ESOP Welcomes New Class of Board Members

April 15, 2014


Diversified Board Experience Aimed at Building on Past Success and Seeking New Opportunities

CLEVELAND, OH –Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP) is proud to announce the election of six new board members who will help to build new programs and partnerships that further ESOP’s mission to foster the economic empowerment of disenfranchised communities through outreach, education and advocacy.


     "I am pleased to welcome all of our new board members and their commitment to advance ESOP's mission.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them and continue the legacy of our founder Inez Killingsworth." said Barbara Anderson, ESOP's Board President.


     “I’m very happy to have such a diverse and accomplished group of professionals join our dedicated board and staff members as we look at ways to expand our mission and programs to meet the emerging needs of the people we serve,” said Roslyn Quarto, ESOP’s Executive Director.


     The new members are already working on innovative solutions and partnerships that will help meet the needs of our low to moderate income communities and provide tools for economic stability and financial empowerment.


Here is a list of our new board members and their thoughts on joining ESOP’s dedicated team:


Brent J. Semachko

·        VP, Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

·        B.S, Political Science, Virginia Tech

o   “I joined ESOP’s board because I share in their passion for supporting individuals and their community and I hope to help them evolve and continue their mission.”

James Rudyk

·        Executive Director, Northwest Side Housing Center (Chicago, IL)

·        Young Professionals Board President, John Howard Association

·        MA, Northwestern University

·        BA, Race Studies, John Carroll University

·        Graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program 2012

o   “As a former staff member at ESOP, my passion and commitment to ESOP remain. I am looking forward to continuing the work of ESOP and provide guidance and oversight through my non-profit management and community organizing experience.” 

Angela Shuckahosee

·        Executive Director, Cleveland Tenants Organization

·        BA,  Political Communication, University of Kansas

·        MA, Public Administration, Cleveland State University

o   “I hope to help the organization through changes in the philanthropic climate as well as changes in programmatic execution.”

Sean Simmons

·        VP, Community Development Reporting Manager, Huntington National Bank

·        MBA, University of Pittsburgh

·        Board President, All-THAT, an afterschool teen mentoring program

o   “I have been inspired by ESOP’s dedication to the future of their mission, their respect for a storied history, and ultimately, their commitment to serving those with a weaker voice.”

Geneva Anderson

·        VP, Human Resources, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

·        BA, Marketing, Notre Dame College

·        MA, Labor Relations/Human Resources, Cleveland State University

·        Chair, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Cultural Diversity Training Committee

·        Member, Community Planning Advisory Committee (C-PAC), part of the Buckeye Shaker Square Development Corporation

·        Member, Human Resources Committee; (ADAMHSCC Board) Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County

·        Member, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)

·        Member, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Breast Cancer, Human Resources & Volunteer Committees

o    “I am a neighbor, member and employee of the community that ESOP serves. It is an honor to become a part of the Board, to not only fulfill my personal commitment, but also my professional commitment of enhancing our community through services needed; neighborhood redevelopment and community involvement.”

Leslie Yerkes, Ex-Officio

·        President, Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc. 

·        BA, Wittenberg University

·        MSODA, Case

·        WIRE-net Board

·        Friends of Max Hayes Board

·        Author

·        Speaker

·        Adjunct Faculty at CASE

o   “It is a privilege to support the mission of ESOP.”