2011-12 Speaker List

We are excited to announce the following speakers for The Honors Academy's Leadership Lecture Series. 

Terry Pluto
sports columnist • faith columnist • author • public speaker
Thu September 22, 2011 9:00 AM

Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for the Plain Dealer. He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nation's top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers.

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Clement Persaud
Professor of Medical Microbiology and Biotechnology
Tue November 8, 2011 12:45 PM

South American-born Dr. Clement Persaud is a pro-life microbiologist who speaks on Biblical responses to bioethical issues. An expert on cloning and embryo-research legislation, he has testified before government agencies in Canada and devotes much of his time to sanctity of life issues.

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Ed FitzGerald
Cuyahoga County Executive
Wed November 9, 2011 11:10 AM

Ed FitzGerald has spent more than two decades in service to others-as a community volunteer, Congressional staff member, FBI Special Agent, Assistant County Prosecutor, City Councilman, Mayor of Lakewood, Ohio and now Cuyahoga County’s first County Executive.

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Natalie Ronayne
Executive Director, Cleveland Botanical Gardens
Wed November 30, 2011 8:10 AM

In addition to a longstanding passion for the Garden's mission of urban greening, education and conservation, Natalie possesses strong administrative and financial skills and a significant knowledge of the community, its residents, its public officials, and those of us dedicated to plants, the environment, and making Greater Cleveland the best place in the country to work, study, and play.

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Paul Clark
Regional President - PNC Bank, Cleveland
Wed December 7, 2011 11:30 AM

Paul Clark is active in a number of civic and business organizations, serving on the boards of directors of Baldwin-Wallace College, Cleveland Rock and Roll,Inc., Great Lakes Science Center, Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Playhouse Square Foundation, Team NEO, The Union Club, The United Way of Greater Cleveland, University Circle, Inc., University Hospitals Health Systems, Inc. and the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

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Mary-Alice Frank
CEO - American Red Cross of Northern Ohio
Wed January 18, 2012 0:00 AM

Mary-Alice received the prestigious PRSA John Hill award, given annually to the Greater Cleveland CEO who best exhibits outstanding understanding of and support for communications.

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Jill Snyder
Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
Wed February 15, 2012 11:10 AM

Jill Snyder has served as the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland since November 1996. MOCA Cleveland is a unique and dynamic contemporary art museum whose mission is to push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and exploration through exhibitions, publications, education and outreach programs. Snyder is responsible for a 20-member staff, fundraising for a $1.7 million budget and currently is overseeing a $32M new building project.  

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Mike Snyder
WTAM Radio Anchor and Sports Director
Tue April 3, 2012 8:15 AM

Mike has been the sports director for WTAM since 1990 and was inducted into the Ohio Broadcast Hall of Fame in November 2000.

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Curt Moll
Chairman of the Board and CEO - MTD Holdings Inc
Wed May 16, 2012 8:10 AM

Curt Moll joined MTD Products as a project engineer in 1963 and worked his way through the ranks to become President in 1973 and Chairman and CEO in 1980.  MTD has a reputation around the world for excellence in quality and service and, under Curt’s guidance, the original core values of the company’s founders remain the basis of what MTD stands for today.

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Colin McHugh

Business Student, Collegiate Athlete (Football); Alum 2008

Both through academics and sports, my experience at Lutheran West has indeed impacted my life positively and immensely.


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