Jean Makesh, John Paganini, Richard Stark join Lake Erie College Board of Directors


Alumni Jean Makesh, John Paganini and Richard Stark have returned to Lake Erie College to help drive the College’s recently articulated mission and 2018-2021 strategic plan as members of the College’s Board of Directors.

These three new trustees will draw from their immense expertise in health care technology, management and business development in for-profit and non-profit settings.

Jean Makesh, MBA ’00

Founder and CEO of the Lantern Group Jean Makesh, MBA ’00 has designed award-winning, state-of-the-art Alzheimer care facilities in Madison, Saybrook and Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

His care delivery model Svayus is the only therapeutic care program in the world for those with memory impairment. Makesh designed and developed a patent pending retro-virtual time capsule to nurture and facilitate memory and to promote functional independence. The care program utilizes the individual’s environment, learning and activities to activate repressed memories and stimulate new learning.

His creation of a unique, personality-centric rehabilitative care program earned Makesh the 2012 Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Model practice award. In 2017, he was honored in Dubai at the World Government Summit for innovation and was featured in 2016 as one of the Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue, produced by PBS.

Before establishing the Lantern Group, he held several senior executive positions within a Fortune 500 company. Makesh holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in occupational therapy and an LEC Parker Master of Business Administration degree (MBA). He also authored the textbook “Svayus Revelation to a Unique World: Alzheimer’s Disease” for medical professionals and caregivers.

Makesh plans to continue designing, developing and constructing state-of-the-art facilities and therapeutic care models in the U.S. and elsewhere.

John Paganini ’83

Owner and President of Paguar Informatics, Inc. John Paganini ’83 has vast experience in innovative health care systems technology as well as business development and management.

At Paguar, he is an innovations consultant in health care related business development, serving as CEO of the startup DinkerBop Radio, a simple radio for people with dementia, and COO of InSportz, which enables coaches and schools to track athletic activites for recruitment purposes. Paganini promotes the Internet of Things (IoT) in northeast Ohio through the event management services startup IoT Directions.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in health care management from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from Garfield Senior College (a former extension of Lake Erie College) and an associate’s degree in data processing from Lakeland Community College.

Formerly, Paganini held roles as an IT consultant and project manager at Cleveland Clinic from 2008 to 2013. From 2013 to 2017, he served as a senior manager of Interoperability Initiatives at the non-profit Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). There, he designed and managed initiatives and operations of the HIMSS Innovation Center. He is a co-founder of the organization’s Cleveland Medical Hackathon.

From 2004 to 2008, Paganini served as senior director of product management at Guardian Technologies International, Inc. In this role, he brought European picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and radiology information systems (RIS) to the U.S. market. Paganini held responsibility for the company’s entire sales cycle, including strategic alliances, distribution channels, direct sales, exhibits, marketing and contract negotiations. He also co-developed a patented digital pathology system to test for tuberculosis in South Africa.

He is the co-founder, former vice president of business development and CTO of RIS Logic, Inc. From 1999 to 2002, Paganini grew RIS from three employees and zero revenue to generate a value of more than $12 million. From 1995 to 1999, he held roles as CIO and general manager at IBS International Corporation, spending two years with the corporation’s Singapore subsidiary.

In his early career, he served as a manager for White Motor Credit Corporation and Praxair, Inc. and as a systems designer/developer of MediMate© Medical Practice Management in the Paganini Development Team.

Paganini is currently a Lakeland Community College Foundation Board Member. He is also affiliated with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) and is a certified professional healthcare information management systems (CPHIMS) instructor and certified imaging informatics professional (CIIP).

Richard Stark ’92, MBA ’93

Richard J. Stark ’92, MBA ’93 is the president of South Shore Controls, Inc. in Lake County, Ohio. He is also a director of Burning River Tea Company in Cleveland, Ohio, a former graduate of and undergraduate adjunct instructor in the Lake Erie College School of Business and a former co-owner of Davis School of Defense Tae Kwon Do.

In 1982, Stark graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in electronic engineering technology from Lakeland Community College, then graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Lake Erie College. Thereafter, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from LEC.

His company South Shore Controls was honored on the Lake-Geauga Fast Track 50 twelve times, was on the Weatherhead 100 and was given the Governor’s Excellence in Workers Compensation award as one of the safest workplaces in Ohio. South Shore has been in the Lakeland Community College Business Hall of Fame for 10 years. The company was recognized as the fastest growing integrator in the world by Rockwell Automation.

An avid athlete, Stark is a member of the Cleveland Triathlon Club, a cycling and triathlon coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, an Ironman triathlete, marathon runner and century and double century cyclist. He holds positions on the Staff Parish Relations Committee and worship team of Chardon United Methodist Church.

Stark has earned several exclusive honors, including membership in Mensa International and Who’s Who in America. He is a member of the Lakeland Community College Alumni Hall of Fame and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Music Fraternity. He also completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program through Cuyahoga Community College and Babson College.

He has been a trustee of the Northern Ohio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and a clinical trial participant at the National Institutes of Health and Case Western Reserve University.

Lake Erie College welcomes Directors Makesh, Paganini and Stark to the Board of Directors. With their guidance, the College can continue to provide an excellent, inclusive, and highly personalized education grounded in the liberal arts tradition for students today and in the future.

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