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Press Release

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Announces New Members of Bank Advisory Councils

The Cleveland Fed engages with a diverse range of business, civic, and community leaders to collect information on current regional economic and business conditions. Advisory councils’ near-real time observations complement Bank research, enabling the Cleveland Fed to get a better picture of economic conditions in the Fourth District.

Business Advisory Councils

Business Advisory Council members are leaders from a cross-section of industries and community development, consumer, and labor organizations within eight of the Fourth District’s metro areas, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Erie, Pennsylvania; Lexington, Kentucky, and Wheeling, West Virginia. New members include:


  • Michelle Billings, Realtor and Past President of Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, Coldwell Banker Realty, Cincinnati
  • Dave Herche, Chairman, HBH Holdings, Inc., Cincinnati
  • Jeff Rowe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Q Laboratories, Cincinnati


  • Leah Evans, President and CEO, Homeport, Columbus
  • Joe Hayek, Chief Financial Officer, Worthington Industries, Columbus
  • Mark Kirkendall, Vice President and Treasurer, M/I Homes, Inc., Columbus


  • Katie Ward, Chief Executive Officer and Owner, P&R Communications, Sidney, Ohio


  • Jon DeArment, President and Chief Operating Officer, ChannelLock, Meadville, Pennsylvania


  • Eric Frankl, Executive Director, Blue Grass Airport, Lexington
  • Ouita Michel, Owner, Ouita Michel Family of Restaurants, Midway, Kentucky
  • Allen Waugerman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lexmark, Lexington


  • Amber Simonic, Executive Director, Calgon Carbon, Pittsburgh
  • Andrea Karkhanis, Director, Marketing Research, Visit Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council consists of experts and leaders who focus on economic development work and help to inform the Cleveland Fed about current and emerging social and economic trends impacting underserved and lower-income individuals and communities.

  • Kim Frazier, Director of Growth Initiatives, Entrepreneurs’ Center, Dayton
  • Terry Gore, Senior Director of Financial Services and FinTech, JobsOhio, Columbus
  • Joyce P. Huang, Incoming Director of City Planning, City of Cleveland, Cleveland
  • Lark Mallory, President and CEO, Affordable Housing Trust for Columbus and Franklin County, Columbus
  • Robie Suggs, Chief Lending Officer, Cincinnati Development Fund, Cincinnati

Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council

Members of the Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council are leaders from commercial banks, thrifts and savings banks, and credit unions with assets of less than $10 billion.

  • Chuck Sulerzyski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Peoples Bank, Marietta, Ohio, has been appointed as the council’s chair and will serve a second term

The following council members have also been appointed to a second term:

  • Melissa Ashley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporate One Federal Credit Union, Columbus
  • Bradley Murtiff, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Federal Community Bank of Bucyrus, Bucyrus, Ohio

The following individuals have been appointed to a first term on the council:

  • Keith Borders, Vice President, Union Savings Bank and Guardian Savings Bank, Cincinnati
  • Leisha Maynard, President and CEO, Citizens Bank of Kentucky, Paintsville, Kentucky
  • Genevieve Oduor, Vice President, S&T Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Nichole Zesiger, President, The First National Bank of Dennison, Dennison, Ohio

Education Advisory Council

The Education Advisory Council assists the Bank’s Education and Museum Outreach department in assessing the effectiveness of its programming and setting strategy.

  • Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Cleveland

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC comprise the Federal Reserve System. Part of the US central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our nation’s monetary policy, supervises banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and to the US Treasury, and performs many activities that support Federal Reserve operations System-wide. In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities across the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide array of research, outreach, and educational activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Media contact

Doug Campbell,, 513.455.4479