republic Hogg Robinson for three years before associating with Consolidated Risk Management in 1991.
  • Stephanie Kennedy
    Ulmer & Berne

    Stephanie is a lawyer who focuses on employment and civil rights litigation.† Both small and large corporations are in her client base, and she has extensive experience working with business owners, employees, HR departments, and corporate counsel in the defense of employment claims.† She counsels clients in the avoidance of employment claims and compliance with federal and state related statutes.
  • Ann Klotz
    Laurel School

    Ann V. Klotz began her tenure as Laurel Schoolís tenth Head of School July 1, 2004.† Committed to academic excellence, Klotz is equally devoted to the social and emotional development of.† Prior to her arrival at Laurel, Klotz spent twenty years as an educator and administrator at The Chapin School in New York City.† She served as Director of College Guidance and as a member of Chapinís administrative team, while maintaining ongoing roles as head of the Drama Department and coordinator of the Fine Arts Department.
  • James Marra
    Blue Point Capital

    Jim is Director of Business Development.† He joined the group in 1991. Before joining Blue Point Capital, Jim held various positions with Citicorp in the Leveraged Capital, Investment Banking and Venture Capital Groups.
  • Raymon Spottsville
    The IMHOTEP Foundation

    Mathematics: Helping Our Teens Excel Program (IMHOTEP),Ē recognized in 1998 as the #1 BEST Practice and academic program in the state of Ohio.† For more than a decade, Ray has developed and implemented innovative educational programs to help students master advanced mathematics and science concepts and content. He also specializes in developing and delivering programs to help prepare a wide variety of students for success in college. As Co-founder and Director of IMHOTEP, Ray helped raise and manage more than one million dollars in grant money to help students, particularly minority students, improve their mathematics and science skills as well as learn how to think critically and strategize rather than just memorize so that they could gain acceptance into top colleges and universities and pursue careers in math, science & technology related fields.
  • Carol Staiger
    Vantage Point Marketing Consultants

    Carol has spent more than 25 years in Marketing, working in, and working with, large and small organizations.† She has served in various capacities, including product engineer, market researcher, senior product manager, marketing manager, business unit manager, and commercial sales rep.† Now, as an independent marketing consultant for the past eleven years, she works with the leaders of small, growing, and emerging organizations of many types, including manufacturers, technology companies, professional service firms, and nonprofits.† Her purpose is to help them reach their goals by developing successful marketing plans, designed for their individual situations.
  • John Zitzner, Co-Founder
    E CITY

    Founder & President, E CITY, a nonprofit youth entrepreneurship organization.† John is also a successful entrepreneur- the founder and former President and CEO of Bradley Company, a Cleveland-based software firm that began in 1983 and was acquired by Xerox Corporation in 1998.

  • Marshall Emerson III ex-officio
    Head of School & Co-Founder E Prep

    Marshall Emerson has devoted his entire career to the education of at-risk youth as a teacher, mentor and school administrator.† He is a graduate of the Building Excellent Schools fellowship- a training program for urban charter school founders.† He also has four years of administrative experience from a high-performing charter school in Cincinnati, and two years of classroom teaching experience.††