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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen Hess is a Marketing Communications professional who serves on the Development Committee and is Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Board of Directors at InMotion. Karen is committed to helping InMotion develop and execute strategies to increase awareness and client base. Through her work with Parkinson’s Pals and Painting with Parkinson’s, Karen met InMotion founders and joined their quest to help as many people as possible who are living with Parkinson’s disease. Karen directs Marketing Communications at NCSports, a sports management firm in Beachwood, Ohio that represents professional athletes and management. She brings experience in non-profits, social service and health care, including positions as: Director of Public Relations at the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence, where she later served on its board of directors; Director of Marketing Communications at Riverside Methodist Hospitals/US Health Corp.; and Account Supervisor and Director of SE Health Care Communications at Burson-Marstellar. A graduate of Emory University, Karen has served on the boards of health care, social service and educational organizations for more than 25 years. Karen and her husband Roger reside in Moreland Hills and love spending time with their three adult children, grandchild, family, and friends.
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.
Debra Kortanek is the co-founder of the local philanthropic organization, Breakfast Club (founded in 2002.) The organization hosts multiple fundraisers each year in support of Cleveland, OH community organizations. Debra has spent many years working as an administrative professional and now is proud to serve as an InMotion Program Committee co-chair. From an early age, she witnessed her mother’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease and when she discovered a local group working to build InMotion, she enthusiastically joined the team. Debra is inspired by new research which demonstrates the benefits of exercise and a supportive community for those living with PD, and she works to help spread the word about the important programs offered at InMotion. Debra and her husband John reside in Orange Village and enjoy spending time with their children and young grandchildren.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa is a content writer and brand strategist helping solopreneurs market their businesses. After spending years teaching college writing courses, she founded Refine + Conquer to craft clear and meaningful content for small businesses and organizations. Lisa earned her BA from John Carroll University and MA from Marquette University as well as a teaching certification. Her varied career has included art instruction, teaching, and event production. Lisa is proud to serve as Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee for the InMotion Board of Directors. She resides in Shaker Heights with her husband and three school age children.
Mary Schwartz brings years of program development experience to her role as an InMotion board member. As the Program and Volunteer Manager for the Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern Ohio, Schwartz managed a wide array of successful training, certification, and public education programs. She also organized grant proposals as well as creating the the chapter’s first quarterly newsletter for program leaders. Prior to this position, Schwartz served as the Director of Development for The Botanical Gardens of Greater Cleveland. A graduate of John Carroll University (BA) and Case Western Reserve University (Non-Profit Management Certification), she is also a Member and Chairman of the Membership Committee for the National Society of Fundraising Executives (NSFRE).
Dr. Mario Tonti MSW, DSW, LISW has been with Beech Brook in Cleveland, OH since March 1990. Dr. Tonti has been a social worker for over 40 years, receiving his Masters in Social Work from New York University in 1970 and Doctorate in Social Welfare from Columbia in 1979. Dr. Tonti then served as the President of Beech Brook from March 1990 until July 2013. During this time, Dr. Tonti took a one year leave from Beech Brook in 2004 to establish Tapestry as part of a SAMHSA “System of Care” grant for children and youth who have severe emotional issues. Dr. Tonti first came to Cleveland in 1976 to teach social work at Case Western Reserve’s School of Applied Social Sciences. He has been a board member for the Woodruff Foundation and the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition. He is currently a board member of Voices for Greater Cleveland’s Children as well as his important work as an InMotion board member.
*In Loving Memory
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 has recently moved to the position of Interim Executive Director of 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.
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 varied 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.