Lake Erie College to honor local leaders with
Lake Erie College will honor four area leaders who are achieving success and making an impact at the annual Distinguished Citizen of the Western Reserve awards dinner Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at the Kirtland Country Club.
Achilles A. Demetriou, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., Arlene M. Holden and Delores and John Saada are this year’s honorees.
Demetriou is chief operating officer and executive vice president of University Hospitals and vice dean for clinical affairs at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He is co-founder of ARBIOS Technologies, Inc., a startup medical technology company that is developing liver support systems. An expert on liver disease, he has conducted research projects, written extensively and given lectures and presentations throughout the world.
Introducing Demetriou will be president and chief executive officer of University Hospitals, Thomas F. Zenty III.
Holden is an involved community leader who has been active with a great number of non-profit organizations in Northeast Ohio. She has served on the boards of the Madison Library, Madison Fine Arts Association, Lakeland Foundation, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum, among others. Holden has had much involvement with Case Western Reserve University, where she now serves on the President’s Visiting Committee.
George Milbourn, chairman and president of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, will introduce Mrs. Arlene M. Holden.
Delores and John Saada are community leaders who individually and as a couple have helped people in the Dayton and Cleveland areas through their professional and personal lives. Delores was a member and president of the Opera Guild of the Dayton Opera Association in the 1970s, where she helped develop and present a program to introduce opera to elementary children. She is currently learning Braille, hoping to become a volunteer Brailler for the Cleveland Sight Center.
John spent his career with Ernst & Young in the Cleveland office, the Dayton office (where he was managing partner) and the National Office in various management positions. He has been a trustee of the Cleveland Sight Center since 1981 and a member of the United Way of Greater Cleveland Campaign since 1994. John also served on the board of directors of the Kirtland Country Club from 1995-2001.
To be considered as a candidate for this honor, individuals must exemplify the three areas of importance to Lake Erie College: tradition, excellence and service. They 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.
Those interested in recognizing these outstanding individuals for their contributions to the Western Reserve should contact Heather Harding at 440.375.7250 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple, which includes a tax-deductible donation towards scholarships for Lake Erie College students. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner and the awards following.
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate majors and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.