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Cleveland Clinic Names New Member To Board Of Directors Five New Members To Board Of Trustees

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cleveland Clinic has elected a new member to its Board of Directors and five new members to its Board of Trustees in 2014, representing the areas of real estate, manufacturing, restaurant management, private equity, building and property management, civic boards, and the arts.

Ronald E. Weinberg, director and principal of the Weinberg Capital Group, a Cleveland-based private equity firm, was elected to the 21-member Board of Directors June 2. Previously, Weinberg served as chairman and CEO of Hawk Corp., a global  manufacturer of specialized brake and clutch materials.  He  also served as a past Chairman of the Board  of Trustees of  Cleveland State University,  and  on other boards relating to health care and education.

As the primary governing body of Cleveland Clinic, the Board of Directors is responsible for the health system’s operations and affairs, ensuring that Cleveland Clinic is governed consistent with its charitable mission and its status as an Ohio nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt charitable organization. The Board of Directors also includes four physicians who are members of Cleveland Clinic’s professional staff.

Members of both the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees are selected on the basis of their experience and expertise in a variety of areas beneficial to the Cleveland Clinic health system. As volunteers, board members are not compensated for their services.

The 47-member Board of Trustees serves in an advisory role to the Board of Directors, with Trustees actively serving on the committees of the Board of Directors.

The newly elected trustees are:

  • Sam Covelli, president of Covelli Enterprises, was elected Feb. 3, 2014. Warren-based Covelli Enterprises employs more than 20,000 people and is the largest franchisee of Panera Bread, with over 250 cafes that have participated in campaigns to support autism, cancer and cardiovascular programs at Cleveland Clinic in recent years. Covelli also sits on the VelaSano steering committee and the Ohio State University Athletics Campaign Committee.
  • Jeffrey I. Friedman, chairman, president and CEO of Associated Estates Realty Corporation, was elected Feb. 3, 2014. Associated Estates is a real estate investment trust headquartered in suburban Cleveland that owns, manages and develops rental apartment communities nationwide. Friedman is involved in national and local civic and charitable organizations and was honored by Ernst & Young as an “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2011.
  • Harley Gross, a partner at Gross Builders, was elected Feb. 3, 2014. North Royalton-based Gross Builders builds homes and develops and manages thousands of apartment units. Gross currently chairs Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute Leadership Board and had previously served on the board of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute from 2008 to 2010. He formerly served as the vice chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees; on the Board of Directors of Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation; and was formerly the chairman of the board of  the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
  • Debbie A. Crawford, former McKinsey & Company consultant and executive director of Red {an orchestra}, was elected April 7, 2014. As a consultant, Crawford served numerous industries, but her passion was working with healthcare clients in areas of strategic analysis, cost reduction and organization capabilities. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Hathaway Brown School; is Parent Chair for the University School Campaign; and was formerly Trustee and Treasurer for the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation.
  • Anthony A. “Tony” Petrarca,    president of Cedarwood Development, Inc. and chairman of Tri-C Construction Company, Inc., was elected April 7, 2014.Cedarwood and Tri-C are Akron-based companies that have developed and constructed millions of square feet of commercial, retail, apartments and hotels in 43 states. He also serves as a trustee of the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation in Florida; is a past chairman of the board of Kent State University; and served on the American Heart Association board as its first non-medical president.

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