2011 Distinguished Citizens of the Western Reserve Award recipients honored Lake Erie College honored Karen Reinberger Hooser, Ellen Stirn Mavec and Nancy McCann as recipients of the Distinguished Citizens of the Western Reserve Award on May 24, 2011. Initiated in 2007 by Lake Erie College president Michael T. Victor, the award is a way of recognizing community leaders and change-agents outside Lake Erie who mirror the three pillars and principles of the College: excellence, tradition and service. Designees must work or reside in the Western Reserve, make a notable contribution to the community or region in the areas of service, philanthropy, business, education, arts or healthcare, and uphold high moral standards.
cum laude with a degree in equine studies. In 1992, Karen joined her father, William C. Reinberger, as a trustee of The Reinberger Foundation, which was begun in 1968 by Clarence T. Reinberger; she became president in 2009. Over the past 40-plus years, the Foundation has given over $90 million in support of nonprofits in the Cleveland and Columbus areas. Karen serves on the Northeast Ohio Advisory Board for the Children’s Hunger Alliance. Ellen Stirn Mavec is a native Clevelander who has become one of the city’s most successful businesswomen and board-level volunteers. In 1982, Ellen joined the board of The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation that was established by her grandfather, Kelvin Smith, in 1955; she was elected president in 1997. In recognition of its outstanding financial and inspirational commitment to the Cleveland community, the Foundation has received numerous awards. Ellen is vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Museum of Art, a life trustee of the Great Lakes Theater Festival, a director of Cleveland State University’s Foundation Board, and a member of the board of the Evergreen Cooperative Development Fund.
“Lake Erie College is pleased to recognize three outstanding women who demonstrate the commitment and dedication to their philanthropic foundations that ultimately serve the good of all people,” Victor said. Karen Reinberger Hooser is the youngest of three daughters of William and Mary Ann Reinberger, A lover of horses beginning in childhood, Karen selected Lake Erie College because of its strong equestrian program. In 1978, she graduated from Lake Erie
Nancy McCann is an inspirational leader in the business and nonprofit worlds. She is president, treasurer and trustee of the J. P. Murphy and Kulas foundations, which provide grants for charitable, educational, musical and performing arts causes in Northeast Ohio. Nancy began her marketing career at Higbee’s department store, went on to become senior vice president with Forest City Commercial Development and currently is president of her own marketing firm. She serves on the boards of Cleveland State University, the Musical Arts Association, the Generation Foundation, the Cleveland Film Society and University Circle Inc. and is a member of the Junior League. LAKE ERIE
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