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.
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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