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Women's Endowment Fund Board

Advisory board members serve without pay to help the fund continue impacting the lives of Summit County’s women and girls.

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

Kendra Williams
President
Kendra Williams
President

President 
Senior Manager, Assurance Services, Meaden & Moore

Kendra Williams is a senior manager in assurance services at Meaden & Moore. Throughout her 15 years with the firm, Kendra has worked directly with numerous nonprofit organizations performing both attestation and tax services. In addition to her nonprofit experience, Kendra also conducts audits of 401(k) and 403(b) plans, pension plans and a wide variety of corporate engagements, including manufacturing clients.  

Originally from Dayton, Kendra earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Akron. She currently serves on the board of ArtsNow and is the chair of Light the Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northeast Ohio. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a graduate of Leadership Akron Signature Class 33, and a Torchbearers alumna. In 2016, Kendra received the 30 for the Future award from the Greater Akron Chamber. 

Laura DiCola
Vice President
Laura DiCola
Vice President

Vice President, Annual Dinner Co-Chair, Grants Co-Chair
Early Childhood Strategy Leader, Summit Education Initiative 

Laura DiCola is the early childhood strategy leader at Summit Education Initiative, where she is responsible for developing collaborative efforts dedicated to increasing school readiness and elementary reading success for children throughout Summit County. She previously served as a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP before retiring from her law career. Laura is a member of the Steering Committee of Groundwork Ohio, the state’s non-partisan early childhood advocacy organization, and a member of United Way’s education policy sub-committee. In addition to her professional affiliations, Laura is a dedicated community volunteer. She serves as board vice chair of Girls on the Run of Northeast Ohio and has been a member of the Ethics Committee of Akron Children’s Hospital since 2014. She was previously past president and a longtime board member of Ballet Excel Ohio, as well as a founding director of ATHENA Akron. Laura is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 30 and Leadership Akron’s 2017 Civic Solutions Lab. She earned her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University and holds a master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University.

Marcy Venarge
Treasurer
Marcy Venarge
Treasurer

Community Volunteer

Marcy Venarge is a former accounting firm manager specializing in business valuation and litigation support. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and is an active community volunteer. Marcy serves on the boards of ACCESS and The Valentine Project and is a former board member of Greenleaf Family Center. She is also the past president of Green Middle School PTA and the treasurer of the Green Council of PTAs. She previously served on the Emerging Leaders Board of Akron Children’s Hospital and was an account executive for the United Way of Summit County. Marcy is a graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Lashawrida Fellows
Secretary
Lashawrida Fellows
Secretary

Secretary, Forum Co-Chair
Deputy Director, Human Resources – County of Summit

Lashawrida Fellows is the deputy director of human resources for the County of Summit under County Executive Ilene Shapiro, where she manages a team of two and is responsible for providing total HR support while specializing in the areas of budgets, talent acquisition and performance management for four departments under the county executive and compliance officer for five Appointing Authorities.

As a young professional, Lashawrida is very engaged within her community. She seeks to help connect, develop and encourage other young women to become more involved in their community and understand the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure. She also serves on the boards of the Akron American Automobile Association and Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio and is an alumna and past board member of Torchbearers. She also served as a past program director and board member of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated. Lashawrida earned a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and holds a master’s degree in human resource management from Capella University.

Wendy Bolas
Wendy Bolas

SHEro Campaign Co-Chair
Community Volunteer

In her 31-year career with FirstMerit Bank, Wendy championed a variety of human resource and sales programs, process improvements, and risk solutions. Motivated by a desire to build stronger communities, Wendy has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and committees, including the United Way Public Policy Committee, Summa Healing Arts Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Western Reserve, Leadership Akron Alumni Association and the Fire Truck Fund of Greater Akron. She received a master’s degree in business administration from Baldwin Wallace University and an associate degree in business management technology from the University of Akron. She was the 2014 recipient of the Barbara Mathews Woman Philanthropist of the Year Award presented by the United Way of Summit County and has been recognized by the YWCA with the Women of Professional Excellence Award.

Emily Browning
Emily Browning

Communications Chair, Grants Co-Chair
Market Research Analytics Coordinator, Akron Children’s Hospital

Emily Browning is the market research analytics coordinator at Akron Children’s Hospital, where she works with teams across the organization to effectively turn data into insights and support strategic planning. In addition to her passion for the Women’s Endowment Fund, Emily serves on the marketing and event planning committees for Grace House Akron. In 2018, Emily was recognized as one of Greater Akron Chamber's "30 for the Future" young professionals. Emily earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Miami University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in survey research.

Donna Delgado
Donna Delgado

Communications Co-Chair

Senior Digital Marketer, Summa Health

Donna Delgado is a senior digital marketer at Summa Health, where she works with teams across the system to connect with patients and visitors online every step of their healthcare journey. Her career includes experience in sales and promotions, online video and digital marketing for consumer food giants and small businesses alike.

Always seeking opportunities to learn, grow and share, Donna is a recent graduate of Leadership Akron Diversity on Board, and the Summa Community Leadership Institute. Donna is currently part of the LeadDIVERSITY class of 2019-2020 in Cleveland. She is an avid volunteer in the community and chairs the Summa Health Employee Resource Group for minority employees. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Kim Huff
Kim Huff

Community Relations Representative, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation

Kim Huff is the community relations representative for the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, where she manages a $1.4 million budget and is responsible for the initial evaluation of all incoming grant requests from OMNOVA’s 10 domestic communities. She also serves as the key representative for employee and community engagement activities.

Kim recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and does so by serving on the boards of the Akron Roundtable and Goodwill Industries. She is a past board member of the Akron Civic Theatre and the Women’s Network. 

Kim graduated from The University of Akron, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational communications and master’s degree in higher education administration. She also earned an MBA from Kent State University. She is an alumna of Torchbearers Akron and Leadership Akron’s Diversity on Board program.

Cindy Johnson
Cindy Johnson

Nominating Chair
Partner, Bober Markey Fedorovich

Cindy Johnson is a partner with Bober Markey Fedorovich, an accounting and business advisory firm. As a CPA, she specializes in business growth and wealth preservation. Cindy has held many nonprofit leadership roles, including chair of the American Red Cross of Summit, Portage and Medina Counties and chair of the Summit County Children’s Services board. As past chair of the PKF Women Into Leadership Taskforce, she encouraged member firms to mentor women in the workforce and give them tools to advance their careers. She was also a member of the inaugural class of Our Lady of the Elms Women’s Leadership Program. Cindy is a graduate of Kent State University and Leadership Akron.

Gizelle Jones
Gizelle Jones

Director of Behavioral Health, Vantage Aging

Gizelle Jones is the director of behavioral health at Vantage Aging, a local nonprofit organization that offers programs to support the needs of older adults wishing to age in place and live independently with dignity. As a licensed independent social worker, Gizelle has spent more than 30 years providing individual, family, marriage and group counseling. She specializes in women’s issues and has conducted numerous workshops on women’s self-esteem, depression, balancing work and family, and self-care. Gizelle is an active volunteer, currently serving on the boards of Goodwill Industries, Senior Independent Living Coalition, and the United Way Food and Shelter Board. She was also honored as one of the Akron Urban League’s “Magnificent Seven Women of Power” in 2014. Gizelle is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan.

Pam Kanfer
Pam Kanfer

Educational Therapist, The Lippman School

Pam Kanfer is an educational therapist at The Lippman School, where for more than 36 years she has held numerous lay and professional positions, including school director, general studies and Hebrew teacher, and board president. As a dyslexia specialist, she also maintains a private practice.  She is a former treasurer of the Northern Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and currently serves on their advisory board. She also serves on the Ohio Legislative Executive Committee, which was involved in the passing of Ohio laws to screen all incoming kindergartners to ensure at-risk students receive proper instruction, and to set up training programs to educate teachers in the field about dyslexia and how to meet these students’ needs in the classroom. Pam is also a member of the Ohio Board of Regents Task Force, which is working with the Ohio Department of Education to introduce new standards for teachers of reading at the university level. She was instrumental in implementing American Sign Language as an official language credit at Revere High School in Richfield, Ohio. Pam received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Miami University, her master's degree in elementary administration from the University of Akron, and her Academic Language Therapy Certification from Southern Methodist University. She is presently a student in the Ph.D. program at the University of Akron.

Pamela Kiltau
Pamela Kiltau

Development Chair
Vice President, Private Wealth Management, Robert W. Baird & Co.

Pamela Kiltau, CFP®, vice president of private wealth management with Robert W. Baird & Co., has been in the financial services industry for 40 years. She previously served as first vice president-wealth management, wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch. She holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Incorporated. In addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, she helps clients pursue their objectives by building and managing their own personalized or defined strategies. Outside of the office, Pam continues her involvement in the community with her mission to make a difference in the lives of others. Pam was one of two women who joined the Akron Rotary Club in 1987 as the first women of the club and continued on to serve as their first woman president in 1995. She is still an active member. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs. She is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class VIII and continues her involvement as a member of the Leadership Akron Alumni Association. She currently serves as a member of the Professional Advisor Council at Akron Community Foundation. She is actively involved with Athena Akron and is on the executive leadership team for the 2017 "Go Red for Women" campaign.

Sherry Neubert
Immediate Past President
Sherry Neubert
Immediate Past President

Annual Dinner Chair

CIO & VP  of Information Technology, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Sherry Neubert is the chief information officer and the vice president of information technology at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Akron, where she has been employed since 2002.  

Sherry has worked in operations and IT-related positions for 25 years. She began her career with Goodyear in the enterprise data warehouse leading the business intelligence team, and during her tenure she has held various positions in IT and project management. Sherry is passionate about data and analytics and especially interested in understanding the role artificial intelligence will have in the workplace of the future. 

A native of Akron, Sherry was educated through Akron Public Schools and graduated from North High School. Through her work and education, she has traveled all over the world and lived in both the U.S. and Europe.

Sherry holds a bachelor’s degree in information systems from The University of Akron, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, and a master’s in operational excellence from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. She is a certified PMP and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Sherry is a graduate of Leadership Akron’s Class of XXVII.  She received the Greater Akron Chamber’s “30 for the Future” Award in 2011, the Frank L. Simonetti Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Akron College of Business in 2017, the Case Weatherhead Outstanding Alumni Award in 2018, and the Athena Leadership Award in 2018. Sherry actively mentors and coaches women within Goodyear and in the Akron community.

Sherry’s community interests are mainly in the areas of the economic empowerment of women, STEM education and mental health. She is the vice chair of the Leadership Akron Board, serves on both the LeBron James Family Foundation Community Advisory Board and the Corporate Visiting Committee for Case Western Reserve University, and she is the immediate past president of the Women's Endowment Fund, a fund of the Akron Community Foundation.

Sherry lives in Green with her husband Chuck. They have two adult children. Sherry’s favorite things are shoes and books and of course her new granddaughter Evelyn.

Joy Malek Oldfield
Joy Malek Oldfield

Forum Co-Chair
Judge, Akron Municipal Court 

Judge Joy Malek Oldfield holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a concentration in criminology from John Carroll University, and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law.

Judge Oldfield started her legal career with Scanlon & Gearinger Co., LPA, then became a partner at Hill Hardman Oldfield, LLC, where she practiced in the area of complex civil litigation and appeals. In this role, Judge Oldfield represented clients in state and federal courts throughout Ohio, including before the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Courts. She also served as a magistrate to Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer in the Summit County Common Pleas Court. Judge Oldfield was elected to the Akron Municipal Court in 2011 where she served as the administrative/presiding judge from 2014-2016. She also served as the presiding judge of the Akron Municipal Drug Court, now known as the Akron Municipal Recovery Court, from 2013-2016.  

In 2016, Judge Oldfield was elected to the General Division of the Summit County Common Pleas Court, where she was immediately selected to serve as the presiding judge for the Felony Drug Court and Turning Point Program. 

Organizations throughout Ohio have recognized Judge Oldfield for her leadership. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Association for Justice, the state’s largest victim’s rights advocacy group. In 2008, the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce recognized her as one of its “30 for the Future,” an award honoring young professionals whose stellar contributions impact their industries and the Greater Akron region.  In 2007, 2010 and 2011, she was named as an Ohio Super Lawyer Rising Star by Cincinnati Magazine.  

Judge Oldfield is an active member of the community and has served the local bar for more than fifteen years. She is a Fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation; a Trustee of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association; a member of the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Oriana House Advisory Committee; and a founding member of the Summit County Opiate Task Force. Judge Oldfield also finds time to volunteer for many local organizations, including The Christ Child Society of Akron.

A resident of Akron, Judge Oldfield is married and has three daughters. 

Erin Palmer
Erin Palmer

CFO & In-house Legal Counsel, Leppo Group, Inc.

Erin Palmer is CFO & in-house legal counsel for Leppo Group, Inc., and is proud to be part of the fourth generation of Leppos in the business. Erin graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in economics & pre-law and went on to earn her JD from The Ohio State University and her MBA from the University of Colorado. Erin is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 35; involved with the boards of Community Legal Aid Society and Hudson United Soccer Club; and part of the ATHENA Akron Leadership Awards planning committee. She and her husband, Joe, have an amazing nine-year-old son who is the center of their universe. When not involved with something soccer related for her son, she enjoys running (slowly) and is a member of the Akron Blue Line Beginners running group.

Antha Poleondakis
Antha Poleondakis

Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

As an investment associate with the Merrill Lynch team of Huth, Kozer & Associates, Antha works with families to identify, implement and pursue their various financial goals. She received a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Akron, with concentrations in financial planning and real estate finance. She is a Certified Financial Planner(CFP®) and earned the Certified Investment Management Analyst® designation through the Wharton School of Business. In addition to her work with the Women's Endowment Fund, Antha is involved with a number of community organizations, including the Gay Community Endowment Fund, Victory Gallop, Women In Touch With Akron’s Needs (WITAN), the Akron Zoo and Portage Lakes Rowing Association. She is a member of Leadership Akron Class 34.

Kathy Ress
Kathy Ress

Mental Health Therapist, Private Practice

Kathy Ress is a mental health therapist who specializes in child and family therapy. She has worked in the mental health field for more than 30 years and continues to maintain a private practice after recently retiring from Akron Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology. Kathy is a lifelong advocate of both women and immigrants and is extensively involved in advocacy efforts here and around the globe. She recently helped found Akron Interfaith Immigrant Advocates, a group that advocates for undocumented families in the Akron area, and she is a founding member and co-chair of Women’s Interfaith Spiritual Heritage, which facilitates large-group discussions and programs that foster interfaith dialogue among women of different cultures and faiths. Kathy is also the president of the Akron Area Interfaith Council and serves on the Women’s Board of the International Institute of Akron. She has earned several awards for her work, including Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers and the 2015 John T. Looney Peace and Justice Award. Kathy has a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Walsh College.

Diana Selzer
Diana Selzer

Development Committee
Vice President, commercial banking, Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Group

Diana Selzer is a vice president and relationship manager with Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking Group. Diana joined Wells Fargo in 2017. Her banking career started in 2010 at Huntington National Bank in Akron. Prior to her banking career, Diana served as a commercial real estate analyst with Pinnacle Financial Group in Cleveland. 

Growing up as a Girl Scout and obtaining her Gold Award, Diana was taught from a young age the importance of giving back to the community, being a sister to every Girl Scout and making the world a better place. Being involved in the community has always been part of who she is; but she doesn't just serve in the community, she leads the pack. Her passion for maximizing her strengths is reflected through a variety of leadership roles with the Akron Area YMCA Board of Trustees, Akron Children's Hospital, Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, the Greater Akron Chamber and Summit County Progress and Economic Development Board.

An Ohio native, Diana lives in Stow with her husband and three children.

Awards & professional recognition
     Distinguished Young  Woman, YWCA of Cleveland (2018)
     Young Professional Leadership Award Nominee,
         ATHENA International   (2018)
     “Twenty in their Twenties,” Crain’s Cleveland Business (2016)
     “Thirty for the Future,” Greater Akron Chamber (2016)
     Member of the Year, Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio (2015)
     Gold Award, Girl Scouts of the Western Reserve (2006)
 

Pamela Valentine
Pamela Valentine

Director of Community Development, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio

Pamela Valentine is the director of community development for the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, which builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Prior to joining the Girl Scouts, she worked as a senior accountant at Lockheed Martin, where she oversaw an annual budget of more than $1 billion and served on the company’s Diversity Council. An active member of the Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Akron, Pamela served as the district president of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society, where she actively promoted health and women’s and children’s issues for 20 years. She previously served as board chair of the Western Reserve Girl Scout Council and as board president of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Summit County. Currently, Pamela serves on the boards for Project Grad Akron, the Minerva Fund of Akron, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Ohio Chapter. She is dedicated to mentoring young professionals and has received numerous awards for her service, including the YWCA Black Woman of Excellence Award in the Business Category and the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron.

Monica Vinay
Monica Vinay

Vice President, Investor Relations & Treasurer, Myers Industries, Inc.

Monica Vinay is the vice president of investor relations & treasurer of Myers Industries. Monica began her career at Myers Industries in March 2010 as the director of finance & IT for the company's distribution segment. In 2011, she became director of investor & financial relations and in 2012 she was promoted to director of investor relations & communications. 

Prior to joining Myers, Monica worked at Barnes Group, Inc., in various financial roles, including controller and director of finance and logistics and manufacturing services. Before that, she held various finance and accounting positions at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and OfficeMax.

Monica has a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting from The University of Akron and an MBA from Ashland University. She was a member of the Leadership Akron class XXIX and currently serves as president of the board of trustees for Habitat for Humanity of Summit County.
 

Bernett Williams
Bernett Williams

Judith A. Read Tribute Award Committee Chair
Vice President of External Affairs, Akron Children’s Hospital

Bernett L. Williams is the vice president of external affairs for Akron Children’s Hospital, where she leads the hospital’s community partnerships, government relations and community benefit strategies. She previously served as the president and CEO of the Akron Urban League for nearly 15 years. Bernett is a longtime community leader and currently serves on the boards of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Minerva Fund of Akron, Summit County Child and Family Leadership Exchange Program, Leadership Akron and Summit Forum. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the YWCA Women of Achievement Award, Northern Ohio Live Rainmaker Award, Athena Finalist Award and she was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame by Governor Ted Strickland. Bernett earned her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Akron.