From the Board President
I have served on the Lifeline Board of Directors since 2012, and am currently the Board President. I am also an Asst. Program Administrator at the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services in the Public Assistance Division.
Serving the low income population of Lake County for the past 12 years has given me perspective on the needs of our community and I have continually been learning how to fight poverty in our community. Lifeline assists thousands of residents with health, housing, energy, and consumer education programs. I’ve seen how it fills in the gaps in services that are not provided by other agencies in Lake County.
Just in 2016, Lifeline launched 3 new programs: our Bike Safety Program, which is an alternative transportation program to provide additional transportation options to low-income people; our Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program, which, in partnership with our local Job & Family Services, is a program designed to help transitional age youth secure employment and remove barriers to self-sufficiency; and our Re-Entry Program, which helps ex-offenders transition successfully back into our community upon exit from a correctional facility. These all meet gaps in services that were identified in Lifeline’s 2015 Community Needs Assessment.
In 2017, we are working on developing a new asset building program for our clients, as well as working on a new 2017 community needs assessment. As 2018 approaches, we will use the information from that assessment to strategically develop new programs to help our clients reach their potential to be productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
Lifeline assisted over 2,700 households, including 7,000 individuals, in 2016, and the 2-1-1 Lake County staff answered nearly 35,000 incoming calls requesting information and referral services in 2016, making Lifeline an essential part of our community. We are proud of the impact we’ve made in Lake County, and look forward to continuing to being an innovative leader in programs that better Lake County.
On the fund development front, we also had a successful year. Our 2016-2017 Annual Campaign was our best campaign ever—over one hundred donors strong! Our 9th Annual Dancing Under the Stars saw record-breaking attendance and was also hugely successful. As we roll into our 2017-18 Annual Campaign, we hope you will join us in our efforts of fighting poverty in Lake County.
Lifeline Board President
About The Board
Lifeline’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of public officials, private citizens, and business owners. To accurately reflect the population of Lake County, our board representatives also include low income, minorities, and mental health advocates. It is the tradition of Community Action to engage low-income populations in the management of their local Community Action Agency. Our Board feels strongly that it is important for our clients to have a voice on our Board to actively advocate on their behalf. We are proud that our membership reflects that.
Lifeline’s Board also strives to accurately reflect the population of Lake County while also maintaining a Board with a diverse set of skills and resources.
Lifeline Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and we welcome public comments at the start of each meeting.
Current Board Members
Alyea Barajas- Public Sector- Board Vice President
Alyea was appointed by the City of Painesville
Joyce Bates- Public Sector
Joyce was appointed by the City of Eastlake
Abby Begeman- Public Sector
Abby was appointed by the Congressman David Joyce
Aaron Burko- Private Sector
Aaron was appointed by Beacon Health
Cathy Bush- Private Sector
Cathy was appointed by Lakeland Community College
Anne Curwen- Representative of Low-Income Populations- Board President
Anne was appointed by Lake County Department of Job & Family Services
Paula Gordos- Private Sector
Paula was appointed by Lake Health
Holly Hanna- Representative of Low-Income Populations- Board Secretary
Holly was appointed by the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
Michelle Herron- Representative of Low-Income Populations
Michelle was appointed by the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services
Carolyn Knox- Private Sector
Carolyn was appointed by Lake Erie College
Shannon Majewski- Private Sector
Shannon was appointed by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NEO.
Rob Moore- Public Sector
Rob was appointed by the Lake County Bar Association.
Pam Morse- Public Sector
Pam was appointed by the Lake County Board of Commissioners.
John Shepard- Private Sector
John was appointed by Painesville City Local Schools
Terra Thorpe- Representative of Low- Income Populations
Terra was appointed by the WomenSafe
Mayor Robert Weger—Public Sector
Robert was appointed by the Lake County Mayors & Managers Association
Sue Whittaker- Representative of Low-Income Populations
Sue was appointed by Signature Health
Ed Zivkovich- Representative of Low-Income Populations- Board Treasurer
Ed was appointed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society