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Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland announces new members of Bank Advisory Councils

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has named 31 new members to its advisory councils, including 10 joining a new Northwest Ohio Business Advisory Council.

Through its advisory councils, the Cleveland Fed engages with a diverse range of business, civic, and community leaders to collect information on 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.

“Our advisory council members perform valuable public service. Their timely insights on business activity, the labor market, and financial conditions in communities across the region put us in better position to evaluate where the economy is heading,” said Lisa Barrow, vice president of the Bank’s regional analysis group. “We are grateful for their willingness to support the Fed's efforts in pursuit of maximum employment and price stability.”

Business Advisory Councils

Business Advisory Council members are leaders from a cross-section of regional businesses and from community development, consumer, and labor organizations across the Fourth District. New members include:

Central Ohio

  • Anthony Iannarino, President and Chief Sales Officer, Solutions Staffing, Columbus
  • John McWhorter, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ohio Health, Columbus
  • Andy Meeting, Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller and Principal Accounting Officer, Bath and Body Works, Columbus

Dayton Area

  • Benjamin Goodstein, Vice President and Chief Ambulatory Officer, Dayton Children’s Hospital, Dayton
  • Jason Volker, Vice President of Finance, Heidelberg Distributing Company, Moraine
  • Al Wofford, President, CDO Technologies, Dayton

Eastern Kentucky

  • John Mahan, Owner, Sodworks, Lexington
  • Mary-Alicha Weldon, City President and Commercial Banking Sales Manager, Fifth Third, Lexington

Northwest Ohio

  • Eric Benington, Chief Financial Officer, Rudolph Libbe Group, Walbridge
  • Paul Favorite, Chief Operating Officer, Shumaker, Toledo
  • Wendy Gramza, President and CEO, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Toledo
  • Jimmy Harmon, CEO, Bennett Management Corp., Maumee
  • Michael Hoelter, Vice President, Corporate Controller and Investor Relations, The Andersons, Maumee
  • Michael Koralewski, Chief Supply Chain Officer, First Solar, Perrysburg
  • Andrew Stocking, President and CEO, Principle Business Enterprises, Bowling Green
  • Dawn Weinhardt, Vice President of Operations, Shores & Islands Ohio, Port Clinton
  • Thomas Winston, President and CEO, Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, Toledo
  • John Yark, President, Yark Automotive, Toledo

Northwest Pennsylvania

  • James Grunke, President and CEO, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Erie
  • Bruce Kern II, President, Curtze Food Service, Erie
  • Tom Tupitza, President, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C., Erie

Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky

  • Kimm Lauterbach, President and CEO, REDI Cincinnati, Cincinnati

Southwest Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia

  • Jeff Broadhurst, President and CEO, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • Rob Cochran, Chairman and CEO, #1 Cochran, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
  • Joe Sheetz, Chairman of the Board, Sheetz, Inc., Altoona, Pennsylvania

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. New members include:

  • Lavea Brachman, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Metro, Columbus
  • Jim King, President and CEO of Fahe, Berea, Kentucky
  • Sabrina Saunders Mosby, President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  • Kurt Reiber, President and CEO, Freestore Foodbank, Cincinnati
  • Jamie Remp, Executive Director, King’s Daughters Child Care Center, Wheeling, West Virginia
  • David Rothstein, Senior Principal, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, Cleveland

Learn more: Engaging Our District’s Business, Civic, and Community Leaders (

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

Chuck Soder,, 216.672.2798