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Joe Brennan, Esq. (2023) – Partner, Ulmer & Berne, LLP
Joseph J. Brennan is a partner of Ulmer & Berne LLP and works out of its Cleveland, Ohio office. Joe’s practice focuses on representing employers in a wide variety of labor and employment legal matters, including wage and hour, employment discrimination, occupational safety and health, traditional labor, and ERISA litigation matters. Joe has extensive experience defending and advocating for national, regional, and local employers in front of federal and state courts as well as administrative employment agencies such as the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, various state civil rights commissions, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board and the National Labor Relations Board. When not representing clients before the various labor and employment tribunals, Joe represents employers’ interests in union contract negotiations, collective bargaining agreement administration, union grievances and labor arbitrations, and the ins and outs of the disposition or acquisition of a unionized business. Joe recognizes the importance of proactive human relations management and counsels employers on the various legal implications arising from workplace injuries, safety compliance, occupational safety and health hazard abatements, in addition to employee leaves, discipline, and termination to mitigate liability, financial exposure, and the potential for costly litigation.
1st Vice Chair
Eamon Larkin, MBA – Vice President, WastePay, LLC
Eamon Larkin is currently Vice President of WastePay, LLC a financial technology company bringing back-office technology solutions to the waste industry out of Westlake, Ohio. WastePay is currently in its infancy and Eamon wears any hat that is needed. Before his current role, Eamon was the CFO for Budget Dumpster, a sister company, dating back to 2013. Eamon has his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of Dayton. Wanting to continue to grow his family Eamon and his wife Lauren sought out Adoption Network Cleveland as an educational resource. Soon thereafter they welcomed a son into their family. Eamon, Lauren and their four children reside on the Westside of Cleveland.
2nd Vice Chair
Jarrett G. Pratt, M.Ed. – Director of Student Success, Pratt Center, Cleveland State University
Jarrett G. Pratt is an experienced educational administrator who presently serves as the Director of Student Success, for the Pratt Center at Cleveland State University. In this role, he provides insight to senior leadership at the University and manages resources designated to support underrepresented populations of students with an emphasis on youth aging out of the foster care system. As a licensed intervention specialist and a self-identified life-long learner, Jarrett has presented at over a dozen professional conferences and provided educational consulting services to a wide range of public and private organizations and institutions on best practices for inclusivity and multicultural engagement. Jarrett is currently pursuing a doctorate in Urban Education and Policy Studies from Cleveland State University.
John Zaranec, M.A. – Chief Accounting Officer, Materion Corporation
John Zaranec brings nearly 20 years of experience in accounting, financial reporting, auditing and finance shared services to his role of Chief Accounting Officer for Materion Corporation. In this role, John is responsible for leading the accounting, financial reporting, shared services and investor relations functions; implementing sound internal controls, ensuring accurate financial reporting in accordance with US GAAP and SEC regulations, developing and communicating compelling investor messages, building relationships with equity analysts and investors, and helping to develop financial plans and transformation improvements that support the company’s strategy. John spent the first half of his career serving a portfolio of global clients at KPMG, LLP, in the manufacturing, services and retail sectors, where he was the recipient of the annual Chairman’s Award for High Performance. He took on increased levels of responsibility in the second half of his career, moving into senior management at OM Group, Inc., followed by A. Schulman, Inc., where he led the design, development and creation of the company’s first North America shared service group that achieved impactful cost savings and financial close efficiency. Prior to Materion, John served as Director, Global Head of Accounting and Reporting at The Timken Company. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Accountancy degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Lindsey Huling – Operations Administrative Assistant, E&H Hardware
Lindsey Huling grew up in Auburn Twp., OH and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2011. After spending 10 years in the event planning industry, she currently works for E&H Hardware as the Operations Administrative Assistant. Lindsey's connection to adoption is that she is a birth mother to a 13-year-old son whom she sees him regularly. She has been involved with Adoption Network Cleveland throughout the years and currently sits on the board as well as co-facilitates the monthly Birth Mother Support Group. Lindsey currently lives in Wooster, OH with her English bulldog Benny.
Glenn Cook, M.S. – Vice President, Player Personnel, The Cleveland Browns
Glenn Cook is in his second season as Brown’s vice president of player personnel after spending four years as the club’s assistant director of pro scouting. In his role, Cook works with Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry and the rest of the senior football staff to contribute to all roster and strategic football decisions. Additionally, he leads the day-to-day operations of the player personnel department, including driving the free agency and draft processes. Cook came to the Browns after spending four years in Green Bay (2012-15), working as a pro scout for the Packers. Before joining the Packers in May 2012, Cook worked as a scouting assistant with the Indianapolis Colts beginning in June 2011. Before transitioning into the field of player personnel, Cook was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Miami (Fla.), his alma mater. While coaching, he assisted with linebackers and defensive line and helped in recruiting efforts. Cook finished his playing career (2004-06, 2008) at Miami as a four-year letterman linebacker with 185 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 47 games and 17 starts. Leading the team in tackles as a senior captain in 2008, he earned Miami’s Plumer Memorial Award for leadership, motivation, and spirit and the Melching Award for leadership. Before missing the 2007 season with an injury, he was named the team’s Linebacker of the Year as a junior in 2006. After his time with the Hurricanes, Cook was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 46th round of the 2009 MLB Draft and played 34 rookie-league games for the club. A native of Miami, Fla., Cook holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management and a master’s degree in sports administration from Miami. He currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Kelem, son, Isaiah, and daughter, Zahara.
Lindsay Domingo, M.A., SHRM-SCP – Vice President of Talent & Communications, Swagelok Lindsay Domingo is the Vice President of Talent and Communication at Swagelok in Solon, Ohio. Prior to her current role, Lindsay held several positions in communications and human resources at Swagelok, as well as the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, working at locations in Oklahoma, New York, and Ohio. She started her career as a television news reporter and anchor in the Lawton-Wichita Falls market bordering Oklahoma and Texas. Lindsay graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a master's degree in international relations, and from the University of Scranton, PA with a bachelor's degree in Communications. She also studied at the University of Cairo, Egypt focusing on Arabic studies. Lindsay grew up as an only child and learned of her half-brother at age twelve. She finally met him when she was 25 and continues to maintain a close relationship. Her connection to adoption does not stop there. Lindsay lives in Aurora with her husband and son, who is adopted.
Kim Dyckes, M.A. – Retired Montessori Teacher
Kim Dyckes was a Montessori teacher for over 25 years and recently retired to be more available for her elderly mother. She has extensive experience working with children and families and planning and implementing school programming. Kim is an adoptee and found her birth mother through the International Soundex Reunion Registry at age 33. She has met five of her seven biological half-siblings. Kim is excited to rejoin the ranks of Adoption Network Cleveland volunteers. In the 1990s, Kim helped with our organization with public relations and programming, and she sat on the Board of Directors, serving as president for a time. Over the years, Kim knew she would return when the time was right. Kim lives in Auburn Township with her husband, Kevin, and two black cats, Herman and Gomez.
Corinne Gist, Ph.D. – Owner and Director, Fit Learning Cleveland
Corinne Gist is the owner and director of Fit Learning Cleveland. Corinne earned her PhD in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University. Prior to earning her doctorate, she earned an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology, a Master’s in Educational Leadership, and a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education. Corinne has more than twenty years of experience in the fields of education and behavior science, working with students, staff, and families in public and private schools as well as day treatment centers. Corinne published in peer-reviewed journals, teaches at the university level, and regularly presents at local, regional, and international conferences. Corinne was initially introduced to the Adoption Network through her mother, who was a beneficiary of their services. The services were life changing for her mother and family. Corinne has been a member of the program committee since the fall of 2020.
Tammara Humbert, MAFM – Experienced Accounting Professional
In her role, Tammara Humbert oversees the budgets for all site properties and the Authority. She also has direct oversight of the funding grants awarded to the agency; ensuring funds are spent as intended and draws from HUD are timely. Prior to serving as Budget Administrator, Humbert was the Accounting Director for an Accounting Firm that serviced small to medium sized businesses in the areas of payroll, accounting, and tax planning. In that role, she was directly responsible for the firm’s accounting client portfolio and reported directly to the managing partners. She was instrumental in leading the firm in implementing a workflow process that ensured deadlines were adhered to and visibility of directives was achieved from the partner level. Humbert received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from John Carroll University & her Master’s in Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School. Humbert began her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland where she assisted the agency in converting to the Federal Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act. This federal law took effect and allowed banks and other organizations the ability to create electronic images of consumers’ checks. Humbert has held additional roles within Finance, including serving as a Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) analyst where she assisted a small housing agency in managing required HUD reporting, board guidelines, & the examining of the 10yr rule. Humbert currently sits on the Board of Directors as a member for The Adoption Network of Cleveland, a non-profit that fulfills otherwise unmet needs for the support of the members of the adoption triad and serves as the Finance Committee Chair for Birthing Beautiful Communities a non-profit organization that aims to provide services for women at the highest risk of infant death in the Cleveland and Akron communities. Humbert also devotes her time as a member of the Finance Committee at her place of worship.
Tracy Miller, MA – Senior Vice President, Human Resources, NRP Group
Tracy Miller joined the NRP Group in 2020 as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources. Since joining, Miller has rallied and aligned the HR team around a common vision – to hire, develop, engage and reward a diverse team of A+ players through implementing programs, processes and practices that support the continued growth and evolving needs of the organization. Miller has also developed a multi-year strategy outlining how the team will deliver on that vision which involves building a ‘next level’ HR team, establishing an infrastructure that elevates and enables, enhancing or developing programs and processes, providing strategic HR partnership and leveraging technology and analytics to provide business insights and measure effectiveness. She has established a reputation as a high-energy, driven and pragmatic leader who understands that employees thrive in a work environment where they have the opportunity to perform meaningful work, understand how their work contributes to the success of NRP and are having fun! Miller has over 20 years of expertise in human resources, diversity and inclusion, and talent/leadership development. She is a results-oriented and strategic leader who is experienced in organizational effectiveness, leading high performing teams and building programs to enhance all aspects of the employee life cycle. Before joining NRP, Miller was a Human Resources Director at Key Bank. In this role, she provided ongoing consultation and partnership with line of business leaders and HR Centers of Expertise to drive and effectively manage multiple organizational change efforts including leadership transition, cultural integration through merger and acquisition, outsourcing and process, policy and system adoption. While at Key, Miller also served as the Professional Development Chair for the African American Key Business Networking Group and the Line of Business Diversity & Inclusion Lead. Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Organizational Development with a focus on Diversity Management from Cleveland State University. Miller, who is an adoptee, resides with her son in Streetsboro, Ohio.
Dario Miocic – General Sales Manager, Ken Ganley Companies/Ken Ganley Subaru Wickliffe and Managing Partner, DCM Property Investments, LLC.
Dario Miocic has 20+ years of professional experience in the automotive industry. He has a special talent for making friends in a room full of strangers and that ability has contributed to his success as the General Sales Manager at Ken Ganley Subaru Wickliffe. For the last 18 years, Dario has been managing, guiding, and leading people in the dealership environment to defy the stigma and stereotype that come with the auto industry. He has grown business for multiple brands and he graduated in the top of his class from the N.A.D.A. General Manager Dealer Academy. Dario is also the Managing Partner at DCM Property investments which he started with the mindset that every home he purchased and did high-quality renovations on would be sold to a person in need. Born in Cleveland to Croatian immigrants, Dario learned early on the value of a better life for he and his family. Dario lives in Lake County with his wife Colleen and their two amazing sons, who they are raising with philanthropic and community- oriented values. Over the years, Dario and Colleen have contributed to several worthy causes – End 68 hours of Hunger, Sub Zero Mission, and Project HOPE. Dario is proud to join the board of Adoption Network Cleveland, a cause that he has seen the impact of through friends and colleagues alike.
Jeffrey Rohrs, J.D., M.S. – VP, Marketing Insights, Active Campaign
Jeffrey K. Rohrs serves as VP, of Marketing Insights, for Active Campaign, the CRM, sales and marketing platform that smart teams use to power profitable businesses. A SaaS tech veteran, Jeff served in chief marketing officer and marketing leadership roles for ExactTarget, Jobvite, Salesforce, Tendo, and Yext. Jeff has worn other hats as well including president of a digital marketing agency, author of AUDIENCE: Marketing in the Age of Subscribers, Fans & Follower, and attorney at Baker & Hostetler. However, his lasting career "Rosebud" was as a DJ at the legendary modern rock radio station 97X, WOXY in Oxford, Ohio ("BAM! The Future of Rock & Roll"). Jeff joined Adoption Network Cleveland’s Outreach & Development committee in January. A beekeeper in his spare time, Jeff lives in Lakewood with his wife, Jenny, where they dutifully document seasonal midge invasions, look up the names of cargo ships passing by on Lake Erie, and occasionally shout compliments at Canada.
Andrea Kushnick Rubin, MBA – Director of Outreach and Engagement, Case Western Reserve University, Siegal Lifelong Learning Program
Andrea Rubin has more than 25 years of professional experience in marketing and communications, in both nonprofit and educational environments. She works for Case Western Reserve University's Siegal Lifelong Learning program where she is co-director of the organization in addition to managing the marketing and promotion of personal enrichment and professional development opportunities as well as alumni travel. She earned a B.A. from Lehigh University and MBA from Temple University. Upon adopting her younger child, Andrea formed a social, educational and support organization for Jewish families with adopted children that ran successfully for many years. She cofounded an environmental club for families in her community. Andrea and her husband, Stuart, live in Orange Village with their two children (one adopted and one biological).
Kristen Simonton, MD – Pediatrician, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Program Director, Northwestern University/Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Kirsten is a pediatrician specializing in child abuse pediatrics. She is currently working at Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL where she has been the child abuse pediatrics fellowship program director for the past 6 years. In Summer 2024, Kirsten and her family will relocate to Cleveland, where she grew up and met her husband. Kirsten first became connected to Adoption Network Cleveland in 1997 just weeks after becoming a birth mother, and immediately became a member and volunteer. Kirsten joined the staff of Adoption Network Cleveland as an administrative assistant from 2001-2002 and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2002-2005. Kirsten left Cleveland in 2005 to pursue her medical education and has lived in Columbus, OH; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH and Chicago, IL. While in Cincinnati, Kirsten collaborated with the Ohio Birthparent Group to start a birthparent support group in her area, which continued successfully for two years until their family relocated. Professionally, Kirsten has worked closely with child welfare and foster care systems in several states, has published journal articles and textbook chapters on a variety of child maltreatment topics, and has given local and national talks on the health of children in foster care. Kirsten lives with her husband and two school-aged daughters and has been in reunion with her birth daughter for the past ten years.
Tom Sohlberg, MPA – Principal, Sohlberg Consulting Partners; Executive Coach, Right Management Manpower Group
Tom has more than 25 years of experience as a leader, change agent, strategic business partner and human resource executive. He has served as an SVP in a Fortune 200 financial services company, a VP accountable for driving a high performing strategy-focused culture and a business unit manager leading a professional services team. He has been formally recognized for driving innovation, efficiencies improvement, and aligning business units with enterprise strategy. Coaching has been a central component of Tom’s success. He is a certified Gestalt Professional Coach and is skilled at enhancing self-awareness and co-creating tailored solutions that meet clients’ professional development needs. He helps people see the possible, reach beyond current thinking and boundaries, experiment with new learning and growth, and attain their professional development goals. He has a reputation as being a high energy, creative, visionary and an outcome-focused professional accountable for delivering high performance solutions and creating breakthrough results. He holds a Master of Public Administration from Texas Tech University and an undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida. Tom also served as a Senior Fellow with the 2021 class of the Advanced Leadership Institute in Cleveland providing mentoring to young professionals in support of their development as future leaders in the community. Tom is an adoptee and has served on the Board of Directors for the Adoption Network Cleveland since 2019 where he serves as Chair of the Network’s Leadership Development Committee.
Edie Sweeterman – Foundation Relations Officer, Kent State University in the Department of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations
Edie Sweeterman is an experienced business development professional who works as a Foundation Relations Officer at Kent State University in the Department of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations. In this role, she initiates, develops and coordinates fundraising approaches to secure grants from foundations to support university priorities. In addition, she maintains a pool of foundation prospects, both locally and nationally, generating support for faculty programs and research while meeting established fundraising goals and responsibilities. She holds a BA in Speech Communications from Wittenberg University – where she met and married her college sweetheart. Together they have shared parenting joys of raising two wonderful children. Edie was touched by adoption as a young girl when her sister gave up her own daughter for adoption at the tender age of 16. Happily reuniting with her when she was 20 and maintaining a close-knit relationship since, serves as some of the most meaningful moments in their family’s lives. She is a long-time resident of Strongsville and enjoys the outdoors, hiking and exploring, cooking, and reading.
Christine Zanoni, M.Ed. – Principal, Insightful Minds Community of Learning
Christine Zanoni is the Principal of Insightful Minds Community of Learning, serving students on the autism spectrum through experiential engagement, mindfulness, and restorative practices. During her 32 years in education, she’s focused on a strengths-based approach dedicated to helping young people challenged by complex developmental trauma, mental health issues, and autism. In 2023, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association recognized Christine as the 3Rs Teacher of the Year for her work connecting PEP students with their program. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Hiram College, a master’s degree in special education from Kent State University, and leadership credentials from Baldwin Wallace University. Christine is an adoptee who was reunited with her birth family in 1996 and lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and furry companions. When she’s not reading up on ways to help students and staff know some joy in each day, she can be found watching her actor-husband in plays, enjoying puns, and binging The West Wing on television.
Amy Zlotnik, M.A. – Co-owner and Controller, Audiomute Soundproofing
Amy Zlotnik has been running two successful businesses alongside her husband for 17 years, where she oversees the finance and personnel departments. Prior to this, she was a pediatric occupational therapist for almost 20 years, primarily working in the schools with children of all ages. She graduated from the University of Michigan with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Psychology and then received a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo Medical School). Amy was active in the National Council of Jewish women for several years, including serving on their executive board as Membership Director. Personally, Amy is an adoptee who was reunited with her birth parents in 2015 when the Ohio Birth Certificate records were opened. Since they ended up getting married a few years after her adoption, she has also been fortunate enough to establish a relationship with her two full sisters, who both live in the Cleveland area. Amy is a lifelong Clevelander who currently lives in Solon with her husband, Mitchell. They have two grown children who reside in Cleveland and Columbus.