Our Team

Our Team


Executive Director:

Melanie Scanlon, M.Ed


Alumni Outreach and Communications:

Liz McMahon


Executive Assistant and Office Manager :

Brandi Mandzak, M.Ed.


Our Board of trustees

Leadership Geauga is governed by a Board of Trustees who work in conjunction with the Executive Director to move the organization forward.  Board members must reside or work in Geauga County to be eligible for appointment and have experience and outreach in many county sectors of our community.  Board members are elected to a term of three years and shall not serve for more than two consecutive terms. Board members are expected to give time, talents and resources to the organization.

Matthew Emrick, President
Junction Auto Family

Susan Kruger, Vice President
Lake Hospital System

Sharon Roediger, Secretary
Laudato and Company

Andy Bushman, Treasurer
Progressive Insurance

Eric Wachob, Past President
MJM Industries

Richard Frenchie
The Frenchie Group

Mark Halford
Cleveland Orchestra

Rebecca Klein
Geauga County Sheriff’s Office

Kimm Leininger
Geauga Growth Partnership

Bridey Matheney
Thrasher, Dinsmore & Dolan LPA

Julie Novak
University Hospitals – Geauga Medical Center

Glen Peck
Kinectico, Inc.

Janice Sugarman
Bainbridge Township

Rick Warner
Geauga County Prosecutor’s Office

Joe Zulandt
Ten10 Design

Melanie Scanlon, M.Ed.,

Executive Director

Melanie Scanlon serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Geauga where she gets to strengthen community, develop leaders and serve as a positive change agent every day.  Passionate about education and leadership development, Melanie believes that individuals are the most important part of any organization or community and her mission is to inspire others to get involved and utilize their talents to make the world around them a better place.  

Holding a B.A. in History and Education from the University of Mount Union and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, Melanie spent 10 years before coming to Leadership Geauga in various roles at Case Western Reserve University.  As a Geauga County native, Melanie is actively involved in the Chardon Rotary and volunteers her time to advance the Chardon Local Schools.  Melanie and her husband are currently raising their three children in Geauga County and couldn’t imagine a better place to call home!