Leadership

Joe Faulhaber

Joe Faulhaber – PresidentLeadership

Hello! My name is Joe Faulhaber and I joined JA in 2015, just as the organization prepared to celebrate its 75th year of service in the Cleveland community. As President of Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland, my focus is on advancing the organization's mission throughout the region. Together with JA's dedicated Board of Directors, community partners, donors and volunteers, I am honored to lead initiatives which help prepare young people to lead successful lives after school.

My Favorite...

Part of my job: I enjoy connecting volunteers, donors and community partners with thousands of students throughout Greater Cleveland. All of these important relationships further the mission of JA and help impact students and the future of our community.

Place in Cleveland: Progressive Field during October baseball.

Quote: "If not you, who? If not now, when?" -anonymous

Thing to do after 5pm: I love exploring the restaurant scene in Cleveland, spending time with family/friends and am an avid skier and golfer.

 

Maureen Brown

Maureen Brown – Resource CoordinatorStaff

My name is Maureen Brown and I am the elder statesman (or should I say woman!) here at Junior Achievement. I celebrated my 14th JA anniversary in August. My husband and I now consider Cleveland our "hometown" as we have been here for the last 20 years. We have two daughters, one who recently graduated from Miami University and is a 5th grade teacher in Cleveland. Our younger daughter is a college junior studying Occupational Therapy.

It has been a pleasure to work here at JA these last 14 years and I look forward to many more anniversaries. I enjoy working behind the scenes providing support for our Program team.

My favorite…

Part of my job: Working with the most dedicated staff, volunteers, educators, companies and community partners in the world! I am passionate about JA's mission and it is great to connect with others who feel like me about the future of the Greater Cleveland area's most valuable asset – our youth!

Spot in Cleveland: The Cleveland Art Museum.

Quote: The secret to happiness…. is knowing that you are 100% responsible for it.

Thing to do after 5 PM: I love to scrapbook!

 

Al DiFranco

Al DiFranco – Vice President for Development & ProgramsLeadership

Hi! My name is Al DiFranco, and I am proud to serve as the Vice President at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. I was born and raised in Lake County and currently live in Mentor. I graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a political science degree and also have a Master's in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University. I really enjoyed the JA experience as a student, then as a volunteer, and now am proud to lead our development and program teams in making a difference for young people in our community!

I am a strong believer in the philosophy of "Servant Leadership" and speak to professional and student groups about the importance of enriching the lives of individuals, building better organizations, and creating a more caring world through service. I try to make this concept the center of my personal life and the mantra for my program team here at JA.

I enjoy playing different golf courses and serving as a volunteer coach with First Tee of Cleveland!

My favorite…

Part of My Job: Watching our students and volunteers actively participate in our programs and learn from each other – that's what it is all about!

Spots in Cleveland: Progressive Field and First Energy Stadium, cheering on the Tribe and Brownies!!

Quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" – Maya Angelou

 

Sami George

Sami George – Program ManagerEducation

Hi! My name is Sami George, and I am proud to serve as the Program Manager at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. I graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a degree in Mass Communication and Broadcasting and also have a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership from The University of Akron. While in college I played softball and was captain of the cheerleading team. I then became the Head Cheerleading Coach at both Baldwin Wallace University and Notre Dame College. Additionally, I have spent the past ten years serving and educating students in the collegiate environment both as an adjunct instructor and college administrator. I am excited to bring my passion for student development and creating meaningful partnerships to Junior Achievement. I am truly honored to be a part of an organization that strives to make a difference for young people in our community!

My favorite…

Part of my job: Providing students and our community partners with the opportunity to engage, grow, and participate in impactful experiences through JA’s educational opportunities!

Place in Cleveland: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Quote: “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will” – Suzy Kassem

Thing to do after 5pm: Spending time with my family, running in the Metroparks, exploring Cleveland’s incredible restaurants, and cheering on the Browns!!

 

Suzi Linn

Suzi Linn – Special Events ManagerDevelopment

Hey there! My name is Suzi Linn and I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. I graduated from The University of Akron in May of 2019 with a degree in Child Development and a Certificate of Women’s Studies. Through my time at Akron, I developed a deep passion not only for education, but also for giving back to the communities we live in, which makes Junior Achievement a perfect fit for me! I am so excited to have a part in preparing our next generation for their economic futures!

My Favorite…

Part of my job: Working with people in the community and hearing how impactful JA has been in their lives-- whether they were a JA student or volunteer.

Place in Cleveland: Progressive Field with a ‘Slider Dog’ or a table at Barrio!

Quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Thing to do after 5pm: It’s a tie between binging my favorite shows and exploring new restaurants!

 

Shannon Majewski

Shannon Majewski – Senior Development and Marketing ManagerDevelopment

Hi! My name is Shannon Majewski, and I am proud to serve as the Senior Development and Marketing Manager at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. I was born and raised in Lake County and graduated from Kent State University with a psychology degree. Several years ago I volunteered with JA, and now enjoy promoting all the great things we do in the community and help raise important funds for our programs and initiatives!

I serve as the Board Chair for the young professionals group at The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and am a volunteer coach with the First Tee of Cleveland!

My favorite…

Part of My Job: Connecting partners, volunteers and students to the mission of Junior Achievement and raising important awareness to the ongoing needs in our community!

Spot in Cleveland: Anywhere in Progressive Field and First Energy Stadium, cheering on our Cleveland Indians and Browns!

Quote: "To the world you may be one person; but to one person, you may be the world."- Dr. Seuss

Thing to do after 5pm: You can find me on one of our amazing golf courses or somewhere under the sea!

 

George Phillips

George Phillips – Senior Program ManagerEducation

Hello my name is George Phillips, and I am proud to serve as the Senior Program Manager at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. I had the honor of joining JA in March of 2020. I have an undergraduate degree in business administration along with two master’s degrees in business and organizational management. I also serve as an adjunct professor of economics & business as various colleges. Prior to joining this amazing team, I spent time in banking, government and healthcare. I also am a small business owner and I am a professional broadcaster for boxing and mixed martial arts which allows me to see the country and meet amazing individuals. I was a volunteer for Junior Achievement for many years and have always believed that JA’s programming is critical to our future leaders. I love to be involved in our community and serve on several boards and commissions. I also volunteer for several non-profits in the Cleveland area. Recently, I became a voting member for the College Football Hall of Fame. I am truly thankful to be part of an amazing team and organization!

My favorite…..

Part of My Job: Working with our partner schools and organizations who have contagious passion for our future leaders and being able to witness the growth of our students throughout their academic career.

Place in Cleveland: Maxi’s Restaurant in Little Italy & the James A. Garfield National Historic Site

Quote: “Negotiation is the skill of a trained mind”----Scott Kashman

Thing to do after 5pm: If I am not announcing a fight, I love to spend time with my family and give back to my community.

 

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