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SLGC Welcomes New Provisionals!

Susan White

First and second year Provisionals.  Missing:  Robin McIntosh, Jennifer Hartford

Shaker Lakes Garden Club welcomes six new provisional members.  

Deborah Donahey Coakley (Mrs. Thomas F.)
Proposer: Anne Ames, Seconders: Barb Shockey, Ann Cicarella, Pat Brownell

A native Clevelander, Debbie has pulled back from a very busy design career and looks forward to having the time to pursue all things garden club! She studied photography in college, specialized in Gardens and nature, has spent her design career designing garden spaces for retirement communities, and has a special interest in Historic spaces and restorations. Having left her beautiful gardens on Parnell for Moreland Courts,  she has helped to re-establish the courtyard gardens there has discovered a passion for vertical gardening, and has created an enviable one on her fire escape! Debbie looks forward to learning more about flower arranging

Lori Hull Cohen
Proposer: Amy Paine, Seconders: Caroline Borrow, Amy Cascio, Diane Christ

Lori is currently employed as the marketing/event coordinator for The Cleveland Orchestra. An active and supportive Mother to her two daughters, she has served on the parent association executive boards of both HB and Gilmour. Lori has been an active community advocate as president of the Fernway Neighborhood Association, the Board of Doboma Theatre, and served on various diversity committees for the city of Shaker Heights. When she attended Patrick Blanc’s presentation her first thought was “we need to get a vertical garden going in Wade Oval outside of Severance”! Lori has a passion for horticulture, an interest in conservation and a desire to learn about flower arranging.

Elizabeth Commes Faremouth ( Mrs. Michael)
Proposer: Joan Mullen, Seconders: Amy Cascio, Cathy LoPresti, Amy Miller

Elizabeth left her career with General Electric to raise her two children, and volunteer with their schools and activities. She currently serves on the Executive Committee at HB as the Grants Coordinator where her dependability, business sense and leadership skills have garnered praise from the school community. Elizabeth has a love of culinary herb gardening, a passion for container gardening, and a keen desire to engage in our programming and learn about the history of SLCG!

Meg Walsh Furey (Dr. Chris)
Proposer: Lynn Lehmann, Seconders: Sarah Dimling, Pam O’Halloran, Margaret Ransohoff

A part –time nurse practitioner at The Cleveland Clinic and mother of two school aged boys Meg has also found the time to “wow” Margaret with her garden! Her home has been featured not once, but twice on the “Gracious Gardens of Shaker” tour. This is the home previously owned by Laurie Jacobs, and from the moment they moved in she has worked to maintain, enhance and expand the gorgeous landscape and gardens. Meg is involved with the Shaker Schools and The Nature Center, and we welcome her artistic talents, enthusiasm and love of photography

Jennifer McCreary Hartford  (Mrs. Robert)
Proposer: Suzanne Doggett, Seconders: Anne Ginn, Binney Fouts, Mary Susan Lyon

A native Clevelander, and with many ties to Shaker Lakes Garden Club we are thrilled that Jennifer is ready to join our ranks. Having been asked many times, she feels now that she can devote herself to SLGC! An accomplished designer, she is a Board member of CMA Paintings and Drawings Society, and a Sunbeam Board Sustainer. Jennifer has given her time to her athletic passion as an Executive Board member of Urban Squash, all while being an involved parent of two daughters at HB. (Who are both blue ribbon winners in a GCA flower show). We welcome her enthusiasm and engagement in our club wholeheartedly!

Suzanne Moore Taigen (Dr. Tyler)
Proposer: Leslie Marting, Seconders: Mary Herrick, Catherine Levy, Lisa Mortimer

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Suzanne moved to Cleveland in 2007 when her husband’s cardiology career brought him to Northeast Ohio. Since arriving, and with three small children she has demonstrated her desire to become an active member of the community. Suzanne has been President of the Sunbeam Board, chaired its annual sale, and is currently the President of the PTA at Onaway School. An accomplished needle pointer, she also has great desire to learn more about gardening as she restores the garden of her home which formerly belonged to Webb Chamberlain! We welcome her enthusiasm, energy and leadership skills to our club!

Welcome, Ladies!