Meet our New Provisionals 2018-2019
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