Meet Our Provisional Members 2019-2020
Marcie Bergman proposed by Anne Ginn
Marcie has called Cleveland home since 1993. She has been very engaged in the community through various endeavors and was the Executive Director of the Cleveland Arts Prize. Marcie’s lovely home, formerly in Cleveland Heights on Arlington Road and presently on North Park Boulevard, reflects her knowledge and love of gardening and design. She has developed an interest in sustainable gardening and has worked diligently to create a woodland garden on a side lot adjacent to her home. Marcie has a talent for floral and garden design and feels that this is the time to join the Garden Club.
Susannah Doman proposed by Joanne Cowan
Susannah has lent her volunteering talent to a varied and impressive list of organizations. She has worked in interior design, marketing at Breezewood Gardens, secretary of the Womens Council of the CMA, Ronald McDonald House, Chagrin Falls Parent Teacher organization and others. She also has many interests in music, travel, sports, and, of course, gardening. Susannah is a life long Clevelander and, at present, finds herself with more available time now that her two daughters are off to college. She looks forward to pursuing her interest in gardening through Shaker Lakes Garden Club.
Mary Marshall proposed by Clara Rankin
Mary Marshall is a native Clevelander who has returned to her roots after working for many years in Massachusetts in club and conference center management. She is a graduate of Hathaway Brown School, Smith College, and holds a Masters degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University. Mary returned to Cleveland in 2013 and has become involved in developing a web-site that includes photography for e-commerce marketing. Mary loves gardening and has redone the plantings at her home in University Heights. She is interested in becoming a member of SLGC and contributing her many skills to the club.
Sarah Morgan proposed by Judy Stuelpe
Sarah is a resident of Shaker Heights and has been very active in the school system where her two sons have attended. She has been an eager participant in the Shaker Schools Foundation and as a leader in their fund-raising activities. She has also served on the board of the Sunbeam Foundation. Sarah and her husband, Jay, along with their two sons, Teddy and Charlie, are active members of St Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights. With Sarah’s one son now away at college, she has found herself with more time and would like to pursue her interest in gardening.
Laura Sullivan proposed by Amy Miller
Laura grew up in Mentor, Ohio. She previously worked as a Senior Account Representative at ThomasNet, utilizing her degrees in Telecommunications and a Masters of Legal Studies. Laura devotes her time to her family – husband, Shawn, and children, Ian, an eighth grader at University School, and Sarah, now living and working in New York City. Laura has been involved in a variety of local boards and organizations: Treasurer of the University School Parent Association, Operation Gratitude, the Cleveland Food Bank and Board of Directors of her homeowner’s association in Naples, Florida. Laura loves gardening, especially vegetable gardening and floral design.
Nan Webb proposed by Sandy Holmes
Nan is a busy woman who has found time to pursue a career in banking at Key Bank using her MBA. She later transitioned into owning her own business, “Bolt and Spool”, a fabric boutique in Little Italy. Nan offers sewing classes at her boutique that compliment her interest in fabrics and design. She is a member of the Cleveland Textile Alliance, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Shaker Nature Center. She has been active at her children’s schools through the Parent Associations. Nan is also an avid golfer and served on the board of the Cleveland Women’s Golf Association. She has a strong interest and love of gardening, especially organic gardening, and would love to share her passion with the Shaker Lakes Garden Club members.
Laurel Stack proposed by Amy Paine
Laurel grew up in Canton but has lived in Shaker Heights for the past 17 years. Laurel was an English major in college and went on to receive an MBA in marketing. Before returning to Cleveland to raise her family, she worked in Chicago for the Sara Lee Corporation in their Consumer Products Division. Laurel and her husband Sean have three children: Elizabeth, a sophomore at Bucknell, Meghan, a sophomore at Gilmour and John, an 8th grader at Gesu. In addition to her many volunteering activities at her children’s schools, Laurel served as president of the Sunbeam Board and chaired their annual Sunbeam Holiday Boutique and helped with the creation of Moonbeam Over Sunbeam event. Laurel is hoping to create gardens and plantings at her Shaker Heights home and the family’s vacation properties. She feels this is great time to join SLGC.
Second Year Provisional Members
Ellen Buckley Russell Genger (Mrs. Mark)
Ellen is a native of Shaker Heights, a graduate of Hathaway Brown School and Miami University. Following college she moved to Chicago and embarked on a career in the advertising industry, as an executive for Mindshare and Ogilvy. Upon her return to Cleveland in 2005 she joined Marcus Thomas LLC as Partner and Senior Vice-President – Media Director. She was honored as a member of the 2008 Class of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Forty Under 40. She currently works as a Strategist for Little Jacket. Throughout her working life Ellen has made time for volunteer activities. She was a member of the Chicago Junior League from 1998-2005. She has been a member of the Sunbeam Board since 2010, a Board member of the Heights Youth Club from 2007-2010, and Co-PTO President of Onaway Elementary School 2016-2017. She is an active volunteer at St. Dominic’s Church as well. Her proposer Sarah Dimling says that Ellen is, “quite simply, the total picture.” She possesses a talent for floral design and is looking forward to learning more about perennials and conservation. Sarah suggests that her extensive media skills could potentially come in handy for our club’s website and communication management! Ellen, her husband Mark and three children live in Shaker Heights.
Mandee Bishop Jones (Mrs. Chris)
Mandee is a native of Louisville, Ohio and graduated from the University of Dayton. She has a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Mandee and her husband Chris, co-founder and Managing Partner of Align Capital, have four daughters and live in Shaker Heights. Mandee currently serves as the President of the Sunbeam Board, where she is responsible for overseeing major fundraising efforts. She is also an active volunteer at both Gesu School and Gilmour Academy. Mandee’s interest in gardening was inherited from her mother, who had an extensive rose garden, as well as vegetable and herb gardens. She is especially interested in container gardening, and has a large homegrown herb selection to assist her in another one of her interests, cooking.
Donna Ferrante Pujolas (Mrs. Jim)
Donna inherited her love of gardening from her mother, a long-standing member of the Mayfield Village -Gates Mills Garden Club. She and her husband Dr. Jim Pujolas, President of Anesthesia Associates, have recently renovated an historic 1914 home on South Park Blvd. in Shaker Heights, and are embarking on the restoration of the gardens. Though Donna is employed as the Director of Business Development at the Cleveland Clinic, she makes time to put her fundraising and organizational skills to work for numerous non-profits. She is a past Board member of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and is currently active with Deck My Room, which provides hospital room décor for children with acute illnesses. Her son Nicholas is a sophomore at University School, and she has chaired their holiday tree and wreath sale for the past two years. She is slated to chair the 2019 U.S. After Prom committee. Donna loves to cook and has a vegetable garden. Her proposer Amy Paine says that she enjoys visiting the Shaker Farmers Market with her because she is so knowledgeable about unusual produce. Donna is excited to learn more from our Provisional and membership programming, and is interested in the fundraising aspects of our club.
Michele Music Steele (Mrs. Scott)
Though Michele is a recent resident of Cleveland (4 years) she has jumped right in to volunteer activities in her new community. In 2014 she assisted with decorations for the inaugural Hathaway Brown Light the Night event, and the following year chaired the Decorations Committee of the Hathaway Brown Parent Association. She was the Co-Chairman of the 2017 Sunbeam Holiday Boutique, and will chair the 2018 sale. Michele is a native of Seattle, spent considerable time in France, and is fluent in French. She is a former teacher. She and her husband Scott, the chair of Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, have one daughter, Mariana, who is in 7th grade at Hathaway Brown. Michele attended the Greens Workshop, and is looking forward to learning more about flower arranging and horticulture.
Hallie Butze Stewart (Mrs. James)
Hallie is a native of Cleveland, known to many from her time as a 2nd grade teacher at Mercer School, and subsequently a math tutor at Hathaway Brown. She has served as both Treasurer and President of the Sunbeam Board, and has chaired the Night for the Red & White Shaker Schools fundraiser. In addition to volunteering in many capacities in the Shaker schools, she is active in the Recreation League, the Shaker Foundation, and Fairmount Presbyterian Church. She and her husband Jamie purchased the Chesterton Road home of former SLGC President Ingie Kilroy, and have set about restoring the gardens. They are hands-on gardeners, doing much of the work themselves, and had a perennial and herb garden at their former home. Now that her children are older, Hallie has the time to devote to learning more about horticulture, and is described as having “boundless energy, enthusiasm and impressive leadership skills.”
Banner photo by Martha Marsh