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Distinguished Citizens of the Western Reserve Recipients Named
Hooser, Mavec and McCann to receive prestigious award

Lake Erie College is pleased to announce Karen Reinberger Hooser, Ellen Stirn Mavec and Nancy McCann have been selected as recipients of the 2011 Distinguished Citizens of the Western Reserve award.

Initiated in 2007 by Lake Erie College president Michael T. Victor, the award is a way of recognizing community leaders and change-agents outside the college 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.

“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”, said Victor.

The Black Tie event will be held Tuesday May 24, 2011 at Kirtland Country Club at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are limited; tickets, $150 per person or $250 per couple, must be requested by May 12, 2011 to John Linsenmeier at 440.375.7235 or The event is open to the community.

The recipients:

Karen Reinberger Hooser is a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio. The youngest of three daughters of William and Mary Ann Reinberger, she spent her early years in Independence. 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 cum laude with a degree in equine studies. After graduation, Karen married Dave Hooser and, for the next eight years, she ran Cantaur, a therapeutic riding program located in the Cleveland Metroparks. She rode, taught and competed in eventing and dressage until the early 1990s. Dave and Karen welcomed their daughter, Mary, in 1991. 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. On a personal level, Karen serves on the Northeast Ohio Advisory Board for the Children’s Hunger Alliance and has worked on several committees for the Ohio Grantmakers Forum. She has shared her passion for horses with her daughter and, through Mary’s involvement, is engaged in a variety of activities of the Bath Pony Club.

Ellen Stirn Mavec is a native Clevelander who has become one of the city’s most successful businesswomen and board-level volunteers. In 1980, Ellen graduated magna cum laude with a degree in classics and art history from Northwestern University. After graduation, she interned at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and studied at Sotheby’s in London. From 1984-88, she owned the Ellen Stirn Galleries in Cleveland and, in 1988, she relocated to Potter and Mellen, which closed in 2005 but still exists online. In 1982, Ellen joined the board of trustees 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. On a personal level, 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. She is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Cleveland, was honored by the YWCA in 2003 as one of Cleveland’s Women of Achievement and, in 2004, received Northern Ohio Live’s “Rainmaker Award” in the category of retail. She is married to Bruce Mavec and has two daughters.

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. She co-chairs Bravo Piano, a gala to benefit the Cleveland International Piano Competition; is vice chair of the Cleveland Orchestra’s Centennial Campaign; is a foundation board member of Cleveland State University, where she chairs the nominating and governance committee; and is a member of Kent State University’s Fashion Museum and School of Design, which she helped to create. 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. While at Forest City, she conceived and began the Cleveland Orchestra’s annual free “Star Spangled Spectacular” concert on Public Square and worked with other nonprofits in their fundraising, publicity and awareness-raising programs. She serves on the boards of the Musical Arts Association, the Generation Foundation, the Cleveland Film Society and University Circle Inc. and is a member of the Junior League. She is a key contributor to the philanthropic spirit of Northeast Ohio.


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