The founders, board of directors, staff, and partners – who include physicians, specialized trainers, research groups, social workers and volunteers – provide InMotion with an experienced and diverse identity. Peruse the faces and names below, and get to know us.
Board of Directors:
Gabe Adler has 38 years of experience in the public accounting field. In 1996, He merged his practice with Zinner & Co. Gabe’s client base includes owners of closely held businesses and professional service companies, whom he counsels in areas of accounting, tax, auditing, mergers and acquisitions, and how to transfer a business to the next generation. Adler advises many real estate owners, managers, and developers in developing their real estate tax strategies and has spoken to the Rotary club on tax laws and planning, and to the chief executive board on estate planning techniques. He is also a trustee and past officer for his synagogue. Gabe graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in business.
Kelly Albin serves as Corporate Counsel at The Sherwin-Williams Company, supporting the areas of corporate governance, securities, finance, and general corporate commercial transactions. Kelly earned her undergraduate degree in finance from John Carroll University and a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Prior to joining the InMotion Board, Kelly was a member of the Board of Directors of Shaking with Laughter, a local nonprofit organization with a mission to fund research to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. She also previously served on the Board of Directors of Front Steps Housing and Services and co-chaired the organization's largest annual fundraising event. She is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio Chapter, and is a mentor for College Now.
Jim has an over 35-year career in Information Technology management and consulting in several different industries and assignments. Most recently Jim was the IT Director for the Cleveland Foundation for 15 years. He planned and completed many key projects while at the Foundation including the selection and implementation of a completely integrated financial, grant management, and fundraising system, the selection and implementation of a VOIP phone system, and the transformation of the entire technology architecture to a virtual server environment. Jim served on the Board of Directors of the Council of Foundations Technology Affinity Group for 10 years and was also the Board Chair during his tenure. In addition to the Foundation, Jim held IT management positions at North American Refractories, Brush Wellman, Forest City Enterprises, and Consolidated Natural Gas. He also was part of Ernst & Young’s small business and Information Technology practices of the Cleveland office for 9 years. His education background includes a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from Penn State University.
Daniel Burkons is a senior director of Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap. Mr. Burkons and his business partners oversee IPA’s Midwest - Multifamily operations; he is one of the original founders of Marcus & Millichap’s Cleveland Office. Mr. Burkons and his team have surpassed 45,000 units sold across 14 states totaling over $2 billion.
Having close family ties to Parkinson’s, Mr. Burkons was a founder of the Parkinson’s Pals organization that raises money for research. He is very involved giving his time and energy to the Parkinson’s Community and has a passion to beat the disease and improve life for people affected until it is cured.
Mr. Burkons holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan and is a member of the CCIM Institute.
A career sales manager and department supervisor, Jerry Chalfin brings many years of business expertise to his role as an InMotion board member. Chalfin is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent many years working with businesses heavily involved in the healthcare industry such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Northeast OH, Revco, Humana Corp, and Envision. He has been a member of the Jaycees of Columbus and the Epilepsy Association of NE Ohio. Jerry and his wife live in Orange Village, have four grandchildren and spend time traveling and supporting local Cleveland sports teams.
A native of Norfolk, VA, Beth Curtiss has devoted her time and energy to helping local organizations achieve their missions. As a member of multiple foundation boards, endowment committees, and educational programs, Beth’s varied skill set has helped nurture both the financial and community support of many area organizations. She has served as the Board President of many organizations including the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Foundation Board, The Northeast Ohio Association for Care of Children in Hospitals, and the Mt. Sinai Medical Center Auxiliary where she oversaw the transition from a Hospital Auxiliary Board to an independent 501c3 organization. Beth has professional teaching, event planning, and volunteer coordinating experience. She and her husband Rand, President of Loveman-Curtiss, are proud Shaker Heights residents where they have raised their two grown daughters. In her spare time, Beth enjoys golfing, cheering on Cleveland sports teams, reading, and traveling out of state to visit her children and grandchildren.
Fred Eisner holds an MBA in Finance and spent 44 years of his professional career in the life insurance business. During that time he served as Chair and President for several business associations including NY Life Agents and Cleveland Association of Life Underwriters.
Fred enjoys giving back and has held various volunteer positions over the years including United Way Geauga County and Friendship Circle, as well as chairing four divisions of the Jewish Community Federation.
Inspired after a visit to InMotion, Fred is eager to bring his expertise in fundraising to help us continue to grow and realize our vision of improving the quality of life of everyone touched by InMotion and its mission of helping people with Parkinson’s disease feel better every day.
Earl R. Franklin served as the Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary at Eaton Corporation in Cleveland, OH for 17 years. He also held multiple positions in the organization’s Law Department. A graduate of the University of Chicago (BA) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD), Franklin has served many area organizations over the years. In addition to his work helping to organize InMotion from its inception, he is a current board member for Court Community Service, Menorah Park, the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals where he was honored with the B.H. Young Award, and the University of Chicago Visiting Committee. Franklin resides in Pepper Pike, OH with his wife Barbara. He is a proud father and grandfather and dedicates much of his time continuing to grow the InMotion vision.
Ann G. Freimuth has built a career around her strong communications, organizations, and analytical skills. Freimuth served as The Mount Sinai Health Care Foundation Program Officer responsible for evaluating grant requests for the organization for 15 years. She has also worked as the Chief of Staff to the past President of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition, Freimuth spent multiple years as the Director of Community Affairs for Premier Industrial Corporation, the Director of Funds Development at Jewish Family Service Association as well as a director of career planning at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Weatherhead School of Management. In addition to her board position for InMotion, she serves on the IMPACT Advisory Committee for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and is a past board member of the United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Terry Goldberg, JD, is an avid volunteer and former attorney and dental hygienist. She brings expertise in healthcare, having volunteered for five years at the VA hospital, where she had direct contact with patients. She has a JD from Case Western Reserve Law School and has practiced Family Law for five years. She has also served as a board member of Hawken School, where her children were enrolled for several years. Terry's husband Allan, one of the founders of InMotion, lived with Parkinson's for 15 years before he passed away in 2014. Terry is dedicated to helping InMotion continue building upon what Allan and the other founders envisioned. Terry is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for those with Parkinson's and their families.
Bruce Goodman is President and CEO of White Dove Mattress Ltd. He is a board member of several community organizations including The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, The Temple Tifereth Israel, Jewish Family Service Association, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Bruce also received his MBA from the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhood School of Management. His father suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and along with his business insight and extensive non-profit experience, Bruce brings a passion to his work at InMotion to help those living with Parkinson’s.
Patrick Graham served in the U.S. Navy and worked in municipal government for most of his career. He has volunteered for multiple non-profit organizations and is enthusiastic about his role as an InMotion board member. After his wife of over 40 years was diagnosed with PD, together they discovered the great gifts of InMotion. He and his wife are now invested in helping expand the InMotion dream. They have five children, three daughters and two sons, who love to travel and share their adventures with their parents. The Grahams are devoted civil servants and dedicated volunteers. As a carepartner, Patrick understands the importance of the supportive InMotion community, for both those living with PD and those that care about them.
A supportive community member, Amy Handel has spent most of her life in Cleveland, OH helping make the lives of those around her better. A graduate of Cleveland State University (BA, Social Work), Amy raised her son and daughter in Beachwood, OH with the help and support of her late husband of over forty years, an InMotion founder, Lee Handel. Her professional experience includes roles as the Coordinator of the Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Dating Services and the Supervisor of the Senior Adult Nutrition Program. Amy is a life member of the National Council of Jewish Woman, the Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary Board, she currently sits on the Leadership Council of Seidman Cancer Center, and is dedicated to her new role as an InMotion Board member. Most days, she can be found spending as much time as possible with her three school age grandchildren, helping out at InMotion, and as an active and cherished friend to those in her community.
Dr. Karen Jaffe is an Ob/Gyn diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2007. Since her retirement from medicine in 2013, she focuses her time working on local and national Parkinson's advocacy issues. For this work, she has received the Red Cross Heroes Award, The Irene Zehman Award for Volunteerism, the World Parkinson's Program Community Service Award and University Hospital Neurological Institute Champions for Parkinson's Award. She is a member of the Michael J Fox Foundation Patient Council serving as a liaison between the Parkinson's community and the research community for the purpose of advancing a cure. Dr. Jaffe and her husband created the foundation Shaking With Laughter that has raised almost one million dollars for Parkinson's research. In addition to her role as an InMotion founder along with four other like-minded individuals, Dr. Jaffe very much sees herself as part of the InMotion community, one that is fighting a disease with grit and determination. Dr. Jaffe attended Kenyon College, Wright State University School of Medicine before completing her residency in Ob/Gyn at University Hospital of Cleveland.
A Chicago native, Harvey Kotler has resided in Cleveland for most of his adult life. He served as the General Agent of Guardian Life Insurance Co. until 1983 and then became an independent financial planner. He attained Charter Life Underwriter designation in 1968. Kotler has been a part of many organizations including roles as past trustee at Hopewell, past President of Plan of Northeast Ohio and is the current Chair at Jewish Family Service Association as well as his work as an InMotion board member. He and his wife reside in Pepper Pike, OH.
When a member of her family was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's, Sheila knew she had to do something. She began volunteering at InMotion upon her retirement three years ago. Her volunteer experience includes working with the InMotion yoga group and greeting clients as they arrive for BED class. She is thankful for the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease.
In 2011, two of Sheila’s daughters, along with a close friend, started Parkinson's Pals - a Cleveland-based charitable foundation whose primary focus was to increase awareness about Parkinson's disease and raise funds for critical research. In five years, they raised $550,000, with the majority of the funds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
After more than three years of collaboration, Parkinson’s Pals merged with InMotion to help serve the growing needs of those living with Parkinson’s disease making Sheila’s appointment to the Board all the more meaningful.
Kenneth B. Liffman is the Chairman of the Board and President of McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A. He joined the firm in 1979 and was Managing Principal from 1993 until December 2017. The majority of his practice focuses on transactions, banking matters, and real estate law. He has extensive experience in the acquisition and sale of commercial and industrial real estate, as well as construction and commercial lease matters. Since 2004, Mr. Liffman has been recognized by his peers as one of Northeast Ohio's Top Real Estate Attorneys, as an Ohio Super Lawyer® and as a Best Lawyer in America.
As Chairman of the Board, Mr. Liffman leads McCarthy Lebit by both policy and example. In addition to his experience managing the Firm for over 25 years, he has also maintained a strong presence in the community, including twelve years as a Trustee for Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, seventeen years as a board member (three years as Vice-Chair) of United Jewish Cemeteries, nine years as a Cleveland Trustee for the Jewish National Fund, ten years as a Trustee for Cleveland Chapter of American ORT and ten years as a board member (three years as Chairman) for the United States Committee Sports for Israel. Mr. Liffman has been President of the Firm’s Charitable Foundation since it was formed in 1993, is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and has assisted in the coordination and implementation of funds and programs for both the College of Law and (reading programs) for the City of Cleveland School System. He is the recipient of the 2012 ORT Jurisprudence award, a past recipient of the Sadie and Maurice Friedman Cleveland ORT Leadership Award and the 2000 Chapter Supporter of the Year for American ORT. In 1996, he created the American ORT Jurisprudence Dinner (for the Cleveland Chapter) and served as its Chairman for ten years. In 2017, Mr. Liffman was named one of the 18 Difference Makers in our community by the Cleveland Jewish News. Finally, he sits on the Board of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and is the Chair of the Holocaust Memory Survivor Project.
Mr. Liffman received his B.S. from Miami University in Finance (1976) and graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Magna Cum Laude). He and his wife, Gail, have been married since 1978, and have two daughters, Danielle (married to David Garson) and Allison (engaged to Brian Innenberg) and two grandchildren, Olivia and Benjamin Garson.
Joshua Mintz was elected to the Beachwood Board of Education in 2011. A graduate of Beachwood High School he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in education from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. He is a very active volunteer and supporter of a number of Beachwood’s schools and community programs. The Beachwood Boosters, Beachwood Schools Foundation, various parent advisory boards and the Beachwood 100 are among some of the committees/boards that he continues to serve. Mintz is proud to serve on the board of InMotion. He is the owner and operator of commercial real estate. He and his wife, Elana, and their two children, Izzie and Drew reside in Beachwood, OH.
<p class="m_6098560752020098704MsoBodyText">Edward Newman is President and Chief Excecutive Officer of Summit Management Services, inc. where he is also a stockholder of the firm that he has been affiliated with for more than 25 years. He has an extensive background in all aspects of the multifamily housing industry which includes exposure to project-based federally assisted Section 8 and Tax-Credit programs as well as conventional market properties. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Edwardis a licensed realtor with a Certified Property Manager designation and is a member pf the Akron-Cleveland Area Board of Realtors and the National Board of Realtors. He has been active for many years in the non-profit community, including currently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Stephen A. Communal Jr. Family Cancer Foundation and also on the Development Committee at Old Trail School.</p>
Steve Owendoff has over 45 years of experience as a corporate real estate attorney representing closely held businesses. He is currently a partner with Pepper Pike law firm, Kaufman, Drozdowski & Grendell, LLC as well as in-house General Counsel for Liberty Development Company, a real estate development firm in Westlake. He and his wife reside in Chagrin Falls and he has been active on many non-profit boards over the years, with his most current and most rewarding being his work with InMotion. He attended Bowdoin College, received his undergraduate degree from Kent State University and his law degree from Georgetown.
A graduate of Yale College and Law School, Zachary T. Paris, has called Cleveland, OH home for most of his life. He and his wife Deborah raised two sons and built successful careers in their hometown. Paris spent 30 years as a Partner at Jones Day working as the head of Cleveland’s Real Estate Practice, a role from which he retired in 2014. He has served as a director on several boards including Mt. Sinai Hospital and Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, as well as the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. He currently serves as the InMotion Board President and as a board member with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Paris is a part-time adjunct professor of political science at John Carroll University and finds himself in demand helping move InMotion forward, offering legal advice to other area organizations, and spending time with his family.
For the last 25 years, Susan Ratner has worked with Bellefaire JCB, most recently, as assistant director for special projects. Ratner earned an MSSA from Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She has served as co-director of JDN Early Childhood Center and co-director of education and prevention. During her tenure, she was asked to help start the Monarch School for children with autism. She currently serves as chair of the Mt. Sinai Foundation and chair of MTT, a for-profit technology company offering visual solutions to assist in educating children on the autism spectrum. Susan’s interest in contributing to people with disabilities makes InMotion a personal source of pride.
Dr. David Riley has been active in the field of Movement Disorders for over 30 years, an experience that led him to help found InMotion. He retired as director of the Movement Disorders Center at University Hospitals in Cleveland in 2013 and as Professor in the Department of Neurology of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2014. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Riley received his M.D. from McGill University School of Medicine. Following a fellowship in Movement Disorders at Toronto Western Hospital under Dr. Tony Lang, Dr. Riley returned to Cleveland in 1988 to establish Cleveland's first Movement Disorders Clinic at Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
Elizabeth A. Stiles, MPA, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Political Science and teaches in the Nonprofit Administration Program at John Carroll. She brings expertise in program assessment and evaluation to her work at InMotion and is Chair of the Programming Committee for the Board of Directors at InMotion.
Over the last 10 years, Adam has delivered corporate real estate portfolio management, tenant representation, and real estate consulting services to a variety of local, national, and global organizations. He has completed transactions in nearly every major North American market, as well as numerous assignments throughout Europe, South America, India and Asia.
Prior to joining JLL where he is currently employed, Adam worked with a boutique corporate advisory firm working primarily with larger corporate clients. Based in Cleveland and earlier in Columbus, OH, he facilitated real estate transactions nationally and internationally. He served both large multinational corporate clients as well as local and regional private corporations and non-profit entities, assisting them on a wide variety of real estate projects including lease negotiations and relocation analyses, land acquisition and ground up build-to-suits, asset acquisitions and dispositions, and operations consolidations.
Adam earned his B.S. in Journalism from The University of Kansas. He is a licensed real estate sales associate in the State of Ohio.
Judy Peters has been a nonprofit executive for 30 years. New to the field of movement disorders, she spent most of her career in the behavorial health field where she led several important collaborations and mergers. In recent years, Peters shifted from the behavioral health to a faith-based and primarily Head Start agency, where she led a faith based organization and a much larger secular agency to a successful merger. After her Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, she joined the board of InMotion in 2013 and recently held the position of Interim Executive Director at InMotion. Peters received her M.P. H. from the University of Pittsburgh; her undergraduate degree from Kent State University and her nursing degree from Aultman Hospital.
*In Loving Memory
Cathe is a visionary leader who brings to InMotion deep experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. She most recently served as the chief development officer of the Hattie Larlham Foundation, where she was responsible for building a highly effective external relations team, creating collaborative partnerships with funders and other community stakeholders, and identifying opportunities for strategic growth.
Cathe's career has spanned the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She has served as a development professional in higher education, advocacy, and arts organizations; and for ten years ran a family-owned publishing business. She holds a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration.
As an accomplished marketing communications professional with 15+ years of experience in internal and external communications, Barb has mastered the ins and outs of social media marketing, branding and positioning. Her experience spans cross-cultural environments in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. She currently works for InMotion, as well as The Nord Center - a nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency in Lorain. Barb earned her BA in Journalism at Indiana University, with a minor in Graphic Design. Following her IU graduation, she enrolled in the graphic design continuing education programs at Cuyahoga Community College and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Barb resides along the shores of Lake Erie in Bay Village with her two teen aged children.
Pam began her professional career teaching children with varying levels of ability at a residential pediatric hospital, under the auspices of The Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She later went on to teach in a federally funded program in the Cleveland schools. After taking time off to raise her two sons, she re-entered the workforce in 1982, and moved on to Assistant Director and then to Center Director. After retiring, Deutsch served as Consultant to the school for one year. Along with her five grandchildren, InMotion is now her passion! As "Evening Coordinator," she feels it is her privilege to be a part of an amazing community of people, all dedicated to helping those affected by Parkinson's disease and helping them strengthen their "mind, body and spirit."
Kari Kreft’s role as executive assistant supports the Executive Director, the Chief Advancement Officer, and Operations Director with daily communications and event planning. Kari feels connected to the InMotion mission as she has family members and close family friends with Parkinson’s disease. Kari has been a strong community volunteer all her life and is excited to work in non-profit after many years working in the business sector. She brings a background in wholesale and retail fashion where she spent years in purchasing, store management and human resources, most recently as the Vice President of Product Development for Status Men’s Accessories. Kari holds a BA in Communications and Marketing from Michigan State University. She and her husband of 26 years, John have 3 children, Michael, Natalie and Olivia.
Nancy McCann most recently served as the Chief Development Officer for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, managing its advancement team and developing its strategic fundraising plan. Previously she was an Executive Director with the Cleveland Clinic for 14 years, responsible for the continuing development and implementation of its gift planning program, the Pyramid Legacy Society and the Allied Partners in Philanthropy Advisory Group. McCann also served as the Director of Gift Planning and Donor Relations at the Cleveland Foundation.
Ben Rossi brings nearly 20 years of fitness teaching and coaching experience, heartfelt enthusiasm and dedication to InMotion. In addition to his role as an InMotion founder and current Program Director, he owns and operates ATP Evolution Performance Training Center in the space adjacent to InMotion. Rossi has created multiple exercise and measurement programs for PD clients and encourages daily exercise, healthy nutrition, and a positive attitude to help clients become Better Every Day.
Deborah Rossman is a goal-oriented professional with broad experience in project management, facilities management, operations, budget development, and customer relations. She is proficient in business planning, problem identification and solving, and has strong communication skills. All of which make her a strong member of the InMotion support staff. Rossman is a respected and dedicated representative of the InMotion mission to help serve clients with PD as well as those who care about them. For over ten years, she held the Facilities Director and Network Administrator position at Fairmount Temple. Rossman is a founding trustee of The Gathering Place in Beachwood, OH and has served as President of the Mt. Sinai Community Partners as well as on the board of directors for the Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation. She enjoys her day to day interactions with the InMotion client network and cherishes her role as a caring mother and grandmother.
Shirley Pastore McCormack is the newest addition to the InMotion family. In her role as Development Associate, Shirley helps maintain records and assists with donor communications, data entry and fundraising activities. Shirley has an extensive background in marketing and communication, and is also one of the instructors for the Mindful Movement Yoga class at InMotion.