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Meet the Mentor Panels

"Meet the Mentors" is a four-part series sponsored by the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs Mentoring Program. Panelists share academic and professional advice, talk about their experiences in the field, and answer questions from the audience.

  • Meet the Environmental Mentors - Wednesday, November 18th, 2020. Moderated by Rob Ziol (Director, Center for Public & Nonprofit Management at Levin) and Alexandra Higl-Timms (Program Manager, Center for Public & Nonprofit Management at Levin).
    • Panelists:
      • Jennifer McMillin, Director of Sustainability, Cleveland State University
      • Kurt Princic, District Chief, Ohio EPA Northeast District Office
      • Philena Seldon, Outreach & Education Liaison, City of Cleveland's Office of Sustainability
      • Paul Solanics, Director of the City of Solon’s Water Reclamation Department
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  • Meet the Urban Planning and Development Mentors - Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020. Moderated by Dr. Joanna Ganning (Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Development, and Administration; Associate Professor of Economic Development; Program Director, Master of Urban Planning and Development – Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs).
    • Panelists:
      • Joan Chase, Manager, Allegro Real Estate Brokers & Advisors
      • Arthur Schmidt, Senior Planner, OHM Advisors
      • Jeff Sugalski, Real Estate Development Director, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
      • Elise Yablonsky, Planning Director, University Circle, Inc.
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  • Meet the Nonprofit Management Mentors - Wednesday, January 27th, 2021. Moderated by Professor Jeffrey Bowen (College Lecturer in Organizational Leadership at the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs)
    • The panelists are listed below (please include):
      • Joy Johnson, Executive Director at Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
      • Marissa Pappas, Advocate - Sexual Assault Kit Initiative at Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
      • Jeff Ryder, Associate Managing Director at Cleveland Play House
      • Philip Wenk, Founder of the Wenk Family Charitable Foundation
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  • Meet the State and Local Government Mentors - Wednesday, February 24th, 2021. Moderated by Dr. Clayton Wukich (MPA Program Director at the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs).
    • Panelists:
      • Cassie Gaffney, Senior Strategist at Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC
      • David Greenspan, Former State Representative & Candidate, Westlake City Council President
      • Shaddy Swade, Business Continuity Lead, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
      • Beth Zietlow-DeJesus, Director of External Affairs, Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board
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