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"Meet the Mentors" is a four-part series sponsored by the 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 – 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 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 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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