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Advisory Board

Charles P. Battiato, CPA

Board of Advisors

Chuck has been involved in the management and major policy-setting aspects of Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP as a member of the Management Committee. In addition, as Technology Partner, he has taken a lead role in the Firm’s developmental activities and is also in charge of scheduling.

Chuck joined the Firm in 1977. He specializes in consulting to not-for-profit organizations, professional service organizations, federal government contract procurement, and accounting systems. Chuck’s considerable depth of experience in corporate retirement plans enables him to identify tax and non-tax planning opportunities for his clients. He is a member of the Firm’s Financial Planning Group, the AICPA, and the Ohio Society of Certified Professional Accountants. He lends his financial advice to community organizations, and devotes time to numerous area civic and charitable organizations.

Chuck graduated from Cleveland State University and became a CPA in 1978. He was admitted to partnership at Walthall, Drake & Wallace LLP in 1985. Chuck has earned the designation of Certified Information Technology Professional from the AICPA.

Nicholas M. Buzzelli

Board of Advisors

Nick joined Huntington Bank in August of 2012 as a Vice President. In his capacity as  Relationship Manger, Nick manages banking relationships in the middle market commercial banking group in Northeast Ohio. He serves middle market companies with focus on credit needs and providing primary point of contact for all other lines of business for customers and prospective customers.

Prior to joining Huntington Nick served in various roles in Wholesale Banking including Commercial Credit Administration positions with National City Bank (now a part of PNC) and Relationship Management roles with First Merit Bank. He was most recently a Vice President of Commercial Banking with Wells Fargo Bank based out of Akron, OH supporting the middle market segment.  Nick earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from The University of Akron and currently resides in Hudson, OH with his wife and two children.

Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph.D.

Board of Advisors

Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn is an associate professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. He is an urban sociologist whose research and teaching interests primarily focuses on issues related to minorities and the urban poor, with a particularly emphasis on race, crime, and the criminal justice system. He is a nationally recognized authority on racial profiling, which is the focus of his recently published book, Racial Profiling: Causes & Consequences (Kendall-Hunt, 2011). His research on racial profiling also appears in scholarly journal articles and college textbooks, and he has published research on police accountability and civilian oversight, health disparities, and the field of urban studies.

Dr. Dunn is a frequent commentator in the media and at community forums. He is also a commissioner on the board of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority and a member of various civic and professional organizations as well as a member of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland. He is the father of an adult son, Mel, and in his spare time he enjoys reading, traveling, attending concerts and the theater, playing basketball, and collecting and restoring classic cars.

Reuben J. Sheperd

Board of Advisors

Reuben is an attorney with a practice focusing primarily on criminal defense. Prior to establishing his private practice, Reuben worked in the public sector, as the Assistant Director of Public Safety, an Executive Assistant to the Mayor and, finally, as the Director of the Department of Port Control for the City of Cleveland. He also served as the Project Director for Youth Opportunities Cleveland, a United States Department of Labor grant-funded program serving under-privileged youth in Cleveland’s Empowerment Zone neighborhoods.

Reuben recently completed a six year term on the Board of Project: LEARN, serving as President of the Board for four of those years. He currently resides in Shaker Heights with his wife and two children.

Jeanne McMaster, CPA

Board of Advisors

Jeanne McMaster, CPA, currently employed as chief financial officer with Cumberland Development, LLC. Jeanne has 25 years experience in accounting and financial management with Cleveland companies including real estate development, architecture, Cleveland Bar Association and restaurant and hotel management. Education includes Bachelor and Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University.

Michael E. Stanek

Board of Advisors

Michael Stanek, an experienced financial professional, has been Vice President and CFO of Hunt Imaging LLC for the past 17 years.  In addition to his work with The Honor Project Mike has served as the finance committee chair of two local communities and currently serves on the boards of COSE, National Small Business Association, St. Edward High School Alumni Association, CBT Pension Fund, and CBT Health & Welfare Fund.

Carla Tricarichi, Esq.

Board of Advisors

Carla M. Tricarichi was named Deputy Director of Government and Community Relations in April 2010. She oversees legislative and intergovernmental agency matters which impact the Lottery and supervises public and community outreach activities.

In addition to the Lottery, Ms. Tricarichi works in the private sector in the law firm Tricarichi & Carnes L.L.C., where she has served as a litigator in a variety of matters from labor and insurance disputes to probate and real estate cases.

She has also served in the public sector as a member of the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority during the construction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and other civic real estate developments. She currently serves as Vice President of the Cleveland Law Library, and on the Board of Project Learn (Let Every Adult Read Now), Earth Day Coalition, and The Palliative Medicine Foundation.

Ms. Tricarichi graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and with a law degree from CWRU where she was recognized as recent graduate of the year in 1991.

Ms. Tricarichi lives in Cleveland Heights with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Kristine M. Viancourt

Board of Advisors

Kristine Viancourt currently resides in Avon Lake with her husband and two children.  She is a graduate of John Carroll University, BSBA, 1986.  Kristine is a Supply Chain Manager for a glass manufacturer and fabricator.  Her responsibilities include project management and total cost improvements.  In addition to Kristine’s work on The Honor Project, she has been co-project leader for Procurement Reengineering effort for Guardian Industries Corp (current employer), St. Joseph School Parent Teacher Organization President, Member of St. Joseph School Advisory Board, Member of fundraising committees for SJS,  Republican Party political volunteer,  Girl Scout Troop Leader, leader of  St. Joseph School Enrichment Group and support marketing efforts, and Magnificat HS Gala committee and Night in Blue volunteer.

Amy Kelly

Board of Advisors

Amy Kelly has been a licensed attorney in Ohio since 1994. She previously served as Senior Corporate Counsel at Medical Mutual of Ohio and as an attorney in private practice at Thompson Hine. She started her career in as a representative of the Syracuse University College of Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Amy has served on the Executive Board of the St. Raphael Home & School Association and on the planning committee for St. Raphael’s major fundraising events, Casino Night 2012 and Night at the Races 2014.

Amy graduated with a BA in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law. She lives in Westlake, with her husband, her four children and their golden retriever.