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Purple America Advisory Board



Patricia Frost-Brooks, Co-Chairwoman, Purple America, Past President, Ohio Education Association - Cleveland, Ohio


John WilsonCo-Chairman, Purple America, Retired Executive Director, NEA – Raleigh, North Carolina



​Business Advisory Cabinet

Christopher ConnorCo-Chair, Business Advisory Cabinet, Chairman & CEO, The Sherwin-Williams Company – Cleveland, Ohio

Alan Hassenfeld, Co-Chair, Business Advisory Cabinet, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Hasbro, Inc. – Providence, Rhode Island

Frank Savage, Co-Chair, Business Advisory Cabinet CEO, Savage Holdings, LLP – New York, New York

​Vice Chairs


John Butte, Vice Chair, Purple America, President, John Butte & Associates – Cleveland, Ohio

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Vice Chair, Purple America, Retired Pastor, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church – Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Eugene Sanders, Vice Chair, Purple America, Former Cleveland Schools CEO - Cleveland, Ohio

Ratanjit Sondhe, Vice Chair, Purple America, Founder, Discoverhelp, Inc. – Cleveland, Ohio



Ken Lanci, Chairman Emeritus, Project Love-Purple America, CEO, Consolidated Graphics – Cleveland, Ohio

Stuart Muszynski, President & CEO, Values-in-Action Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio

Advisory Board Members


Joe Bernstein, Retired, – Boca Raton, FL


Nicholas Bertram, Senior Vice President of Store Strategy & Execution, Ahold

Russell Bishop, Editorial Director, Huffington Post Media Group – New York, New York


James "Jamie" Callender, Jr., Managing Partner, Callender Law Group

Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, III, Pastor Abyssinian Baptist Church, President SUNY Old Westbury – New York, New York


David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Organizational Behavior, CWRU – Cleveland, Ohio

Ed Davidson, Former Project Love Chair, CEO, Cooperative Lending Resources – Stamford, Connecticut

Barry Doggett, Retired, Community and Government Affairs, Eaton Corp. – Cleveland, Ohio


Matt Dolan, Attorney, Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan, LPA - Cleveland, OH

Amir Dossal, Founder & Chairman, Global Partnerships Forum – Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations - New York, NY

Sander Flaum, CEO, Flaum Navigators – New York, New York

Dr. Charlotte Frank, Executive VP, McGraw Hill Companies – New York, New York

Avery Friedman, Esq., National Constitutional Law Expert/CNN Legal Commentator – Cleveland, Ohio

Jennifer Gambatese, Broadway Star – New York, New York


Philip Goldsmith, Former CEO, School District of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Eric Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District – Cleveland, Ohio

Ida Haber, Community Activist – Cleveland, Ohio


Tim Hagan, Stella Maris - Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Thomas Harvey, Associate Professor of Economics & Finance, Ashland University – Ashland, Ohio

Brian Heller, SVP, GlobalSpec – Fairfax, Virginia

Tom Hopkins, Senior VP, HR, Sherwin Williams – Cleveland, Ohio

Greg Johnson, High School Music Teacher, Former Executive Committee Member of NEA – Mustang, Oklahoma

Marci Koblenz, Executive Director, Companies That Care – Chicago, Illinois

Peter Lawson Jones, Attorney – Cleveland, Ohio


Steve Leber, – New York, New York


Bill Lennon, Lokring Technology - Cleveland, Ohio

Bill Mason, Former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor – Cleveland, Ohio

Rev. Marvin McMickle Ph.D., President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School – Rochester, New York

Jerry Molen, Producer, “Schindler’s List” – Whitefish, Montana

Marc Pollick, Founder, The Giving Back Fund – Los Angeles, California

Sandra Roberts, Director, The Paper Clips Project – Whitwell, Tennessee

Chris Ronayne, President, University Circle Inc. – Cleveland, Ohio

Peter Rzepka, Transcon Builders, Democratic Leader – Cleveland, Ohio

Terry Scott, Retired, Hasbro – Providence, Rhode Island

Donald Seymour, Former Digital Director, Speaker John Boehner – Washington, DC

Bernie Siegel, MD, Physician & Author – Woodbridge, Connecticut


Ronald Thorpe, President & CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Washington, DC

Peter Tuttle, Former CEO, Jobserve USA – Cleveland, Ohio

Jerry Wareham, President, WVIZ/PBS Ideastream – Cleveland, Ohio


Juan Williams, Fox News Analyst

Sheila Wyse, Advertising Executive – Cleveland, Ohio

Peter Yarrow,  Folk singer, Operation Respect – New York

Fred Zeidman, CEO, Zeidman Associates, Republican Leader – Houston, Texas

In Memoriam


Alan Schonberg, Co-Founder, Management Recruiters International – Cleveland, Ohio


Steve Wing, CEO, Wings Consulting – Washington, DC

Marc Wyse, Advertising Executive – Cleveland, Ohio

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