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Randy Markey City Year Cleveland
Randy Markey, Board Chair
Managing Partner, Capital Acceleration Partners

For the past 25 years, Randy's leadership journey has centered on the pursuit of excellence across a variety of industries with an emphasis on building winning cultures, developing constructs for effective governance and decision rights and establishing accountability platforms for the disciplined execution of strategy. Whether from the board room or the C-suite, Randy has had the rare opportunity to be a part of some remarkable growth and/or turnaround stories. The one common thread being the privilege to be surrounded by exceptionally talented and passionate teammates.

As managing partner of Capital Acceleration Partners (CAP), Randy has spent the last five and a half years as president of CAP portfolio company, global X. After closing on the sale of global X, Randy took a long-awaited six-month sabbatical before returning to his role at CAP. Beyond his primary focus of personal reflection and spending time with those he cares about most – his wife and his children – (or doing his best to support the LTI at City Year) Randy will most frequently be found clicking into a pair of skis somewhere on a snow-filled mountain.

Randy began his career at Matrix Essentials where he served as national sales manager and later as director of market strategy and business development for North America in the consumer products division of Bristol-Myers Squibb. He then served as managing director and chair of the Growth Strategies Practice for a leading turnaround and restructuring firm in the Midwest prior to co-founding Capital Acceleration Partners in 2003.

Randy is involved in the community, having served as president of the association for Corporate Growth’s Cleveland chapter; a trustee of LifeAct (formerly the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance of Northeast Ohio); a member of the Funders Committee for the Fund For Our Economic Future and a director and officer of Cleveland Social Venture Partners. Randy is also a member of the Cleveland chapter of YPO/WPO.

Randy received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Vermont and his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

The Hon. Bruce H. Akers, Board Vice Chair
Mayor Emeritus, City of Pepper Pike 

Bruce H. Akers retired in 2000 as senior vice president, civic affairs, for KeyBank. He held the same position with Society Bank. He was also chairman of the Key Foundation. Prior to Society’s merger with Ameritrust, he was vice president, public relations, and assistant to the chairman for Ameritrust Co. N.A. Before joining Ameritrust, Bruce was executive secretary to Cleveland Mayor Ralph Perk from 1975-1977. He was an investment officer for Roulston and Company, Inc. for several years before moving to Cleveland City Hall. He began his banking career 47 years ago at National City Bank.

Bruce serves with distinction on numerous civic and educational organizations in Northeast Ohio including as chairman of Town Hall of Cleveland, president of Park Works (formerly Clean–Land, Ohio), chairman of the Chagrin Valley Inter-Governmental Council, chairman of the Look Up to Cleveland Advisory Board. He is a trustee and on the Executive Committee of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Convention, past president/chairman of the Cleveland Advertising Association, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, the Princeton Alumni Association of Northern Ohio, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland, The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland (where he chairs the Governance Committee), the Citizens League Research Institute, the Friendly Inn Settlement, the Greater Cleveland Committee on Hunger, Cuyahoga County Mayors and City Managers Association (where he chairs the Economic Development Committee and co-chairs the Regionalism Committee), and Cleveland’s Promise (the local arm of America’s Promise) and many other nonprofits. He is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland and is president of his class. He is a graduate of University School, Princeton University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Bruce and his wife, Barbara, are residents of Pepper Pike where he has served four terms as mayor.

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John Barnes
Partner, Grant Thornton

Kate Brown
President, The MetroHealth Foundation and Chief Development Officer, The MetroHealth System

Kate Brown was named president of The MetroHealth Foundation and chief development officer of The MetroHealth System in February 2016.

In this role, Kate is responsible for the creation and implementation of a comprehensive strategic fundraising program for The MetroHealth System.

She served as vice president of development since March 2006 after joining the System in 2001 as director of development. Prior to joining MetroHealth, Kate was a senior development officer with The Cleveland Clinic. She also served as director of development for the Northeast Ohio Chapter for The Multiple Sclerosis Society and membership program manager with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association.

Kate earned her master's degree in public administration from Cleveland State University, and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Miami University of Ohio.

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Michael Cantor
Managing Director and Principal, Allegro Realty Advisors

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Patti Choby
Principal, Colbalt Group

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Brian Doty
Principal, Deloitte

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Jim Doyle
Senior Vice President, National Manager of Business Development, Asset Based Finance Group, U.S. Bank

David Henkel
Executive Vice President, CM Wealth Advisors

David Henkel is president, sales and marketing at CM Wealth Advisors. He previously served as director at Ancora Advisors LLC in Cleveland, OH. Prior to that, he was director, Institutional U.S. Equity Sales, for Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC. in New York City for 13 years. Before embarking on an investment career, David worked at Bristol Myers-Squibb and before that as a White House research assistant and with The Corporation for National Service.

David serves on the City Year Cleveland Board, the Alumni Board for Hawken School, and coaches for his children’s various sports teams.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Michigan and his MBA at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. David also lived in South America for several years and is fluent in Spanish as a result. He was also a two-sport varsity athlete in college.

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Jennifer Hurd
Senior Vice President, State of Ohio Market Manager, Bank of America

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David Kall
Managing Member, McDonald Hopkins

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Collin Knisely
Managing Director, The Knisely Group

Betsy Lambert
Senior Trust Officer and Senior Vice President, Huntington Bank

Betsy Lambert is a senior vice president and senior client advisor for The Huntington Private Bank, wealth and investment management. Betsy is responsible for the daily management and administration of trust, IRA, healthcare, foundation and investment relationships. Along with a team of financial professionals, Betsy assists clients with comprehensive solutions addressing all wealth management issues.

Betsy joined the Huntington Private Client Group in 2010 and has over 37 years of experience in the trust and investment management industry. Betsy attended Kent State University and in addition, has certifications from the American Bankers Association Trust School, Retirement Specialist certification from the Pension Management Company and holds a Certified Trust Financial Analyst designation from Cannon Financial Institute.

Betsy serves on the board of City Year Cleveland and the Mercy Hospital Foundation of Lorain County.

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Melissa Pozniak
Partner, BKD LLP

Monyka S. Price
Chief of Education, City of Cleveland, Mayor’s Office

Monyka S. Price joined the Jackson Administration in October 2007 as the chief of education. Her responsibilities include advancing Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s vision of a regional approach to education and serving as the liaison between the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

In her capacity as the liaison, Monyka can be described as a catalyst for positive change and an advocate for total youth development. Her work advances the Jackson administration’s efforts to connect Cleveland residents with high quality educational opportunities from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary. In her position, Monyka played a key role in the implementation of the Cleveland Plan, and has been instrumental in the establishment of, and serves in leadership roles, in PRE4CLE, the Higher Education Compact, the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, and Say Yes To Education Cleveland.

She manages the Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program, is the chair of the Mayor’s Youth Development Committee and is a key organizer of Mayor Jackson’s annual citywide Youth Summit and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Back-to-School Fair. In addition, Monyka is working to advance education to serve both the academic and social needs of youth, and ensure they have an educational foundation that emphasizes global awareness, financial literacy, citizenship, wellness and lifelong learning.

Monyka brings a unique combination of both education and business expertise to the Jackson administration. Before assuming the role as chief of education, Monyka served as the principal of Citizens’ Academy. Additionally, Monyka taught in Cleveland elementary schools. Prior to her career as an educator, Monyka built a successful career in sales and marketing.

Monyka is a graduate of Ursuline College where she earned two master’s degrees in education-early childhood and education administration. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Kent State University and she has also received a Superintendent License and Certification from Cleveland State University. In May 2019, Monyka earned her doctorate degree in education leadership from Youngstown State University.

She serves as a board member for the Rainey Institute, and John Hay Cleveland School of Science and Medicine in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

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Joseph Roman
President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Cleveland Partnership

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Anne Schoff, Chair, Red Jacket Society
Retired Teacher

Keith Silvestri
Chief Technology Officer, KeyBank

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Kenneth Till
Vice President Development, Bedrock Detroit

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Julia Tosi
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

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Robert Gillespie, Chairman Emeritus

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Jan Roller, Member Emeritus
Partner, Giffen & Kaminski, LLC

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