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Eric Van Buskirk
Director of CFO Inc., Crane Group Co.
Principal, Keener Advisors
Project Manager 2, Office of Workforce Development, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Vice President for Business Services, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Columbus State Community College
Immediate Past Chair
Vice President, Chief Risk & Strategy Officer, Grange Insurance
Vice President of Engineering and Standards, NiSource Inc
Stephanie A. Yancey Bland
School Principal (Retired)
Gerardo (Jerry) De Anda
Vice President, Client Service Director, PNC Bank
Executive Vice President, Chief BSA Officer & Chief Operational Risk Officer, Huntington National Bank
President and Founder, TMH Solutions
Episcopal Moderator for Catholic Charities & Social Concerns, Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Chief Equity Officer, Central Ohio Transit Authority
Regional Chief Information Officer for Trinity Health, Mount Carmel Health System
Linda M. Martinez
Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase
Dr. Jonathan McFadden
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Central Ohio Primary Care
Vice President of Human Resources, FlightSafety International
Chief Information Officer, Worthington Industries
Gary O. Spitznogle
Vice President of Environmental Services, American Electric Power
Cheryl Lebens joined Grange in 2012 and serves as Chief Risk & Strategy Officer. She is responsible for leading the development of the enterprise’s corporate strategy and the ongoing strategic planning and governance processes. Cheryl is also responsible for creating alignment between the strategy, scorecards and financial plans to ensure resource allocation supports our strategic intent.
With 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, Cheryl has held a variety of roles in finance, corporate strategy, sales and marketing at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus and at Safeco Insurance in Seattle.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington.
Ken Keener, a central Ohio native, provides executive coaching, leadership team facilitation and strategic talent advisory services to organizations addressing the critical talent priorities for business success.
Ken most recently served as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas of Ohio, from 2018 to 2021. Ken led the human resource function to enable high performance, build talent, shape culture and deliver a rewarding experience to over 7,500 employees across six states. He was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources including HR business partnering, talent management, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits. Prior to his appointment to CHRO, Ken served as Vice President of Talent & Organization Effectiveness from 2012 to 2018.
Previously Keener served at American Electric Power as Director, Leader & Organization Development, from 2005 to 2012. There he helped leaders build the culture and talent needed to achieve success. His team partnered with business unit leaders in areas such as leadership talent planning, leadership development, workforce planning, change management, performance management, and team effectiveness.
Prior to that, Keener was Director, Organization & Talent development at Nationwide Property & Casualty Group, through 2005. There he was responsible for the execution and sustaining of leadership development and talent management/succession planning strategies across all of Nationwide’s Property and Casualty Insurance Operations.
Keener’s earlier career with NiSource ran from 1995 to 2004. He progressed through several Organization Development positions of increasing responsibility from 1995 to 2004. He was a consultant at Drake Beam Morin from 1992 to 1995, and Manager of Human Resources at United HealthCare from 1987 to 1992.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication with a concentration in Human Resource Management from The Ohio State University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and brings a wide range of certifications and training in leadership assessment and development.
Ken and his wife live in Grandview Heights and enjoy engaging with community and international service organizations.
John Lawson has been a member of the Mount Carmel technical staff since 1994. He currently serves as Regional Chief Information Officer for Trinity Health at Mount Carmel. In his prior role as Vice President of IT Operations he was instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the Information Technology department and was key to the achievement of Computerworld’s Top 100 Best Places to work (top 10).
Before becoming Vice President of IT Operations at Mount Carmel, he served as Vice President of IT Field Services for Tenet Health where he established a centralized Help Desk, Applications Quality Assurance function for all software products and the creation of a Project Management Office for all of Tenet Health.
Prior to joining Tenet (formerly National Medical Enterprises), he was an Applications Development Director for Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Mark Huddy is the Episcopal Moderator for Catholic Charities and Social Concerns in the Catholic Diocese of Columbus and joined the St. Vincent Family Center Board in September 1998. Mark works closely with diocesan sponsored Catholic Charities agencies and also serves on the boards of Catholic Social Services, Saint Stephen’s Community House and the Seton Square housing corporations. Mark has a Bachelors degree in English from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Cincinnati College of Law. Mark also serves as the Director of the Office for Social Concerns of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus. In that capacity, together with his staff, he fosters social justice education and advocacy throughout the 23-county Columbus diocese.
Eric Belle serves as the Vice President of Engineering and Standards with NiSource Inc. In this role, Eric provides strategic vision, direction and leadership to the organization accountable for providing engineering design engineering support, and standard development driving consistency between the electric and gas organization. Eric effectively served in several critical leadership positions over his 25 year career with NiSource which includes: Managing Director of Asset Risk Management, Director of Supply Chain Services, Director of Capital Planning, and Manager of Field Engineering for Ohio and Kentucky. Eric has consistently displayed strong leadership skills with a focus on working collaboratively with others and developing highly engaged teams. Eric received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Tiffin University.
Peter McMurtrie serves as President of Nationwide P&C Commercial Lines. In this role, Peter is responsible for all aspects of Commercial Lines P&L including product, underwriting, sales and distribution, claims, and service.
He most recently served as Nationwide’s Senior Vice President of Emerging Businesses. In this role, Peter helped Nationwide evolve and adapt to disruptive forces that are challenging our industry by thinking differently and finding new revenue streams. At an enterprise level, Peter was tasked with developing strategic partnerships to take products to market in new ways and identifying new P&L opportunities outside of Nationwide’s core businesses.
Prior to this role, Peter was Vice President of Middle Market Underwriting and Business Development. In this capacity, Peter was responsible for driving consistent business development philosophies, functions, and guidelines to support goals of profitability, managed growth and enhanced competitive advantage. Peter led six regional business development teams accountable for relationship management of business development efforts with strategic agencies and/or brokers to achieve consistent profitable growth.
Previously, Peter served as Nationwide’s Vice President of Sales Design and Development for Property Casualty Sales. In that role, Peter was accountable for establishing Nationwide’s P&C sales management strategies, with a focus on delivering differentiated sales support to agency partners.
Prior to joining Nationwide in 2015, Peter served as the Chief Sales, Marketing and Affiliate Officer for Grange Insurance. In this capacity he led the development and execution of strategies supporting: sales and distribution management, product and corporate marketing, and full P&L responsibility for their affiliate company Integrity Insurance, where he also served as a member of the board of directors. Prior to Grange Insurance, Peter served in a variety of executive leadership roles with Travelers Insurance.
Peter and his family reside in Galena, Ohio. He serves on the board of directors for St. Vincent Family Services, where he previously served as Board Chair.
Barbara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Administration from The Ohio State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Capital University with specialization in labor and employment law.
She has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Isabelle Ridgeway Care Center and Volunteers of America; she is a past appointee to Westerville City Personnel Review Board, and past appointee to the board of Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC). She is a current board member of St. Vincent Family Services.
Barbara is married, has two children and is a current resident in Galena, Ohio.
Matt Schlabig was named Chief Information Officer of Worthington Industries in May 2015. In this role, he leads the Company’s Information Technology group focused on expanding the Company’s ERP footprint to all acquired companies, building analytic capabilities, strengthening cyber security and implementing mobile capabilities.
Schlabig joined Worthington in 2012 as the Director of IT operations.
In 2013, he was promoted to Vice President of IT. In that role, he successfully led several large-scale initiatives, including an ERP system integration for Engineered Cabs and the latest Oracle upgrade.
Schlabig has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology field. Prior to joining Worthington, Schlabig worked as a consultant for companies including Hewlett Packard and Ernst & Young Management Consulting. He specialized in technology transformation initiatives, managing ERP and system implementations, data center and infrastructure updates and M&A integrations.
Schlabig is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science. He earned his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He resides in Galena, Ohio with his wife and two children.
Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2018 fiscal year sales of $3.6 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for propane, refrigerant, and industrial gases and for cryogenic applications, water well tanks for commercial and residential uses, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil & gas equipment, and consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction. Worthington employs approximately 12,000 people and operates 84 facilities in 11 countries.
Gary Spitznogle is Vice President of Environmental Services for American Electric Power. He is responsible for providing insight and direction into development of environmental policy, assuring compliance, and overseeing environmental support for all AEP generation, energy, delivery, and telecommunication facilities. Prior to his current role, he served as managing director of CCR management, responsible for leadership and execution of AEP’s compliance strategy for coal combustion residuals.
Spitznogle previously served as Vice President of Regulatory and Finance for AEP Ohio, where he provided leadership on AEP Ohio’s financial and regulatory strategic plans and represented AEP Ohio on all matters before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Since joining AEP in 1997 at Conesville Generating Station in Conesville, Ohio, he has held a variety of roles, many related to research and development to improve the environmental performance of AEP’s power generation facilities. He played instrumental roles in AEP’s programs to pursue Integrated Gasification and Combined Cycle and Carbon Capture and Storage technologies. Spitznogle has served as technical lead on state and federal public policy issues pertaining to power generation and carbon dioxide emissions reduction.
Spitznogle currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Nature Conservancy, is an advisory Board Member for the Ohio State Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and is periodically active with the DOE Fossil Energy strategic advisory committee. He has served as a Board Member for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County and has been affiliated with the Coal Utilization Research Council, Carnegie Mellon University Electric Industry Center Advisory Committee, the National Coal Council, and World Resources Institute.
The 2014 Ohio State University College of Engineering Texnikoi Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, Spitznogle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering with an environmental option and has completed the AEP/OSU Strategic Leadership Program. He resides in Columbus with his wife Lynette.
As Director of CFO Inc., Eric is responsible for the operation of the Crane family office, which provides various financial and non-financial services to the Crane family. Eric joined Crane Group Co. in 2016 after serving as Vice President and Senior Wealth Planner at PNC Wealth Management. Before joining PNC, Eric was an associate attorney at Kohler & Smith Co., LPA, focused in the areas of estate planning, tax planning and small business representation.
Eric received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami University and his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School.
Previously serving on the Pastoral Council at St. Joseph Cathedral, Eric is currently a member of the Professional Advisors Group at The Catholic Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association, and serves on the board at St. Vincent Family Center.
Eric is married with two children and lives in Westerville, Ohio.
Dr. Block is board certified in Family Medicine and Medical Management. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at The Ohio State University in Columbus in 1982 and his Doctor of Medicine at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo in 1987. He completed 2 years of General Surgery training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan before completing his residency training in Family Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio in 1991. He completed his MBA in Healthcare Management from Western Governors’ University in Salt Lake City in 2016.
Dr. Block has been a licensed, practicing family physician for over 30 years. Dr. Block is also an experienced physician-executive and health educator/speaker in the areas of managed care, population health management, clinical transformation, value-based innovation and healthcare stakeholder engagement. He holds multiple clinical and administrative certifications. In 2006, Dr. Block published his first textbook entitled: Healthcare Outcomes Management: Strategies for Planning and Evaluation. In 2008, Dr Block published his second textbook: Healthcare Stewardship: A guide to improving the health of all Americans. He is also the author of several publications and abstracts.
Jeffrey Johnson was recently appointed to the position of Project Manager 2 in the Office of Workforce Development with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. Johnson is formerly the Chief of the Minority Business Development Division for the Ohio Development Agency where he was appointed by Governor John Kasich in September 2015.
Prior to working for the state of Ohio, Johnson was the Vice President of Government and Non-Profit Lending at JP Morgan Chase providing expertise in bonds, loans, and tax credits. Johnson brings more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector, including more than 15 years’ experience working with municipalities and community organizations.
Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. He and his family reside in New Albany, Ohio. As an active member in his community, Johnson has served as a board member to the New Albany Joint Park District, New Albany Plain Local School District and the Columbus Urban League.
Sean McNally has been with Cardinal Health since September, 2001, where he leads both the Global Sourcing Operations as well as the Corporate Indirect Sourcing organizations. In this role, he has leadership responsibility for Cardinal’s Pharmaceutical and Medical supplier operations, supplier performance management and indirect procurement.
Prior to joining Cardinal Health, Sean was a consultant with Accenture and a project lead with Fourthchannel. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and a Master’s Degree in business administration from Ohio University. Sean also studied economics at University College, Galway (now National University of Ireland, Galway) in Ireland. McNally is a coach for Special Olympics and supports various Autism communities. He is currently serving on the board of directors for St. Vincent Family Services in Columbus Ohio. Sean is also Chairman of the HIDA Pricing Accuracy steering committee.
Brittney Price was born and raised in Fremont, Ohio, and has proudly lived in Columbus, Ohio, for the last nine years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University specializing in Psychology and Communication. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from the Society for Human Resources Management.
Ms. Price has over 13 years of experience in Human Resources and currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources for FlightSafety International in Columbus, Ohio. She previously served in a variety of HR leadership roles at Hot Chicken Takeover (Ohio), Lbrands (Ohio), Alliance Data (Ohio) and Domino’s Pizza (Michigan, Maryland and Nevada). Her vast experience in the areas of Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Employment Law, HR Operations and Reporting & Analytics enhances her credibility as an HR professional.
Brittney serves on the Board of St Vincent Family Services, volunteers with the Columbus City Year Program, and supports organizations involved with Fair Chance Employment.
Aletha Shipley joined Columbus State Community College in April 2005 as Director of Business and College Services, Controller and Deputy Treasurer. In July 2016, Shipley became Vice President for Business Services, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
In addition to her responsibilities as Controller and Chief Financial Officer, Shipley is a member of the Investment Committee for both the College and the Columbus State Community College Development Foundation, with portfolios totaling nearly $130 million, and has chaired or participated on committees including the Colleague (College ERP system) Implementation Steering Committee, Enterprise Systems Steering Committee, Switch-2-Semesters Steering Committee, Risk Management Advisory Team, Textbook Affordability Committee, and the Fiscal Resources & Facilities Committee of the Policy Council (Shared Governance). She also participated in the development of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Risk Management and Insurance Program, a statewide group insurance program for the OACC institutions, and served as the chairperson 2014-2016.
Shipley holds memberships in professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), Central Ohio Association of Government Accountants, and Government Financial Officers Association. She is currently a member of NACUBO Community College Council and chaired the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Fiscal Officers Council for the 2017-2018 term. She also serves on the Peer Corps as a reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.
Prior to Columbus State, Shipley was Manager of Financial Reporting for Safelite AutoGlass, and also served as Director of Internal Audit for The Ohio State University. She began her career in public accounting for Deloitte, progressing to senior auditor, and then Parms & Co., LLC., as an audit supervisor.
Shipley earned her BSBA and MBA at The Ohio State University.
Gerardo (Jerry) De Anda received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently Vice President, Client Service Director within PNC Wealth Management. He has worked in several roles at PNC since he joined the organization in 2011, including Financial Sales Consultant, Assistant Branch Manager, and Client Solutions Specialist Sr. Before joining PNC, Gerardo worked as a Trader Clerk at the Chicago Board of Trade.
Gerardo was born and raised near Chicago, IL. He relocated to Columbus five years ago with his wife and recently welcomed their first child. Outside of his professional role, he enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with his family. He also serves as a PNC Grow Up Great volunteer, a program with a primary focus on early childhood development and education.
Theresa Harris, President and Founder of TMH Solutions, has more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience in Management and Information Technology. TMH Solutions, LLC is a certified women and minority owned and managed company working to collaborate with her customers and strategic partners to deliver high quality, cost effective solutions.
Prior to establishing TMH Solutions, Theresa was Application Sales Manager for Public Sector for Oracle in the States of Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. During her years in the IT field, she’s proven to be a top performer in sales, sales management and professional services with companies such as: Blackwell Consulting Services of Ohio, LLC, Compuware, Computer Associates, Digital Equipment Corporation, Unisys and Xerox. Theresa has led these companies either through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes.
Among her significant previous positions, In 2014 Theresa completed the Executive Program at Dartmouth, Tuck School of Business.
Currently, Mrs. Harris serves as an active Board member with Otterbein University, National Association of Business Women Owners (Columbus), the COSI Community Board, Advisory Board member with Per Scholas (Columbus), University of Detroit College of Business Administration Board Advisor, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, a 2016 WELD honoree for Women WELDing the Way 2016, a 2017 SMARTWOMEN honoree for Progressive Entrepreneur, a 2019 honoree for the Groundbreaker Diverse Women in Tech Summit, a Columbus Business First 2019 Diversity in Business Award – Outstanding Diversity Champion and a 2020 NAWBO Visionary Award recipient.
Previous to this, Theresa held various positions as Board Chair of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and founder of the Senior African-American Leaders in Technology (The SAALT Group).
Although focused in the information technology field an important aspect of her life is her family. She has been married to Bruno Harris Jr. for 28 years and has a daughter.
Roy D’sa is Executive Vice President, Chief Bank Secrecy Act Officer and Chief Operational Risk Officer at Huntington National Bank. D’sa has over 40 years of experience in financial services with leadership roles in retail banking, enterprise program management, electronic banking, consumer and commercial operations, technology, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.
He leads Huntington Bank’s enterprise-wide Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Sanctions Programs. He is also responsible for leading and managing enterprise-wide Operational Risk for the bank.
He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Corporate Finance. He is a regular speaker and participates in several BSA/AML industry and peer forums and works closely with financial regulators, law enforcement agencies and public and private sector groups on issues and topics related to BSA/AML and Operation Risk. He is also an active member at his church (St. Brigid of Kildare) and serves as a board member of the Asian Festival Corporation.
Linda Martinez is an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase and is currently head of the Business Controls and Strategy team across Collections, Recovery, and Auto Operations with staff globally. She oversees the structured end-to-end Controls governance, which spans a national customer base of 63 million U.S. households and 4 million small businesses. Linda is the critical decision maker for operational support functions to include Change Management, Controls Uplift, Testing, Audit/Compliance coordination, exam readiness, and Regulatory exam execution.
Linda has a diverse background in many functions and businesses and has held senior leadership positions in Complaints Management, Executive Office, Military and Cash Operations. Linda holds a BS in Business Forensics from Franklin University, and a Master of Business Operational Excellence from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. She is also Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified.
Linda was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and lives in Grove City with her husband and four children. She is an avid wife and mother who supports her children in volleyball, basketball, track, and enjoys traveling and cooking.
Dr. McFadden is a local internal medicine physician working at Central Ohio Primary Care since 2021. Prior to his current practice, he served patients at Primary One Health. Throughout his career, he has focused on providing high quality medical care to diverse populations in underserved settings.
He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Dayton before attending medical school at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and then proceeding to complete an internal medicine residency at St. John Medical Center.
Dr. McFadden is a resident of the near east side of Columbus where he lives with his wife and five children. He is an active parishioner at St. Catharine Church.
Monica Jones serves as the Chief Equity Officer at Central Ohio Transit Authority. In her role, Jones oversees the conception, design, implementation, growth and evaluation of the organization’s strategy surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion. She also partners with leaders to develop and implement strategies, programs, policies and metrics to attract, retain, and advance diversity within and outside of COTA.
Prior to COTA, Jones had spent two decades in higher education in key leadership positions as Associate Dean of Students, Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Diversity for Regional Campuses and Director of Student Services for both public and private institutions in Ohio and Kentucky.
Jones is a native of Ohio. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Ohio University.
Possesses 20 plus years as Principal within elementary and middle-school environments, taking on and overcoming mission-critical challenges, bringing innovation and thought leadership to the table, creating and nurturing extremely valuable partnerships, shaping productive learning environments, and always maintaining student success at the epicenter of efforts. Passion for training and developing educators and administrators and showing others how to engage stakeholders, build groundbreaking partnerships, introduce evidence-based programs, and serve the needs of increasingly diverse students and school communities.
Served as Principal in the Columbus City Schools District: Champion Middle, Valley Forge Elementary, and Deshler Elementary.
Other District Leadership included: Standards Based Report Card Committee, Bright New Leaders Ohio Supervising Principal, Presenter for District Conferences, Partnership In Action Committee, Children’s’ Day Celebration East Side Feeder Chairperson.
Community Organizational Leadership Experience includes:
- National Association of Secondary School Principals: Certified Principal Mentor
- Ohio State University African American Studies Department: Community Extension Center Council
- Columbus Administrators Association, Executive Board Middle School Representative
- Past Southern Ohio Cluster Coordinator Great Lakes Region, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
- Past President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter -Columbus OH
- Past President, Achieving Standards of Excellence Foundation ( ASOEF)
Honors and Awards include: Community Collaborative Specialist Award, Columbus City Schools, Health and Education Legacy Award: Partners Achieving Community Transformation, Leadership Recognition, Columbus Board of Education, Outstanding Presidential Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Great Lakes Regions, Outstanding Educator of the Year, Akron Public Schools , Who’s Who of America’s Teachers Recognition.
Organizational Memberships include National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, The Northeastern Inc. Columbus Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Gamma Alpha Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter, New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.
Education: University of Akron, Akron OH
- Master of Education ( M.Ed.) , Elementary School Administration
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Elementary Education, African American History Minor
Married to Duane R. Bland 35 years, Two Children, Four Grand Children.