Eric D. Fingerhut was appointed the seventh Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents on March 14, 2007. In 1991-92 and from 1999-2006, Mr. Fingerhut represented Ohio’s 25th Senate District, which is located in the eastern half of Cuyahoga County. He served for eight years on the Finance (Budget) Committee, with six of those years as the ranking Minority Member. He also served on the Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, on the Judiciary Committee on Civil Justice, on the Ways and Means and Economic Development Committee, on the Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, and on the Education Committee.
Mr. Fingerhut previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993-94, serving on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee.
Trained as a lawyer, Fingerhut served as an attorney in the Older Person’s Law Office of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, as an attorney with the Cleveland firm of Hahn, Loeser & Parks, and as the Associate Director of Cleveland Works, a nationally recognized, innovative welfare-to-work program. Mr. Fingerhut has served as Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Solutions (formerly the Federation for Community Planning,) a non-profit organization that takes the lead in planning and advocacy on health and human services issues in Greater Cleveland.
From 2005-07, Mr. Fingerhut joined the Business Administration faculty of Baldwin-Wallace College as the Director of Economic Development Education and Entrepreneurship. He also has also served as a Senior Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University.
Mr. Fingerhut authored Making Ohio Great Again, a book published by Fairway Press that makes the case for change in Ohio and the nation and sets forth Mr. Fingerhut’s ideas for the future. He also has published numerous articles in regional and national newspapers.
A 1977 graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, Mr. Fingerhut earned a Bachelor of Science degree with highest honors from Northwestern University in 1981 and received a law degree from the Stanford University School of Law in 1984.
Mr. Fingerhut teaches religious school at his synagogue and is a frequent lecturer on public policy at area schools and civic organizations. He currently resides in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife, Amy, and their two young sons, Sam and Charlie.
Susan Tave Zelman, superintendent of public instruction for Ohio since 1999, believes that all children can learn and achieve in an educational system with high expectations and multiple pathways to succeed. Under Dr. Zelman’s leadership, the Ohio Department of Education created a mission for the state’s educational system that has brought sweeping change through standards-based reform.
Dr. Zelman is working to raise expectations for all students by setting clear and high academic standards, strengthening schools and school districts with fiscal and human resources, and improving student performance through accountability. Ohio now has academic content standards in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, technology, foreign language and the arts. These standards are aligned to curriculum models for teachers, achievement tests for students, and an accountability system that measures improvement. Ohio received an “A-” grade for its standards and accountability system in Education Week’s Quality Counts 2006 report.
Ohio students are improving every year. Over the past seven years, the average of students’ scores on state tests increased by more than 19 points. Ohio outperforms the national SAT and ACT averages, and fourth- and eighth-graders outperform national averages on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading and mathematics.
Dr. Zelman is committed to closing achievement gaps between Ohio’s lowest- and highest-performing students, especially low-income and minority students. She inspired the creation of the State Board of Education’s Closing Achievement Gaps Task Force. Schools that are high-poverty and high-performing are sharing their best practices through her Schools of Promise program. A task force to redesign Ohio’s high schools has made recommendations to ensure all students graduate and are prepared for college and the workforce. Dr. Zelman also served on the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and the Economy and was a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Financing Student Success.
Before coming to Ohio, Dr. Zelman was Deputy Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from 1994 to 1999. She served for six years in the Massachusetts Department of Education as Associate Commissioner of the Department of Education Personnel. She was an Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education at Emmanuel College in Boston while simultaneously holding a five-year appointment with the Education Technology Center of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Zelman received the National Science Research Opportunity Award for Women through Columbia Teachers College.
She holds a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan. She also received an honorary doctoral degree in public service from the University of Rio Grande, an honorary doctoral degree in education from Baldwin-Wallace College and an honorary doctoral degree in humanities from Youngstown State University. Gannett Newspapers named her one of the 10 most powerful and influential women in Ohio state government in March 2003.
Martha D. Lamkin is the founding president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Lumina Foundation for Education. She was instrumental in developing the concept of the Foundation while serving as Executive Vice President at USA Group, Inc., which she joined in 1991. Lamkin also has served as President of the Cummins Engine Company Foundation, Columbus, Ind.; Executive Director of corporate responsibility and government affairs of the Cummins Engine Company; and Manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indiana office. Lamkin, an attorney, has extensive leadership experience in higher education and philanthropy. She served as a trustee and chair of The Indianapolis Foundation, is a co-founder and former chair of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. She is a member of the board of directors of the Council on Foundations and chairs its public policy committee. She has served on boards at several nonprofit organizations and higher-education institutions, including DePauw and Indiana universities, the Christian Theological Seminary and Independent Colleges of Indiana. Lamkin is vice chair of the board of directors of Citizens Gas and Coke Utility Company, Inc., where she has served on the board since 1989.
Tom Suddes has made a name for himself as a THOUGHT LEADER, COACH, TRAINER, CONSULTANT, SPEAKER and WRITER. Tom has been labeled CONTRARIAN, RADICAL, WHACKY, CRAZY … and is widely known as a MAVERICK and an AGENT of CHANGE. A SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR since age 16, Tom has founded 19 businesses (his kids say he can’t hold a job), and was the first Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Notre Dame. In 1996, Tom won a trip around the world (in the only contest he has ever entered) when SUCCESS MAGAZINE and Opportunity International awarded him a chance to share his SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCES with THIRD WORLD MICRO-ENTREPRENEURS in Russia, Poland, India, the Philippines and Australia.
He began his career in the Development Office at the University of Notre Dame in 1973. In 1983, he founded The Suddes Group, which has managed over 300 campaigns, raised over $1 Billion, and helped generate 3 million new jobs in their work with 125 economic development organizations around the country.
He is the author of TAKE A QUANTUM LEAP, THE CHANGE MANIFESTO and the forthcoming JUST ASK!
He has made more than 6,000 one-on-one presentations (sales calls); and has trained thousands of ‘NONPROFIT’ leaders in the art and science of FOR IMPACT organization. He also speaks and provides TRAINING throughout the country for entrepreneurs, sales people and leaders in both the not-for-profit and the for-profit sector. Tom has also authored the content for the FORIMPACT.ORG website, where Tom and Nick Fellers have created a powerful ‘Open Source’ tool and just-in-time learning system that is designed to help all ‘Nonprofit’/For Impact Leaders Fund Their Vision.
Tom attended Catholic Grade School, Catholic High School and a Catholic University; his two aunts were Dominican Nuns and his uncle was a Monsignor in St. Louis. His very first consulting client in 1983 was Fenwick High School (Dominicans) in Chicago. Since then, Tom and The Suddes Group have worked with over150 Catholic Schools on their CAMPAIGNS; and trained thousands of Catholic Development Officers and School Administrators. Additionally, Tom has worked with a number of Dioceses around the country, including Green Bay and Baltimore.
Tom served in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer, Airborne and Pathfinder; was a two-time welterweight boxing champion at Notre Dame; and has been the boxing coach at Notre Dame for 35 years (returning every year for a six-week ‘mini-sabbatical’ to coach and referee the Bengal Bouts.
Throughout his crazy, eclectic, eccentric life, Tom has been anchored by his wife Trudy and his five wonderful children (who have somehow overcome their father as a huge life impediment). Now, his six grandchildren, Savannah, Keegan, Calvin, Thomas, Tatum and Roscoe, are the centerpiece of life on a 50-acre farm/training center outside of Columbus, Ohio.
DR. WATSON SCOTT SWAIL is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Policy Institute, a non-profit research center devoted to the study and expansion of educational opportunity. Dr. Swail is a highly skilled researcher, administrator, and educator, with experience in policy analysis, educational research, and evaluation design. Prior to establishing EPI, Dr. Swail served as the Founding Director of the Pell Institute and Vice President of the Council for Opportunity in Education in Washington DC. He previously served as senior policy analyst with SRI International and associate director for policy analysis with the College Board. He earned his doctorate in educational policy at George Washington University, a MS at Old Dominion University, and a B.Ed from the University of Manitoba. An internationally respected researcher, Dr. Swail has published in national journals and publications. Recent publications include Latino Students and the Educational Pipeline and Improving Educational Outcomes for Students with Disabilities. He has published in Phi Delta Kappan, Change, and the Chronicle for Higher Education. Dr. Swail has also been on Good Morning America and America’s Choice Network. Dr. Swail is a former public school classroom teacher and lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia.