Board & Staff


Executive Committee

Raymond J. Labuda
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Mr. Labuda is the retired Vice President of Technology for Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.

Peter J. Buerling
Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
Mr. Buerling is the Manager of Critical Infrastructure Protection at FirstEnergy Corp.

James T. LaPrade
Mr. LaPrade is CEO/Founder of Vervent Strategy Group, LLC, a management and marketing consulting firm.

James E. Virost
Mr. Virost is the retired CFO of the Robbins Company, a manufacturer of tunnel-boring equipment.

George Snider 
Past Chairman 
Mr. Snider is the retired President and CEO of SRA International, Inc., parent company of the Sanford Rose Associates executive search network.

Other Trustees:

Alex Clarke
Mr. Clarke is President of Brechbuhler Truck Sales in Canton.

Joey Glassco
Ms. Glassco is the Global Market Manager, Lubrizol LifeSciences for Lubrizol Advanced Materials, a specialty chemical company and leading global producer of advanced specialty chemicals, polymer based formulations and chemical additives.

Deborah Gordon
Ms. Gordon is Sr. Director of Operations, Government & Community Relations for the Cleveland Clinic.

Thomas J. Jackson
Dr. Jackson is a retired Radiologist, who spent 38 years at Akron General Medical specializing in Diagnostic Radiology and Mammography. He was president of the radiologist professional corporation, Radiology and Imaging Services. His lifelong hobby was Lionel trains. He collected over 485 locomotives and cars.

Christina L. Kmetko
Ms. Kmetko is the President and Owner of Evergreen Consulting & Associates, a private consulting and advisory firm that provides services for Investor Relations, Communications and Regulatory Finance.

Christine Lobas
Ms. Lobas is CEO and Founder of Studiothink, a strategic brand marketing and communications company.

Matthew Ridings
Mr. Ridings is partner at Thomson Hine, LLP

John C. Scott
Mr. Scott is Senior Vice President & Regional Executive for the Institutional Real Estate Group of KeyBank National Association.

Russell Warren
Mr. Warren is Managing Director of EdgePoint, leading client transactions, business development initiatives and providing leadership for the team.


Leslie Hoffman Director of Administration & Finance
Sherri Lemley Trustee & Volunteer Relations Manager
Kim Gillan-Shafron Vice President-Marketing & Community Alliances
Jennifer Knechtel Development Coordinator
Tracy Francescone  Manager of Foundation Relations
Kelsey Ott Senior Manager of Customer Experience
Taylor Nickel Communications Manager
Daniel Napolitano Program Manager
Terri Elbert Manager of Program Operations
Anthony Tofani Senior Director of Engineering & Planning
Gordon Hartschuh Manager of Safety and Transportation
Larry Blanchard Train Master
Tom Jaite Assistant Director of Operations & Chief Mechanical Officer
Mike Long Dispatcher