Meet the Board and Staff
Dr. Charles Farrell, President, and Co-Founder:
Charlie, pictured here with his late wife Carol, is a retired Vascular Surgeon. He received the Cleveland Clinic Pillars of Medicine Award in 2009. Charlie is a Certified TimeSlips Facilitator and has received certification for training in Montessori-Based Dementia Programming.
Rev. Katie Norris, Co-Founder, Advisory Board:
Katie is a Unitarian Universalist minister, Affiliated with West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. She has received certification for training in Montessori-Based Dementia Programming. Katie also speaks on the topics of dementia and mental illness in order to raise awareness and end stigma. Katie is on the board of Kendal at Home, a continuing care retirement community that helps members live well at home. Katie also writes two blogs as a service to the community: Bipolar Spirt and Moving In With Dementia .
Gretty Myers, Board Member: Gretty is the Stephen Ministry Coordinator at Westlake United Methodist Church where since 1996 she has managed the selection, training, and ongoing supervision of lay ministers who provide one-to-one care to hurting people in the community. Ms. Myers is also a Board Member of West Side Community House in Cleveland, Ohio which is a non-profit social service agency. Gretty brings many of the CLF Foundation activities to the larger community in her volunteer work. She also volunteers weekly in our dementia program and is a certified TimeSlips Facilitator.
Maureen R. Shannon, Board Member : Maureen is a Provider Relations Manager for Hospice of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio. Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Maureen lived in Scottsdale Arizona for 14 years and hopes to retire there. She has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Lorain County Free Clinic, where she specifically supported their fundraising activities. She was on the Board of Directors of the Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise Rotary, where her focus was Community Service. She is a supporter of non-profit organizations, including Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Dr. P. Lal Arora, M.D., FRCPC, Board Member : Dr. Arora was born and raised in India.He completed medical school at Punjab University in India. His post-graduate training was in the United States. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Geriatrics, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He has been a resident of Lorain county since 1977 where he practiced Pulmonary Disease, Internal Medicine and since 1995 the specialty of Geriatrics. He is mostly retired from active medical practice. He is currently the Medical Director of Kendal at Home in Westlake, Ohio and affiliated with the Mercy Physicians, Inc., Lorain. He resides in Oberlin, Ohio.
Dave Clements, Board Member:Dave Clements has provided management leadership in human resources, business
development and fundraising for small start-ups in a variety of industries including
venture capital and private equities, computers and security, POS technologies, for-profit and non-profit organizations in Chicago, San Francisco, New York and for the
past nine years in Cleveland. Dave’s leadership has been in the launch of several
companies and as a consultant to many industries has provided a first-hand perspective on the trials and challenges that new companies face when starting a new venture.
Dave holds an MBA and MA in Organizational Development and is the author of the book, Riding the Wave, a guide for those who are experiencing job loss.
He is currently President of Vision 21 Consulting Group.
Jerry J. Devis Artistic Director:
Cleveland-area arts educator Jerry J. Devis serves the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation as its Artistic Director.
His art career spans four decades with the Parma City schools having taught at all levels K-12. He also
served as the system wide Elementary Art Facilitator as a liaison between the art staff and curriculum
administration. Jerry also taught as an adjunct faculty member in Art Education at Baldwin Wallace University
and Kent State University, both of which are his alma mater. During most of his career, he has been involved
in working with youth and adults with special needs. He serves as the Board President of Arts for All,
Northeast Ohio, an arts enrichment program primarily for individuals with developmental disabilities. He
created a successful program titled "Art Works" to provide art classes for adults with special needs. Each
year, the program hosts nearly 1000 children and youth from Greater Cleveland at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
Bruce T. Lamb, PhD, Advisory Board Member : Bruce works in the Department of Neurosciences at the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. His laboratory has been researching Alzheimer's Disease (AD) in a unique way. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that AD is a complex disorder with many proposed genetic and environmental causes. The fact that AD is a late-onset neurodegenerative disease with no accurate diagnostic markers makes the identification of the genetic, environmental, and therapeutic factors that modify risk for AD exceedingly difficult. Thus Bruce's laboratory has turned to the mouse as a genetically defined and tractable model to study AD phenotypes. Their current studies are focused on using these mouse models of AD to: 1) study genetic factors that modify AD-like brain pathologies, 2) examine the role microglia, the primary immune effector cell in the brain, in the development and progression of AD; and 3) examine traumatic brain injury as an environmental risk factor for the development of AD.
Mike Gold, Advisory Board Member : Mike is a senior lettering designer at American Greetings in Cleveland, OH, where he has worked the past 20 years. As part of his freelance business, abbeygold design , he has done lettering-centered design work for clients around the country. Mike has an M.A. in Visual Communications and thirty years in New Mexico, where the landscape, art, and people he met influenced his life thereafter. Mike has taught around the country and at several international calligraphy conferences and his work has been published worldwide. Teaching calligraphy to inmates at a women's prison is, to date, his most unusual teaching experience. His most unusual commission comes from Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, who reproduced one of his artworks on a line of clothing.
Marilyn A. Culley RN, MSN, Advisory Board Member : A registered nurse for over thirty years with extensive experience in facilitating care transitions from hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living and home care with a nursing specialty practice in psychiatry. A Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Akron. Marilyn is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing and the American Psychiatric Nurse Association. She is a nominee for Heroes in the Fight, and a current Vice President of Clinical Operations, ExactCare Pharmac y.
Mike Gold assisting in a Zentangles and calligraphy project.
Charlie and Paul drumming