Magnolia Clubhouse announces New Officers and Board Members

May 10, 2013, Cleveland,Ohio

Magnolia Clubhouse, a non-profit organization serving the needs of adults who live with mental illness, announces new officers of the Board of Trustees:

Kathy Pender, President

R. Jeffrey Pollock, Vice President

Catherine E. Petersen, Treasurer

Donnamarie Randolph, Secretary

Magnolia Clubhouse also announces the addition of  2 new board members: Hazel Brown and Denise Kestner.

Kathy Pender is in private practice as a psychotherapist specializing in chemical dependency, codependency, sexual abuse, and post traumatic stress. She also does bereavement therapy and has facilitated groups for families and children who have experienced the loss of a family member. She has also been a volunteer for Hospice of the Western Reserve working with families who have a child who is dying. Presently Kathy serves on the Program Committee at The Gathering Place, Stewardship Committee at St. Paul’s Church, National Leadership Council of Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital,  Leadership Council of the Children’s Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, the Advisory Council to the Psychiatry Department at University Hospitals, Advisory Board of the Western Reserve and Vice President of the Board,  Chair of the Development Committee, and member of the Nominating Committee  at Beech Brook. Co-Chair of special gifts at Rainbow Babies and Children.

Cathy Petersen has been a CPA since 1986 and has worked in the accounting/tax profession since 1981.  She is currently a member of American Institute of CPAs and Ohio Society of CPAs; she was a member of the 2001 class ofLeadershipLakeCounty.

R. Jeffrey Pollock is a lawyer and member of the litigation department at the McDonald-Hopkins law firm.  He has served as Assistant to the Governor of Massachusetts and as the Assistant Secretary of Communities and Development in Massachusetts.  Also, he worked as General Counsel of the Metaldyne Corporation in Detroit, Michigan from 2001-2005.  Jeff focuses his practice of general business litigation and has substantial experience in commercial litigation.  His community activities include president of the Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights and trustee of the Cornerstone Fund.  Jeff holds degrees from DePauw University, Harvard University and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Donnamarie Randolph received her B.A. in Psychology fromClevelandStateUniversity.  She spent over 20 years teaching young children, including 17 years working with children who had mild to severe mental and physical disabilities.  She has worked in Transitional Employment at Hickman and Lowder and is currently employed part-time with Bank of America, as a  Telephone Sales Associate. In the past 18 months Donnamarie has been promoted and helped launch two lines of business in her department. She has received numerous awards including several Bronze Awards and a Platinum Award for outstanding customer service.

Hazel H. Brown is a human resources professional with 25+ years demonstrated success in building strategic relationships; leading programs and projects; coaching, training and developing others; assessing organizations and defining strategies.  Hazel worked at Progressive Insurance where she focused on diversity and inclusion, talent management, employee relations, legal concerns, compensation and benefits. She worked  at KeyCorp as a Human Resources manager. Hazel has a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Chicago and an MBA, Marketing/Strategic Management from the University of Illinois. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, National and Local Member and has been a board member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a board member of The Women’s Community Foundation

Denise Kestner is a graduate of Kent State University with degrees in Special Education/Hearing Impaired and Learning Disabilities.  She worked with the hearing impaired population at both Millridge Center for the Hearing Impaired in Mayfield, Ohio and the Hudson Local school district in Hudson, Ohio.  She spent over 18 years working closely with families of special needs children as their advocate in the school setting, providing auditory training strategies to her students and educating teaching staff on the needs of the hearing impaired population within the school environment.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees and the Treasurer of the Ohio Chapter of AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  She is also a member of the Women’s Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and Intown Club.  She was a Board member of Young Audiences Arts for Learning. She is a volunteer for Greater Cleveland Volunteers Experience Corps and works with children on literacy skills during the school year.

Magnolia Clubhouse

Magnolia Clubhouse (formerly known as Hill House) has been promoting recovery for adults with mental illness since 1961. Located inCleveland’sUniversity Circleneighborhood, Magnolia Clubhouse supports employment and education for 347 members. Psychiatric services and primary care services are offered onsite in its Carriage House Clinic.


Magnolia Clubhouse

11101 Magnolia Drive








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