Board of Directors

  • Donna Skurzak, Chair
  • Valerie Butler, Secretary
  • Lorraine Shoto, Treasurer
  • Deborah L. Plummer, Ex-Officio
  • Jason Craige Harris
  • Robert (Bob) Hartl
  • Tomica Holmes
  • Michael Jeans
  • Elaine Martin
  • Kathleen Powers


A native of Cleveland, Ohio and sales and management professional with more than 30 years of sales and leadership experience in Greater Cleveland who has amassed a sales portfolio exceeding $25 million in revenue. Best known for her expertise in leading hospitality management teams to exceptional customer service.

Wife of retired college administrator Terry, and mother of one son, Michael, a decorated officer in the U.S. Air Force active service. Aside from being a loving wife, Valerie has loaned her skills to multiple community service and social organizations and her church, The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH.

Valerie resides in Richmond Heights, Ohio and devotes her leisure time to travel, reading, fashion design and my new “stay-fit hobby” …roller skating!


Jason Craige Harris is a Senior Advisor at Perception Strategies LLC and Perception Institute, and a voice for institutional healing and societal transformation. He works in a variety of contexts, with a wide range of constituents, across industries, including government, business, media, nonprofit, education, and religion, to promote dignity, justice, and belonging.

Holding multiple professional certifications, Jason brings together insights from diverse fields such as neuroscience and social psychology, DEIB strategies, anti-oppression education, conflict mediation, restorative justice, dialogue facilitation, transformative coaching, leadership development, and spiritual guidance.

He is the author of the following pieces: “The Paradox of Isolation” (Friends Journal), “Between Love and Truth––Navigating Racial Conflict Using Restorative Justice” (CSEE), and “Black or Bruised” (AMBO). He also serves as the Social Impact Producer for Scilla Andreen’s new documentary RACE, slated for release in January 2022 with IndieFlix. Jason earned a BA (honors) in religion and African American studies from Wesleyan University and a MA (summa cum laude) in religion, ethics, and cultural studies from Yale University Divinity School.


Robert (Bob) Hartl, Associate Professor of Management, is Director of the MBA in Leadership & Change at the College of St. Scholastica (CSS), an avant-garde graduate management program based on organization development principles. He is recipient of the Max H. Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence, the highest academic recognition given by CSS. In 2019, Bob was a seminar leader on the principles of organization development at the internationally-known Cape Cod Institute, in Eastham, MA.

Bob began his career in municipal government where he rose through the ranks to become the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Duluth. He then moved into the health care industry, serving as Vice President of Human Resources & Organization Development for the St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic Health System (now Essentia Health System). He became Chair of the Management Department at St. Scholastica in 2001.

Bob began his organization development (OD) consulting practice in 1987. When not teaching, he is CEO and Senior Partner at Hartl Pearson Consulting, LLC. He works in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, frequently with health care organizations, government agencies, and in higher education.


After spending several years as an Emergency Room Charge Nurse and a Pediatric Nurse, she advanced her clinical expertise thorough local and national travel nursing assignments. Her career highlights include receiving nominations for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Nursing Excellence Award and the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award, to name a few. She holds a number of professional certifications in Healthcare Compliance, Nursing Informatics (board certified), and Healthcare Information Security and Privacy. She is currently Director of Compliance and co-chair of the Diversity & Inclusion council at a large healthcare system in Atlanta.

Tomica jumpstarted her career in 1998 as a Registered Professional Nurse and graduate of Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her natural skills for leadership emerged during college, where she led the Cultural Diversity Student Organization and served as Chief Newsletter Editor. Her educational achievements were honored with an induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and with the Davidson-Mckie-Newton Award for Nursing Excellence. Tomica’s service extends beyond her profession and into her community. She has served as a Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocate on behalf of children in custody of the Department of Family and Children Services, a Board Member of the Case Management Society of America’s Atlanta Chapter and a volunteer at Hillside Chapel and Truth Center. She has travelled internationally alongside Ambassador Andrew Young to South Africa to bridge healthcare and economic relationships, and with the late Bishop Dr. Barbara Lewis King to her village in Ghana to furnish schools with books, supplies, and computers. She is also charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Alpha Alpha Phi Omega chapter.

Tomica lives in Atlanta, where she enjoys running, traveling, listening to music, and reading.


Michael is the founding President and CEO of Growth Opportunity Partners (Growth Opps), a Small Business advisory, investment, and lending community financial institution. For small businesses/middle market companies, Growth Opps provides capital, management consulting, and advisory services to support the growth of companies and the development of management teams. Growth Opps has a particular focus on impact in low and moderate-income communities.

Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to Growth Opps to include the areas of healthcare consulting, tax, wealth management, small business/commercial, finance, credit, and risk management, municipal and non- profit finance, and strategic planning. Prior to creating Growth Opps, Michael worked for established and respected leaders in the financial services industry including KPMG, Morgan Stanley, National City Bank and KeyBank.

Among Michael’s past Board leadership includes, Chairman of the Boards of Our Lady of the Wayside and The Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Board Member for Westfield Bank, American Red Cross, Taylor Oswald Insurance, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (Corporate Secretary), Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development, and College Now. Michael currently serves in various Board capacities: Cleveland State University College of Urban Affairs Visiting Committee, Cleveland State University Foundation, Destination Cleveland, Karamu House (Vice Chair), and Growth Opportunity Partners (Growth Opps). Michael’s corporate Board responsibilities include Ohio Farmers Insurance Company (OFIC)/Westfield Insurance, and NRP Group, a leading national commercial real estate developer, builder, and property management company.

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and a minor in Spanish. Michael later obtained several licenses with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Married for over 25 years, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and children, in addition to travel and golf.


Elaine Martin joined the Countway Library as the Director and Chief Administrative Officer in 2016. Under her direction she oversees and manages a complex organization with one of the largest collections of both current medical research materials and historical and rare collections in the world, holding more than 630,000 volumes. The Countway Library serves both academic and practicing physicians at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

At Countway, Elaine is responsible for providing leadership in strategic planning, development and the promotion of library resources and services. Under her leadership, the Countway Library just concluded an 18 million dollar building renovation, that brought the Countway Library into the 21st century. For the first time in Countway’s history, the library welcomes the surrounding community into new collaborative spaces and provides access to extensive health information resources.


Kathleen Quinn Powers currently serves as the Vice President, Academic Strategy for the Beth Israel Lahey Health System and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Over the course of her career, Kathleen has served in various executive level positions for not for profit organizations including hospitals, health systems, universities, and a membership advocacy organization.

Prior to joining BILH, Kathleen was the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance at the NVNA and Hospice where she oversaw patient accounts/accounts receivable, accounting, accounts payable, payroll, information technology, clinical applications, and patient access in addition to leading the strategic planning and strategy deployment efforts at the Agency. Kathleen joined the Agency in 2018 as Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Integration.

From 2011- 2017, Kathleen was the Vice President, Physician and Network Development at South Shore Hospital/Health System. Kathleen worked closely with senior administrative and medical staff leadership on program development with clinical affiliates including Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham Health, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute with the goal of expanding local access to academic level health care.

Kathleen has held leadership positions with the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, University of Massachusetts Boston, Caritas Christi Health Care System (now Steward Health Care), The Catholic Health Association of the United States, and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston.

Kathleen Powers is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and earned her MBA from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University.


Lorraine Shoto is an attorney who lives in Chicago, Illinois and works for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, focusing her practice on regulatory law, enforcement litigation and troubled asset workouts. She has 23 years of legal experience and has dedicated her career to public service. She was previously an Assistant State’s Attorney with the Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office; counsel with the Chicago Transit Authority; and bar counsel with the Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Lorraine earned her Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University. She serves as a pro bono attorney with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, is an active member of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a long-time member of the Chicago International Film Festival’s Black Perspectives Committee. Lorraine enjoys opera, theater and art. She is an avid traveler who is always looking for her next adventure. 


Donna is a Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. Donna joined Cleveland Clinic in 2007 providing consultation, coaching, strategic input for the D,E, I business case, health equity in the workforce and at the bedside. She has held senior leadership roles across the healthcare continuum as a practitioner, administrator and executive director in hospital, home care/hospice, private practice and consulting roles. Donna drives strategic initiatives to impact effective culture change.

Her expertise includes systems thinking and strategic visioning, organizational effectiveness, end of life care, healthcare disparities, bioethics, cultural and emotional intelligence. She is a D.E.I practitioner, and licensed provider of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She has been actively working with the impact of unconscious bias in the workforce and at the bedside, conducted research in workplace inclusion and is developing application of cultural intelligence in a global organization. She pursues the best patient care and employee relations to achieve positive outcomes in patient and employee experience at Cleveland Clinic.

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