We are so thankful to each one of our board members who dedicates their time and resources to help Habitat for Humanity of Summit County to continue to succeed and grow.
Thank you for all your hard work!
Marie Brilmyer, CPA, MAcc - Board President
Partner, Assurance Cohen & Company
Marie has close to 20 years of experience performing assurance services to closely held businesses. She helps private companies of all sizes work through a variety of technical issues and provides consulting services to assist clients with special projects. Although she works with clients in a number of industries, an additional focus area for Marie lies in working with not-for-profit organizations. Her significant background gives her the necessary credentials and knowledge to perform audits in accordance with the Uniform Guidance.
Marie lives in Akron, Ohio, with her husband and their three children. When she is not cheering on her kids at swim meets, baseball games, or soccer matches, she volunteers her time on a local, state, and national level. She is an avid volunteer in the Akron community, currently serving on the Boards of Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, Victim Assistance Program, and Firestone Akron Swim Team. In addition, she volunteers for committees for the Ohio Society of CPAs (Women’s Initiatives Committee) and the American Institute of CPAs (Technical Issues Committee).
Patrick Miller - Vice President
Reliance Standard Insurance
Patrick has served in this capacity since November 2007. He worked for Standard Insurance Company for two decades where he held various roles of increasingly responsible sales & management positions in both home office and the field environments. Prior to joining Reliance Standard, Mr. Miller was President of Client First Group of Ohio which provided employee benefit consulting for clients which employed 1,000 plus employees. Mr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from University of Oregon.
Thomas Orcutt - Treasurer
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Thomas Orcutt is Vice President and Business Relationship Manager for JP Morgan Chase Bank. Tom has more than 27 years of banking and financial services experience. Tom lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife and their 4 children. He enjoys outdoor activities with his family and spending time with his wife working on their century home.
Jake Frego - Secretary
Bank of America
Jake is married to Janet, and they have four children. He serves on various boards at Archbishop Hoban High School, the University of Notre Dame, and Habitat for Humanity Summit County.
Rick Dodson - Immediate Past President
Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC/Member SIPC
City of Akron
Now, as Mayor Horrigan’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Administration, she serves as the lead on City communications, branding and messaging, oversees the Communications staff, government and community relations, and manages any Mayor’s Office strategic initiatives deemed appropriate by the Mayor.
Reverend Ron Shultz
Family of Faith UMC
Akron Children’s Hospital
Roetzel and Andress
Tucker Ellis, LLP
University of Akron - Retired
A long-time volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Dr. Verstraete was elected to the Board in 2016 and is returning to active volunteering with the organization. In her now abundant free time, Dr. Verstraete will focus on her passion for philanthropy, photography, travel and golf.
Kimberly Irvin-Lee, MA, CBA
SENIOR DIRECTOR, ENTREPRENEURSHIP EMPOWERMENT CENTER
Kimberly A. Irvin-Lee is the Senior Director of the Entrepreneurship Empowerment Center and Regional Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) at the Akron Urban League. In her role, she assists Ohio small, minority-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and orchestrates necessary relationships that encourage business growth and development.
Prior to her current role, Irvin-Lee started her career as a Business Counselor within the MBAC, and also the Director of the Connect Your Community computer training program, where she implemented and facilitated the AUL Construction Apprenticeship Program and the Construction Training Program.
Irvin-Lee is an active member in her community supporting the United Way Leadership Giving Campaign and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) through cultural and civic engagement. She has participated on several committees within the Akron Urban League along with local partner organizations, she serves on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Network Leadership Institute, the Stark County Minority Business Association. A previous Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Info Line Akron and has previously served on the Board of Directors for Heart to Heart Communications.
Kimberly Irvin-Lee earned her Master’s & Bachelor’s Degree, respectively, from Malone University. She has 14 years’ experience in accounting, with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting Technology. An Akron native, Irvin-Lee owns a small business in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and enjoys traveling, working with youth and spending time with her husband, Rex, 6 children, 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from Miami University. He enjoys sports, boating & travel and resides in Brecksville with his wife and two children.
Pastor Mark Frey
The Bath Church, UCC
Consultant Oswald Companies
Michael has been with Oswald Companies for 5 years. He is involved with the Knights of Columbus, St. Bernards Church and Hoban High School. He also volunteers with Akron Children’s, Akron Canton Food Bank and the Football Hall of Fame. He is pursuing his MBA from Ohio State and believes in Habitat’s mission. His strengths include leadership skills, critical thinking, and execution of plans. Oswald specializes in non profit Employee Benefits and Property Casualty Insurance.
Attorney, Roetzel & Andress
Dave is an alumni of Torchbearers in Akron, and a 2009 University of Akron law school graduate. He has been with Roetzel and Andress for 10 years, where he primarily practices in the area of personal injury defense, with a specific focus on medical malpractice and products liability. He grew up in a Christian household, and he has strong connections with several local churches and pastors. He is currently a member of Grace Church in Bath, and he has also had previous involvement with Habitat. Additionally, Dave volunteers with Akron Children’s Hospital, and he is a coach for the University of Akron law school’s nationally recognized mock trial team. Dave has a passion for people, and is always willing to help those in need. As a member of the Board, he will use both his legal knowledge and community ties to further the interests of Habitat.
CPA, self employed
Michelle previously was with Meaden & Moore and was our auditor for nearly 10 years. She brings a strong understanding of our financials and a commitment to Habitat of what we do. In addition to her technical abilities in accounting and finance, she is dedicated to being present and engaged and has an overall passion to serve others and make a difference in their lives. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Akron and involved in as the secretary of her condo association board, Leadership Akron alumni, and the Athena events for Akron Community Foundation and the Women’s Endowment Fund.
Senior Vice President Huntington Bank
Lynda is our new relationship manager for Habitat for Humanity. She has 27 years in the banking industry with an MBA from Baldwin Wallace and well as an undergrad in finance. She is passionate about helping people especially those who need access to fundamental basics needs like food, clothing and shelter. She has an objective eye and makes clear decisions as well as being a quick learner and is a strong negotiator. She is active in the Medina and Wadsworth Chambers of Commerce, the Medina Economic Development Fund and attends church at Bethel Cleveland. She volunteers with United Way and the Battered Women’s Shelter.
Akron Public Schools
Summa Health System