Dan Norris - President
Daniel (Dan) Norris is extremely pleased and humbled to be selected to serve as the President of the Cleveland 20/30 Club for 2023. Previously Dan held the role of the Technology Director and President-Elect, which allowed him to meet some of our amazing members, while finding opportunities to help build the club to be successful for another 20 years.
Originally from a small town in Southeast Ohio, Dan attended Ohio University for his undergraduate. Upon graduation his career path took a much different route than expected, and he started working in the technology industry. After a few years of working in various technology roles and relocating to Cleveland he made the decision to return to school to seek a degree in Software Engineering, then continue to pursue his MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics, graduating in 2022.
What Dan enjoys most about the Cleveland 20/30 Club is the members and the events. Until he started going to our Around Town events, he had never been to another networking event where you can walk into the middle of a group conversation, and the entire group welcomes you in as if you were part of the conversation the entire time. The 20/30 Club offers a wide range of events too, ensuring that there is something for almost everyone. If you’re trying to professionally network, learn something new, or bond over a shared interest, there is probably an event for you.
Marcus Madison - President Elect
Marcus Madison currently serves as Community Relations Program Manager at the Cleveland Clinic. He has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, philanthropy, local government, and healthcare, where he has demonstrated his passion and skills for community-driven initiatives, transformative leadership, and capacity building. He holds a Master of Science in Positive Organization Development & Change from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies and Nonprofit Administration from Cleveland State University.
Madison is also a five-term City Councilmember, a former candidate for the Ohio State Senate, and a Co-Interim Director for a countywide non-profit affiliate. He has been nationally recognized as one of the best and brightest progressive leaders by the Young Elected Officials Network. He is a member and active participant in various community organizations and projects that focus on engagement, diversity, and inclusion. He believes in the inherent goodness of people and enjoys working on issues that help drive and advance communities forward. He is a compassionate professional with a mission to build better neighborhoods and strengthen organizational systems.
Devney Ayers - Secretary
Devney is a creative problem-solver and passionate about helping others achieve their dreams, which is why she is the ideal secretary for our Board of Directors.
Professionally, Devney is a Legal Recruiter for gpac where she helps attorneys and paralegals enhance their careers with new opportunities.
During the pandemic, Devney initiated and hosted monthly social networking events with the Club using the icebreaker platform and is excited to attend in-person events as a Board member. In her second year as Secretary, Devney looks forward to utilizing her organizational skills to help the Club grow and flourish.
In her free time, she loves to attend concerts, spend time with friends and explore all of the magic Cleveland has to offer.
Spencer Klema - Treasurer
Spencer grew up in Austintown, Ohio, and moved to Cleveland in 2017 to attend Cleveland State University. He majored in finance and also received a minor in economics. Throughout his time in college, he was a member of the Freshman & Sophomore Business Association and the Student Managed Investment Fund where he served as one of the portfolio managers. Following graduation, he began working for KeyBank in their treasury department.
Spencer joined The Cleveland 20/30 Club in 2021 and began attending events to connect with other young professionals, meet new friends and become more involved with the community to align with a good mission. He previously served on the Marketing committee where he would assist in the communication and promotion of events through social media.
Outside of work, Spencer enjoys exploring Cleveland’s local food scenery, spending time on the lake, exercising, attending sporting events and connecting with others. He also hopes to travel inside and outside the country more often over the next few years.
Carly Boyd - General Counsel
Carly Boyd, originally of Dublin, Ohio attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign studying broadcast journalism and television production before attending law school at Case Western Reserve University. She is currently employed at Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz while focusing her practices on domestic relations involving divorce, custody, support matters and litigation.
She joined The 20/30 Club as a transplant from outside Cleveland, wanting to connect with the city and meet young professionals. The Cleveland 20/30 Club provided her the opportunity to explore restaurants and galleries while learning about the community.
Outside of her professional career and The 20/30 Club, Carly is taking tennis lessons and is an ally of Cleveland PFLAG. She currently lives in Chagrin Falls and has enjoyed exploring the Cleveland Metroparks with her dog, Clancy.
Board of Directors
Mercedes Bell - Education Director
Proudly serving on the board for the 2022-2024 term, Mercedes, born and raised on the eastside of Cleveland; grew up in the Greater Cleveland area where she has dedicated her time working for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for 8 years as an Executive Assistant in the Curriculum and Instruction department. She earned her BS in Business Management from Grambling State University, followed by an MBA from South University. Mercedes’s career in the Education and in non-profit field has given her the ability and confidence to educate, mentor and help others to grow, learn and achieve their goals. Mercedes has volunteered with non-profit organizations such as Minds Matter, True 2 U, and most recently College Now giving back to students in the community.
She is a product of Cleveland Public schools and is actively involved in giving back her time to other CMSD students. In Mercedes free time she loves hanging out and taking care of her two year old son while maintaining her Mobile Boutique. She loves educating others on how to start a business and has given free classes for those who are seeking informative information on how to start a successful business. Mercedes is a published author, dedicated mother and an entrepreneur that is ready to serve as the Education Director to make an impact, build relationships and to help deliver and establish meaningful educational workshops and events.
Eileen On - Communications Director
Eileen is excited to serve as the Communications Director for the 2023-2024 term! Born and raised in Parma, she realized how much Cleveland has to offer as an adult and still loves playing tourist in her own city. Eileen obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Walsh University. She is currently an Analyst for the Order Management department at Nestle.
A few things Eileen wants to share with you! She is a foodie through and through, so if you know of great restaurants in Cleveland, feel free to pass it her way. Eileen loves traveling and exploring, as though she’s a local resident. Her goal is to explore all 50 states- driving through does not count! Eileen’s love of event planning and organizing events ranges from Team Building to planning get-togethers with her friends. All of the above truly brings her so much joy!
Eileen joined The Cleveland 20/30 Club to find that sense of community and give back in any way that she can. From large scale events such as the Around Towns to more intimate events such as the Global Gourmet Dinners, Eileen loves that the club offers a variety of activities. She’s excited to attend more events throughout this year and meet more members who have the same passion!
Danielle Smith - Marketing Director
Danielle is extremely excited to be serving on the board as the Marketing Director to expand the club’s outreach by creating a brand message that really speaks with our Cleveland professionals. Originally raised in Ohio, she spent her college years in New York and early career days in New Mexico, and is thrilled to return as a Cleveland Boomerang. She heard about the club through the incredible Welcome to Cleveland group, where she has bonded with several new members and quickly realized her passion to bring the club to even greater heights!
Danielle works as a Sales Director for a national housewares brand that specializes in grow kits, seed starter kits, engagement kits, and other trendy sustainable products. She has spent several years in the CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods) industry and has a strong background in utilizing marketing tools for eye catching sell sheets, brand messaging in the market, merchandising aesthetics and more.
Danielle has also served as the Social Committee Director in both previous companies she has worked, bringing value to the organizations and their employees with team building events that break down silos between departments. These events have ranged from planning cook-outs, happy hours, fundraisers, holiday parties, outdoor competitions, and spear heading special events such as Hermes Corporate Cup in Cleveland, which allowed employees to compete against other local companies and strengthen their networking. As an avid Yelp Elite for 8 years, Danielle is also excited to continue exploring all the great Cleveland foodie spots, and can’t wait to meet you at an event soon!
Derek Menzies - Membership Director
Derek is thrilled to be serving on the board as the Membership Director for 2023-2024 year. With a unique background in analytics, business and psychology, Derek will be utilizing his diverse skillset to recruit and onboard new members into the organization. He hopes to foster innovation in Cleveland by connecting young professionals and providing them with a supportive community.
As a native of the West Side, Derek was born and raised in Elyria and had lived in North Olmsted for several years. He recently moved back to his hometown after purchasing his family's home. He initially attended Cleveland State University for his Bachelor's Degree but later returned to his alma mater to earn his Master's Degree in industrial-organizational psychology. Currently, Derek is a key account manager specializing in e-commerce sales.
As a Cleveland enthusiast, Derek enjoys the city's music scene, visiting new destinations, touring museums and breweries, and attending the various cultural festivals that are hosted within Northeast Ohio.
Makenzie Dorring - Philanthropy Director
Makenzie (she/her) is overjoyed to be serving as the Philanthropy Director for the 2023-2025 term after spending a year serving on the Philanthropy Committee. Originally from Oregon, OH, Makenzie attended The University of Toledo receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently an engineering consultant at RQM+.
She is a proud volunteer of Lake Humane Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio, Phi Sigma Rho National Sorority, and Engage! Cleveland. She also leads Book Club each month! As Director of Philanthropy, Makenzie is excited to plan local volunteering events, donation drives, and most importantly, Stuff the Stocking!
In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, going to concerts (especially at Mahall’s and Grog Shop), fostering dogs and puppies, and spending time with her 6 pets!
Nick Sondag - Technology Director
Nick was born and raised in Omaha Nebraska and studied computer engineering at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He was hired as an IT intern for one of Oatey’s manufacturing plants. Nick took a corporate IT job with the company seven years ago, relocating to their corporate headquarters in Cleveland and now is the Director of IT Infrastructure for Oatey.
This is Nick’s second year working for the club, serving last year on the technology committee before taking over as director. He has also assisted planning hikes for the club and taking photos at events.
Emily Pentecost - Social Director
Emily is excited to be serving as the Social Director for the 2022-2024 term. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated from John Carroll University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a major in marketing. Emily currently works at Brouse McDowell, LPA as a Marketing Events Coordinator.
Emily joined the Cleveland 20/30 Club to meet new professionals in the area. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the local food scene (check out @thingsivebeeneating on Instagram!), attending Cleveland sporting events, learning about Cleveland's rich architectural history, and traveling. She currently resides in Downtown Cleveland with her Bengal cat, Pippen.
Gabe Wasylko - Networking Director
Gabe Wasylko is a Cleveland-based landscape, cityscape, portrait and sports photographer who specializes in documenting the city's beauty and vibrant future each day. At the start of 2021, Wasylko made a pledge to take and post one photo of Cleveland a day to social media to document his growth as a photographer. What started as a quest to learn photography better flourished into a business that celebrates the beauty of Northeast Ohio to tens of thousands of followers daily.
While pursuing Mathematics and Political Science degrees at The College of Wooster, Wasylko spent eight years with the Cleveland Guardians' AA-Affiliate Akron RubberDucks as their Creative Services Coordinator. During his stint with the team, Wasylko pioneered the team’s dynamic branding, marketing and social media efforts to engage fans in the ever-changing Minor League Baseball landscape. In May of 2021, Wasylko joined Destination Cleveland as their Social Media Manager, where he has led social media and marketing efforts around some of Cleveland’s largest events - including the 2021 NFL Draft, 2022 NBA All-Star Game and the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Named Cleveland Scene’s 'Top Photographer of 2022' and one of Cleveland Magazine’s ‘Most Interesting People of 2023,’ Wasylko has a passion for showcasing the people, businesses and initiatives that make up the city’s bright future.
Sean Cain - Sponsorship Director
At Large Directors
Polly Mytinger - President Emeritus
Polly (she|her), originally from the great state of Kansas, is delighted to continue serving our members as the President Emeritus. Polly has had the honor of serving on this board in various capacities. During her time as the Philanthropy Director, Polly reimagined our fundraising structure and implemented new strategies that are continuously breaking organizational records three years in a row to help support local nonprofits during the holiday season. Polly is eager to bring her talents to supporting her talented board.
Polly currently works for the Alzheimer's Association as the Walk Director for Walk to End Alzhemier’s-Cleveland. Her work fuels care and support for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and all other dementia in all communities. She has also supported additional organizations such as Cleveland Play House, Cleveland International Film Festival, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and FutureHeights. She also serves on the Young Professional Advisory Board for Cornerstone of Hope, and was nominated for her work in philanthropy in 2019 as a Young Professional of the Year for the Young NonProfit Professionals Network Cleveland Chapter (YNPN).
Polly received her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Stephens College. During her downtime, you can find Polly enjoying the vibrant arts and culture scene here in Cleveland, mastering a new board game, attempting a new recipe in the kitchen, or volunteering at a local nonprofit.
Melinda McNutt - Program Director
Melinda was proud to serve as President during the Club’s 20th anniversary year. After being named a Top 25 Under 35 Young Professional in 2019, she joined the board starting as Social Director. During her time as Social Director, she planned our signature Around Town event where 100 young professionals gathered each month for networking. As President-Elect, she planned the 15th annual Movers and Shakers award ceremony and launched the Movers and Shakers Alumni group. As President, she established programs such as Wine Club, Summer of Fun, Golf Club, and Welcome to Cleveland. As the newly established Program Director, she looks forward to growing these signature programs which have all helped to increase Professional Membership.
Melinda is a sales and marketing professional with a background in community and economic development. Melinda works as an account manager at GIE Media and has collaborated with and consulted for several organizations, including Team NEO, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and the Small Business Development Center.
Since moving to Cleveland in 2016, she has volunteered for organizations including Engage! Cleveland's Leadership Council, the Downtown Cleveland Alliance's City Advocate Board, the JumpStart Leaders Council, and is currently a member of the Phriends Group. Melinda is a 2020 graduate of the Levin School of Urban Planning where she obtained her Master of Science degree in Urban Studies. Melinda is a proud homeowner who resides in the West Boulevard neighborhood with her American Eskimo, Leo.
2022 - Polly Mytinger
2021 - Melinda McNutt
2020 - Kara Whaley,
2019 - Corinna Bartholomew
2018 - Alex Schauer
2017 - Drew Stelzer
2016 - Kurtis Carman
2015 - Sarah Gray
2014 - Jeff Sobieraj
2013 - Lindsey Polichuck
2012 - Gautam Pai
2011 - Andrew Bennett
2010 - Andrew Walleck
2009 - Dan Young
2008 - Ryan Anderson
2007 - Brian Klecan
2006 - Ann Netzel
2005 - Brandon Davis
2004 - Adam Tomlinson
2001 - Luke Elsass