Connections - Health - Wellness - Advocacy

Board of Directors

 
Secretary, Giovanni DiLalla is the owner of American Copier Solutions. He emigrated from Italy in 1966. He founded the American Copier Solutions business 26 years ago with the idea that he could provide a higher quality of service. He earned his B.A., with a Major in History from Kenyon College. Mr. DiLalla has served on the Board of Connections Health•Wellness•Advocacy since May, 2010. He has volunteered for St. Mark Episcopal Church in St. Alban, WV at fundraising dinners to benefit their Christ Kitchen.

 

Roland K. Arter is a retired professor of mechanical engineering technology from the University of Akron.  He joined the Connections Health•Wellness•Advocacy Board of Directors in 2015 at the time of the ORCA House, Inc. partnership, after serving on ORCA’s Board for 8 years.  He earned his B.M.E. and M.S.M.E. (engineering) from Cleveland State University and his MBA (marketing) from Case Western Reserve University.  In May, 2015, he received his Ph.D. in education from The University of Akron.  He has previously worked as a research engineer and program manager, and as a product marketing manager of technical products.  In addition to serving on the Connections and ORCA House Boards, Dr. Arter has volunteered with the American Society for Engineering Educators and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.  In his free time, he likes reading, computers and investigating anything he finds interesting at the time.

 

Joanne E. Cooke is Chair of Circle of Hope, a faith-based support group, through Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  She is a former Community Coordinator and she taught Early Childhood Education.  She attended Cuyahoga Community College, East and grew up in Cleveland.  She is a trained Peer Support Specialist, a Family to Family Instructor for NAMI Greater Cleveland and a WRAP facilitator. Ms. Cooke was recognized in 2008 by NAMI with the Community Service Award in the Category of Cultural Competence.  In 2001, Ms. Cooke actively worked on the planning committee to form a consumer advisory council for The Mental Health Board of Cuyahoga County.  She was elected Secretary of The Adult Consumer Advisory Council and served from 2002-2005 and served as President from 2005-2008.  She served on the committee to form NAMI Greater Cleveland's Multicultural Advisory Committee and served as Co-chair.  She was appointed as Social Action Chair for the United Methodist Women, North Coast District, which encompassed 69 churches.  As chair she added mental health advocacy and health care reform to the agenda.  She also was highlighted in a documentary video in 2009 which was produced by PBS entitled "Facing Depression," which speaks about her experience with depression.  This powerful video was grant funded through Mt Sinai, Woodruff and several other organizations.  The documentary video that she appeared in has won the media award from the Ohio Psychological Association.  Ms. Cooke has been traveling throughout the state advocating for mental health care.  

 

 
Donald S. DaltonDonald S. Dalton is the President of Dalton North Coast, Inc., a full service housing development, grant writing, consulting and project-management company. Mr. Dalton received his B.A. in Urban and Environmental Studies at Case Western Reserve University as well as his M.B.A. He was a board member of CIT, Connections Health- Wellness-Advocacy’s original name. Mr. Dalton was in the president position on the CIT Board when it began with a staff of 20 and remained until there was a staff of 100. In 1991, he helped to found the Emerald Development and Economic Network, Inc. (EDEN), which is a contract housing development agency of the Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County. He is a past Board Treasurer of their Board of Trustees. Mr. Dalton has also served on the board at Murtis H. Taylor Human Services Center and was the Chair of their finance committee for 8 years. He has been active in civic and non-profit Board activities with such organizations as the Institute for Environmental Education, Friends of Shaker Square, Neighborhood Housing Services of Cleveland, East End Neighborhood House, and Mental Health Rehabilitation and Research Inc. (Hill House).



Ewald Horwath, M.D., M.S., received his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York State Psychiatric Institute, which are teaching hospitals of the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He was an NIMH-sponsored Fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Columbia University School of Public Health and earned an M.S. degree in Epidemiology.  Dr. Horwath was Executive Vice-Chair and Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.  He was Chief of Psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the largest public psychiatry services in the U.S., and Chief of Psychiatry at University of Miami Hospital.  Since September 2010, Dr. Horwath has been the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University at the MetroHealth System.  Dr. Horwath was selected for the 2010 Outstanding Professional Award by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-SE Florida and the 2012 Mental Health Professional Award by the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
 

Robb F. Reinker, J.D. is presently Director of Human Resources Murtis H. Taylor Multi-Service Center.  He has had much experience in labor relations and company policy issues.    As Director of Human Resources, he has administered collective bargaining agreements and advised on all hiring.  Mr. Reinker is a former partner with Schwartz, Einhart, Wood & Szuter, a 90-year-old firm specializing in labor law representing employers where he dispensed labor law advice to upper level management at a wide variety of companies.  He has also taught English, history and a program for students with academic/emotional/behavioral problems in the Cleveland Public Schools.  Mr. Reinker is a former Peace Corps volunteer where he taught in secondary school and worked with farmers in Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Mr. Reinker attended the College of Wooster and obtained his Juris Doctorate at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He lives in the Cleveland area with his wife and children. 

 
 
William H. Stevens is Vice President of the Cleveland office of Colliers International, an industry-leading global real estate services company.  Bill is a member of the firm’s Office Services Group representing both tenants and landlords in the marketplace with over two million square feet of commercial space under his direction.  He joined Connections Health·Wellness·Advocacy Board of Directors in 2010 after several years on the Associate Board of Recovery Resources.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors for ORCA House, serving that agency since 2014.  He is a member of the Speakers Bureau for Mothers against Drunk Driving, speaking on behalf of the organization to groups throughout Northeast Ohio several times a year.  Bill graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and “served” his alma mater as the school’s mascot, Butch T. Cougar.  He proudly resides in the Cleveland area with his wife, Jamie, and their four sons.





Direction

Our Board of Directors are wonderful people who work hard to help guide Connections into the future.