Visiting Committee members:
- Peter Burke, Ph.D., CEO of Strategic Regulated R&D LLC, STERIS Corporation.
- Jeffrey Davis, a principal in the Consumer and Industrial Products practice, Deloitte Consulting.
- Niko Frangos, CEO, Rascal House, Inc.
- Jeff Gardner, President of DataPharm Statistical and Data Management Services.
- Leah S. Gary, retired as President and CEO of the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation.
- Vijay K. Iyer, leads business development efforts on the medical devices team at BioEnterprise.
- Steven M. Lake, manager of school quality initiatives, Cleveland Transformation Alliance.
- John J. Matejka, senior VP -internal audit, Eaton Corporation.
- Kurt Packer, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), WBC Group, LLC.
- Andrew Passen, advises senior executives on key leadership, strategic and organizational issues as Principal of Passen and Associates, LLC.
- Elaine A. Price, Founder and CEO, NatureVation Outdoor Adventures.
- Deborah Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd has been a practicing physical therapist for over 37 years, most of which had been spent in clinical practice at MetroHealth Medical Center.
- Carol Rivchun, President and CEO of Youth Opportunities Unlimited.
- George R. Stark, Ph.D., FRS, Distinguished Scientist, Cleveland Clinic; Emeritus Professor of Genetics, Case Western Reserve University.
- Victoria Varley, VP of R&D for Diversified Brands, Sherwin-Williams.
- Judy Wong, Director of Business Development, Margaret W. Wong and Associates.
|Victoria Varley (Visiting Committee Chair) is VP of R&D for Diversified Brands at Sherwin-Williams. She has 25 years’ experience in the coatings industry – 8 years at Imperial Chemical Industries and 17 years at Sherwin Williams. She earned the Kellogg “Shaping Innovation Leaders” in 2006 and the Sherwin Williams Leadership Excellence Experience in 2007. After spending nine years after graduation building a foundation as a formulating chemist, she began her management career as a group leader responsible for developing retail paints for Wal-Mart, with positions including Sr. Group Leader and then Associated Director of Brands. In 2004, she became the Associate Director of Raw Materials, working closely with the Procurement and New Product Development teams, helping round out her strategic skills which aided in obtaining the Director of Commercialization role. In October 2012, Vicky was promoted to the Vice President of R&D for the Protective and Marine Division where she supported six market segments including Infrastructure, Fire, Energy, Food & Beverage, Mining, and Marine. Vicky received a BS in Chemistry from Grove City College in 1989 and an MS in Chemistry from CSU in 1996.|
Peter A. Burke, Ph.D., serves as CEO of Strategic Regulated R&D LLC for STERIS Corporation; Consultant to STERIS and former Senior VP & Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Burke is responsible for research, development, and regulatory functions. He also serves as a key member of the Executive Management team and helps assure that the company’s technological capabilities support and enhance STERIS’ growth objectives. A Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, member of the New York Academy of Sciences, and Sigma Xi, Dr. Burke has authored over 25 patents and 30 publications in chemical, microbiological, biochemical, and dermatological sciences. He holds a B.S. in Microbiology from Rutgers University, a M.S. in Microbiology from Seton Hall University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology/Biochemistry from St. John’s University.
|Jeffrey Davis is a principal in the Consumer and Industrial Products practice of Deloitte Consulting and is the Global leader of Deloitte’s Oracle Technology practice. Jeffrey has more than 30 years of industry experience in technology transformation and large scale package implementation, including 20 years with Deloitte. Jeff has assisted clients with large-scale transformation projects across a variety of industries including technology, consumer products, automotive, aerospace & defense and diversified manufacturing. He also serves as Trustee at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr Davis received a BS in Computer and Information Science at CSU.|
|Niko Frangos is the CEO of Rascal House, Inc. Rascal House is a restaurant company started in 1980 and headquartered in Cleveland, OH. The Rascal House has been a Cleveland food landmark featuring high quality fast food and pizza along with proven success in catering and delivery. Niko is leading the charge of Rascal House's new franchise expansion program in Ohio and surrounding 5 states. Prior to Rascal House, Niko lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA where he studied film and ran his own animation production company. His credits include dozens of films with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brothers, Turner Studios and others, in a variety of roles including concept development.|
|Jeff Gardner is President of DataPharm Statistical and Data Management Services, a consulting firm that provides statistical analysis, database development, and software programming services to pharmaceutical & biotech manufacturers throughout the US and Europe. In this capacity Jeff advises clients on all aspects of information management underlying their chemistry, manufacturing, and control (CMC) strategies which are critical for achieving and maintaining regulatory approval of commercial laboratories and manufacturing facilities. Prior to launching DataPharm in 2012 Jeff worked as an industrial statistician for multiple companies in the pharma/biotech sector including Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, and Boehringer-Ingelheim. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.|
|Leah S. Gary retired as President and CEO of the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation in July 2016. Previously she was VP for Program and Evaluation at the Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland. Ms. Gary was VP for Community Health, Workforce Development and Northeast Ohio Trauma Foundation at the Center for Health Affairs where she focused on community health policy. Ms. Gary also served as director of inpatient nursing, clinical nurse specialist, nursing instructor and staff nurse. She holds a Diploma in nursing from the Fairview General Hospital School of Nursing and a B.S.N. and M.S.N. from the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.|
|Vijay K. Iyer, Ph.D., M.B.A. leads business development efforts on the medical devices team at BioEnterprise, an economic development organization with the mission of accelerating life science commercialization in Northeast Ohio via entrepreneurial efforts and growth. Vijay is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of diverse functional experience in the medical device industry, in small, medium and large companies, serving hospital, home and alternate care settings. His most recent past role was with Philips Respironics, the Home Healthcare Solutions business of Philips Healthcare, where he managed early stage venture investments, internal and external, after he led corporate and business unit business development and strategy for over 15 years. Vijay spent the first decade of his career managing product and technology development in medical devices, including technical assessments and due diligence. Several patents, papers and presentations capture many of his key contributions. Vijay has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India, a masters/doctoral degree in biomedical signal processing from the University of Cincinnati, and an executive MBA from Kennesaw State University.|
|Steven M. Lake is manager of school quality initiatives for the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, a public-private partnership dedicated to growing the number of quality public schools in Cleveland. Previously, Steven spent a decade at Cuyahoga Community College leading youth programming targeted at low-income and potential first-generation college students in Cleveland. During that time, he worked to grow the pipeline of under-represented student populations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Technology) disciplines and helped hundreds of students earn a high school diploma and begin their post-secondary education. Steven holds a BA degree in Communication (Organizational Communication), a Master’s of Education in Adult Learning & Development, both from CSU, and a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership & Communication from Northeastern University.|
John J. Matejka is senior VP -internal audit for Eaton Corporation, a power management company. with responsibility for auditing the company’s internal control systems and directing the company’s Internal Control Program Office.
Mr. Matejka has served as director-IT security and as manager-internal audit for the company. Before joining Eaton in January 1989, he held management positions in auditing and IT security with Diamond Shamrock, an oil and gas company, and the audit firm of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. He holds a BS in Accounting and a BS in Management from the University of Dayton, and a MBA from CSU. Matejka is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation. He is also a board member of the CSU Foundation and serves on its audit committee.
|Kurt Packer is Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of WBC Group, LLC, a national distributor of health and wellness products. Prior to joining WBC Group in November 2015, he was COO of Cardinal Health at Home in Twinsburg, Ohio (a.k.a. Edgepark Medical). Kurt joined Edgepark Medical in 2002 as CFO and assumed additional responsibilities as President and COO in 2010. During his 14 years with Edgepark, he was a member of the leadership team that grew the business into a national leader in home medical supply business. He played a key role in re-capitalization of the Edgepark business through two separate private equity transactions in 2007 and 2010 plus the ultimate sale of the business to Cardinal Health, Inc. in 2013.|
|Andrew Passen advises senior executives on key leadership, strategic and organizational issues as Principal of Passen and Associates, LLC. Formerly EVP of Human Resources for Forest City Enterprises (now, Forest City Realty Trust), Andy had responsibility for developing and implementing the Company’s human capital strategy focused on attracting, developing and retaining the high caliber of associates and professional talent that have been a hallmark of Forest City. Prior to becoming a member of Forest City’s executive team, he was a founder and partner of O’Brien, Passen and Associates, a consultancy of organizational psychologists providing executive development, selection and change management services to companies in the U.S. and Europe. Passen earned his Ph.D. from Kent State University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from CSU. He earned his undergraduate degree at Miami University of Ohio.|
|Elaine A. Price is Founder and CEO of NatureVation Outdoor Adventures, an outdoor adventure business for northeast Ohio. Ms. Price continues to serve as Principal Planner- Greenspace for Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (Ohio) where her work drives strategic initiatives around greenspace, waterways and regional trail systems. Ms. Price began her career as an Environment, Health and Safety professional in industry-leading firms including Sohio/British Petroleum, Chase Brass & Copper, American Steel & Wire, and GE Lighting (Nela Park in Cleveland, Ohio). GE’s EHS and Six Sigma Quality programs advanced Ms. Price into management through a series of global assignments, and ultimately in Human Resources for GE’s North and South American Operations. Ms. Price left GE to lead The Holden Arboretum of Kirtland, Ohio, as CEO, for six years. She earned her BA double major in Biology and Environmental Studies and her MS in Environmental Science from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.|
|Deborah Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd has been a practicing physical therapist for over 37 years, most of which had been spent in clinical practice at MetroHealth Medical Center. She is a graduate of CSU x 2 (undergrad and masters), having received her doctorate at Marymount University, VA. She owns Riczo Health Education and is currently focused on providing/developing continuing education live courses and webinars, providing health education for consumers, and private consultations. She published her first consumer education self-help book, “Sacroiliac Pain, Understanding the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method” in 2018 (OPTP.com, Minn), also available on Amazon. She is the pro bono physical therapist for WomanKind Cleveland, which serves women who are pregnant that do not have health insurance. She is guest lecturer for the CSU DPT program and has served as adjunct faculty for this program. She has presented numerous times at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference and the American Physical Therapy National Conference and has been interviewed multiple times on TV/radio shows on a wide variety of health topics. She is serving as Director of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association and recently completed a 3-year term as Ohio Delegate to the House of Delegates American Physical Therapy Association. She is Secretary of the CSU Alumni Association.|
|Carol Rivchun is the recently retired President and CEO of Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a 35 year old non-profit organization that helps teens and young adults succeed by providing educational and workforce opportunities, skills development, and access to career pathways. Y.O.U. designs and implements workforce preparation for ages 14-24, in-school and out-of-school, in Cleveland, East Cleveland, and pockets of poverty around Cuyahoga County, serving about 3,500 per year. Previously Carol was at the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, the chamber of commerce for Greater Cleveland, first spending 8 years in COSE, the Council of Smaller Enterprises, as the Director of the Small Business Development Center, then 5 years as Vice President of Marketing and Communications. She now enjoys volunteering, traveling and bird watching.|
|George R. Stark, Ph.D., FRS is a distinguished expert in several fields of biomedical research. In 1992, he became Chair of the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. He is currently Distinguished Scientist of the Cleveland Clinic and Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Stark has made significant contributions to the field of molecular biology. He served as a Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University from 1963 to 1983 and as Associate Director of Research at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, from 1983 to 1992. He has authored more than 290 articles and has received the H. A. Sober award of the American Society of Biological Chemists in 1986. He was elected to the U.S.A. National Academy of Science in 1986 and to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in Britain in 1990. Dr. Stark holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rockefeller University.|
Judy Wong is Director of Business Development at Margaret W. Wong and Associates. She previously served as a private banker with Fifth Third Bank. She also has experience in the healthcare industry, having worked for MetroHealth. Ms. Wong’s passion for community affairs drives her involvement with United Way and various Asian organizations in Northeast Ohio. She holds a B.S. in Microbiology and received both her M.S. in Chemistry and an M.B.A. in Finance from CSU.