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Medina County Women's Endowment Fund Board

Board members serve without pay to help the fund continue impacting the lives of Medina County's women and children. 

The diversity of the board strengthens the fund's work in Medina County and provides a vast knowledge base. The following community leaders serve as board members. Click on their names for more information.

Mary Isaac
President
Mary Isaac

President
Supervisor, Network Access Services, Medical Mutual of Ohio

Mary Isaac is a supervisor at Medical Mutual of Ohio, where she manages the Network Access Services Division. She is active in the community, having previously served as secretary and treasurer of the Strongsville VFW Post 3345 Ladies Auxiliary. During the holidays, she assisted with Hospice of Medina County's “Light Up a Life” Giving Tree and also prepared and delivered meals for Medina County seniors. In addition, she belongs to Medical Mutual’s S.H.A.R.E. program, which supports various organizations throughout the state of Ohio. Mary is a graduate of Kent State University and Ashland University.

Sue Simmons
Vice President
Sue Simmons

Vice President and Nominating Committee Chair
Prevention Coordinator, Catholic Charities Community Services

Sue Simmons has been a facilitator of school-based prevention programs for nearly 20 years in Medina County. She remains active in the community in many areas, including St. Francis Xavier Church, Birthcare of Medina County, and 100+ Women Who Care Medina. Sue is a graduate of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

Leah Comes
Secretary
Leah Comes

Secretary
Owner, Interior Intrigue

Leah Comes is the owner of Interior Intrigue, an interior decorating business based in Medina. She is also a licensed Realtor with Russell Real Estate Services, where she specializes in relocation services, interior decorating, design and staging. Leah is active in the community, volunteering with a Christian mentoring program in local schools and serving as second vice president in charge of fundraising for Medina Preschool PTA. She is also a member of the Medina County Chamber of Commerce and a presenter for the Medina County Board of Realtors. Leah is a graduate of Westminster College in Pennsylvania.

Crystal Sabol
Treasurer
Crystal Sabol

Treasurer
Major Gift Officer, Ashland University

Crystal Sabol is a major gift officer for Ashland University, where she specializes in identifying major gift prospects by strategically engaging AU alumni and stakeholders. She previously served as assistant director of development for Summa Health. A resident of Wadsworth, Crystal is active in the nonprofit community, having volunteered with Stewart’s Caring Place, United Way, RENEW Akron and the Kiwanis Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron.

Rebecca Alspach
Rebecca Alspach

Community Volunteer

Rebecca Alspach is a longtime community volunteer and Medina resident. In addition to her work with the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, she also serves as a food pantry volunteer for the Medina United Methodist Church and is chair of the H.G. Blake Elementary School PTO Restaurant Fundraiser Committee. She previously served as president of the MOMS Club of Medina, East Chapter. Rebecca has a background in business management and previously worked as director of operations for Digital Rocket, a digital marketing company. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University.

Kelli Cole-Wagner
Kelli Cole-Wagner

Development Committee Co-Chair
Publisher, The Medina County Women’s Journal

Kelli Cole-Wagner is the co-founder of The NE Ohio Women’s Journals and owner of The Medina County Women’s Journal, a bimonthly magazine designed to educate, empower and energize local women. As a Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce member, she initiated the development of a women’s networking and business development program for the three chambers of Medina County called the Women Enriching Business Council. She also facilitated the launch of the EmpowHER Women in Business Conference and serves on its committee. Kelli was instrumental in bringing the ATHENA Leadership Award program to Medina County and in creating the Women of Our Community Award to honor female leaders for their hard work and dedication to the community. In addition, she is a graduate of Leadership Medina County and has been a guest speaker for the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio. Kelli is a graduate of the University of Akron.

Marjorie Cook
Marjorie Cook

Sales & Marketing Manager, Eyedeal Graphics

Marjorie Cook is the sales and marketing manager at Eyedeal Graphics, where she helps develop clients' brand and marketing strategies through electronic and printed graphic design. Marjorie uses her passion for children and families as a parent advocate at Greenleaf Family Center. As an advocate, she empowers parents who are raising children with mental health concerns, with a particular focus on the special education process. Marjorie previously served as a training and education coordinator at the Ohio Federation for Children's Mental Health, where she trained parents and professionals in special education and family engagement at the local, state and national level. Marjorie studied theater at Lake Erie College and is the proud parent of a teenage son, Alex. Marjorie's advocacy for family-driven services is fueled by the successes and struggles that she and her son have encountered personally. Her hope is that one day all children will have what they need to be successful at school, at home and in the community.

Dr. Mari Halkovich
Dr. Mari Halkovich

Grant Review Committee Chair
Owner, Vintage Vanities Antique Jewelry LLC

Dr. Mari Halkovich is the owner of Vintage Vanities Antique Jewelry LLC, where she buys, sells and appraises antique and vintage jewelry. She previously served as superintendent of Cloverleaf Local School District before retiring to pursue her passion for antique jewelry and gemology. She currently enjoys teaching classes on these subjects at the University of Akron. Mari is a member of the Leadership Medina County Class of 2008 and now serves on its board of trustees. She is also a past board member of YWCA Medina County. Mari is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Akron.

Ellen Hunter
Ellen Hunter

Vice President, Hunter Insurance Agency Inc.

Ellen Hunter is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent and co-owner of Hunter Insurance Agency, Inc. in Medina. Ellen has long been an active civic and church volunteer and an advocate for education. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Medina Hospital Foundation and Medina's Summer Reinforcement Program. Ellen is also an associate member of the Women's Advisory Board for her alma mater, The College of Wooster, from which she graduated as a Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in German. Ellen's other recent volunteer positions have been with Hospice of Medina County and Feeding Medina County. She is a recipient of the Medina Jaycees Distinguished Service Award and was also named a Medina City Teachers Association Friend of Education and a YWCA Woman of Distinction. A resident of Medina since 1981, Ellen is a graduate of Leadership Medina County.

Sharon McNeil
Sharon McNeil

Mother's Day Campaign Chair
Community Volunteer

Sharon McNeil recently retired after 12 years as vice president of operations for an investment services company. She previously worked as a speech and language pathologist serving private clinics, hospitals and teaching at universities. Sharon is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Medina County and is a member of Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio. Sharon is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, the University of Tulsa, and the Medina County Law Enforcement Training Academy. As a commissioned Ohio peace officer, she spent five years volunteering on the road with the Medina Police Department.

Marsha Pappalardo
Marsha Pappalardo

Past President
Owner, Pappalardo Insurance

Marsha Pappalardo is the owner of Pappalardo Insurance in Brunswick. She is deeply involved in the local community, serving as past president of the Rotary Club of Brunswick and past rotary assistant governor for Medina County. She also served on the Planning Commission of Brunswick for 10 years. Marsha is a member of Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish and is an active volunteer in parish activities. Marsha is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University.

Cathy Posner
Cathy Posner

PR/Education Committee Chair and Immediate Past President
Owner, Transition Consulting and Coaching

Cathy Posner is the owner of Transition Consulting and Coaching, where she specializes in career coaching, small business development and nonprofit consulting services. She previously served as executive director of the Medina County Performing Arts Foundation. Cathy assists a number of nonprofit organizations and is a member of Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio and Working Women Connection. Cathy is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the College of Wooster.

Kathy Warner
Kathy Warner

Development Committee Co-Chair
Founder, First Impression, Inc., and co-owner, INSYTE Consulting Group, Inc.

Kathy Warner is the founder of First Impression, Inc., a nonprofit located in Medina County whose mission is to provide business-appropriate clothing to economically disadvantaged or displaced women for job interviews. Kathy is also co-owner of INSYTE Consulting Group, Inc. with her husband, Mike. Kathy is very involved with many organizations in the community, including the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Medina County and Toastmasters International. She is a member of 100+ Women Who Care and Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio. Kathy is a recipient of Medina’s Women of Our Community Award 2013. She is a member of Leadership Medina County Class of 2014 and a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College.