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.
Amy Myers holds the coveted role of Chief Operating Officer for the Myers household, which includes her husband Greg and their three children. Amy has a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University.
Having two children with learning differences has put Amy on the path of advocacy for their educational needs. Throughout her journey, Amy has developed a passion for networking with other families and creating a community where children and parents can feel supported in their journey.
In addition to being an active member of the Lawrence School Board of Trustees, Amy is actively engaged in her community. She serves The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Parent’s Education Network, the Chagrin Falls PTO, the Chagrin Valley Trails Homeowners Association, and she leads a Girl Scout troop.
In her free time, Amy enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, as well as travelling and reading.Collapse
Robert B. Port
Rob Port is a Partner at Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP. He has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, including class action, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, enforcement of non-compete agreements, employee raiding, unfair compensation, and trade secrets.
Before earning his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Rob worked as a senior engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation. He received his Bachelor of Science from Drexel University and his master’s in mechanical engineering from The Catholic University of America.
In addition to serving on the Lawrence School Board of Trustees, Rob is a longtime member, and former chair, of the Camp Wise Committee at the Mandel Jewish Community Center. Rob is also a former member of the Board of Trustees for the Mandel Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Community Relations Committee.
Rob lives with his wife Cyndi, their three children, and two dogs in Beachwood. His daughter is a current high school student at Lawrence.Collapse
Rob G. Risman
Second Vice President
Rob Risman is the President/CEO of Burton Carol Management LLC, a property management firm with properties in Ohio, Florida, and Michigan. He coordinates, directs, and oversees all legal matters, supports, and assists in-house divisions with regard to all aspects of day-to-day company affairs and operations. Additionally, Rob directs company acquisition and disposition strategies.
Rob is a member of the Florida and New York Bar Associations and holds a corporate council designation for his company with the Ohio Bar. Rob is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Ohio.
In addition to serving on Lawrence School’s Board of Trustees, Rob is a member of the following boards: Kent State University Foundation Board, University Hospitals Board of Trustees, Ohio Apartment Association Board, and the Case Western Reserve University Cancer Council.
He received his bachelor’s from Tulane University before earning his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law.
Rob and his wife Trish live in Chagrin Falls with their two sons. They are proud Lawrence parents.Collapse
Nadya Scheiner earned her Bachelor of Arts in women's studies at Duke University and a Juris Doctor degree at Stanford University Law School. She has spent her adult life experiencing the world as a student, attorney, teacher, and artist.
Raised in Washington D. C., Nadya has also lived in Boston, San Francisco, and New York City and Boston. Her professional experience included working as an attorney for a New York law firm and for the New York Civil Liberties Union. She also taught upper school history at several independent schools.
For the past decade, Nadya has worked as an artist in Beachwood, specializing in pen, pencil, acrylic, and mixed media. The majority of her current art focuses on the written word centered around the themes of womanhood, symmetry, disruption of order, surrealism, serenity, and discomfort.
Nadya lives in Shaker Heights with her three children.Collapse
Elaine E. Schulte, MD, MPH
Dr. Elaine Schulte earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Skidmore College and a medical degree at Albany Medical College. She completed her pediatric residency training at Albany Medical Center Hospital in 1991. She completed a preventive medicine residency in 1993, during which time she earned her master’s in public health. She then joined the faculty at Albany Medical College. During her tenure in Albany, Elaine served as the pediatric residency program director and the division chief of general pediatrics. In 1996, she founded the international adoption program, which she directed until 2007, when she moved to the Cleveland Clinic.
Elaine was the Chair of the Department of General Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic until 2017. During that time, in addition to her administrative responsibilities, she maintained an active clinical practice, with specific interests in learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, lead poisoning, immunizations, and residency education. She was also the Medical Director of the Adoption Program at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. Additionally, she co-founded and still co-directs the Center for Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Currently, Elaine is the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx. She is responsible for overseeing the professional development of the 250 faculty members. She is also the medical director of the newly formed Adoption Program.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and serves on several committees focusing on physician leadership, mentorship, and adoption. She has been a board member at Lawrence School since June 2008, serves as the school’s medical director, and is a parent of a former Lawrence School student.Collapse
Karen Lipman Steiger
Karen Lipman Steiger is an alumna of John Carroll University, with a master’s in English literature. Until 2014, Karen worked as the Director of the Jewish Volunteer Network and Coordinator of Chaplaincy Program at the Jewish Federation.
In addition to serving on the Lawrence Board of Trustees, Karen serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of The Gathering Place. She also volunteered at Hawken School and Thomas Jefferson School for Newcomers.
A yoga enthusiast and dog lover, Karen also enjoys spending her free time with her husband Danny and their three children. Her daughter is a graduate of Lawrence School, Class of 2018.Collapse
William B. Ten Eyck III
William Ten Eyck III serves as a Senior Investment Analyst at Cleveland Clinic's Investment Office. He joined the Clinic in March 2020, and was previously employed with TIAA Bank, Alfred I. duPont Charitable Trust, and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.
William holds a Master of Science from The University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in economics from University of Central Florida; where he graduated cum laude. In addition, he is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
He lives in Shaker Heights and enjoys hiking, camping, and watching college and professional football.Collapse
Sara M. Timken
Sara Timken is a spiritual guide, hobby farmer, counselor, master crafter, chef, nutritionist, super spouse, and awesome mother to three wonderful daughters. In her spare time, Sara is a licensed real estate agent for Keller Williams Legacy Group and the leasing agent for a large industrial reuse project in Canton.
She earned her bachelor’s in business economics from the College of Wooster. One of her passions is hobby farming. Sara has raised chickens for farm fresh eggs, managed two large gardens, and is working towards raising other livestock and bees.
In addition to serving on the Lawrence School Board of Trustees, she is the President of the Hoover Swim and Dive Parents Board.
Sara lives on a farm in Canton with her husband Bob and their three daughters. She loves spending time with her family and friends. Her oldest daughter is a graduate of Lawrence School, Class of 2017.Collapse
Jenifer B. Garfield
Jenifer Garfield served as a Lawrence School trustee for 46 years, seeing firsthand the school’s transformation from an after-school tutoring program for struggling readers to a thriving K-12 school on two campuses.
Upon retiring from the board, Jenifer was designated as Trustee Emerita, a distinction reserved for extraordinary service and commitment to the mission of school. There is no higher honor Lawrence can bestow.
Jenifer and her late husband Bob co-chaired the capital campaign that built the Upper School campus. The Garfield Theatre is named in their honor. Jenifer continues to be a tireless champion of Lawrence School and the children we serve.
In addition to her philanthropic work, Jenifer worked professionally as a successful real estate agent for many years. She is the proud mother of three grown children and a grandson. She lives in Judson Park in Cleveland Heights and enjoys the theater and spending time with her family and countless friends.Collapse
Susan R. Karas
Susan Karas brings over 30 years of experience working in healthcare, education, and social services to her work today. Susan is founder and president of Akouo, LLC, a counseling, coaching, and consulting enterprise that combines expertise in counseling and supervision with an understanding, passion, and drive to help small nonprofits achieve organization effectiveness and greater impact. Akouo is a Greek word that translates to “I listen”, a guiding principle of the organization.
Her diverse professional background has taken her from critical care nursing to agency and private practice counseling to university teaching and seminar presentations. Her interest in nonprofit work spans three decades. She is a founding member of the Northeast Ohio Bereavement Council and served on the advisory board of Cornerstone of Hope.
As a member of the Board of Trustees since 2002, Susan served as the President of the Board of Trustees for Lawrence School (2007- 2016). During her tenure, she was instrumental in co-leading the school through a period of transformative change.
Susan is a member of the Hellenic Preservation Society and runs several youth programs at St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church. The time spent directing the young adult Greek dance troupe and rap sessions for teens are among her favorite activities. She also serves on Cleveland Clinic Children's Leadership Council.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baldwin Wallace University and a master’s in clinical counseling from the University of Akron. Her post-graduate work is in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, and leadership development. She holds current licenses in both Nursing and Counseling in the State of Ohio.
A lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, Susan lives in Richfield with her husband Arthur. They have two grown children who are making their way in the world from New York and Boston. Her son is a graduate of Lawrence School, Class of 2010.Collapse
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