BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Zane's was incorporated in July 2008 and has an all-volunteer Board of Directors.
Stacy S. Youssef
By day, Stacy is the Business Manager for American Testing Technologies and she is also a retired teacher. She became a Zane’s Inc. Board Member because she wanted to be a part of a meaningful group that could affect change for the special needs population. She feels that parents often don't understand that they are the most important member of the team.
“I was thrust into the special needs world by chance, but embraced it by choice.”
Amy is the Head of Information Services at Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. She became a Zane's Board Member because, with a degree in Education and a career working for/with other non-profits, Zane’s provides her with an opportunity to apply her knowledge in a positive way.
"I am amazed by the struggles that individuals with special needs and their families face on a daily basis - things that many of us often take for granted. I want to assist them in any way that I can."
Andy is the Director of Field Services at the Swagelok Company. He became a Zane's Inc. Board Member to pay it forward for those that helped his family when they needed it.
"Those with special needs deserve to have a voice as well, and I hope to play a small part to help them have a platform to have their voice heard."
Deb is a CPA, CFP, and President of Anzelc & Associates, Inc. She became a Zane's Inc. Board Member because she believed her past Foundation experience could be an asset to the organization.
"My entire family believes in helping others and I have a desire to give back to those underserved and misunderstood in the special needs community"
Trey is an attorney at Stark & Knoll in Fairlawn, Ohio, and the chairperson of their Estate Planning & Probate Practice Group. He became a Zane’s Inc. Board Member due to his practice’s emphasis on special needs planning for individuals and families. Over the last several years, he has supported Zane’s Inc. through his legal work, and is now excited to continue to support Zane’s Inc. and its mission by being a Board Member.
“Working with individuals with special needs and their families is a uniquely rewarding experience, as it allows families to have the peace of mind that their loved ones will be taken care of when they are no longer able to do so, themselves.”
Faith is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practioner at Akron Children's Hospital and Showers Family Center for Hematology/Oncology. She became a Zane's Inc. Board Member because her son is a past award recipient and through this, she came to know and support the mission and vision of Zane's, especially the work they do to enhance the lives of those with special needs and their families, encouraging them to reach their maximum potential.
Faith is passionate about helping those with special needs because 1 Peter 4:10 says "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."
Allie is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and she became a Zane's Inc. Board Member because she wanted to be able to assist families in finding the services, educational opportunities, and providers they need for their child to be successful.
"Since I work in the field, I have a sense of understanding and knowledge of how hard life can be for families with a child with special needs. They need someone in their corner to help support and guide them through this journey"
Lisa is a Family Manager, Wife, Mother of 2, Dance Mom, advocate and caregiver to a son with nonverbal Autism. She became a Zane’s Inc. Board Member to help families with similar and familiar circumstances that she has experienced so they know that they are not alone in their everyday challenges.
"My passion is to help pave the way to a better understanding for the voices of the special needs community so they can thrive and fulfill their lives to their greatest potential."
Karen is a Special Education Advocate/Consultant and she became a Zane's Inc. Board Member to be a part of an organization that truly cares about individuals with diverse special needs and looks beyonds their disability, focusing instead on their potential 'ability'.
"Being a parent of a child with disabilities has definitely developed my passion to help other families by being empathetic and supportive of their needs."
Zach is a Commercial Real Estate Portfolio Manager at Huntington Bank. He became a Zane's Inc. Board Member in order to give back to individuals affected by disabilities and their families, as well as bring greater awareness to the challenges they may face.
"As I have a younger brother with autism, I'm familiar with the challenges that these individuals and families face in everyday life. As part of my Master's Degree in real estate, my final thesis/capstone included research and the development of a housing solution for individuals with disabilities. I had always known that this was an underserved community but I was shocked to learn more about the financial crisis that many of these individuals and their families face. As someone who will always have a connection to these individuals, I believe that it's important that I contribute however I can."