Towards Employment announces board leadership, president from Hudson


Cleveland - Towards Employment, a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering individuals to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through employment, announced new officers and six new members to serve on the organization's Board of Directors.

Board officer appointments are effective for a one-year term and new board members were installed with three-year terms.

Board officer appointments include: President Ellen Wisbar of Hudson, director, CBIZ; Vice President Brian Lamb, partner, Thompson Hine LLP; Treasurer Rory O'Donnell, director of accounting and reporting, Cliffs Natural Resources; Secretary Jack Goldwood, partner, Tucker Ellis LLP.

New board members include: Brent Blouch, director, HR operations, Swagelok; Suzanne Blum, shareholder, Thacker Martinsek; Tracey Coats, project specialist, Eaton Corporation; Thomas Greene, vice president, human resources, Medical Mutual of Ohio; Lessie Milton Jones, attorney, Dominion East Ohio; and Kathy Tatman of Hudson, partner, The D'Amore Tatman Group LLC.

"We are very pleased to announce board leadership appointments and welcome six new individuals to our board of directors," said Jill Rizika, executive director, "Their broad experience and proven business leadership will serve Towards Employment well."

Towards Employment also expresses its thanks for dedicated service to Fred Bauer, Stephen Jenkins, Gwen Smith and Larry Dean Vandendriessche, who are rolling off the board after the completion of their terms.

For more information about Towards Employment's board, visit

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