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.
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.
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.
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!
Hi! My name is Al DiFranco, and I am proud to serve as the Program Director at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. I was born and raised in Lake County and moved back to my hometown of Willoughby a few years ago. 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 program staff 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.
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!
Spot in Cleveland: Progressive Field, cheering on my favorite team. Go Tribe!!!
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
Hi! My name is Amanda Dureiko. I was born and raised here on the Eastside of Cleveland. I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Child and Family Studies. I became actively involved in my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi, and I was lucky enough to be elected as the Philanthropy Chair. Through that position I grew a passion for fundraising. I am so excited to make an impact on the children of the Greater Cleveland Area through Junior Achievement!
Part of my job: Hearing stories from former JA students of how much of an impact our programs have had on their lives.
Spot in Cleveland: I don't have a favorite spot, but during the summertime, you can find me at Walnut Wednesday. All of the best food trucks are there!
Quote: "Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game."- Babe Ruth
Thing to do after 5pm: Hang out with my family and friends exploring all that Cleveland has to offer! I also love playing Just Dance in my spare time.
Hi! My name is Logan Freer and I joined JA in July of 2018. Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan my wife and I moved to the Cleveland area in the spring of 2016. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Recreation and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. My career passion is to influence and improve the lives of kids and Junior Achievement is a great opportunity to do that!
Part of the job: the people! It's plain to see that everyone involved with Junior Achievement is extremely passionate about the mission.
Cleveland Spot: Any of the Cleveland Metroparks or Cuyahoga Valley National Park; my wife and I love to hike!
Thing to do after 5pm: Spending time with friends and family: watching Netflix, playing board games, or exploring all Cleveland has to offer!
Quote: ‘If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.' – J.R.R. Tollkien
Hi! My name is Sami George, and I am proud to serve as the Program Coordinator 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!
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!!
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!
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!
Hello my name is George Phillips, and I am proud to serve as the Program Manager at Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland. I had the honor of joining JA in March of 2020. I have a 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 recently became a voting member for the College Football Hall of Fame. I am truly thankful to be part of an amazing team and organization!
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.