We are happy to announce the appointment of our newest board member, Marc Safier, C.P.A.

“The board and I are delighted to have Marc on our team as treasurer.  His insights are going to be valuable to us going forward as we look into new international partnerships and expand our programming in 2013 and beyond,” said President and CEO Lisa Purdy.

Mr. Safier retired in April from his 26-year role as President of The Marshall Company, a builder’s hardware supplier.  He was also formerly the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Decatur Foods in Cleveland and Controller and Chief Financial Officer of The Mill-Rose Company in Mentor.  Mr. Safier holds an MBA from John Carroll University and is eager to lend his financial expertise to CIPUSA.

Impressed and intrigued by CIP’s initiatives, Mr. Safier plans to contribute even further to the organization’s mission of promoting international understanding by serving as a host family to future program participants. He and his wife Linda Safier live in Chagrin Falls and have three daughters.

Mr. Safier joins an eleven-member board and six-member advisory council that oversees CIPUSA’s finances, policies and practices, strategic planning and worldwide outreach.


Board Trustees                                                            
Janis Faehnrich, Board Chair 
President and CEO of Concordia Care

Paul B. Klein, Board Secretary
Retired Director of Career Services at Cleveland State University 

Marc Safier, Board Treasurer
Retired Certified Public Accountant 
Raj Aggarwal, Ph.D.
Professor of International Business and Finance at the University of Akron
Edna Bar-On, Ph.D.
President of the Council of International Fellowship

Chris Callsen
Owner of Polymer Concepts, Inc.
Sanjiv Kapur
Partner, U.S. and International Corporate and Commercial Law, Jones Day
George Kikano, M.D.
Family Practitioner, Department Chairman at University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Daniel J. Klenkar
Director, Enterprise Sales, eBay Enterprise
Nicholas Lubar
Regional Director, Swagelok
Steven Walker
State Refugee Coordinator for the Ohio Refugee Services Program

Advisory Council 
Ambassador Richard Celeste
Former United States Ambassador to India 

Jane Ollendorff
Specialist in Social Work, daughter-in-law of founders Henry and Martha Ollendorff

August Pust
Former Member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America's  Heritage Abroad; Retired Director of Multicultural Affairs
& International Relations in the Governor's Office, State of Ohio 

Peter Shenyey
Attorney at Law

Dennis Young, Ph.D.
Director, Nonprofit Studies Program, Georgia State University