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18th Annual Movers & Shakers Awards recipients:

   Christina Allio | Assistant Brand Manager

Christina Allio works for The J.M. Smucker Co. as an Assistant Brand Manager. She has been with Smucker for three years and is a graduate of John Carroll University’s Boler College of Business. In her spare time, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Young Professionals of the American Cancer Society in Cleveland. She's been a volunteer with ACS for eight years and has held several leadership positions. Recently, she was selected as one of the 100+ Latinos Cleveland Must Know in 2023.

  Emily Brunkalla | Manager, Donor Experience

Emily currently serves as the Manager of Donor Experience at United Way of Greater Cleveland. She also works for the Arc of Ohio as a Direct Service Provider. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Music (French horn) from Baldwin Wallace University. Inspired by her sister, Emily volunteers at GiGi’s Playhouse. In 2021, Emily was diagnosed with alopecia. Undeterred, she has turned her adversity into advocacy, raising awareness of the autoimmune disease and supporting the recently diagnosed.

  Leah Cordy | CEO & Founder

Leah Cordy is the Founder & CEO of Hope's Landing, a nonprofit social enterprise that employs survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. After working at a women's safe house, she was inspired to find new ways to help survivors get back on their feet, and thus Hope's Landing was born. She earned both a BA and MBA from Heidelberg University and currently also works for Geenex Solar as the Director of Community Relations.

  Paige Crawford | Program Coordinator, Student Basic Needs Grant

Paige Crawford was born in Cleveland and raised in East Cleveland, OH. Paige graduated sixth in her high school class of 100 students. She went on to graduate one year early from Bowling Green State University in 2015 with her bachelor's degree in journalism. Since then, Paige has earned two master’s degrees and has joined several community organizations across Cleveland. Paige attributes all her success to her mother, who has always motivated her to be self-less in her work of helping others.

  Daniel DiDonato | Supervisor, Creative Services

Daniel DiDonato is a supervisor of Creative Services at Cardinal Health—a global, integrated healthcare services and products company that ranks among the top 25 on the Fortune 500. In his current role, Daniel oversees design for the at-Home Solutions business within the Medical segment and is responsible for the visual representation of the Edgepark and Cardinal Health at-Home brands across all touchpoints from concept to completion.

  Katherine (Katy) Dzurisin | Design Quality Engineering Manager

Katy started her career at Zimmer in Warsaw, Indiana, as a Design Quality Engineer. Over the next few years, she held various quality engineering roles in the medical device industry. In 2020, she re-joined Zimmer Biomet as a Senior Design Quality Engineer, transitioned to an Assoc. Quality Manager in 2021, and then a Quality Manager in 2022. She currently is an interim Lead in Design Quality Engineering, directing a team of engineers on new product launches and strategic alliances.

  Meganne Evans | School Performances Coordinator |

Meganne Evans is a theater administrator from Youngstown, OH. While earning her BFA in Theater at Youngstown State University, she worked at SMARTS Community Art School, volunteered 60 hours per year as a part of the Honors College, and participated in multiple productions as a performer and stage manager. After graduating summa cum laude in May 2023, Meganne now works at Playhouse Square, coordinating school performances for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

  Dr. Alexa Fiffick, DO, MBS, MSCP | CEO & Founder of Concierge Medicine of Westlake

Dr. Alexa Fiffick is owner of Concierge Medicine of Westlake.   Her practice offers individualized plans, addressing patient’s specific health needs.  She empowers patients to take an active role in their health through education and resources to make informed decisions.  Dr. Fiffick received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Biomedical Sciences at Commonwealth Medical College, and medical degree from Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine.

  Wesam Helou | Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer 

Wesam Helou is the Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Cleveland State University seamlessly navigating the digital landscape, shaping and securing the online experience for students, faculty, staff, and community members.  In addition, Wesam most recently was appointed as Interim Associate Vice President for Facilities where he oversees the vast physical campus summing over 85 acres – the largest footprint in downtown Cleveland – with over 40 buildings used for teaching, research, housing, administration, and recreation.  Wesam is also pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus in Information Technology at CSU. 

  Eli Kalil | Health Systems Specialist

Eli joined the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System as a Health System Specialist through the Presidential Management Fellows program in May 2022. In this role, he assists the executive leadership team with initiatives surrounding strategic planning, project management, facility operations, budget analysis, and more. Eli also is a member of the Kent State University National Alumni Board, Young Professionals Council of the NEO American Red Cross, and on the Associate Board for A Kid Again.

  Brenden Kelley | Attorney

Brenden Kelley is a dedicated attorney with deep legal roots. His upbringing by lawyers, including his father, a trial lawyer, and mother, a former judge, instilled a strong sense of justice. Overcoming family challenges with the legal system, he founded his firm to provide honest, affordable services for small businesses and victims of legal malpractice. Starting in his apartment, he now leads a thriving team, upholding his family's legacy with steadfast dedication to justice.

  Austin Kirkland | CEO

Austin, a visionary CEO, forges transformative partnerships with organizations like Digital C, Metro Health Hospital, and Coca-Cola. His expertise in budget management, digital marketing, and leadership drives remarkable results at Millennial Pro. As VP of Delta Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he passionately champions community empowerment. Austin's unwavering commitment to progress leaves an indelible mark in all his endeavors, making him a true catalyst for change.

  Susan Kuilder | Experiential Marketing Manager

Susan Kuilder is on The Board for The Circle, friends of the Cleveland Orchestra. She is a member of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, serving on their Young Professionals Advisory Committee and as a Citizen Diplomat. She devotes her time to the advisory panel for Pope's Cocktails, managing social media for The Vatican, and creating interactive experiences as an emcee for Real Popfusion. She strives to make Cleveland a more engaging and interesting place for all of us.

  Samia Mansour | Asst. Dean and Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Samia Mansour (MSW, LSW), Assistant Dean and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life at Oberlin College, is a seasoned nonprofit professional with over a decade of experience championing diverse representation. Previously, she's worked with organizations supporting college students, interfaith couples & families, and women & gender non-conforming folks. As a lifelong Ohioan and graduate of both Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University, Samia is committed to serving her community.

  Danielle Mihalcea | Research Associate

Dani Mihalcea currently serves as the main Researcher for the Cleveland Foundation. In her role, she works to develop strategic research processes and is also Chair of the foundation's NextGen Committee. She holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in international relations from CSU. She is currently pursuing her MPA at CSU. Additionally, Dani serves on the boards of Ohio Prospect Research Network on the Young Professional Advisory Council for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

  Bethany Monteiro | Community Outreach Education Coach

Bethany Monteiro is a trauma-informed care programs creator and facilitator. A Peace Corps Alumna with a B.A. in Neuroscience. She had been managing and directing local, nonprofit programs up until autumn 2023, when she enthusiastically joined The MetroHealth System's Trauma Recovery Center. She currently works at MetroHealth, volunteers at community events, advocates for mental health care, serves on community boards, mentors youth, and provides international trauma-informed care consulting.

  Jasmine Moses, M.Ed. | Universal Pre-Kindergarten Regional Resource Coordinator

Jasmine Moses currently works for Starting Point where she is a Regional Resource Coordinator for the  Universal Pre-Kindergarten program. Jasmine has always loved her work with children and families. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Interprofessional Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on ECE and is set to defend in August of 2024. She enjoys being able to connect with site administrators, teachers, families, and children as she works to advocate for the ECE field.

  Minhtri Nguyen | Oncology & Hematology Physician

Dr. Minhtri Nguyen is an Oncology and Hematology physician at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a certified executive coach, blending his clinical practice, leadership experience and research to develop clinical leaders. He facilitates leadership programming, coaches and works as a consultant to clinical leaders utilizing evidence-based approaches from his emotions research and academic work in leadership. His health disparities work has been featured by professional medical journals and media.

  Dr. HerMaya Onunwor, DSW, LISW-S | Vice President of Clinical Compliance

Dr. Her is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Supervisor Designee status in the state of Ohio. She’s a triple-degreed social worker, holding a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Social Work from Case Western Reserve University, and a Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Her currently serves as Vice President of Clinical Compliance at Motivo Health.  Dr. Her is an advocate for social workers entering non-traditional roles; she frequently presents at universities and conferences, shedding light on the invaluable contributions of social workers in the tech space. Additionally, she serves as a Mental Health Advocate and Consultant, leveraging technology to address mental well-being needs through self-help guides and journals.

  Andrew Roth | CEO & Founder

Andrew, 25, is the Founder and CEO at dcdx, a Gen Z research & advisory firm helping brands attract Gen Z. Andrew and his work has been featured in outlets like the NYT, WSJ, Fast Co, and BBC, alongside working with some of the world’s top brands like Spotify, Chipotle, L’OrĂ©al, Hinge, and many more.  Andrew graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2021, and before returning to Cleveland was traveling the world and working remotely to build the company - and the lifestyle - of his dreams.

  William Skoch | Investment Sales Associate

William is an Associate at Marcus and Millichap, and is a member of the Healthcare Real Estate Group where he specializes in the sales of veterinary and dental buildings. He is a native Clevelander, and a graduate of Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Business and served as both Student Body President and as a Resident Assistant. In his free time, he enjoys sailing on Lake Erie and spending time with his family.

  RosaLia Spinner | Program Manager II, Community & Economic Development

RosaLia is an engaged public health professional working to address health and racial inequities and improve health outcomes across NE Ohio. As Program Manager for Community and Economic Development at Cleveland Clinic, she is responsible for building and strengthening partnerships, overseeing place-based investments, and leading various community initiatives in collaboration with residents and Community Development Corporations.

  Cole Ware | Program Manager

Cole is a community organizer and public policy professional. He is a program manager at Results for America, where he helps government leaders use data to promote economic mobility. He has led placemaking and revitalization efforts in Cleveland Heights, and serves on the city’s Transportation and Mobility Committee and GCRTA’s Community Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s OnBoard program and the federal government’s Presidential Management Fellowship.

  Maxwell Watters | Chief Investment Officer

After graduating from Case Western Reserve in 2018, Maxwell began a successful career of acquiring and growing businesses. Over the past six years, Maxwell has spearheaded M&A transactions in the oil & gas, renewable energy, infrastructure, and automotive manufacturing industries. Maxwell now serves as Chief Investment Officer of Fiber Capital Partners, a fully integrated digital infrastructure company focused on providing high quality fiber internet to rural areas of Ohio and the US.

  Dr. Lilian White, MD| Physician & Founder of Empowered Health

Dr. Lilian White, MD, ABFM is a family physician passionate about functional medicine and holistic care. Dr. White recently founded her own independent practice, Empowered Health, in October 2023 with the vision to reimagine primary care. With unrushed visits, minimal wait times, direct communication with the physician, and a holistic, human-centered approach to care, she is building a truly unique way of caring for the community.