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Millennium Fund for Children Committee

Committee members serve without pay to help the fund continue impacting the lives of area children.

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

Shaun Schweitzer
Chair
Shaun Schweitzer

Chair
Vice President of Circulation & Production, Akron Beacon Journal

Shaun Schweitzer is the vice president of circulation and production of the Akron Beacon Journal, where he leads nearly 500 contractors and 200 employees responsible for delivery, transportation, printing and customer service. Shaun’s expertise also includes operational and logistics management, marketing, product forecasting, analytics and audience development. He is active in the community and has served as co-chairman of the Akron Beacon Journal’s United Way of Summit County Committee since 2009. He also volunteers as a financial advisor to the Camp Quality Ohio management board and is a Lake youth basketball coach. Shaun is a graduate of the University of Akron.

Lou Albertson
Lou Albertson

Career Consultant/Virtual Trainer, Lee Hecht Harrison

Lou Albertson is a senior certified associate of Lee Hecht Harrison, an international career management firm, where she helps individuals learn job search skills and more effectively manage their careers. Following a 12-year career with IBM in sales, sales management and executive consulting, she co-founded and served as principal of Change Dynamics, a consulting firm dedicated to facilitating organizational transition. Lou has served multiple leadership roles on nonprofit boards in Portland and Bend, Ore., and in Akron. Lou is also active in several area singing ensembles, including the Summit Choral Society’s Masterworks Chorale and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Festival Chorus. She is a graduate of the University of Akron.

Connie Collins
Connie Collins

Photographer/Videographer, Connie Collins Creative

Connie Collins is the owner of Connie Collins Creative, where she specializes in documentary-style storytelling for businesses and organizations. She previously worked as a commercial photographer, producing award-winning images for many Akron companies. Connie is active in her community, volunteering with such agencies as The Landing, a food pantry associated with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. She has a master’s degree from Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Rev. Mark Frey
Rev. Mark Frey

Retired Senior Minister, Bath Church – United Church of Christ

Rev. Mark Frey recently retired as the senior minister of Bath Church, where he served a 750-member congregation. Before becoming senior minister, Mark served as the church’s associate minister for 10 years. Prior to his work in ministry, Mark worked as a project coordinator for Habitat for Humanity and served as the national coordinator in central Africa. Locally, Mark is active with several nonprofit agencies, including Family Promise of Summit County. Mark is a graduate of Christian Theological Seminary and Heidelberg College.

Jan Leach
Jan Leach

Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent State University

Jan Leach is an associate professor at Kent State University, where she teaches media ethics, newswriting, copy editing and other news courses. She is the director of Kent State’s Media Law Center for Ethics and Access and is the organizer and host of the annual Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop. Jan previously served as editor and vice president of the Akron Beacon Journal and has held leadership positions at many other newspapers across the country. In addition to her integral role in establishing the Millennium Fund for Children, Jan is involved with several community organizations. Jan is a graduate of Kent State University and Bowling Green State University.

John T. Petures Jr.
John T. Petures Jr.

President & CEO, Akron Community Foundation

John T. Petures Jr. is president and CEO of Akron Community Foundation, where he leads an 18-person staff in building lasting relationships with donors, fundholders, board members and community leaders. John and his team have transformed the community foundation into a more donor-centric organization and have seen record levels of donations and new funds established over the past three years of implementing the organization’s Donor Engagement Plan. He previously served as fundraising director of the United Way of Greater Cleveland and president of the Northeast Ohio chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. In his more than 30 years of work in the nonprofit sector, John has helped raise more than $900 million for the betterment of local communities. John studied at Penn State and Geneva College, where he earned a degree in communications and journalism.

Shirley Simon
Shirley Simon

Owner, Shirley A. Simon, Attorney at Law

Shirley Simon is an attorney who practices in bankruptcy, elder law, landlord-tenant, small business and probate. She is a member of both the Akron Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. Since 1998, Shirley has been highly involved in local law-related education and outreach programs, including the Akron Street Law Project. She also served as the director of the Street Law Junior program in Akron Public Schools from 2003-2014. Her work has earned her numerous awards, including the Street Law Foundation’s Advocate of the Year. Shirley is a graduate of the University of Akron School of Law.

Laurie Zuckerman
Laurie Zuckerman

President, Zuckerman Consulting Group Inc.

Laurie Zuckerman is the president of Zuckerman Consulting Group, where she specializes in strategic planning, leadership development and executive coaching. Laurie is highly involved in her community and has served on the boards of many agencies, including Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, Mental Health America, The Lippman School and Planned Parenthood. She is also one of the founders of the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation. Laurie has received multiple awards for her service to the community, including Leadership Akron’s Community Leadership Award and Women’s Network’s Founder’s Award. She is a graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Akron.