Board of Trustees
Carter Strang, President
Carter Strang is a Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Leader-in-Residence, chair of the board of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and a retired Tucker Ellis LLP founding partner. He is a past president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), the CMBA Foundation, and the Federal Bar Association (Northern Ohio Chapter). As an attorney, he created two award-winning initiatives to increase diversity in the legal profession. A former Shaker Heights High School teacher and coach, he received the Jennings Scholar Award for outstanding teaching. He created the Shaker Schools Foundation’s Fred Heinlen Fund, which helps support Shaker Baseball. He served as a citizen member of two Shaker City Council committees and is past president of the Shaker Youth Hockey Association. He holds B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Kent State University and a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Carter is married to Deedra Siegel Strang, a retired Mercer Elementary School speech pathologist, and their five sons are Shaker graduates. In addition to serving as SSF president, he serves on the board’s Governance Committee.
Cathy Zbanek, Vice President
Cathy Zbanek, a member of the Shaker Class of 1991, is Chief Synergy Officer at Third Federal Savings and Loan, where she is responsible for fostering the internal synergy of the organization as well as customer engagement. She formerly worked in the management consulting groups at Waterstone Consulting and Price Waterhouse Coopers. She holds a B.A. in economics and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Brian and has three sons, one of whom currently attends Shaker Heights High School. In addition to serving as secretary, she serves on the board’s Governance Committee.
Cathy Belk, Treasurer
Cathy Belk is the president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation. She is the former president of JumpStart and also has held management positions at American Greetings, the Coca-Cola Company, the Procter & Gamble Company, and Bank of America. Cathy earned a B.A. in economics from Davidson College and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She and her husband Jim, an intervention specialist at Fernway Elementary school, live in the Mercer neighborhood and are the parents of two sons, both graduates of Shaker. In addition to serving as treasurer, she serves on the board’s Finance Committee.
Ramona Lowery, Secretary
Ramona Lowery has 24 years of public service experience and currently serves as commissioner of the City of Cleveland’s water pollution control (sewer) department. She is a 1989 graduate of Shaker Heights High School. Ramona began her career at WPC in 1996 as the first woman and first Black engineer on staff. In 2017, Ramona received the “Cleveland Hometown Heroes, Poverty to Power” Black History award for her community leadership. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Cleveland State University and a dual master’s of business administration and public administration from the University of Phoenix. Ramona is also an ACE Mentor Program board member. She and her husband are the parents of a Shaker graduate and a current Shaker student. Ramona serves on the board’s Corporate Committee.
Jennifer Lawry Adams
Jennifer Lawry Adams is a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP where she is a co-group leader of the health care practice group and chair of the firm’s Women In Law and Leadership Committee. Her practice is focused on a range of disciplines, including health care transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and a variety of corporate law matters. She is a 1988 graduate of Shaker Heights High School. She earned her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Jennifer and her husband Daniel live in the Boulevard neighborhood and have three children, one a Shaker graduate and two that are currently in the Shaker Schools. She serves on the board’s Finance Committee and on the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame Committee.
Kevin L. Clayton
Kevin L. Clayton is Senior Vice President, Head of Social Impact and Equity for the Cleveland Cavalier Operating Company, where he is responsible for developing and leading the D&I strategic plan for all Cavalier properties. He is also board chair for Community Health Charities, a national health organization focused on building healthy communities and also serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Urban League and the City Club of Cleveland. Previously, he was chief diversity and inclusion officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, the United States Tennis Association, and the American Cancer Society. Kevin is a 1977 graduate of Shaker Heights High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business management from Wilmington College (Ohio), where he was also co-captain of the basketball team. He also holds a degree in business management and administration from North Carolina Central University. He will serve on the Greater Cleveland Educational Roundtable established by the Shaker Schools Foundation.
Nicol Coxon is a former CPA and mergers and acquisitions consultant. She has been an active PTO member, having served as a Co-President of both PTO Council and Boulevard Elementary, and as a member of the advisory committee during the District’s strategic planning process. She has held board and leadership roles in several nonprofit organizations including Shaker Youth Soccer Association and New One Shaker, and is currently part of the advisory committee for the Forward Together facilities master planning process. She holds a BA in Accountancy from Miami University. She is the parent of two Shaker students and a recent graduate. Nicol serves on the Foundation’s Grants Distribution Committee.
Mity Fowler is an active volunteer in Shaker Schools, including serving as PTO president for Woodbury and Shaker Middle School, with Shaker Sports Boosters, and as Co-Chair of A Night for the Red & White for two years. She also serves on the Board of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Women’s Council at Cleveland Museum of Art, and is Co-President of the Cleveland Art Association (cARTa). She is a docent with the Cleveland Museum of Art with particular training in the IB curriculum. Her professional background included 10 years at Quad/Graphics, one of the largest commercial printers in the world. She has her BA in Art History from Skidmore College. She is the parent of two Shaker graduates and one current Shaker student. Her husband, Jef Fowler, serves as the Key Bank Representative for the Shaker Schools Foundation. Mity serves on the Foundation’s Development Committee.
Barbara Nolan is a nonprofit leader with the National Marrow Donor Program – Be The Match Registry, where her work focuses on building health equity in the field of blood stem cell transplantation. She leads teams in the development of new DEI and BIPOC partnerships as well as multi-sector engagement. She is a 1985 graduate of the Shaker Schools, received her BA in journalism and advertising from The Ohio State University, and holds an MBA from Kent State University. Barbara is the mother of a current Shaker student and a Shaker graduate. She has remained active in the Shaker Schools community over the years, serving as a counselor with the Success Step Program in the early 1990s, assistant women’s track coach from 2009 – 2012, and is currently a member of the Community Engagement Committee of the Equity Action and Advisory Team. Barbara serves on the Foundation’s Corporate Committee.
Phillip Rowland-Seymour is a manager at the University Hospitals Office of Community Impact, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. His career has included research, evaluation and philanthropy. He is a 1993 graduate of Shaker Heights High School and a second-generation alum. He is a member of the Shaker Schools’ Equity Taskforce and volunteers for several health organizations in Cleveland. Phillip and his wife, Anastasia, an internist on faculty at CWRU’s medical school, have two children, one of whom is now a third-generation Shaker student.
Scott Shelfer is Chairman of Mika Metal Fabricating Company and Chairman of Generational Fittings LLC. He formerly served as President and Managing Partner of Exacta Land Surveyors LLC where he continues to serve on their Board of Directors. He received a B.S. in Finance from Florida State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Business. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Shaker Heights Football League and on the board of the Shaker Youth Hockey Association. He has also served as Fundraising Chair and Co-President of the Shaker Heights Sports Boosters, Treasurer of the Boulevard PTO, and as a board member and Treasurer of Shaker Heights Country Club. He coaches the Raider Youth Lacrosse program, and has helped coach the Shaker Youth Baseball League and Shaker Youth Soccer League. He and his wife Carrie started the Level the Playing Field Fund managed by Shaker Schools Foundation, in an effort to eliminate economic and social barriers to participation in Shaker youth sports. Their three children attend or have attended Shaker schools. Scott serves on the Foundation’s Finance Committee.
Stasia Vavruska is the senior vice president, and general counsel for Resource International, a multi-disciplinary engineering and construction management firm. She earned her BA from Case Western Reserve University, JD from George Washington University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Cleveland State University. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Shaker Heights and are the parents of two daughters who are both Shaker graduates. Stasia was an active PTO volunteer, serving as co-president of the Boulevard School PTO and as corporate sponsorship chair for A Night for the Red & White. Stasia serves on the board’s Governance Committee.