Since 2013, Dr. Mattern has served as a member of the Board of Directors of University Settlement where she currently serves as Board President. She has previously served as Board Secretary, Taste Chair, and a member of several Board committees.
Dr. Mattern has extensive volunteer experience and has served on numerous other boards. She is an experienced Sociology, Criminology, and Gerontology University and medical school professor, author, researcher, trainer, grant writer, and product developer. Currently, Dr. Mattern is Director and CCO with Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland, Beachwood, Ohio. She is a licensed Social Worker and is a graduate of Notre Dame College of Ohio, John Carroll University, and Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Mattern resides in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Dr. Mattern views the Board of Directors’ role as one of commitment to and in support of the work, vision and mission of University Settlement and its unique place in the community which is richly rooted in affirmation of individual and family well-being and social justice issues.
John T. Kocsis
Vice President of the Board
Since 2014, John has served as a member of the Board of Directors of University Settlement. He currently serves as the Board Vice President and previously was the Chair of the Operations Committee. Being the Vice President, he serves as a part of all of the current standing committees.
John is a graduate of Kent State University with degrees in Computer Science and Business Management and a Masters of Business Administration. John has applied his experience in working with Ernst & Young, LLP, KeyBank, and now Swagelok, to his role in supporting University Settlement on the Board. John has also taught as a part time faculty member at the University of Akron in support of their Master’s degree program.
John is passionate about education and the support and growth of our communities. John was drawn to the needs of the Slavic Village neighborhood, and felt that the comprehensive nature of University Settlement’s services truly support the entire community and provides the resources and support to help the community thrive and grow in a sustainable manner.
Brandon M. Morris, CPA
Treasurer of the Board
Brandon has served as a member of the Board of Directors of University Settlement since 2017. He is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee and has a role on all current standing committees.
Brandon is a Senior Manager in the Cleveland, Ohio office of BDO USA, LLP, where he specializes in providing assurance services to real estate groups, tax-exempt organizations, and employee benefit plans. Brandon has more than 11 years of public accounting experience with an emphasis on commercial and residential real estate developers and owners, construction contractors, and not-for profit organizations. Brandon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting at Washington and Jefferson College. Brandon is licensed in Ohio and Pennsylvania as a Certified Public Accountant.
Secretary of the Board
Martin has been serving on the Board of Directors since 2013 and is currently the longest standing board member. He actively serves as the Board Secretary and the Chair of the Governance Committee and is involved in all of the current standing committees.
Martin grew up in the Cleveland area graduating from Shaker Heights High School in 1999. In 2003, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned his undergraduate degree Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He then starting working for Bank One as a Credit Analyst. After that, he worked at GE Capital as a Leasing Sales Representative for six years. While at GE, he went back to school and got his MBA with an emphasis in Finance in 2009 from John Carroll University. Currently, he is a Business Market Advisor at PNC Bank in its Business Banking division. In addition, Martin teaches Financial Accounting, Corporate Finance, Personal Finance and Economics part-time in the evenings at various financial institutions around Cleveland. Martin lives in Lakewood, Ohio with his wife Emily of eight years and their daughter Anjaly. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends & family, traveling and playing basketball. He has been a member of and attended NEO Church for 9 years where he and his wife lead missions and the greeting team.
Rebecca Bash, B.A., M.B.A.
Rebecca Bash joined the University Settlement Board of Directors in 2017. She currently serves as a member of both the Development and Governance Committees.
Ms. Bash is an experienced fundraiser with expertise in annual giving, donor cultivation, online giving campaigns, donor stewardship, grant writing and marketing for fundraising. Rebecca is the Director of Advancement for The Lillian and Betty Ratner Montessori School, located on the east side of Cleveland. Prior to that, she was a Major Gifts Officer for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Ms. Bash earned her undergraduate degree from John Carroll University with a focus on Communications & Political Science and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management with a focus on Marketing. Rebecca is excited to bring her fundraising and marketing background to the University Settlement and help further its mission in helping individuals learn, grow and thrive.
Since 2016, Quovada Bass has served on the Board of Directors for University Settlement. He is currently serving on the Development and Governance Committees.
Currently, Quovada Bass works as a Manager of Art Production Services at The Adcom Group located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Columbus College of Art and Design, majoring in Advertising Design and minoring in Illustration. He also attended ITT Tech to earn a degree in Multi-Media Interactive Studies. Quovada is proud to serve as member of the University Settlement Board as it continues to focus on Slavic Village through Community, Youth, Family and Senior Programs.
Jeff has served as a member of the Board of Directors of University Settlement since 2016. He currently serves on the Development and Governance Committees
Jeff is the Founder and Lead Pastor of the Forward Church on Broadway Avenue where he has served the community from a street level since 2009. His story of redemption has been featured in Cleveland Magazine. He speaks nationally as an advocate for the people of his community who are growing up in similar circumstances as he once did. Through his “Forward Life Program”, over 300 individuals in the Slavic Village/North Broadway area have formed a comprehensive plan for each facet of their lives and have been assisted both logistically and financially in the achievement of their “Forward” goals. Jeff is a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program from the Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. He currently lives in Slavic Village with his wife and five children. Jeff is excited to utilize his skills and experiences with University Settlement and he seeks to bring the perspective of the “everyman” in the Slavic Village/North Broadway area.
Zoe Breen Wood MSW, PhD
Chair of the Community Engagement Committee
Dr. Wood has been on the Board of Directors of University Settlement since 2017 and currently serves as the Chair of Community Engagement Committee and serves on the Executive Committee.
Dr. Wood is an Associate Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University with over 40 years’ experience as a practitioner, researcher, educator, and consultant in social work practice, policy, and education. She regularly provides consultation nationally and internationally in trauma-focused interventions with communities, families, and children, and in the development of community-based care for vulnerable children. Dr. Wood also specializes in leadership development for nonprofit organizations and was awarded the Centennial Medal by Catholic Charities USA for over 20 years of service in providing leadership development to emerging leaders in the Catholic Charities organization.
Steve R. Dominish III
Since 2013, Mr. Dominish has served as a member of the Board of Directors where he currently serves on the Governance and Development Committees. He has been an active volunteer and contributor to The Settlement for over 12 years, first becoming involved as a volunteer at the community meals and the food pantry.
Mr. Dominish has extensive volunteer experience in many communities where he has lived and worked. He currently lives in Gates Mills, Ohio where he also serves on the Gates Mills Service Committee and Regional Commission on Oil and Gas. Mr. Dominish holds a B.A. in English Literature as well as a B.S. in Industrial Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. Mr. Dominish currently is the Engineering Manager for the US Forging Operations for Arconic Wheel and Transportation Products based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has international work experience in operations, program and product launch, continuous improvement, product and process innovation, and business transformation - all with a focus on building a sustainable enterprise.
Mr. Dominish views the Board of Directors’ role as one of serving the Slavic Village community in many ways including supporting local businesses, fundraising for both residents’ basic needs and workforce development, as well as support for families during the holidays.
Hon. Brian F. Hagan
Since August of 2017, Judge Hagan has been a member of the Board of Directors of University Settlement where he currently serves on the Governance Committee and Development Committee.
Judge Hagan serves on the Rocky River Municipal Court, having been elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2013. He currently serves as the Presiding and Administrative Judge of the Court. Judge Hagan is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Francis College (PA) and his Juris Doctor Degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Previously, he was in private practice, having been admitted to the State of Ohio Bar in 1981. He has served as Rocky River Municipal Court Acting Judge, Magistrate and Referee. He also has served twelve years as Special Counsel for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as well as the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in the Ohio Military reserve.
Judge Hagan has served as a trustee for local charity organizations and foundations and is a longtime area youth sports coach for recreation and school basketball, football, and baseball teams. He is a former trustee of the Catholic Charities of Cleveland, The Jesuit Retreat House, and St. Augustine Manor.
Sean Kilbane CPA, MBA
Since 2013, Sean has served as a member of the Board of Directors of University Settlement, Inc., where he currently serves on the Finance and Executive Committees. Previously, he served as the Board Treasurer and the Chair of the Finance Committee.
Sean is a Director in the Cleveland, Ohio office of BDO USA, LLP, where he specializes in providing assurance services to manufacturers and distributors, real estate groups, tax-exempt organizations, and employee benefit plans. Sean has more than 12 years of public accounting experience with an emphasis on private equity, multinational organizations, commercial and residential real estate developers and owners, construction contractors, and not-for profit organizations. Sean serves as one of the firm’s designated technical and focused consultant reviewers (both regionally and nationally) for clients in both the M&D and real estate industry groups. Sean is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his Masters of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at John Carroll University. Sean is licensed in Ohio as a Certified Public Accountant.
Brian J. King
Brian has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and currently serves on the Executive and Finance Committee. Previously, he served on the Operations Committee.
Brian King is an IT Systems Engineer at Progressive Insurance in Mayfield Village. Brian is an avid cyclist and advocate for alternative transportation infrastructure. He volunteers with Bike Cleveland and serves on the University Heights Cycling Advisory committee. Brian is a graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders class of 2018. Originally hailing from Toledo, he resides in University Heights with his wife Darlene and their two cats. He particularly values the opportunities to serve the Broadway-Slavic Village community by handing out backpacks to students at the Back to School Fair and serving residents at the weekly Community Meals.
Anna Maria Motta
Anna Maria Motta has served on the Board of Directors of University Settlement since 2014. She servers on the Executive, Finance and Governance Committees and previously served as the Board Secretary and chaired the Governance Committee. She had been a member of the 2015 Strategic Planning Committee and the 2017 Executive Director Search Committee.
Anna is currently the CIO at Third Federal Savings where she has worked for almost 30 years. She holds a BS from Ohio Northern University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Cheryl Hagan O’Malley DNP, MSN, RN, BA, NEA-BC
Chair of the Development Committee
Cheryl has been on the Board of Directors since 2017 and currently serves as the Chair of the Development Committee and is on the Executive Committee.
Cheryl has been a registered nurse for over 34 years. Cheryl has spent the last 18 years in a leadership role from Nurse Manager, Director, Sr. Director, VP/CNO, and now her current role as the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Nursing at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. She is also a contributing faculty member at Walden University for their DNP program. Cheryl is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy where she was recently honored in 2016 with the Distinguished Alumni Award. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ursuline College. Cheryl obtained a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Phoenix and a Doctorate in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Cheryl has been the keynote speaker at local and national conferences, has had multiple poster presentations, and is a published author. She currently serves on multiple non-profit and academic boards.
John W. Rutledge III
John has served as a member of the Board of Directors of University Settlement since 2017 and currently serves on the Development and Finance Committees.
John has been a part of University Settlement for over five years serving in the kitchen through HandsOn and supporting other activities at the Settlement. John also loves to spend his free time coaching many youth sports teams that include football, basketball, baseball, and softball. He has worked for the same company for 19 years starting after high school and has worked in many different roles. John started as an entry-level employee and is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager. John values his role on the Board and wants to continue to help the community in any way he can.
Tamera Stires MA, PC
Ms. Stires is a new member to the Board of Directors, joining April of 2018. She is currently serving on the Finance Committee.
Tamera has over 12 years of experience in non-profit administration with a focus on quality improvement, finance, operations, clinical management, and housing. Currently, she is the Community Integration and Wellness Manager at JFSA where she supervises five mental health homes, an intensive case management team, and social recreational programming. She also supervises a world renowned youth philanthropy program that was awarded the International Ruderman Prize in Inclusion and local Pillar Awards for Smart Business as voted by Medical Mutual of Ohio. Ms. Stires co-owns Ohio SlamForce Softball Association, which is a softball and baseball training-based program for young athletes ages 10-18. Tamera obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Kent State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in therapy for the severely mentally ill and autistic populations.
Tony has been on the Board of Directors since late 2017. He currently serves on the Governance and Finance Committees and previously was on the Operations Committee.
While this is Tony's first experience as a member of any board, he has a true love for University Settlement and has served as Security for the Tuesday Evening Meals for the past 11 years. Tony is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and has recruited them as continuous volunteers for the Evening Meals. Tony is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville Pennsylvania. Tony currently serves as the personal bailiff to Judge Michael John Ryan at Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court for the past nine years. Tony has a true love for University Settlement and is looking forward to doing more on the Board. He excited to see the continued growth and service that University Settlement brings to the community.
Scott joined the University Settlement board in May of 2018 and currently serves on the Development committee.
Scott has experience working to strengthen communities that align with the mission of University Settlement. He has spent his career with real estate development firms specializing in affordable housing and mixed-income communities. Today, he is the Vice President of Strategic Marketing for The NRP Group of Cleveland. He holds an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Steven Blake Zinn M.D.
Dr. Zinn began serving on the Board of Directors of University Settlement in July of 2018. He is currently on the Development Committee.
Actively retired, Dr. Zinn practiced Psychiatry for 45 years as a Clinician, Educator, Medical Director, and Program Administrator. He graduated from CWRU Medical School in 1970. After two years with the Public Health Service in Washington, D.C. at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and four years of residency at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Dr. Zinn returned to Cleveland where he started the adolescent psychiatry service at University Hospitals. He was also the Medical Director of Adolescent Services at St. Luke’s Hospital and Windsor Hospital. He served at Beech Brook Residential Treatment Center as a Consultant and Medical Director. At the time, he was also the Beech Brook Child and Adolescent Consultant to Murtis Taylor. Dr. Zinn is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Zinn sees the creative potential for University Settlement in Slavic Village as the community strives to rebuild and organize social, educational, and employment structures in the community.