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Highland Foundation names new chairman, adds four trustees

8/15/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Eric Stasiowski
GRANGER — The Highland Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently approved the nomination of Eric Stasiowski to chairman of the Medina County-based nonprofit organization.

Stasiowski, a three-year trustee, is responsible for leading the independent board and accelerating the foundation’s mission to offer educational enrichment grants, scholarships and programs that benefit the Highland Local School District community. He replaces previous chair Craig Bailey, whose term concluded June 30.

A native of Williamstown, Mass., Stasiowski has nearly two decades of global corporate marketing and communications leadership experience. He currently is the director of communications for PPG Industries’ Architectural Coatings business. Stasiowski received a bachelor of science degree in communications from Ithaca College and a master of business administration (MBA) from Penn State University.

Previous community leadership roles include chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival grand parade in Canton and founder/chairman of Lancaster Young Professionals in Lancaster, Pa.

Stasiowski resides in Montville with his wife, Donna, and their daughter, Hannah, a fourth-grade student at Granger Elementary School.

In addition, Barbara Dzur, a commercial real estate marketing director; Carol Florian, a cultural change management and information technology consultant; Keith Heichel, a financial planning executive; and Jill Hennessey, a commercial banking market leader, are the latest community leaders to join The Highland Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The board approved their nominations at a recent meeting; each will serve a three-year term effective immediately.

Dzur is the marketing director for the Gerspacher Real Estate Group. She is a Highland graduate, former Highland High School guidance counselor and administrator at the Medina County Career Center. Dzur has a bachelor of science degree from Muskingum University and a master of education from Kent State University. She is a founding board member and graduate of Leadership Medina County, and she was the recipient of the LMC Leadership in Public Service Award and the Medina County Economic Development Corporate Citizen Award. Dzur lives in Medina Township and has a daughter, Heidi, who is a special education teacher.

Florian is president of Symetosphere LLC, a cultural change management and information technology consulting firm based in Medina. A Highland graduate, Florian has a bachelor of science degree from Baldwin-Wallace with majors in accounting, mathematics and finance. She and her husband, Jim, are active in the Highland Schools Athletic Booster Club. Their three children graduated from Highland, along with Florian’s stepson. In addition to her Highland Foundation responsibilities, Florian is an adviser for the Sharon Flying Horse and Pony 4-H Club.

Heichel is president of Pinnacle Wealth Planning Services in Medina. He has a bachelor of arts degree in finance from Baldwin-Wallace College and has earned the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP) and Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC) designations. Heichel and his wife, Karen, have four children, Kayla, Katelyn, Kelsey and Kevin. They reside in Sharon.

Hennessey is a senior vice president and market leader of Commercial Banking in Northern Ohio for The PNC Financial Services Group. She is a board member for The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and Christian Education at the Medina United Church of Christ. Hennessey graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications and earned an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace. She resides in Granger with her husband, Jim, and their three children, Megan, Matthew and Mitchell.


Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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