AAWR Board

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Phillip Bautista, President, is a lawyer and partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, practicing in the areas of intellectual property and litigation. Phil advises both individuals and institutional clients on the management, protection, and licensing of their intellectual property. Phil also has significant first-chair experience litigating business cases throughout the United States and before federal and state courts and arbitrators, focusing on cases that involve trademarks, copyright, patents, and trade secrets. Phil also has extensive experience in litigation involving commercial, product liability, engineering, and construction matters.

Stuart Pearl, Vice President, joined the AAWR board in 2013. He is a lifelong Clevelander who loves to promote our city’s growth and transformation. The Innerbelt Bridge Project, our urban skyline and the Emerald Necklace all present opportunities for telling stories through the art of photography. His goal is to create images that have lasting impact. Stuart does this by carefully framing and timing his compositions in a way that creates an engaging narrative between photograph and viewer. He always strives to gain access to unique sites around Cleveland that at first may appear common but actually tell the story of the city beginning at its core. Stuart then shares these stories through his blog, print exhibits, and community engagement.

Dave Joranko, Treasurer, CPA, started with the AAWR in 2011 and is an international tax advisor with Ernst & Young LLP. He has over 25 years of experience in accounting firms advising a variety of large and mid-size U.S. multinational corporations. He graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Business Administration/English and received a J.D. from Ohio State University College of Law.

Jocelyn Ruf, Secretary, is retired and a former Senior Executive and Line of Business Manager of Key Bank. A community activist and supporter of the arts through collection of prints and decorative arts, she is also a Member of the Print Club, Member of Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and a Donors Circle Member of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Jocelyn is also a Board Member of the Intown Club, Member of the Finance Council and Sustainer Council, Junior League of Cleveland, Inc., and Member of the UH Seidman Cancer Center Leadership Council. She is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Positive Education Program (PEP) and former Treasurer and President of the Board of Directors of Moreland Courts Condominium Association.

Board Members

Michael Bowen, Board Member, is a Juris Doctorate graduate of Cleveland – Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University , Cleveland Ohio. While in college he was on the Dean’s List, The Dean’s Advisory Council and Vice president of the Black Students’ Association. He also holds a BA from Miami University, Oxford Ohio. His past work experience includes: Field Director for the Arts and Culture Action Committee, Cleveland, Ohio, Executive Assistant to the Mayor City of Lakewood, Lakewood, Ohio. He is currently employed by Taft, Stettinius, & Hollister, Cleveland, Ohio as a Law Clerk, and Litigation Associate pending bar results.

Richard Cline, Board Member, joined the AAWR board in 2013. Richard works as a member in the Litigation Department for McDonald Hopkins. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation with a specific emphasis on financial services and real estate litigation. He represents banks, financial institutions, owners, contractors, suppliers, sureties, utilities, title companies, and commercial landlords and tenants on a wide range of issues. Rich is involved in complex commercial litigation in both federal and state courts and has practiced in courts throughout the country. He regularly represents a Fortune 100 utility company in real estate and construction litigation matters.

Lee Heinen, Board Member, has been an Archived Artist since 2009.  She attended Douglas College in New Jersey, Cleveland Institute of Art, Instituto de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and graduated from Ursuline Collage with a BA in English. Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections, among them are Google Inc, Dublin, Ireland, PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, Pa, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Oh, Eaton Corp, Cleveland, Oh, B F Goodrich Corp, Charlotte, NC.  She maintains a studio in Cleveland’s Little Italy.  Harris Stanton Gallery and Saatchi represent her work.  Lee has been gallery curator for the Intown Club of Cleveland for the past 10 years, creates flower arrangements for the Cleveland Museum of Art and serves on two AAWR board committees.

Stacy Hunter, Board Member, attended Wittenberg University, graduating from Case Western Reserve University with honors with a B.A. and M.A. in History with a specialization in Museum Studies.

For the last twenty years she has run a consulting firm specializing in small non-profits, small businesses, museums, and historical societies. She has expertise in development, fundraising, event planning, marketing and PR, organizational management, collection management, museum administration, historic interiors, and curatorial practice. She holds certification in historic preservation and non-profit management as well. For the last ten years, Stacy’s focus has been on staging and styling for both the private residence and business, as well as for fundraising events, particularly silent auctions. She also oversees individual private events.

She has also been an active volunteer in the greater Cleveland area for the last twenty years in various capacities based on her varying expertise. For the last several years she has had the pleasure of consulting for Hopewell’s “Summer Solstice” event as well as overseeing their Silent and Live Auction. She currently serves on the Board of the Shaker Historical Society.

Suzan Kraus, Board Member, A move to Texas in 1998 started Suzan pursuing her dream of becoming an artist leaving floral & garden design far behind in her native Ohio. While in Houston and nearly 50 years of age, she attended the Glassell School of Art, studied privately with various prominent Houston artists & took Chinese brush painting instruction at Rice University. During this time in Houston, her work was accepted into 2 galleries and she won awards at the Watercolor Art Society, Houston. As a member of the Society of Layerists in Multi Media her work was juried into a show at the Albuquerque Museum of Art. Upon returning to Ohio her work has been juried into a number of prestigious places such as The Butler Museum of American Art, The Erie Museum, and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art. Most recently she has become a member of the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve, where she is chairwoman of both the Exhibition Committee and the Peer Review and Recruitment Committee. Her preferred method of doing art is collage/mixed media where she can incorporate beautiful handmade papers that come from around the world along with other materials into one piece of art to create an interesting, eclectic mix of layers.

Vincent Monnier, Board Member, MD, has been a board member since 2011 and his wife Adele Marihatt is an Archived Artist at the AAWR. Vincent obtained his medical degree and diploma in Chemistry from the University of Basel, Switzerland. From 1977-82, he did postdoctoral research on the advanced Maillard reaction in vivo with Anthony Cerami, Ph.D. at Rockefeller University (New York, NY). In 1982, he joined the Institute of Pathology where he did his residency in Clinical Pathology (1982-85). His research focuses on the structure and significance of protein modification by advanced Maillard reaction and oxidation products in aging and age-related diseases, including diabetes, cataract, and end stage renal disease. Currently, he is Professor of Pathology and Biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University.

Rota Sackerlotzky, Board Member, has been on the AAWR board since 2008. During her undergraduate years, Rota studied art and graduated summa cum laude from the College of New Jersey; she also received her M.A. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University. She was the director of the Cleveland Artists Foundation in the early 1990’s and continued there for several years as its curator. Throughout her career, Rota has had many of her writings published for such notable arts organizations as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Artists Foundation. Currently, Rota is a freelance art historian, writer, and curator.

John Sargent III, Board Member, joined the AAWR board in 2013. National institutions such as The Supreme Court of the United States have collected John A Sargent III’s paintings. He currently has work up in the Ohio Governor’s Mansion. He has completed many private and public commissions: The Ronald McDonald House, and the Lillian and Betty Ratner School among them. He has had his work published on the cover of nationally distributed Reviews. He recently had the privilege of having a small work in the 2013 Venice Biennale. John regularly works with galleries in Ohio, New York, and Florida. He has participated in numerous national juried shows. His work can be found in corporate and private collections around the country including Progressive Insurance, The Cleveland Clinic, The Weatherhead School of Management, Pfizer as well as collections internationally. John recently gave a teaching seminar at the Albright Knox in Buffalo, NY.

Herbert Ascherman, Jr., Honorary Director, began his service on the AAWR’s board in 2009. A fourth-generation Clevelander, he is considered by many as one of this nation’s foremost living portrait photographers. Herb has been creating fine art and professional portraiture for more than 35 years specializing in black and white and the resurgent art of platinum photography. Internationally recognized for his photographs of people in creative, commercial, and social settings, Herb’s work has been exhibited and commercially published throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, and India. He has taught for over 30 years (including at the Cleveland Institute of Art), appeared on many television and radio programs, and authored three books on portraiture as well as numerous articles and essays.

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