Our Board of Directors
Leann Schaeffer, MA, RD, LD
The University of Akron
Financial Advisor at PNC Investments
Alex J. McCallion
Brennan, Manna & Diamond
Alexis M. Winter
Cynthia P. Bayer, Esq.
Summa Health Systems
Goodyear Tire and Rubber
Harvey L. Sterns, Ph.D.
The University of Akron
Lee S. Walko, Esq.
Brennan, Manna & Diamond
Summit Metro Parks
Summit County Probate
Stephen Shamrock, CPA, CGMA
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Melinda Smith Yeargin
Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC
Brechbuhler Scales & B-Tek Scales
The Karcher Group
Lisa S. Codispoti
The Will-Burt Company
Huntington National Bank
Emeritus Board Members
William Belden, Jr.
Belden Brick Company
Thomas R. Fuller
Alpha Phi Alpha Homes
Barbara A. Venesy, JD, MSN
Retired from Cleveland Clinic
Pamela A. Hawkins
Retired from AMHA
Want to join our Board of Directors?
What does Board Service entail? As a Board Member of VANTAGE Aging, you are asked to give of your personal and professional time, talent and treasure to promote the mission of the agency. This includes three primary roles:
- Establish Organizational Identity: Members of the Board of Directors ensure effective planning and determine mission and purpose and advocates for them.
- Ensure Resources: Directors of the Board select the President/Chief Executive Officer, ensure adequate financial resources, build a competent board, and enhance the organization’s public standing.
- Provide Oversight: Board Members support and evaluate the President/Chief Executive Officer, monitor and strengthen programs and services, protect assets and provide financial oversight, and ensure legal and ethical integrity.
If you are passionate about the success of our aging population and interested in learning more, please contact our office at 330-253-4597. Alternatively, you can fill out an online application or download a printed version.
Karen Hrdlicka – President & CEO • 330-253-4597 x130
With over 25 years of experience in serving older adults, President and CEO Karen Hrdlicka oversees all facets of the organization. Prior to joining VANTAGE, she was the Executive Director at St. Luke Lutheran Community. She is an active member of the Akron Rotary Club, the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, the Akron Metro Parks Hiking Club, and actively seeks out opportunities in widow ministry. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Kent State University. Karen’s positive viewpoint on aging has helped lead VANTAGE Aging to new partnerships and programming.
- MBA, Kent State University
- B.S., Therapeutic Recreation, Kent State University
- LHNA, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator
Ted Watko – Chief Operating Officer • 330-832-7220 x103
Ted joined Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties as a board member in 1997 and held the executive Board positions of Secretary, Vice President, and President. Named CEO in 2014, Ted was responsible for the strategic direction of the agency, overseeing daily operations and managing more than 40 staff members and over 600 volunteers. After the agency merged with VANTAGE Aging in 2019, Ted was promoted to COO of VANTAGE, where he now manages all operational aspects of the agency’s multiple senior programs. Ted earned a B.A. in Accounting & Finance from Walsh University and M.B.A from Miami University. Ted brings community and nonprofit experience, including participation on the Board of Trustees for the Diebold Foundation, Greater Stark County Urban League, the American Heart Association, Community Services of Stark County and the Society for Human Resource Management.
- B.A. in Accounting & Finance, Walsh University
- M.B.A., Miami University
Ann Manby – Chief Financial Officer • 330-253-4597 x181
As Chief Financial Officer, Ann Manby is responsible for financial planning strategies and the development and implementation of fiscal policy. Prior to joining VANTAGE, she was Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer at United Way of Summit County. She received a Woman of Distinction award from Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio in 2017, the 30 For the Future award from the Greater Akron Chamber in 2010, the Volunteer of the Year Award from Victim Assistance Program in 2009, and the Outstanding Communications Volunteer award from the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties in 2006.
She is a member of the Leadership Akron Class #33, serves as the treasurer of the Akron AAA board, and is the leader of her daughter’s Brownie Troop. Ann earned her CPA designation and Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.
- CPA, Certified Public Accountant
- B.S., Accounting, Ohio Wesleyan University
Sue Henige – Senior Director of Human Resources • 330-253-4597 x186
As Director of Human Resources, Sue Henige oversees strategic staffing plans, compensation, benefits, safety, employee relations, and training and development for management and staff members. Prior to joining VANTAGE, she was Human Resources Manager at Community Support Services. She earned an MSM in Human Resource Management at The University of Akron and a BA in Psychology at Ohio Northern University.
- MSM, The University of Akron
- B.A., Psychology, Ohio Northern University
- PHR, Professional in Human Resources
- SHRM-CP, Society of Human Resource Management
Safaraz (Sef) Mohammad – Director of Information Technology • 330-253-4597 x194
Director of Information Technology Sarfaraz (Sef) Mohammad has over 10 years of professional IT experience. He utilizes technology to improve the agency’s efforts to support the aging population more efficiently. Prior to joining VANTAGE, Sef was an IT Support Specialist at CFBank in Fairlawn, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems with a double major in E-Business Technologies.
- B.S., Management Information Systems, The University of Akron
Dawn Moeglin – Senior Director of Community Engagement • 330-253-4597 x160
As Director of Community Engagement, Dawn Moeglin coordinates marketing and fund development across multiple departments. She has over twenty years of expertise in grant writing, public relations, social media marketing, event planning and sales, and has owned several businesses. Prior to joining VANTAGE Aging (formerly Mature Services), she was the Development Coordinator at Stark County Park District.
She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Northeast Ohio, joining the board in 2017. Dawn is a graduate of the 28th Class of Leadership Stark County, a member of ATHENA Akron and Leave a Legacy-Summit County. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management at Kent State University.
- B.S., Business Administration, Human Resources, Kent State University
Jennifer Kanney-Beebe – Director of Intake • 330-253-4597 x123
As Director of Intake, Jennifer Kanney-Beebe coordinates intake for the Meals on Wheels and Home Wellness Solutions programs. Previously, Jennifer was the Social Services/Case Manager for Meals on Wheels Stark and Wayne and was responsible for the administration of all social service programs. She also works as a subcontractor in a counseling practice, and her previous experience includes 18 years as a medical social worker. She is a licensed social worker in the State of Ohio (LSW). Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and is a licensed professional clinical counselor in the State of Ohio (PCC).
- Master’s Degree in Community Counseling
- LSW, Licensed Social Worker
- PCC, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Gizelle Jones – Director of Behavioral Health Solutions • 330-253-4597 x115
As Director of VANTAGE Behavioral Health Solutions, Gizelle Jones has worked in the field of Social Work for more than 30 years. Specializing in women’s issues, depression, and family therapy, Gizelle most recently served as the Executive Director for Jewish Family Services in Akron.
With a BA in Psychology from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Gizelle is a licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Endorsement. With experience in developing community collaborations, she develops programs that fit the needs of the client while also providing community education programs and workshop coordination, Gizelle’s experience in providing services to address the behavioral health needs of our aging population is a great asset.
Gizelle also serves on the United Way Food and Shelter Board, Senior Independent Living Coalition, is a Chairperson of the Summit County Adult Protective Services I-Team, Board Member of the Women’s Endowment Fund at Akron Community Foundation and the Mental Health America Board.
- MSW, Social Work, University of Michigan
- B.A., Psychology, Bowling Green State University
- LISW-S, Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervision Endorsement
Jay Varnes – Director of Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio • 330-832-7220 x114
Jay joined Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties in 2014 as the Dietary Manager. He was promoted to Director of Operations shortly after, where he oversaw the production of up to 1,600 meals per day and received the Champion Chef award at the 2017 Faith in Action Health and Wellness Fair Cook-Off. After the agency merged with VANTAGE Aging in 2019, Jay was promoted to his current position as Director of Meals on Wheels of Northeast Ohio. He is now in charge of meal production for Summit, Stark, and Wayne Counties. Jay has his Associates of Business from Rasmussen College of Business, and is pursuing a B.S. in Business Management. Jay brings a history of community involvement and volunteer experience, having served several years as the Vice President of the Wayne and Holmes County Soap Box Derby Board as well as a coach for the West Holmes School District youth baseball, football, and wrestling teams.
- Associates of Business, Rasmussen College of Business
Janice Gathers – Director of SCSEP • 330-253-4597 x118
Janice Gathers, Director of SCSEP, has been with VANTAGE Aging since 2003. During her tenure with the organization, Janice has worked to cultivate staff talent, streamline processes, and develop strategies to meet program goals. She has served on various workforce boards throughout Northeast Ohio including, Lorain, Trumbull, Ashtabula, Geauga, and Portage Counties. She has a B.S. Degree in Information Systems /Business Management and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership.
- Bachelor of Science, Information Systems/Business Management, Slippery Rock University
- Master of Science, Organizational Leadership, Geneva College
Erica Banks – Director of RSVP • 330-253-4597 x166
As Director of RSVP, Erica Banks is responsible for applying for and administering grant applications, recruit, place, train, and retain volunteers for the program. She is also responsible for building relationships with non-profits and local government agencies in the Summit and Medina areas to ensure a positive impact in the community based on the community needs and the state’s focus areas. Prior to working at VANTAGE Aging, she was a Program Services Connector at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank where she managed the Commodity Supplemental Food Program for seniors in 8 counties and executed grant funds to distribute food to seniors in collaboration with local government agencies. She has several years of experience in organizing community events, grant administration, and has worked throughout the community to support a variety of social programs.
- Bachelor’s Degree, Sociology, Central State University