Drew Stelzer - President
Drew is from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in managerial economics. He was fortunate enough to become a Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, allowing him to give back and connect to the local community. Drew is involved with the Chagrin Falls Chamber of Commerce as well as The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. He works as a Financial Professional with Skylight Financial Group.
Seeking to be a part of a group that offers connections and growth, Drew joined The Professional Cleveland 20/30 Club. Within months of being with the club, he had connected both socially and professionally with a number of club members at various events.
He is excited about the growth of Cleveland over the past several years, and knows that Cleveland is “THE LAND” of limitless potential thanks to the amazing young professionals in this city. He believes these difference-makers involved with education, networking, entertainment, social, philanthropic, health care and entrepreneurial activities are the drivers of growth in this city.
Alex Schauer - President Elect
Alex is from Canton and attended the University of Cincinnati for his bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. Alex works for Schauer Group, Inc., his families independent insurance agency. He acts as a Client Executive within their Cleveland branch specializing in Healthcare & Tech companies as well as working with a multitude of other industries. Starting in the summer of 2017, he will be studying at the Weatherhead School of Business to obtain his MBA.
Alex resides in Cleveland's Warehouse District. In his spare time, Alex enjoys cooking, playing sports, and finding new places to enjoy in the city he now calls home.
Carly Boyd - Secretary
Carly grew up in Dublin, Ohio before attending the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While at the U of I, Carly studied broadcast journalism and television production. However, Carly wanted to branch into the study of law and attended law school at Case Western Reserve University. Despite having plans to use her Law, Technology & the Arts concentration, Carly fell into the area of family law. Carly’s current practice is solely focused on family law, including any matter before the Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division.
Mike Vuraich - Treasurer
Mike attended Ohio University where he obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Bachelors of Science in Sports Management. Mike is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and currently works as a Manager in the Assurance Department at BDO USA, LLP. He is a lifelong Clevelander and avid Cleveland sports fan. Mike joined The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club to connect, both professionally and socially, with other young professionals throughout the city.
Chris Diehl - General Counsel
Chris is a Northeast Ohio native and obtained his B.B.A. in Accounting from Ohio University and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is currently a Senior Associate with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, LLP's Cleveland office, with a focus on representing banks and other financial institutions in documenting commercial loan transactions. Chris resides in Westlake, with is wife, Allison, and their son, Ben.
Board of Directors
Elza Ter-Arutyunov - Communications Director
Elza grew up in Northeast Ohio -living both on the west and east sides of town at different parts of her life. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from John Carroll University and went on to get her MBA from Cleveland State University. After completing her MBA, Elza decided to pursue a dream she's had for a while, and moved abroad to live and volunteer. She lived in Armenia for a year and a half, volunteering, working and learning everything there was about her country.
In 2014, Elza moved back to Cleveland and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly and tremendously the city was changing. She had been a member of The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club before and was eager to rejoin upon her relocation back to the city.
In her free time, Elza loves exploring Cleveland's hidden corners, learning about Cleveland's history, practicing photography and traveling!
Corinna Bartholomew - Social Director
Corinna Emma Bartholomew is a graduate of the Walsh University Class of 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Shortly after, she attained her Registered Nurse licensure and began working as a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic, Hillcrest branch. She currently resides on the west side of Cleveland, but grew up in the small town of Uniontown, Ohio.
She is very glad she moved up to the city because she loves Cleveland and everything it has to offer. She is actively involved in several different organizations around Cleveland because of this. As the Social Director, she looks forward to planning exciting and interesting events for the young professionals of Cleveland, to showcase some of Cleveland’s hottest and trendiest spots. In her spare time she likes to travel, explore, attend church, paint, exercise, and spend time with her family and friends.
Melanie Raese - Philanthropy Director
Melanie is from Medina and attended Ohio University where she studied business and German. While studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria she developed a liking for meeting new people, learning the history and culture of cities and expanding her horizons with enriching experiences. After living in western Ohio for several years, Melanie is excited to be back in Cleveland. The city is thriving and has much to offer. She especially enjoys the waterfront, Cleveland sports, cultural events and the diverse food and craft microbrew scene. Melanie works at Travelers Insurance as an Account Executive for Management Liability Lines
Since returning to Cleveland, she has been expanding her professional and personal contacts and was introduced to The Professional Cleveland 20/30 Club. Melanie values the Club initiatives and joined the Board as the Philanthropy Director to both showcase what the city has to offer and to help members feel connected and engaged through volunteerism efforts in our communities.
Melissa Wollenberg - Membership Director
Melissa is a born and raised Clevelander currently living on the west side. She graduated from Baldwin Wallace college with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Business Administration and now works in Independence in the mortgage industry. She joined the board of The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club after playing on the Club's beach volleyball team and enjoying the many events around Cleveland the Club had to offer. Melissa loves health and fitness, especially races around Cleveland, rock climbing, volleyball, and yoga.
Mark Vondrak - Networking Director
Mark grew up in Sagamore Hills, Ohio and graduated from Nordonia High School in 2006 where he played football and baseball. He attended Bowling Green State University and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as an Accounting major in 2010. He also obtained an MBA from Cleveland State in 2013. Mark currently works at Quality Electrodynamics (QED), a manufacturer of medical equipment located in Mayfield Village, Ohio, where he is the Inventory Control Supervisor. Mark became a member of The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club in July 2014 because he was looking to contribute to the resurgence of Cleveland in a greater capacity, and in May 2015 was elected to position of Networking Director. Mark believes that the resurgence of Cleveland is real and the group of people that is going to make it sustainable is the young professionals here that really care about seeing Cleveland become a top-tier city once again.
Ian Seybold - Education Director
Ian attended the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee where he obtained a bachelors in Economics and an MBA. After graduating, he moved for work to the Cleveland area. He works for Airgas as a Financial Analyst.
In his free time Ian enjoys learning, sports, cooking, eating, beer and any kind of competition! Ian currently lives in Lakewood.
Dave Stokley - Sponsorship Director
Dave runs the Planned Giving department at The Cleveland Orchestra, is the founder of The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club’s Book Club, and runs the Club's corporate sponsorship program. He currently lives in the Edgewater neighborhood with his wife and dog. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Wittenberg University and a law degree at Ohio State.
Dave likes watching Cleveland sports, playing baseball and golf, enjoying Cleveland’s amazing craft beer scene, and meeting new people. He’s excited about the Club’s potential and looks forward to working on ways for the club to provide more value to its members and the city.
Aram Avetisyan - Technology Director
Aram grew up in Yerevan, Armenia and moved to the U.S. in 2000. He moved to Cleveland in 2013 to accept a job at Progressive Insurance, and currently works as a Sr. Systems Test Engineer in Quality Assurance.
Aram joined the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club in hopes of expanding his professional network and utilizing his technical skills to help advance the Club’s goals.
Aram enjoys the outdoors, traveling, playing music and drinking Armenian Cognac. He also enjoys exploring new places around the Cleveland area, constantly finding new breweries and interesting places to visit.
Kurtis Carman - Director At-Large
Kurtis grew up in Ashland, Ohio and studied accounting at Bowling Green State University before moving to Cleveland. He has spent the past 5 years working in public accounting for Bober Markey Fedorovich & Co. Kurtis has been a part of The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club since 2013 and served on the board as Networking Director, President-Elect and President from 2014 to 2017. He resides in Lakewood, loves playing sports, enjoying the outdoors, eating good food and drinking craft beer.
Jesse DiFranco - Director At-Large
Working in the advertising industry, Jesse Difranco likes to keep up to date on new trends and communicating with others is the best way to get that accomplished. With a degree in Communications from Kent State, Jesse loves coming across different kinds of people and learning their hobbies and passions. As a Cleveland native, he also wants to know all he can about the amazing things this great city has to offer - the Club serves all of these functions.
When not at a Club event, Jesse works as an Assistant Account Executive for Marcus Thomas. When not working or networking, he's most likely nurturing his love for film by watching, writing or acting in independent projects around Cleveland.