Our Board of Directors
Leann Schaeffer, MA, RD, LD
The University of Akron
Ron Van Horn
Brennan, Manna & Diamond
The Will-Brut Company
Cynthia P. Bayer, Esq.
Summa Health Systems
Financial Advisor at PNC Investments
Goodyear Tire and Rubber
Harvey L. Sterns, Ph.D.
The University of Akron
Net Activity Inc.
Emeritus Board Members
William Belden, Jr.
Belden Brick Company
Thomas R. Fuller
Alpha Phi Alpha Homes
Pamela A. Hawkins
Retired from AMHA
Lee S. Walko, Esq.
Brennan, Manna & Diamond
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 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 Chief Executive Officer, monitor and strengthen programs and services, protect assets and provide financial oversight, and ensure legal and ethical integrity.
To read our Statement of Expectations for Board Members, click here.
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 complete an Initial Interest Form.
Ann Manby – Chief Workforce Development Officer • 330-253-4597 x181
As Chief Workforce Development Office, Ann Manby is responsible for the development and implementation of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) which is funded by the Department of Labor and the Ohio Department of Aging.
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 vice president of the Akron AAA board, and is the leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Ann earned her CPA designation and Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.
- CPA, Certified Public Accountant
- B.S., Accounting, Ohio Wesleyan University
Tamara Lukes – Chief Financial Officer • 330-253-4597 x208
As Chief Financial Officer, Tamara Lukes is responsible for overseeing the financial reporting to both internal and external stakeholders, ensuring strong internal controls, and integrating the programmatic goals and agency priorities into a comprehensive strategy.
Prior to her promotion to CFO, Tamara held various roles within the finance department during her 7.5 years with the agency. She most recently held the position of Director of Finance following the merger with Meals on Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. Tamara also has experience working on external audits when she was an Assurance Supervisor with CliftonLarsonAllen (formerly Bruner-Cox LLP) where she worked on mainly not-for-profit audit and agreed-upon procedures client engagements.
Tamara is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), alumnus member of the Torchbearers Akron Class of 2012, and former finance committee member for OPEN M.
- M.S., Accounting, Ball State University
- CPA, Certified Public Accountant
Amina Hall – Director of Development & Community Partnership • 330-253-4597 x160
As a Director of Development and Community Partnership she is responsible for the agency’s public relations and advancement efforts and establishing and maintaining all community partnerships.
Amina’s passion for connecting community partners to the causes they care about and entrepreneurial passion has led her to launch numerous successful campaigns and fundraising events for multiple nonprofits. She believes in importance of developing meaningful and long-lasting community partnerships. She previously worked as a Marketing and Development Director at Family and Community Services Inc. (FCS). Before her time at FCS, Amina held number of leadership positions at Hope and Healing Survivor Resource Center of Summit and Medina Counties.
She is a graduate of Leadership Portage County class of 2019. Amina currently serves on the Board of Director for CANAPI-Community Aids Network/Akron Pride Initiative and is the Vice President of the Board for Stow-Munroe Falls Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active member of Tallmadge Rotary Club.
- B.A., Sociology/Criminology, The University of Akron
- Graduate- Leadership Portage County 2019
Sarfaraz Mohammad – Director of Information Technology • 330-253-4597 x194
Sarfaraz joined VANTAGE Aging in April 2012. As an IT Director he is responsible of overseeing the IT operations at all VANTAGE Aging locations. His goal is to make technology available to the VANTAGE Aging team to improve the agency’s efforts to support the aging population more efficiently. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems with a double major in E-Business Technologies from The University of Akron.
- B.S., Management Information Systems, The University of Akron
Jennifer Kanney-Beebe – Director of Home Wellness Solutions and Customer Care • 330-253-4597 x123
As Director of Home Wellness Solutions and Customer Care, 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
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.
- B.S. Business Administration from Rasmussen College
Lisa Mascellino – Director of Retired and Senior Volunteer Program • 330-253-4597
As Director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Lisa Mascellino oversees the nation’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older in seven Ohio counties. She engages older Ohioans who want to give back, fosters meaningful relationships between volunteers and community-based organizations, and measures impact at local and national levels.
She brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit, volunteer management, and community engagement to VANTAGE Aging. Previously, Lisa spent seven years as the Assistant Director of the Kent State University Alumni Association where she was responsible for the leadership of the alumni volunteer program. In this role, she was responsible for the organization of over 400 volunteers involved in an average of 75 events annually. In addition, Lisa has held various community engagement positions in organizations such as OhioGuidestone and Jobs for Ohio Graduates. Lisa enjoys giving back to the community and volunteers at various local nonprofit organizations. Her most current volunteer activity is with the Akron Area Society of Human Resource Management where she serves as the Social and Community Outreach Chair on the executive board.
Lisa holds an M.Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Akron and a B.A. in Individual and Family Development from Kent State University. She also holds a State of Ohio School Counselor Certification from Walsh University and is a member of the Women’s Network Authentic Leadership: Leading with Strength Class #9.
- M.Ed. in Community Counseling from the University of Akron
- B.A. in Individual and Family Development from Kent State University
- State of Ohio School Counselor Certification from Walsh University
In 2019, VANTAGE Aging was honored by the Healthy Business Council of Ohio for healthy worksite practices with a Bronze Award. The Healthy Worksite Award recognizes Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.