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Board of Directors

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Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., President

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics in the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University (SUNY).  More

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Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., Vice President

Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., is Director of Empirical Research of the Human Flourishing Program at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.  More

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Cathy M. Lewis, Secretary

Cathy M. Lewis served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of The Cleveland Foundation, the nation’s first and second largest community foundation, with assets of $1.6 billion, from 2001–2003.  More

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Ensign Cowell

Ensign Cowell hails from northern New Jersey and settled in Cleveland, Ohio working for several public companies in corporate finance and strategic planning. Following that he joined a fledging investment/wealth management company and stayed in this field for almost forty years.  More

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Joni Marra, Esq.

After a successful career in the for-profit segment, including 10 years as an industrial sales representative and 13 years as an attorney who rose through the organization to lead a major business unit of Westlaw (now Thomson Reuters), Joni chose to exit the hectic race to the top of the corporate ladder, enter the nonprofit world, do good and give back.  More

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Thomas Jay Oord, Ph.D.

Thomas Jay Oord, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho where he is a multiple-award winning lecturer.  More

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Kathy Pender MA, LPCC

Kathy was born in the Cleveland area and grew up with two brothers and a sister. She lives in the area with her husband. She has three adult children (one deceased) and five grand children who also live in the Cleveland area.  More

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Jo-Ann T. Triner, EdD

Drawing wisdom from a lifetime of leadership roles, Jo-Ann Triner writes with authority on the soul-deep issues. She brings to her work a doctor’s degree in educational administration, decades of labor-advocacy research and twenty-four years of service in the field.  More

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Susan Wentz, MD MS

An experienced educator, Susan Wentz, MD MS, is dedicated to advancing meaningful medical student development, nourishing their humanity and compassionate care of patients. Diverse experiential programs inspire student growth, serving as a touchstone for inner goals.  More