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ABOUT THE CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION

Created in 2002, the Cuyahoga County Library Foundation exists to raise financial resources in support of the Library’s mission of reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement and to elevate awareness of the Library’s critical role in the community.

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OUR WORK 

​The Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation’s fundraising efforts and investments have enabled the funding of grants back to the Library for vital programs and services. The Foundation recently allocated more than $450,000 to make these and other impactful library programs possible:   

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We provide students in grades K – 8 with free homework assistance at 10 locations through our after school Homework Centers program. 82% of students who participated during the 2018-2019 school year report improved their grades. 

support for struggling readers 

We work with school districts in seven communities to identify students at risk of failing to meet Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee and get them back on track. Our after school 1-2-3 READ literacy program gives struggling readers the opportunity to work on their reading skills with trained tutors in the library after school. 98% of students who participated in the 1-2-3 READ program had improved or were reading at grade level by the end of the year.

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Laptop computers funded by our Foundation enable our Aspire Greater Cleveland instructors to provide instruction and test preparation to adult learners seeking their high school equivalency diplomas throughout Cuyahoga County.  

resources for new Parents 

We collaborate with MetroHealth Medical Center to provide the parents of newborn children with CCPL's Baby & Me resource kits. The kits, made possible by a Foundation grant, include a growth chart, health diary, baby's first library card, information about the Library's Baby Club parent education program and other helpful parenting resources. 


cuyahoga county public LIBRARY FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS  

Janet AuWerter
Janet AuWerter has an extensive professional background in advertising, public relations and fundraising. As a volunteer, she has used those skills to raise awareness and funding for many civic, not-for-profit, educational and religious organizations.
 
Nancy Barnes
Nancy Barnes is a partner and head of the Labor & Employment group at Thompson Hine. She is excited to support and promote libraries in the 21st century. Nancy gained her love of reading from her mother, who was a teacher-turned-children's librarian. Nancy lives in Hudson with her three sons.
 
Caroline Borrow, PhD
Caroline is a mathematics educator interested in helping students and teachers learn the "Why" and "How" of mathematical concepts. Caroline enjoys helping spread the library's mission of lifelong learning and civic engagement. She serves on other boards throughout Cleveland.
 
Monica K. Brown
Monica Brown serves as the VP for Human Resources & Administration at the Cleveland Foundation, where she has worked since 2006. She is the chair and co-founder of the Collaboration for Nonprofit HR Professionals and very active in her community of Lakewood, Ohio, where she resides with her family.
 
Helen Rankin Butler
Helen Rankin Butler serves as Board Chair at Hathaway Brown School. Her strong background in education and leadership began at HB as a student and later Trustee. Prior, Helen taught 5th grade in New York City and spent 11 years as a residential camp director.
 
Cindy Chaiten
Cindy is a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch and has been in financial services for over 20 years. She served on the Board of Directors of the Mandel Jewish Day School for 7 years, 5 of those as development committee chair. Cindy lives in Shaker Heights with her husband and two daughters.
 
Quo Vadis Cobb
Quo Vadis is Assistant General Counsel, North America for Rockwell Automation. She holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College, MA from CMU and JD/MPA from Syracuse University. She's on the board of directors for The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, CCPLF and is a former board member of The City Mission.
 
M. Lily Datta Peyrat
Lily Peyrat spent her career in Finance and Strategic Planning working in NYC and San Francisco. Lily is excited to be a part of advancing CCPL’s mission and the incredible programs and services the system offers its communities. Lily lives in Shaker Heights with her family. SB, MIT. MBA, Kellogg
 
Allyn Davies, Secretary
Ms. Davies is the Co-Owner of The Merrymeeting Group. She serves on the Cuyahoga County Library Operating Board for which she was appointed by the Cuyahoga County Executive with confirmation by the Cuyahoga County Council. She also serves on the Cleveland Central Catholic High School Advisory Board.
 
Bob DiBiasio
Bob is SVP/Public Affairs for the Cleveland Indians. 2020 will be his 42nd season in MLB; his 41st with his hometown team. Serves on a variety of Boards in Cleveland, including his role as President, Cleveland Indians Charities.
 
Eric Dicken
Eric L. Dicken is the AVP of Development for Programs, Events, and Protocol at Case Western Reserve University. His career spans 25 years at public and private universities. BA, Hiram College: MEd, Kent State; MNO, Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District.
 
Susan Donlan
Susan Donlan is Chief Communications Officer for KeyCorp. Prior to joining Key, Susan served as VP, Corporate Communications at TD Bank Group. Before beginning her career in banking, Susan held a range of positions in the Canadian government. She lives in Shaker Heights with her family.
 
Lori Ann Franklin
Lori Ann Franklin is the Chief Operating Officer for OverDrive, Inc. the global distributor of digital ebooks, audiobooks and magazines for libraries and schools. Bowling Green State University, BS/BA, Baldwin Wallace University, MBA.
 
Jennifer Hartford
Jennifer Hartford serves on a number of civic and non profit boards in the Cleveland area. She enthusiastically supports the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s mission to encourage reading and education while providing invaluable services to the community. Jennifer lives in Shaker Heights with her husband and two daughters.
 
Claude E. Kennard
Claude Kennard is owner/CEO of Metal Alloy Reclaimers, Inc. Metaloy provides byproduct recycling options for companies within the hydrocarbon industry. Prior to Metaloy, Claude worked for BP. He serves on the boards of the Corporate Visiting Committee for CWRU and Cleveland Life Institute. He and wife Kay live in Beachwood. BA, William Penn University, MBA, Weatherhead School of Management, CWRU.
 
Paul Linehan 
Paul Linehan serves as President of AML RightSource. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 16 years as an attorney at a large Cleveland-based firm, advising clients including financial institutions, in multiple areas of complex litigation including bankruptcy, fraud, and AML related issues. He earned his B.B.A in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame and spent four years as an audit-side CPA at a big-four (then, big-six) accounting firm before returning to law school at the Case Western Reserve School of Law. Mr. Linehan serves his community as a member of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation Board.
 
Shaun Ng
Shaun Ng joined the Cleveland Clinic in October 2016 as Managing Director in Investments. Prior to joining the Clinic, Shaun spent 17 years at the World Bank, heading various functions in Asset Management and Finance. Shaun began his career at PwC London. He lives in Beachwood with his family.
 
Anthony Panzica
Tony Panzica is the CEO of Panzica Construction and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Arts Cleveland, Gilmour Academy and Ursuline College. As a dedicated patron of the arts, he serves on the Board of Directors for Cleveland Playhouse and Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, FL. Tony resides in Gates Mills with his family.
 
Jennifer Parmentier
Jennifer A. Parmentier is Vice President and President - Motion Systems Group for Parker Hannifin Corporation in Cleveland, OH. Mrs. Parmentier holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Webster University and an Executive MBA from Loyola Chicago Quinlan School of Business.
 
Anne-Marie Petros
Anne-Marie Petros is an owner/director of Tensing Pen hotel in Jamaica. She spent the last 20 years volunteering at several non-profits. She sits on the board of the Womens Council of the CMA. She lives in Hinckley, together with her husband Sam and their 4 children. CWRU, MBA 2000.
 
Lisa Priemer 
Lisa Priemer is a former educator who lives in Bay Village with her husband and four children. She is currently a member of the Bay Village Board of Education.
 
M. Neal Rains, Chair
Neal Rains is past president, the Print Club and Cleveland Bar Foundation. He was a trustee of Gordon Square Arts District, Near West Theatre, Cleveland Play House, and other nonprofits. BA, the University of Iowa, JD, Northwestern University Law School. Neal is a retired law firm partner.
 
William I. Russo, CFP®, Treasurer
Bill is on the Board of Directors of the Solon Chamber of Commerce, Solon Benevolent Fund, Councilman in Solon since 2007, President of Greater Cleveland Adult Baseball (GCAB), and a member of the Solon Italian Club. John Carroll University, BS/BA, Wright State University, MBA.
 
Caroline Selman
Caroline has worked in Human Resources for 25 years, eventually opening her own HR consulting company. She is passionate about the work CCPL does for the Cleveland community, most notably programs involving children’s literacy. Caroline and her husband David have two daughters, ages 20 and 23.
 
Lorie Hollington Smith
Lorie is the Associate Director of Advancement at US, focusing her work on major giving and alumni engagement. She is a lawyer by training and has served on both corporate and non-profit boards. Lorie is a lifelong reader. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Pepper Pike.
 
Tara Stewart
Tara Stewart is VP Supplier Quality for Eaton Corp., a former educator and has a passion for lifelong learning. Tara is also on the board of Equality Ohio. She lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband, Don. Eastern Michigan University, MS in Quality Management; Marquette University, MBA.
 
Tracy Strobel, President
Tracy Strobel is the Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library. From 2011 to 2013, Tracy served as the U.S. representative to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s International Network of Emerging Library Innovators. She is a member of the Public Library Association Board of Directors (2016-2019) and the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee (2015-2019). In February 2020, Tracy was appointed to the board of The Center for Community Solutions, a nonpartisan think tank focused on solutions to health, social and economic issues.
 
Grace Wilson
Grace Wilson is a Vice President and Senior Underwriter at PNC Bank. She has led the Cleveland chapter of PNC’s internal young professional organization and served as a Downtown Cleveland Alliance City Advocate and a member of the Greater Cleveland Partnership LEAD program. She lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood with her husband and daughter. Ohio State University, BSBA.

Contact

Bridget Hawes
Development Director
216.749.9475
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