Community Advisory Board

  • Paul Button

    Paul M. Dutton is a member/partner in the law firm of Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, Ltd., Youngstown, Ohio, and a graduate of Youngstown State University (B.A., 1969) and Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1972). Mr. Dutton was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 1972; U.S. District Court for Northern District of Ohio, 1973; U.S. Supreme Court, 1976; and U.S. Tax Court, 1985. He is a member of the Ohio State and Mahoning County Bar Associations. His areas of practice include Business Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Financing, Real Estate Development, Estate/Succession Planning and Public Sector Law. Mr. Dutton currently serves as Solicitor to the Village of Lordstown and as general counsel to the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corporation and its affiliated enterprises, the Youngstown Commerce Park Corporation, the Warren Commerce Park Corporation, the Economic Development Rail Corporation, and the Mahoning Valley Industrial Loan Fund. Mr. Dutton served as a Trustee at Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio (1996-2008), as a Member (Chair) of the Ohio Board of Regents (1987-1996) and previously served as a Trustee (Chair) of Youngstown State University (1979-1987). Mr. Dutton also served on the Ohio Courts Futures Commission of the Ohio Supreme Court (1997-1998). Mr. Dutton currently serves as a Trustee of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. Mr. Dutton also currently serves as a Director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation, Trustee of the William Swanston Charitable Fund, The Tod Homestead Cemetery Association, the International Institute Foundation, and the Mahoning Valley College Access Program. Mr. Dutton previously served as a Director of The Dollar Savings and Trust Company (Ohio Bancorp) (1991-2003) predecessor to PNC Bank Northeast, Ohio. Mr. Dutton was a member of the Executive Committee of the Youngstown Mahoning Valley United Way and in 1986 served as General Chairman of the United Way Campaign. He also served as a Director of the Mahoning County Children's Services Board, the American Heart Association Eastern Ohio Affiliate and the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce. From 1978 through 1981, Mr. Dutton served as a member of the Energy Research Advisory Board of the United States Department of Energy. From 1988 through 1995, Mr. Dutton travelled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union for the United States Information Agency of the U.S. State Department where he lectured on business development and entrepreneurship. Mr. Dutton was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and now resides in Liberty Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, with his wife, Sallie, enjoying their six children and eight grandchildren.

  • Attorney Denise Glinatsis Bayer

    Denise Glinatsis Bayer is an attorney in private practice in Northeast Ohio. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law, attending as a Distinguished Scholar and earning an honors concentration in Law and the Arts from CWRU's internationally recognized Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts. While in law school, she attended the prestigious Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law. Ms. Bayer was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio in 2005, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 2008, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 2008. Following graduation from law school, she earned the honor of serving as a Judicial Law Clerk in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio. During her time with the court, she analyzed federal civil matters and assisted the judge in drafting memoranda of law, court opinions, and court orders. In 2008, she joined a national shopping center development and management company as in-house counsel. While there, she researched and explained changes in current laws and regulations to department heads and other corporate counsel; as well as advised corporate heads on legal compliance requirements.

 Currently, Ms. Bayer focuses her legal practice on business transactions, corporate law, and estate planning. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member in Youngstown State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, teaching an upper division/swing course on corrections/constitutional law and litigation. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker at YSU’s Department of Art, lecturing graduating art students on issues related to copyright law. Ms. Bayer is a proud graduate of Youngstown State University's Fine and Performing Arts College, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater. She has acted, directed, and toured regionally as a dramaturg prior to embarking on her legal career; and can still be found on stage on occasion in local theater productions. An active community arts volunteer, she has served on the board of The Oakland Center for the Arts and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Opera Western Reserve. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Legal Creative, a non-profit that provides legal, business, and educational resources to empower artists of all backgrounds in promoting their work and successfully make a living off of their art. She resides in Canfield with her husband, Joshua, and their daughter.

  • Norton I. German, MD

    Panel Born in New York City. Graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, New York University, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Served 29 years in the US Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Rotation internship at Letterman Army Hospital. Residency in Pathology at Walter Reed Army Hospital. Board-certified in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology. Chairman, Pathology, at St. Thomas Hospital Akron; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown; Professor of Clinical Pathology (Retired), NEOUCOM, Rootstown; NEOMED Advisory Council for the Master’s Program in Public Health; Adjunct Faculty in YSU’s Bitonte College Medical Lab and Histology Programs. College of American Pathologists (CAP Lab Accreditation Program Commissioner for Northern Ohio); CAP International Medical Lab Inspector in 5 continents; President, Mahoning Valley Pathologists Assn; Past-President Ohio Society of Pathologists; Past-President First Ohio Chapter of Clinical Lab Management Assn; Pathology Director, Biomedical Laboratories, Hubbard OH, etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Have served YSU and NEOUCOM programs since 1980 while greatly enjoying the efforts of the YSU College of Fine & Performing Arts. Have also been a long-standing (sitting) member of the audiences of many local theaters.

  • Roger D. Jones

    Received a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering in 1951 from Alfred University in New York. Served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953. Served in Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star. Worked in three relatively small refractory companies from 1953 to 1966 in Research & Development. Including Research & Development manager for 5 divisions of New Castle Refractories division of The Dixon Company. Founded Fireline Inc. in 1967 as the result of basement research and development. Fireline has grown to 17,000,000 in sales for 2011. Currently developing unique material cooperatively with YSU STEM along with Army Research Labs.

  • Attorney Mark G. Mangie

    Mark G. Mangie is a life-long resident of the Mahoning Valley. He attended the Boardman Schools, Youngstown State University and graduated with a BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He earned his law degree from the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in 1975 and is a member of the Ohio State and Mahoning County Bar Associations where he serves on the Mahoning County Lawyers Assistance Committee. He has been in the private practice of law since 1978; has worked as assistant Mahoning County prosecutor in charge of alternative sentencing; and taught as a limited service faculty member at Youngstown State University both in the Business School and Political Science Department. Attorney Mangie has done extensive post graduate work in Russian history, and in partnership with several other individuals, helped form one of the first bilingual newspapers in St. Petersburg, Russia, during and after the fall of the communist regime. He is one of the founders of the Western Reserve America Group, a non-profit corporation promoting core life values of freedom, responsibility, and common sense, and has sponsored various educational activities and promotions advocating these principles. He is on the Board of Advisors for WRAG PAC, a federal independent expenditure committee; and is Finance Chairman for the Mahoning County Republican Organization. He also serves on the Board of Directors and is Secretary for Tippecanoe Country Club in Canfield. Attorney Mangie is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and a graduate of Leadership Mahoning Valley. A long time participant in local community choruses, his community service involves him with several local cultural organizations promoting arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley including the Board of Directors for the Youngstown Symphony, Power of the Arts and the Seraphim Chorus.

  • William E. Mullane

    Bill Mullane has been an educator and arts administrator for thirty-five years. He is currently the Supervisor of School Improvement for the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center assigned to the Jefferson Area Local Schools and Geneva Area City Schools. Prior to coming to Ashtabula, he served as principal at Warren G. Harding High School and was a teacher and administrator in the Warren City Schools for twenty eight years. Bill is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Raymond John Wean Foundation, the City of Warren's Resident Advisory Council and is the Chair of the Baord for the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative. In February, 2010 Governor Strickland appointed Bill to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the new Eastern Gateway Community College. Mullane has been involved in the region’s arts community for more than 30 years. He currently serves as a member of the board of the Trumbull Art Gallery, chairperson of the board of the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County and co-chair of the Power of the Arts conversation in the Mahoning Valley. He is a member of the community advisory board for the McDonough Museum of Art. Bill’s curatorial efforts include numerous exhibitions at the Trumbull Art Gallery, and work at the Butler Institute of American Art where he organized exhibitions for the poet and painter, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, musician and photographer, Graham Nash, ceramic artist, Steven Freedman, and co-curated the Arts and Healing Exhibition. Bill was the founder of the Kenneth Patchen Literary Festival. This series of exhibitions and literary events was a cooperative venture with the University of California at Santa Cruz, Special Collections Library. Bill is married to Patricia Latham and resides in Warren, Ohio.

  • Stephanie L. Shaw

    Stephanie Shaw serves as the Executive Director of Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership for Education. As Executive Director Stephanie is responsible for overall management and operation of The Partnership; which collaborates with education, business, community and civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add sustainable and measureable value to education. Prior to her role at Eastern Ohio P-16 Stephanie spent 14 years at EMBARQ. She worked as the Regional Public Affairs Manager for 26 Ohio markets and as EMBARQ’s Regional Business Development Manager for Ohio, Indiana and Western Pennsylvania. Stephanie is affiliated with a host of civic and volunteer organizations. She serves on Youngstown State University’s Fine & Performing Arts Visitors Board, the Howland Community Scholarship committee, Kent State Trumbull’s Board of Trustees and she served on the Forum Health board. A Warren City School graduate, Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies from YSU. Her service to the community has garnered her several awards and recognitions including: Top Five MVP, Top Forty Most Influential People Under Forty; Top Twenty-Five Most Influential Women in Trumbull County, Tribune Chronicle; she was a YSU Alumni of the Month and an ATHENA nominee. As Executive Director Stephanie envisions Eastern Ohio P-16 as a partnership between parents, students, educators and the community. A partnership that includes common goals such as increased post-secondary attainment by students who are prepared day one; successful co-ops that help students pay for their education and guarantee employment after graduation; and parent/educator run programs that enhance the school learning environment. Stephanie is active in the children’s ministry at her home church, Believer’s Church, and enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking. She resides in Howland with her husband, Reuben, and their three sons.

  • Tracy Schuler Vivo

    Tracy Schuler Vivo is a professional performer, choreographer, director and producer. Tracy is a member of SAG/ AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/ American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and AEA (Actors Equity Association). Tracy has been affiliated with ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, The Phantom of the Opera European tour, worked with Nickelodeon, MTV and Paramount Pictures, produced, directed and choreographed shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and for top international cruise lines with her company TLS Productions and consulted on Tony award winning musicals. In 2013-2014 she was honored to serve as director of the world premiere of the new play “Tribunal” opening YSU’s University Theater season to sold-out houses. She holds a BA in Telecommunications from Youngstown State University with minors in Theater and Music (DANA School of Music) where she received the Dean’s Award for Telecommunications and Theater. Immediately following college she served as adjunct faculty for Youngstown State University’s Department of Theater and Dance. She holds a dance masters certificate in dance education from DMA obtained at the University of New York (SUNY) and KSU and has studied under directors and choreographers nationwide from NY to LA. For over 10 years, on a bi-yearly basis, she has served as an assessor of gifted and talented students for the entire area through the Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC). Regionally, Tracy has performed, choreographed, directed with the Cleveland Playhouse, Carousel Dinner Theatre, The Youngstown Playhouse, BWR, the Oakland Center for the Arts, YSU, KSU, Easy Street Productions, New Castle Playhouse, Stambaugh Auditorium, Weathervane Playhouse and the Deyor Performing Arts Center. In her line of work, she has travelled to nearly 40 different countries where she’s had the pleasure to work with top professionals and celebrities in the entertainment industry. She is very passionate about her work with youth in the arts and developed the Chaney Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) program in 2011-2012 for the Youngstown City School District.