Lori was hired as the first full time President of the Hudson Community Foundation in January 2017 after serving as the Director of Development for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Lori worked as a Regional Vice President for KeyBank providing oversight to 12 branches in Northeast Ohio. Lori moved to Hudson in 2005 from Cincinnati and has served on many boards and committees in the Hudson Community currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Hudson Chamber of Commerce. Lori has a B.A from the University of Cincinnati, and has two children at Hudson High School.
Director, Donor Services
Amy joined HCF in 2012. She is responsible for service to current and prospective donors, non-profit organizations, facilitating operations of fund holder activities and leadership to direct reports. Prior to HCF, Amy spent 16 years with Century/Graco in Marketing, Operations and Sales. Since leaving her position as Director of International Sales to raise her family, she continues to provide service to various corporate clients and volunteering in the community. Amy is a Hudson resident for 18 years, married with two children and has BS in Marketing from Kent State University.
Mary joined HCF in October 2010. She is responsible for bank and investment account reconciliations, quarterly statements, and financial reports to the Board. She provides staff support for the Finance and Investment committees. Prior to HCF Mary worked in local government as Internal Auditor for Shaker Height OH, Finance Director for Vermilion, OH and Hudson’s City treasurer. Mary has a B.A. from Sterling College, and a master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University. She and her family have resided in Hudson since 1996.
Tricia joined HCF in 2016. She performs the duties of administrative assistant providing support for the President, Director of Donor Services and Fund administrator. She also works as a substitute teacher for the HCSD. Tricia was a pharmaceutical chemist for 11 years until choosing to stay home and raise her children. She served in numerous volunteer positions such as PTO, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, various music organizations, and scholarship chair for HHSMA and PTO. Tricia grew up in Hudson, is a Hudson graduate, and returned to Hudson in 2003. Tricia has two children and has a BS in Chemistry from Kent State University.
John is a partner in the law firm of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, a regional business law firm with offices in Cleveland and Columbus. John regularly represents public and private corporations in state, federal and bankruptcy courts in the area of commercial litigation. John also serves as Chair of KJK’s Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency Practice Group and assists trustees, creditors, court-appointed receivers and debtors with liquidation of distressed real estate and other business assets. John grew up in Hudson before graduating from Denison University and obtaining his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. John is actively engaged in the Hudson community serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Kristi have two daughters.
Drew Forhan is the Chairman of ForTec Medical, a leading mobilizer of surgical technologies – incusing the broadest array of lasers – to hospitals, surgery centers, and physicians’ offices on an as needed basis. Drew was named the Ernst & Young Northeast Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. In addition to his role as the Chairman of the Hudson Community Foundation, Drew serves on the boards of Old Trail School, Ronald McDonald House Cleveland, Blue Coats and Bowling Green State University. Drew holds a B.S.B.A. from Bowling Green State University and resides in Hudson with his wife Nancy where they have raised their four children.
Patrick Carroll is the president of PCR Business Systems a Northeast Ohio based IT infrastructure management firm serving small and medium sized businesses. Pat also founded and runs Pat’s Computer Rescue to provide consumer IT services in Hudson. As a business owner and technology professional Pat has drawn on his operations and management background to deliver the best technology results to businesses and individuals. Pat is a University of Akron graduate with a degree in Industrial Management. He has worked in Hudson for 11 years and resides in Akron with his wife Amanda and two children.
John is currently President of StreamLink Software, a high growth Software as a Service provider, based in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to that, John was President of JumpStart Inc., a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to unlock the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities. In this area, he has served as chair and board member for organizations involved in regional economic development, in addition to two nonprofits working to advance educational attainment efforts. John has a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire Whitmore School of Business and Economics. John moved to Hudson with his wife Cindy and their two children 16 years ago.
Patrick Kirk is a retired CPA who has served as treasurer of the Hudson Community Foundation for two years. For 36 years he owned an accounting and tax practice in Beachwood, Ohio. He specialized in counseling individuals and small business owners in a variety of financial areas. He sold his practice five years ago and continues to offer his services to the current owner as needed. During his years as business owner, he served on several non-profit boards. Pat received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. He is a lifetime member of both the Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. Pat and his wife, Ann, have lived in Hudson for thirty years.
Shawn Lyden is Executive Vice President at Akron Children’s Hospital. Shawn has been an executive at Akron Children’s for nine years and currently has responsibility for strategic planning and business development, public relations and marketing, external affairs, the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, legal affairs, diversity & inclusion, and patient experience innovation. Shawn currently serves on the Boards of Directors of LifeBanc, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and also volunteers at Akron Children’s as a member of the Doggie Brigade with his Newfoundland, Maya. Shawn obtained his B.A. in economics, Magna Cum Laude, from Denison University, and his law degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. A native of Ohio, Shawn and his wife Amy have lived in Hudson for eight years and have four children, Alexis, Austin, Molly and Jack, and one grandchild, Palmer.
Linda McDonald, PhD
Linda McDonald sits on Kent State University’s National Council for the Arts, and National Public Radio’s WKSU Community Advisory Council. Her professional career in education included teaching and administrating elementary through graduate and undergraduate experiences at the university level. Linda received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in Educational Psychology focused on Developmental Psychology and how learning occurs. Her undergraduate degree was in sociology and non-profit management. After growing up in Kansas City, Kansas, she has lived her adult life in the Cleveland area, and in Hudson since 1982. She and her late husband Peter participated in Hudson life through serving on many community boards. Her son Brad Sanders and his family live in Cleveland Heights.
Patricia Myers graduated with a B.A. in social work in 1973 from Kent State University and with an MBA from University of San Francisco in 1979. Pat is retired as Director of Government Relations for Kent State University and Director of Federal Relations, University Systems of Ohio.
Tom Speaks is the Co-Founder and Principal of The impact group. Tom is recognized as a leader in municipal communications who possesses a deep understanding of the issues that impact local governments and has developed and implemented communication strategies to help communities reach their goals. Tom received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Ohio University and his Master of Arts in Political Science from The University of Akron. Tom, his wife Shannon and their two children reside in Hudson. Tom is a history buff and a fitness nut. He has a passion for ancient and modern history. His first novel, “Hannibal – The Forging”, was published in 2015. His second novel, “Lihn”, will be published in 2017
Alex is an Assurance Partner with EY with 20 years of experience serving the financial services and related industries. He currently serves as the coordinating partner for a number of clients, and is responsible for EY’s financial services practice in Northeast Ohio. Alex is a graduate of John Carroll University (JCU) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Ohio Society of CPAs. Alex serves as a board member of the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism (NEOPAT) and the JCU Accountancy Advisory Board. Alex and his wife Susie reside in Hudson with their three kids.
Don Tharp is the President and Founder of Hudson Financial Advisors Inc. which empowers multiple generations of successful families to make smart choices with their money. He is also the President and Co-Founder of the Summit Study Group, which consists of 15 high performance, independent, wealth management firms located throughout the USA. Don has a Master’s of Science in Financial Services from the American College, is a Certified Financial Planner and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. Don and his wife Shelly have lived in Hudson for nearly 30 years. All three of their adult children attended K-12 at Hudson public schools.
Kevin Vaillancourt is a financial services professional with near 20 years’ experience. His expertise is mutual funds, exchange traded funds, qualified plans and various alternative investments. He maintains relationships with Financial Advisors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia. Kevin has a B.A. from Stonehill College in Massachusetts and holds his series 7 and 63 licenses. He and his wife Meghan have lived in Hudson since 2001 and he is active coaching his children’s sports teams and the school system. When Kevin is not working in finance he enjoys riding his bike, skiing, and traveling with this family.
Jim Sluzewski retired in 2016 as Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and External Affairs for Macy’s, Inc., a leading fashion retailer based in Cincinnati and New York. In that role, he also previously served as President of the Macy's Foundation. Sluzewski is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and has served as global chair of The Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest partnership of independent public relations firms. A native of Cleveland, he holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. Sluzewski and his wife, Kathy, first moved to Hudson in 1988. They have two adult children.
Bill Wooldredge has been a member of Hudson City Council for 7 years. He is retired from active employment and was formerly chief financial officer of King's Medical Company and The B F Goodrich Company. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Akron Children's Hospital, of which he was previously chair. In 2000 he co-founded the Hudson Community Foundation. He also is the founder of The Hudson City School's Student Assistance Endowment Fund. Bill was president of the Hudson Economic Development Corporation during which time he was active in the downtown new development. Bill is a graduate of Colby College and The Harvard Business School. He is married to Johanna and is a 35 year resident of Hudson.
Sharon Whitacre is an Assistant Vice President – Investments and Senior Institutional Consultant with Legacy Strategic Asset Management of Wells Fargo Advisors, which is located in Hudson and specializes in investment consulting and planning services for institutions and high net worth families. Sharon received a Bachelors of Science in Finance at Marquette University and an MBA at University of Dayton and holds both the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designations.
Sharon and her husband Keith have lived in Hudson since 2001 and have a son and daughter that have completed K-12 in the Hudson Community School District. She is an avid golfer and cyclist and enjoys all that Hudson has to offer.
Bill is Vice President, Innovation & Business Development for Graphic Packaging International, a leading global folding carton producer. His long career in the manufacturing industry has centered on new product development and globalizing businesses. Throughout his career he has served on a number of industry and trade group Boards. A lifelong Hudson resident, Bill has long been active in the community having volunteered with many organizations including Western Reserve Academy, Hudson EMS, The Jaycees and several youth sports organizations. He has served on the Hudson Community Foundation Board for more than ten years. Bill obtained his B.A. Chemistry and Zoology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and Masters of Business Administration from Miami University. Bill and his wife, Shelley, have lived in Hudson 38 years and have two adult children.