Member Profiles

YSU Board of Trustees
Trustee Bio

Capri S. Cafaro

Capri S. Cafaro served 10 years as a state senator, including as minority leader from 2009 to 2012. She is an executive in residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington D.C. As a state senator, Cafaro received numerous awards, including Legislator of the Year for the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses, the Ohio Speech and Hearing Association, the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the Ohio Am Vets, the Ohio Soy/Corn/Wheat Association and the Ohio Public Children Services Association. She taught a course on U.S. social welfare policy in the graduate Social Work program at YSU. She also previously worked with several nonprofit agencies focusing on the needs of older adults, including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and Global Action on Aging. Cafaro holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University, a master’s degree in International Studies from Georgetown University and a master’s of Social Work from Ohio State University. Her term expires in 2026.


Delores Crawford


Delores Crawford, community affairs director at WKBN, joined the Youngstown television station in 2005 and hosts a weekly community affairs program, “Sunday Morning with Dee.” A 1968 YSU graduate, Crawford previously served as director of the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services/Child Support, minority coordinator for the Urban Studies Department at YSU, and as vice president of planning and allocations for the Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way. Crawford also serves on numerous community committees and boards. She is vice president of the Mahoning County Library, chairman of the Community Development Committee of First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Her term will expire in 2019.

David Charles Deibel


David Charles Deibel was born in Warren, Ohio, in 1950, attended Ursuline High School and earned his engineering degree at YSU. His father, Jerry, founded Boardman Steel in 1963. David assumed the position as owner and president in 1999. Boardman Steel has provided structural steel for the Post Office in downtown Youngstown and Lowe’s Theater in Pennsylvania, to the IBM office in New York and the Shola Shopping Center in Saudi Arabia. Deibel and BSI are committed to the growth of the community as well. They support many local organizations, including YSU, YSU athletics, the Boy Scouts and many more. The family and the business have contributed labor as well as monetary support for areas businesses including Powers Auditorium, Stambaugh Auditorium and part of the YSU Stadium and the Chapel at Camp Fitch. Deibel is the past president and current board member of the Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scouts of America, YSU Penguin Club, YSU Ice Castle Scholarship Fund, Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council and The Western Reserve Village Foundation. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, racing, motorcycles and dogs. He resides in North Lima, Ohio. His term on the YSU Board of Trustees expires in 2020.

Anita Hackstedde


Anita A. Hackstedde of Columbiana, Ohio, is president and chief executive officer of Salem Regional Medical Center. Hackstedde earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, from YSU in 1990 and a medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1994. She was director of Student Health at YSU from 1998 to 2006. She was named president/CEO of Salem Regional Medical Center in December 2013, after serving as its vice president of Medical Affairs since 2006. Prior to her positions at SRMC, she was in clinical practice in Boardman, Ohio and served as Forum Health Western Reserve Care System’s director of Adolescent Medicine and assistant director of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. Hackstedde has won many awards, including the Distinguished Community Faculty Teaching Award in Pediatrics at Tod Children’s, the Ross Laboratories Peer Award for Excellence in Pediatrics and the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award. She is a member of the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center Board and the Rotary Club of Salem. Her term on the Board of Trustees will run through April 30, 2021. She is filling the unexpired term of James B. Greene of Canfield, who died in 2016.

John R. Jakubek


John R. Jakubek of Canfield earned a bachelor of science degree summa cum laude from YSU in 1979 and is a 1982 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He is an anesthesiologist and serves on the staff of Bel-Park Anesthesia Associates Inc. and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. He is a didactic and clinical instructor at the St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists and medical director of the Surgery Center of Canfield. He also is a clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy. He is a member of the YSU Penguin Club, a lifetime member of both the YSU and OSU alumni associations, and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, Ohio State Medical Association, International Anesthesia Research Society and the Mahoning County Medical Society. Dr. Jakubek’s term on the board runs through June 2023.

Lexi Rager
Student Trustee


Lexi Rager of Bristolville, Ohio, was appointed a student member of the Board of Trustees in May 2017. Her term runs through April 30, 2019. Rager is an Integrated Mathematics Education major, with a minor in Developmental Psychology. She is a student assistant in YSU’s Honors College, leading the university’s Summer Honors Institute, visiting area high schools to speak about the college admissions process and coordinating the Honors College Big and Little Mentorship Program. She is also president of the YSU Honors College Trustees. Rager has worked on research with YSU faculty members Padrick Taylor, an associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and Ron Shaklee, chair and professor of Geography. She also spent a summer at California State University in Fresno doing research in mathematics with Alicia Prieto Langarica, a YSU associate professor of Mathematics and Statistics. She is Leslie H. Cochran Scholar and a Choose Ohio First STEM Program Scholar. Between high school and college, Rager has completed more than 900 hours of volunteer work.

Allan Metz
Student Trustee


Allan Metz, who is studying Biology/Pre-Med at YSU, was appointed a student member of the Board of Trustees in May 2016 and will service a two-year terms that expires in April 2018. Metz plans to attend medical school and become a physician. He is a member of the YSU University Scholars Program, holds a 4.0 grade point average and has made the President’s and Dean’s lists. Among his other activities: YSU Honors College trustee, president of the YSU American Medical Student Association, member of the YSU Biology Club, member of the STEM Leadership Society, treasurer of Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society for Pre-Health Professionals and volunteer/hospital aid at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Metz also was selected twice for the Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Michigan.

James "Ted" Roberts


James "Ted" Roberts is principal and president of the Youngstown law firm of Roth, Blair, Roberts, Strasfeld & Lodge, where his practice is concentrated on public and private sector labor and employment law, school law, and counseling clients on business and real estate matters. He earned a bachelor’s degree from YSU in 1970 and a law degree in 1974 from the University of Akron. Roberts has served as a limited service instructor at YSU, teaching graduate level courses in school law and collective bargaining at the Beeghly College of Education. Active in his profession and in the community, Roberts has served in several leadership positions with the Ohio State Bar Association, is a trustee and former president of the Mahoning County Bar Association, and has served as Chairman of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations in the Mahoning Valley, including the Stambaugh Auditorium Association, The Visiting Nurse Association, Rotary, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, Trinity United Methodist Church and the Youngstown Club. His wife, Cynthia, a certified public accountant, is also a 1970 YSU alumna. They live in Poland, Ohio. His term as a YSU trustee expires in 2022.

Leonard D. Schiavone


Leonard D. Schiavone is a partner and treasurer of Friedman & Rummell Co. LPA, a 90-year-old Youngstown law firm, and a co-owner and president of Metro Land Title Agency Inc., a real estate title insurance agency. He has been in private practice as an attorney for more than 30 years and is also a licensed title insurance agent. Len is a member of the Board for Hospice of the Valley; and a past member of the board of directors for Humility of Mary Health Partners where he served as president for three years. He also served previously on the board of trustees of the North Side Citizens Coalition for Community Development; and as a member of the Youngstown City Board of Health. Schiavone has a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Purdue University and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. His term as a YSU trustee expires in 2018.  Len is a lifelong resident of the Youngstown area, graduating from Cardinal Mooney High school.  He and his wife, Gina, live on Youngstown's North Side.

Molly S. Seals

Molly S. Seals is system vice president of Human Resources Program Delivery at Mercy Health Youngstown. She joined Mercy Health in 1999 and served in various roles, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Humility of Mary Health Partners; Divisional Vice President of Human Resources for Eastern Division and then for Northeast Division. A member of the first Leadership Academy of Mercy Health, Seals contributed to a number of strategic initiatives at a system level, including Mercy Health’s first Strategic Diversity Plan, first Magnet site recognition in the system and state of Ohio, Mercy Health’s first system- wide RN Retention Initiative, and Mercy College’s first satellite campus. Seals is a member of the board of directors of the Swanston Foundation, Youngstown Area Development Corp. and the Area 17 Workforce Investment Policy Board. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of the State of New York, a master of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and an Applied Business degree from YSU. Her term will expire in 2024.

Franklin S. Bennett, Jr.


Franklin S. Bennett, Jr. has served as Secretary to the Board of Trustees of Youngstown State University since 1990. Mr. Bennett holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Bennett is the Deputy General Counsel for Stifel Financial Corp. and previously was General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for the former Butler, Wick & Co., Inc. Mr. Bennett was previously a shareholder and principal in the Youngstown law firm of Manchester, Bennett, Powers & Ullman Co., LPA. Mr. Bennett serves or has served as a member of the Poland Township, Butler Institute of American Art, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley boards of trustees; the distribution committee of the Youngstown Foundation; as a member of the Community Improvement Corporation of Mahoning County; the Mahoning County Planning Commission; and as Vice Chairman of the Youngstown Area United Way.