The Kendal at Oberlin Board of Directors – 2018
Kendal at Oberlin is a nonprofit Ohio corporation, governed by a board of directors. Board members are dedicated volunteers, and include both Kendal residents and a wide range of professionals from our local area.
Liz Burgess, Chair
Independent fiber artist and owner of Ginko Gallery and Studio, LLC, in Oberlin; Former Director of Community Support Services, W. G. Nord Community Mental Health Center; Volunteer board/committee member of Bonner Center for Service and Learning, Bill Long Foundation, Main Street Oberlin, Textile Art Alliance (Cleveland Museum of Art), and FAVA.
Ruth Ann Clark, Secretary
Diplomat of American Association of Pastoral Counselors; Former Director of Training, Lloyd Center, San Francisco Theological Seminary; Former parish pastor in California and New Jersey.
John Southworth, Secretary
Financial executive and former Senior Vice President and Senior Investment Officer for Northern Trust; Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Key Asset Management Group of KeyCorp. Nonprofit board service for Old Stone Foundation and Music and Performing Arts at Trinity Cathedral.
Vance DeBouter, Treasurer
Owner, public accounting firm; Licensed Certified Public Accountant
Board member, Oberlin Heritage Center, Bill Long Foundation; VP Emeritus for Public Affairs, Case Western Reserve University; Past board member, Hiram College and the Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts; Managing Director, Management Assistance for Nonprofit Organizations (MANA); Author, History of Kendal at Oberlin (2013) AND History of Case Western Reserve University (2014).
Head of Strategic Marketing Research, DST Systems, Inc.
Engineer, Retired from Energizer (after 36 years of service); President and Chairman of the Board for Carbide Retirees Corps.
Human Resources Manager, Agrinomix, LLC Oberlin; Member of Kendal at Oberlin’s Human Resources Committee since 2003.
Alexia I. Hudson-Ward
Director of Libraries, Oberlin College. Formerly Librarian at Camden County, New Jersey Library System; West Chester University of PA; Penn State State University, Abington College; Author of numerous publications and recipients of numerous grants and awards
Team Lead Coordinator, Provider Operations for Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging; Interned in Social Work for Cleveland Dept. of Aging and the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital; Bonner Scholar, Oberlin College.
Retired Hospitalist, Lakewood Hospital; Board certified, Holistic Medicine; Volunteer physician at Lorain County Free Clinic since 1994; Member, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Past Chair, Kendal at Oberlin Board of Directors.
Retired president of Forest City Land Group. Chair of Kendal Northern Ohio Board of Directors and Ohio Streams and Wetlands (formerly Ohio Wetlands Foundation); service to Lorain County Community College Foundation.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Nursing – Multiple Chronic Diseases, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, CWRU; Ph.D., Health Care Genetics – Policy/Ethics Cognate, Clemson University; Masters of Science, Nursing – Adult/Gerontology; Nurse Practitioner; Clinical experience in Emergency Trauma Center, Greenville, SC
Science Librarian, Oberlin College, since 1983; Past President, Academic Library Association of Ohio; Actively involved with numerous professional state and national library associations, and Oberlin College committees; Author of numerous professional reviews and articles; Received Academic Library Association of Ohio Jay Ladd Distinguished Service Award.
Diana Wickes Roose
Former Assistant to the President, Oberlin College; author; retired consultant in education, writing and fundraising; Extensive board service to Kendal (KatO; KNO-Senior Independence and The Kendal Corporation); Clerk of Oberlin Friends, American Friends Service Committee, Oberlin Early Childhood Center and Firelands Association for the Visual Arts.
Kendal at Oberlin resident since 2012; Retired Executive Director of Development at the College of Wooster (35 years); Grace’s career began as an elementary school teacher. Significant volunteerism includes the American Cancer Society advocacy program; Ambassador for Congressional Districts in Ohio; Audiovisual Scheduler for all programs in Kendal’s auditorium; and Resident Ombudsman as a liaison for Construction Communication.
Carmen M. Verhosek
Elder Law Attorney, Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook and Batista Co.; Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney; Active member of the Lorain and Cuyahoga County Bar Associations; Court appointed Special Advocate for Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
Ex. Officio Members
ANN FRANCIS, President – Kendal at Oberlin Residents Association
SEAN KELLY, President – The Kendal Corporation
BARBARA THOMAS, Chief Executive Officer – Kendal at Oberlin