Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Announces New Members of Banking Advisory Boards


The Cleveland Fed works with a wide range of business, civic and community leaders to gather information about current regional economic and business conditions. Near real-time observations from the advisory boards complement the Bank’s research, giving the Cleveland Fed a better picture of economic conditions in the Fourth District.

Business advisory boards

Members of the Business Advisory Council are leaders from a cross section of industry, community development, consumer and labor organizations in eight of the Fourth District metropolitan areas, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Pittsburgh , Erie, Pa.; Lexington, Kentucky and Wheeling, West Virginia. New members include:


  • Michelle Billings, Realtor and Past Chair of the Cincinnati Area Council of Realtors, Coldwell Banker Realty, Cincinnati

  • Dave Herche, President, HBH Holdings, Inc., Cincinnati

  • Jeff Rowe, President and CEO, Q Laboratories, Cincinnati


  • Leah Evans, President and CEO, Homeport, Columbus

  • Joe Hayek, Chief Financial Officer, Worthington Industries, Columbus

  • Mark Kirkendall, Vice President and Treasurer, M/I Homes, Inc., Columbus


  • Katie Ward, CEO and Owner, P&R Communications, Sidney, Ohio


  • Jon DeArment, President and COO, ChannelLock, Meadville, Pennsylvania


  • Eric Frankl, Executive Director, Blue Grass Airport, Lexington

  • Ouita Michel, Owner, Ouita Michel Restaurant Family, Midway, Kentucky

  • Allen Waugerman, President and CEO, Lexmark, Lexington


  • Amber Simonic, Executive Director, Calgon Carbon, Pittsburgh

  • Andrea Karkhanis, Director, Marketing Research, Visit Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board is comprised of experts and leaders who focus on economic development work and help inform the Cleveland Fed of current and emerging social and economic trends impacting underserved people and communities and to low income.

  • Kim Frazier, Director of Growth Initiatives, Entrepreneur Center, Dayton

  • Terry Gore, Senior Director of Financial Services and FinTech, JobsOhio, Columbus

  • Joyce P. Huang, Incoming Director of Urban Planning, City of Cleveland, Cleveland

  • Lark Mallory, President and CEO, Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, Columbus

  • Robie Suggs, Director of Loans, Cincinnati Development Fund, Cincinnati

Advisory Council of Community Depository Institutions

Members of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council are executives of commercial banks, savings and savings banks, and credit unions with assets of less than $10 billion.

  • Chuck Sulerzyski, President and CEO, Peoples Bank, Marietta, Ohio, has been named Chairman of the Board and will serve a second term.

The following board members were also appointed for a second term:

  • Melissa Ashley, President and CEO, Corporate One Federal Credit Union, Columbus

  • Bradley Murtiff, President and CEO, First Federal Community Bank of Bucyrus, Bucyrus, Ohio

The following people have been appointed for a first term on the Board:

  • Keith Borders, Vice President, Union Savings Bank and Guardian Savings Bank, Cincinnati

  • Leisha Maynard, President and CEO, Citizens Bank of Kentucky, Paintsville, Kentucky

  • Geneviève Oduor, Vice President, S&T Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania

  • Nichole Zesiger, President, The First National Bank of Dennison, Dennison, Ohio

Education Advisory Council

The Education Advisory Board helps the Bank’s Museum Education and Outreach department assess the effectiveness of its programming and implementation strategy.

  • Eric Gordon, Superintendent, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional reserve banks which, together with the Washington DC Board of Governors, make up the Federal Reserve System. As part of the U.S. central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our country’s monetary policy, oversees banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and the U.S. Treasury, and performs many activities that support the Federal Reserve’s system-wide operations. . In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities in the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide range of research, outreach, and education activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that includes Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky and northern West Virginia. For more information, visit www.clevelandfed.org or follow us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram or LinkedIn.


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