Board Members

  • Michelle Belardo, MD, FACOG, Secretary

    Michelle Belardo, MD, FACOG, Secretary

    Michelle Belardo (Jacob ’14 and Zoe ’17) is an obstetrician and gynecologist on the staff of St. John Medical Cente. She earned her M.D. from The Northeastern Ohio Medical University.   Michelle has volunteered at Lake Ridge Academy as a Room Parent, Fund Lunch Coordinator and currently holds the position of Secretary of the Board. Both of her children are Lake Ridge Academy "lifers" having attended since kindergarten.

  • Raymond Bobgan

    Raymond Bobgan

    Raymond Bobgan (father of Raziel ‘19) is the Executive Artistic Director of the Cleveland Public Theater.  He has been with the organization since 1991 and is in his tenth season in this leadership position.  He is also the board chair for the Gordon Square Arts District Cleveland Improvement Corporation, a member of the advisory committee of past awardees for the Cleveland Arts Prize, and a member of the steering committee for the Arts and Culture Action Committee (Issue 8). Raymond earned his B.A. from the University of Akron.  

  • Thomas Dresing, M. D. '83, Vice-Chair

    Thomas Dresing, M. D. '83, Vice-Chair

    Thomas Dresing, M.D. ’83 (Meredith ’17 and Sam ’22) is a staff cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic. A graduate of Dartmouth College, where he majored in Anthropology, Tom earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama’s School of Medicine prior to his residency at the University of Minnesota.

  • Don Esch

    Don Esch

    Don Esch (Megan ’09, Emma ’16, Abby ’18) is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Bettcher Industries. His bachelor’s degree is from Albion College and his MBA is from the University of Oklahoma. Don has been active with the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra and Bird Technologies Group.

  • Amelia Workman Farago

    Amelia Workman Farago

    Amelia Workman Farago (Hera ’24) earned her bachelor’s degree from theUniversity of Massachusetts Boston and went on to study at Case Western Reserve University where she received JD and MBA degrees. Amelia is now an attorney with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Amelia is a Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Partner in Justice and is a former trustee for the Southern Lorain County Historical Society. Amelia recently served on the 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee.

  • Cole Fauver '79

    Cole Fauver '79

    Cole Fauver '79  is a lawyer and adjunct law professor.  He received his B.A. from Brown University and J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.    

  • Vicenta “Bing” Gaspar-Yoo, MD, MBA

    Vicenta “Bing” Gaspar-Yoo, MD, MBA

    Vicenta “Bing” Gaspar-Yoo (Lia ’14, Trixie ’18, and PJ ’20) attended the University of the Philippines and the University of the East for undergraduate and medical school. She later earned her Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University. Bing is now the Medical Director for the Firelands Spine Center of Excellence and the Chairman for the Firelands Physician Hospital Organization. Bing serves on the Board of Directors for the Firelands Regional Medical Center and is the Co-Founder of the Firelands mammogram fundraiser. Bing is also a thespian parent at Lake Ridge Academy and served on the faculty appreciation committee as well as the 50th Anniversary Campaign Committee.

  • Laurie Gatten

    Laurie Gatten

    Laurie Gatten (Rachel '23) is a director at Barnes Wendling CPA's Inc., providing accounting, assurance, tax, and consulting services to non-profit organizations and privately held companies. Laurie is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace University where she earned a B.A. in business administration.



  • Patrick Harrington

    Patrick Harrington

    Patrick Harrington (John '20 and Matthew '20) is a private practice attorney who acts as general counsel to the Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association and Environmental Water Solutions. Pat earned his B.S. and B.A. in marketing and international business from The Ohio State University, an M.B.A. in finance from Xavier University, and a J.D. from Capital University Law School.

  • Paula Janmey

    Paula Janmey

    Paula Janmey (mother of Claire ’23 and Erica ’24) is the on-site owner of the new Goddard School in North Ridgeville, which opened next door to Lake Ridge Academy in January 2015.   She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she earned her B.S. in chemical engineering and later earned an M.S. in organizational development from Case Western Reserve University.  She held several positions during her 22 years at Energizer, including in the product design and quality control departments.  Paula facilitated Lake Ridge Academy’s long-range plan, Vision Beyond 50, and is a Girl Scout troop leader for the classes of 2023 and 2024 at Lake Ridge Academy.

  • Don Kaatz '70

    Don Kaatz '70

    Don Kaatz ’70 (son Christopher attended, daughter Heather ’98, and granddaughter Kayleen ’21) is currently engaged in financial management and venture capital, but previously served as CEO for Tronair Inc., which specialized in aviation and ground support equipment. A graduate of Hiram College, Don continued his studies at Indiana University earning his MBA.  Don is an avid supporter of Lake Ridge Academy, spearheading the Entrepreneurial Studies program and has held the positions of secretary, treasurer, and chair of the Board of Directors. He remains active with the Boy Scouts of America, Hiram College, and the Greater Cleveland Council.

  • Vaughn Kauffman

    Vaughn Kauffman

    Vaughn Kauffman(Sydney '24, and Jordin '22) is a Global Practice Leader and Partner in PricewaterhouseCooper's Health Industries Advisory. His recent work includes examining health care reform and the advancements in health care information technology and social influences to identify ways to achieve efficiencies across the health care value chain and improve the quality and accountability of care.

  • Andrea Manning

    Andrea Manning

    Andrea Manning ( Aaron '23) is a Senior Treasury Analyst at Invacare Corporation. Her responsibilities include cash management, investment activities, bank relationship administration, and risk management. Prior to her work at Invacare, she was an accountant at ICI Paints. Earlier this year she assisted in developing Lake Ridge Academy's Statement of Investment Policy. Andrea earned her bachelor's in business administrations from Cleveland State University.

  • Becky Ruppert McMahon, Chair

    Becky Ruppert McMahon, Chair

    Becky Ruppert McMahon (Natalie ’23) is the current Board Chair of the Lake Ridge Academy Board of Directors. A psychology major at Smith College, Becky then studied law at The Ohio State University, earning her J.D. Becky is very involved with Lower School activities at Lake Ridge Academy as well as the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

  • Joseph Miclat '90

    Joseph Miclat '90

    Joseph Miclat '90 (Madeleine '24 and Francesca "KiKi" '26) is an experienced private practice tax attorney.  Joe earned his B.A. from Boston College, a J.D. and M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, an L.L.M. in taxation from Boston University, and an L.L.M. from the University of Miami.  

  • Clare Navratil

    Clare Navratil

    Clare Navratil (mother of Liz ‘20) is the current Parents Association president at Lake Ridge Academy.  She has been an active figure on campus over the last several years, assuming many volunteer roles including Auction Committee Co-Chair.  A graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in business administration, Clare previously owned an office services and medical billing company  and now assists with special projects at Woodbine Products Company.  

  • Benjamin P. Norton

    Benjamin P. Norton

    Benjamin Norton (Benjy '22, Katie '20, and Gretchen '17) is the C.O.O./ Senior Vice President of Buckeye Community Bank. Previously, he was Vice President at National City Bank. Ben served on the Lake Ridge Academy Board of Directors from 2004-2013. He also served on the EMH Regional Medical Center Board from 2002-2009.

  • Joyesh Raj, MD, FACS '89

    Joyesh Raj, MD, FACS '89

    Joyesh Raj, MD, FACS '89  is a returning board member who served from 2005 through 2014.   A graduate of the University of Chicago and University of Cincinnati Medical School,  he is the founder of Raj Plastic Surgery and Chief of Plastic Surgery at Fairview Hospital.   He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community West Foundation.

  • Michael Sherwin

    Michael Sherwin

    Michael Sherwin (father of Jimmy ’23, Jack ’27 and Joe ‘27) is the owner and president of Columbiana Boiler Company, a 125-year-old business specializing in chemical transportation containers and zinc baths.  Previously, he served as chairman and president of Clevaflex, LLC a tier II automotive supplier of thermal management products for under-the-hood applications.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Ashland University.

  • Bob Smith

    Bob Smith

    Bob Smith (Rachel ’15) is President and CEO of Spero-Smith Investment Advisers. Bob joined the investment firm in 1993 and has enjoys working with his colleagues and clients. During the early 90’s Bob began his involvement with nonprofit organizations, first becoming active in the Make-A-Wish Foundation which quickly led to a seat on the Ohio Northern University Board of Trustees. It has been 20 years since Bob joined Ohio Northern’s Board where he served as Vice-Chairman for six years and more recently concluded another six-year term as the Board Chairman. Bob joined the Lake Ridge Academy Board of Directors in 2009 and is a former Board Chair.

  • Ed Spellman

    Ed Spellman

    Ed Spellman (father of Sam ’11, Jack ’12 and Sophie ‘17) is the owner of Sackso Enterprises, a company that specializes in product and component design and manufacturing for the consumer, industrial and medical sectors.  Previously, he was a senior design engineer at Invacare.  He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Buffalo.  Ed is a member of the Building Task Force for Kemper Science and Engineering.