Class of 2013
Richard M. Abel Ph.D.
Class of 1968
Currently Associate Professor in the Doctor of Arts in Leadership Program at Franklin Peirce University’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Dr. Abel has had distinguished careers in both publishing and higher education. After earning his B.A. at Miami University, he went on to earn his Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. He spent nineteen years as the director of two university presses (University Press of New England and the University Press of Mississippi) and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in the fields of English, Literature, Writing, History, American Studies and Leadership. During his tenure as director of the two presses, his leadership skills enabled the organizations to make significant improvements in fiscal soundness to eliminate inherited deficits and become profitable operations, and win numerous awards including “Publisher of the Year” by New England Booksellers Association in 2002, the Umhoefer Prize for Achievement in the Humanities, and the National Jewish Book Award.
Class of 1987
The second youngest of six children, Jim paid for his college education by using the earnings from his high school landscaping business. After graduating from John Carroll University with a B.A., he grew his company, Flattop Landscaping, to service over 300 clients in Cleveland Heights, University Heights, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Shaker Heights, Pepper Pike & Moreland Hills. Jim invested the earnings from Flattop Landscaping into rental properties in Cleveland Heights, where he now has 68 suites throughout the city. At age 34, he purchased the landmark Heights Rockefeller Building at Mayfield & Lee, adding new tenants and renovating the building. In 2012, Jim opened Barle Soup & Sandwich in a renovated storefront with his wife Samantha Glickman, a former teacher at Noble Elementary School. The locally sourced menu is complemented by its interior design which features recycled architectural details from Cleveland’s east side.
Linda Daskal Crowe
Class of 1955
Executive Director of the Califa Group and CEO of the Pacific Library Partnership, Linda Daskal Crowe earned her B.S. and MLS at Case Western Reserve University before receiving her CAS at the University of Illinois. She led the merger of four cooperative library systems in the San Francisco Bay Area that include all the public libraries in Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties. Ms. Crowe founded the Califa Group, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, to enable libraries to purchase services and products cooperatively. With a membership of 220 libraries, it saves the members in excess of $4,000,000 a year. Califa serves as the project manager for a National Science Foundation Grant that brings STEM programming to rural public libraries throughout the country. Ms. Crowe is President of the Women’s Recovery Association, Treasurer of the California Council for the Humanities and President of the Women’s Center in San Mateo County.
Class of 1960
After graduating from Heights and having worked in his family’s kosher meat market, David went on to found Davis Food Company, whose signature product is the highly acclaimed Stadium Mustard. Named after Cleveland Municipal Stadium and served there for years, expansion over four decades has it now available in more than 150 stadiums and arenas, plus grocery stores nationwide. In 1977, TWA Airlines searched for the best hot dog in America, Cleveland Municipal Stadium won because it served its hot dog with Stadium Mustard. Stadium Mustard has even been into space, flying about the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1995. It also flew on two additional missions as well as the International Space Station in 2002. David has made numerous appearances on TV and radio stations, with over 100 articles written about Stadium Mustard in newspapers throughout the country including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Jean Berko Gleason PhD
Class of 1949
Dr. Gleason is one of the world’s leading experts on children’s language and one of the founders of the field of Psycholinguistics. Best known for creating the Wug Test which shows how children learn languages, she is the author of leading textbooks in her field, including The Development of Language, now in its 8th edition. Dr. Gleason earned her A.B. and A.M. at Radcliffe College, her Ph.D. at Harvard and a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, she is currently Professor Emerita at Boston University. Recently featured in the PBS award-winning Nova Science Now series “The Secret Life of Scientists”, she has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, Stanford and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science under the American Psychological Association, she has served as President of the International Association for the Study of Child Language.
Cynthia Moore-Hardy FACHE
Class of 1975
Since 1997, Cynthia Moore-Hardy has been President and CEO of Lake Health (formerly Lake Hospital System) a system of sixteen healthcare facilities in Lake and Geauga counties with over 500 physicians and 2,600 staff members. During her tenure the vision and mission of Lake Health has taken an approach toward community-based service development and improving the health status of the community. A graduate of The Ohio State University, she earned her MBA at Cleveland State University, which has honored her with the CSU Distinguished Alumni Award (2005) and the CSU Outstanding Alumnus of the Nance School of Business (2009). An active part of Lake County, she serves on the boards of Fifth Third Bank, The Holden Arboretum and the Ohio Hospital Association.
Class of 1980
During his 30+ years of employment at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Barry has received multiple awards for the quality of work and service he provides, including the Lena Kaufman Kindness Award, the Service with Heart Award and named Employee of The Year in 1994. A Special Olympics medalist in 1997 and 2001, he is a motivational speaker for the developmentally challenged. A Sun Press Person of the Week in 2005, his book “Why Am I So Special” was published in 2013.
David A. Schaefer JD
Class of 1966
Listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2003 and selected as one of Cleveland’s Top 50 Lawyers by Ohio Super Lawyers, David is a Principal with McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman. He earned his B.S. at Miami University, his M.A. at Northwestern University and his J.D. at Case Western Reserve University. Named a leading lawyer in Northeast Ohio by Inside Business Magazine four years in a row, a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America – Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, David is a Life Member of both the 6th Circuit Judicial Conference and 8th District Judicial Conference.
Peggy Leuten Wasserstrom
Class of 1954
With over 40 years of community service and volunteering, Peggy Wasserstrom has played a positive role in improving the lives of individuals in all walks of life and in strengthening the organizations she has been affiliated with. Peggy’s service has been as diverse as Cleveland itself, ranging from the Ohio Humanities Council and Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court to the Hebrew Free Loan Association, thirty years service on the Jewish Community Center’s Board of Trustees and the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, with a focus on Soviet émigré resettlement. Her latest work has been for the Western Reserve Historical Society as a manuscript processor. Peggy earned her B.A. at Flora Stone Mather College and her M.A. from Case Western Reserve University.
Marcia Wexberg JD
Class of 1971
Marcia Wexberg has balanced being a leader in estate and succession planning with expansive community involvement with The Cleveland Foundation, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland and University Hospitals. Marcia earned her B.A. at Miami University, her J.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and her LL.M. at Temple University. Partner and Chair of the Estate and Succession Planning Practice at Calfee, Halter and Griswold, she has earned multiple awards for her success in fundraising efforts for multiple local organizations. In 2009 she received the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award for demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities.