Executive Director, Claudia Motiu
Ms. Motiu was born in Romania and immigrated to Cleveland, OH with her family. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cleveland State University. She has worked in three industries (Industrial Distribution, Hospitality and Education) and has held HR (Recruiter) and other leadership positions.
She most recently held the position of Director, Employer Outreach at Cuyahoga Community College where she engaged and built relationships with many NE Ohio employers and connected students and alumni to employment opportunities. Ms. Motiu served as a Middleburg Heights Chamber Board member from 2015 – 2021.
She has lived in Middleburg Hts. for 25+ years and enjoys all that the city has to offer–Metroparks, gourmet grocery store (Heinen’s), proximity to interstate I-71, affordable cost of living and much more!!!
President, Geoffrey Dennis, Dollar Bank
Geoffrey has been in retail management and a customer service specialist for over 23 years now. Currently managing the Dollar Bank Loan Center at the Southland branch in Middleburg Heights, he works with customers to assist them with their lending needs. Not being on commission, he is able to provide information and focus on educating the community on options available to them. Geoffrey also works closely with local businesses to partner with them in providing financing options for their customers and helping those businesses grow and thrive. Being a member of the community that contributes to the growth and success of Middleburg Heights is his ultimate goal.
He is a father and husband, and loves to work with others to help them achieve their goals in their business, personal lives and community relations.”
1st Vice President, Karen Raisch-Siegel, LifeWorks of SW General
Karen is the Executive Director of LifeWorks fitness and Director of Comprehensive Women’s Health Care at Southwest General. She holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Akron University and a bachelor’s degree in advertising with a minor in business administration from the University of Florida. Karen is an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace University in the Health and Physical Education Department. She is a certified First Responder for the State of Ohio and a certified group exercise instructor. When she is not juggling her job duties she enjoys time with her two daughters, husband, and French Mastiff, Guiness.
2nd Vice President, Doug Miller, Polaris Career Center
Doug Miller is the Director of Community Outreach at Polaris Career Center, where he has worked in a marketing/PR capacity for over 21 years. Prior to Polaris, he spent 4 ½ years in the Governor’s Economic Development Offices in Cleveland and Akron, linking area employers to various State and local economic development resources and incentives.
Doug has a BA in Political Science from Kent State University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Akron. He also holds a Certificate in Marketing Management from Cleveland State University.
Doug is active in numerous community organizations including chambers and business advisory councils. He currently serves on three area chamber boards of directors.
He is also a youth/CYO baseball, basketball, football and track coach. Doug lives in North Ridgeville with his wife, Ann, and two sons, Josh and Drew.
Past President Advisor, Phillip Henry, Phillips & Mille Co., L.P.A.
Phillip J. Henry lives in Berea with his wife, JoAnn and their three children. Mr. Henry is a Managing Attorney with Phillips & Mille Co., L.P.A. Mr. Henry is experienced in the following types of litigation: consumer protection, foreclosure, commercial litigation, collections, corporate disputes, criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, appellate advocacy and also practices in the area of corporate law. Mr. Henry is a member of the Ohio Bar Association and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations. Mr. Henry was named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Mr. Henry is an active member of St. Adalbert’s Parish in Berea, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister. He also served as President on St. Adalbert’s Parish Council and was a team leader for weekly collections team. Mr. Henry is a member of the Berea-Midpark Middle School and Berea-Midpark High School PTAs, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Berea Chamber of Commerce and the Middleburg Heights Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of Business Network International (BNI) and the Berea Kiwanis Club. Mr. Henry has volunteered with Junior Achievement for the past 8 years at Grindstone Elementary, was a Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 107 for 4 years, and has been a head coach with Lou Groza Football and Berea Youth Soccer Club.
Mr. Henry graduated from the University of Toledo in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from the University of Akron School of law in 1999 with a Juris Doctor degree.
Board of Directors
Tim Noe, Noe Financial Services
Tim is a Registered Representative/Investment Advisor Representative with Ameritas Investment Corporation. He is also the President of Noe Financial Services, Inc., an independent insurance agency specializing in life insurance and long term care insurance. He has 21 years experience in the securities industry, and 27 years experience in the insurance industry.
Tim was President of the Middleburg Heights Chamber of Commerce in 2008, and has served as an officer of the Chamber or on its Board of Directors since 2006. He was named Middleburg Heights Business Person of the Year in 2009. He is currently the Race Director for the Chamber’s annual Mother’s Day Big Creek 5k charity run.
Tim, Laura, and their dog Buddy currently reside in Parma Heights.
Kim Harris, Pathways Caring For Children
Kim Harris is the Community Engagement Manager at Pathway Caring for Children. She handles public relations, fundraising and corporate donations out of their Brook Park office. Prior to Pathway, she spent 16 years in corporate sales while also volunteering much of her time to Strongsville Football League. Today she is a True2U mentor for 8th grade students at Cleveland Public Schools and is also part of Strongsville Rotary.
Kim graduated from Ashland University where she met her husband, Todd, of 22 years. They have one daughter, Kaylee, and live in Strongsville with their yellow lab Charlie.
John Grech, Edward Jones
John Grech is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. He established the Middleburg Heights branch office of Edward Jones in 2009 and was named a Limited Partner with the firm in 2015. John specializes in serving individual investors and small business owners with their financial needs. He provides highly personalized service which helps him better understand and meet his clients’ unique financial goals.
Born and raised in Middleburg Heights, John is very active in the local community. He currently serves as the Past President and Advisor of the Chamber of Commerce after being President in 2015 and 2016. John has often been a presenter of various financial presentations within the Cuyahoga County Public Library system in addition to teaching adult education investment courses at Polaris Career Center.
John is a graduate of Saint Ignatius High School as well as the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. His qualifications include having the following licenses: Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 66 (Uniform Combined State Law), State of Ohio Life Insurance, State of Ohio Health Insurance and he is certified as an Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®).
John resides in Middleburg Heights with his wife, Nancy and their daughter, Vivienne.
Dan Sage, Machor Insurance
When Dan isn’t running his second generation family owned insurance agency with his wife Michelle, you can find him volunteering with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Strongsville, City Club of Middleburg Heights, Boy Scouts of America, Saint John Bosco Church or coaching his kids’ ball teams.
Dave Herwerden, WestPoint Wealth Management, LLC
As a Financial Advisor with WestPoint Wealth Management. Dave enjoys being able to work with families, no matter what stage of life they are in, and help them with ‘planning beyond the obvious.’ He specializes in helping families realize that their financial goals and dreams are attainable- with a little planning, a bit of discipline, and a trusted advisor to help them along the way.
Shelley Chornak, Sage Partners, LLC
Shelley is the owner and President of Sage Partners LLC. Sage Partners is an independent insurance brokerage firm that specializes in Employee Benefit Plans for companies of all sizes, Individual and Family Health Insurance and the Senior Market. Shelley has over 35 years experience in the insurance industry and is currently serves as a Trustee of the Northeast Ohio Health Underwriters Association.
Shelley has been an active member of the Middleburg Hts. Chamber and the Senior Life group at the Middleburg Hts. Recreation Center. She resides with her husband, Mike, in Brook Park. She enjoys traveling and exploring the many bike trails in Ohio.
Charles Bichara, City of Middleburg Heights
Charles Bichara has over twenty years of experience in municipal government, and has been employed with the City of Middleburg Heights since the year 2000.
In 2006, Charles was appointed to be the first Director of Economic Development for the City of Middleburg Heights. His experience in the areas of economic and community development date back to 1992 when he helped establish the Enterprise Zone Program for the City of South Euclid, Ohio where he served as Enterprise Zone Manager and Community Development Coordinator from 1993 to 2003. In recent years, he has served as a consultant to several other Ohio communities by assisting in the administration of various Federal, State, and County community and economic development programs.
Charles has also served as a member of the Governor’s Economic Development Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the Berea City Schools Business Advisory Council, and the Ohio Economic Development Association. In addition, Charles serves on the Board of Directors for the Middleburg Heights Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the Middleburg Heights City Club.
Charles is also a State of Ohio certified Residential Building Inspector and maintains specialty inspector certifications in the area of concrete construction and property maintenance.
A native Clevelander, Charles received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is proud to be a resident of the fine City of Middleburg Heights.
Edvige Rita Camardo, Key Bank
Rita is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, with Minors in Spanish and Business, from the Pennsylvania State University. She’s the daughter and granddaughter of Italian immigrants, and also speaks Italian and Spanish, which has allowed her to further assist her clients and community.
Rita began her banking career in 2006, and is currently the Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager of KeyBank, on Bagley Road, in Middleburg Heights, where she specializes in Small Business Banking and is also a Key4Women Certified Advisor.
Rita has been active with area Chambers of Commerce, having served as a past Executive Board Member for the Eastern Lake County Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as a Board Member for the Middleburg Heights and Olmsted Chambers of Commerce, and is a Power of More Ambassador. Rita has also been a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, a participant in CycleNation, through the American Heart Association, and seeks opportunities to provide financial literacy within the communities.
Rita is passionate about helping businesses and communities thrive and is proud to represent Middleburg Heights.
Jennifer Gosnell, Dollar Bank
Jennifer graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2012 with a B.A. in Finance. She previously worked at Southwest General Health Center. She began her career with Dollar Bank in 2014. She is currently the Service Manager at the Southland Office in Middleburg Heights. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, movies, and travelling.
With over 8 years of experience in retail and business banking, Jennifer is happy to help you with any questions you may have about loans, deposits, credit, retirement, and more.
John Hausman , Tri-C
John Hausman is currently the Liaison, for Campus Community Relations for Tri-C’s Western Campus and Brunswick University Center. Prior to his role with Tri-C, he was an administrator with the City of Cleveland’s Department of Community Development and then the Director of Community Involvement for the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.
Hausman is a member of the Parma Area Chamber of Commerce and North Royalton Chamber of Commerce, a former Malachi House associate board member and a former board member of the Cleveland Tenants Organization. He is also a member of the City Club of Cleveland, serving on its programming committee. A graduate of the Cleveland Bridge Builders program, Hausman was a Twenty-Thirty Club Top 25 Under 35 and received the City of Cleveland Ward 15 Community Service Award in 2013. He currently resides in Parma and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Mike Tomon, Tomon & Sons Funeral Homes
Honorary Board Member