The Lawrence School Board of Trustees is comprised of current parents, alumni parents, and community leaders who care deeply about the mission of the school. The responsibility of the Board includes: strategic planning, overseeing financial viability, hiring the Head of School, and working with school leadership to define the mission, vision, and guiding principles.
Lawrence School welcomes students, staff, and trustees of all ages, races, colors, religions, sexes, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, handicaps, and national/ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available at the school. Lawrence School does not discriminate in administration of its education or admission policies, hiring practices, tuition assistance, or other school-related initiatives.
Kathryn A. Barnes
After graduating from William & Jefferson College with a bachelor’s in economics, Kassie spent over 30 years in commercial real estate finance. Her extensive experience included developing new relationships and underwriting commercial real estate investments. Most recently, she served as Director of Investments and Real Estate Investment Manager for National Real Estate Advisors in Washington DC.
Kassie, her husband John, and their son relocated to Northeast Ohio in 2017. In addition to her work on the Lawrence School Board of Trustees, Kassie is a proud Lawrence parent and is an active member of Lawrence School’s Parents Pride.
In her spare time, Kassie enjoys spending time with her family, minding the birds and koi, and cheering on the Nittany Lions of Penn State.Collapse
Kathryn Passov Edelman
Kathryn Passov Edelman is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified Fitness Professional, with specialties in senior fitness, exercise for Parkinson’s patients, and kid’s fitness.
An Arizona State University alumna, Kathryn began her career in Los Angeles working for Gold’s Gym and The Malibu Kids Club, developing kid’s fitness class curriculum and holding lead teaching responsibilities for the latter.
Upon returning to her childhood home of Cleveland, she worked at University Hospital’s One to One Fitness Center before launching her own personal fitness company in 1993. She brought her unique brand of kid’s fitness classes to many preschools, daycare centers and day camps throughout the Cleveland area, including Hudson Montessori, Jewish Day Nursery, Beechmont & Oakwood Day Camps, and Woodside Child Care at Park Synagogue.
As her long-term relationships with her many personal training clients passed the 20-year mark, Kathryn has taken great pride in adapting to the challenges of aging and disease with continuous education and specialties in an ever-evolving field.
A big believer in giving back to her community, Kathryn served on the Board of Shaking With Laughter, a local organization founded to raise funds for Parkinson’s research. She co-chaired the galas from 2011-2017, helping raise over $1.25 million dollars for research.
She also helped facilitate the working group and advisory committee for teen engagement at The Temple Tifereth Israel.
Aside from work, Kathryn enjoys cooking and entertaining, live music, reading, travel and active recreation including kayaking, hiking, skiing and biking.
Kathryn is married to Richard Edelman and a proud mom to kids Ava (Lawrence Class of 2019) and Alex. They live in Shaker Heights.Collapse
William Fudge III
William Fudge III serves as Vice President, Software Engineering at OEConnection. William first joined the company as an intern and has continued to advance through the software engineering ranks at OEC.
Contributing in numerous roles over his 20 years of service, William has held leadership roles in Software Development, Business Intelligence, Infrastructure, and UX/UI.
William holds a Master of Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University, graduating with business honors, and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Akron.
He is thrilled to be a part of the Lawrence School Board of Trustees. In addition, he is a member of the Akron Early College Advisory Board at The University of Akron, and is active in the Northeast Ohio tech community participating in volunteer opportunities and other partnerships.
He lives in Macedonia with his wife Chelci and their two children.Collapse
An alumna of Hillsdale College, Jill Harrington has worked at Boston's Bain & Company and Bain Capital, where she served as Mitt Romney’s administrative assistant. A native Clevelander, she returned to Northeast Ohio to make her mark at Edgepark Surgical. She launched their human resources department, expanded their marketing efforts, and spearheaded the company’s charitable giving program.
Jill has long been a community supporter and spent nine years on University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation Board. She chaired their annual Ride the Rainbow event in 2016 and chaired the Sponsorship Committee for numerous years. During her term, Jill served as the hospital's VP of Development, Secretary of the Executive Team and chaired Rainbow’s Annual Golf Classic.
Jill was appointed to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Board in May 2020 and has been a member of the Connor Integrative Health Network’s Leadership Council since 2015.
Additionally, Jill has served on the Board of Directors for The Gathering Place. She also volunteers extensively for Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center. Jill has served on the Lawrence School Board since 2019.
In addition to being a busy mom of four children and a proud Lawrence parent, Jill enjoys the arts, golf, travel, and playing pickleball!Collapse
Henri Pell Junod, Jr.
Hank Junod spent nine years at Hawken School before attending and graduating from Choate School and Trinity College in Connecticut. Returning to Ohio, he earned his master’s at Case Western Reserve University in political science and history.
Hank’s illustrious career in education has included teaching and administration at Hawken School and University School in Cleveland, as well as an independent school in Tennessee. He also chaired the National Governing Board of the Ripon Society, a moderate Republican “Think Tank” in Washington DC.
Most recently, Hank’s involvements include chairing the boards of Signature Health, Inc. and Central School of Practical Nursing. He also serves on the Boards of Hawken School, the Western Reserve Historical Society, and Lake View Cemetery.
A native Clevelander, Hank is proud to serve on the Lawrence School Board of Trustees. He wishes Lawrence had existed when he was teaching, as many of his former students would have benefited from a Lawrence education.Collapse
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Following her graduation from the University of Cincinnati, Jennifer served as Director of Communications for both News Corp and America Online. She also worked for U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno as Director in the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice.
During her years living in New York City, Jennifer volunteered at the Packer Collegiate Institute, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Jumpstart.
Jennifer is an active member of the Lawrence School Board of Trustees. In 2017, she chaired the New Head Search Committee and currently serves on the Executive Committee and co-chairs Governance.
A native Clevelander, Jennifer moved back to Northeast Ohio from New York City in 2013 with her husband Doug and their three children. Jennifer and her family reside in Pepper Pike and she is a proud Lawrence School parent.Collapse
Nathaniel E. Leonard
Nat Leonard is the Group President of Life Sciences at Smithers, an Akron-based testing and consulting firm. Nat has over 25 years of general management and functional leadership experience. He has run startups and multinational enterprises. Nat’s roles have ranged from running businesses to leading commercial, manufacturing, supply chain, and information technology teams. His industry experience includes financial services, internet startups, construction, electronics, industrial, medical, metals, military systems, vehicle components, and consulting.
He earned his M.B.A. with honors from the Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Arts in computer studies and economics from Northwestern University.
Nat is an engaged and passionate advocate for education, serving on the boards of several private schools. In addition to his years of service on the Lawrence School Board of Trustees, he currently serves on the board of Western Reserve Academy and was head of the board of trustees at Old Trail School.
He and his wife Liz live in Hudson, Ohio. They have two grown daughters. His youngest daughter is a graduate of Lawrence School, Class of 2015.Collapse
Yolanda Hilliard Lucas
Yolanda Hilliard Lucas was born in Richmond, Virginia but she has lived in many different cities throughout the United States. Yolanda graduated from high school in Southfield, Michigan. After high school, she furthered her education at Hampton University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. After taking a marketing class, Yolanda decided to change her career path and pursue sales and marketing. She has worked at various prestigious companies: Xerox, Abbott, Bayer and Johnson & Johnson and has received several certifications and achievement awards.
In 2017, she left her job as Regional Marketing Director for Randall Residence to take a more active role at Lucas Memorial Chapel and to pursue a few of her dreams. However, since Lucas Memorial Chapel’s start in 2000, Yolanda has been involved with community outreach. She sponsored food and clothing drives, conducted memorial ornament services during the holidays, promoted student literacy by giving away books to the community, helped college students by providing scholarships for them and continues to be a proud sponsor of the Garfield Heights Basketball Team. In addition, Yolanda has been speaking and sharing her personal tragedy overcoming testimony at churches, civic organizations and wherever an opportunity presents itself. Even in personal encounters, she never misses an opportunity to encourage and offer hope to people wherever she meets them. Recently, one of her dreams was fulfilled with the launching of Phoenix Luxury Vehicles-transportation services.
Yolanda is a part of the Lion Pride Parents Association at Lawrence School and loves helping parents with children who have learning differences by sharing her story of early intervention and discussing the successful educational option of Lawrence School. She is also a member of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. (Cleveland Chapter). She spearheaded their Flint Water Crisis campaign and has played an active role with Founders Day celebration and previously was Foundation Chair. Yolanda received their “Mother of the Year” award in 2017. In 2018, Yolanda was honored with the Trailblazer award from the Cuyahoga County Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc. She also has been involved with the Cleveland N.A.A.C.P, Hampton Alumni, Area Specialists on Aging, and has served on different executive boards in Northeast Ohio. Yolanda finds great joy in working with churches and charitable organizations to raise both awareness and finances. She was pleased to be a part of the executive team in support of St. James A.M.E. Church’s charitable fund-raising initiative that sponsored CeCe Winans in a benefit Concert in 2017. Yolanda also loves to share the Lucas Legacy story. Five generations of family achievements and displays freedom papers and historical items from 1852 and beyond. In the last year, she’s been actively involved with the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Committee (PAIL). Her mission is to help navigate parents through the grieving process and to reduce infant deaths and racial disparities. Recently, she was featured in a National Geographic article sharing her personal story of pain and loss and she was certified as a Grief Recovery Method Specialist.
Yolanda is passionate about making a difference in her community, reading, sports, traveling, history, photography, and spending time with her family. One of her favorite activities is attending and watching NASCAR races with her son Harper. They both were advocates for the removal of the confederate flag at NASCAR races and were featured on the national news and several other media outlets in 2020. Yolanda is also a woman of faith and believes in the POWER of prayer and positivity.Collapse
Lina Mehta-Pinault, MD
Dr. Lina Mehta is Associate Dean for Admissions at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Professor of Radiology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Mehta is the Chairperson of the National Committee on Admissions, a five-member advisory group that provides guidance on national admissions policies and procedures to the American Association of Medical Colleges.
As a board-certified radiologist, Lina maintains an active clinical practice, with a specialty in nuclear radiology (positron emission tomography is a particular area of interest) and has written and lectured extensively in this area. She has served as the Chairperson for Radiology Risk Management and Quality at University Hospitals of Cleveland and has been a member of the Radiology Board of Directors. She is currently a member of the department’s quality, compensation, and promotion, and tenure committees.
Dr. Mehta graduated from the University of Akron and earned her medical degree at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. She lives in Pepper Pike, Ohio with her husband, Dr. Gilles Pinault. They have a daughter who graduated from Lawrence School in 2021.Collapse
Mark M. Mountain
Mark Mountain is a Senior Vice President Commercial Banking with Wells Fargo in Cleveland, Ohio. Mark’s banking career started at KeyBank. Prior to his successful banking career, Mark was a health inspector for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health before serving as a purchasing agent for a food processing company.
An alumnus of The Ohio State University, Mark earned his Bachelor of Science in food science and finance. He obtained a Master of Business in Finance from Baldwin Wallace University.
Mark joined the Lawrence School Board of Trustees in 2012.
He, his wife Lynn, and their two children reside in Brecksville, Ohio. Their daughter is a high school student at Lawrence.Collapse
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