Board of Trustees

Brian J. Falkowski, President

Residence: Concord

Profession: Chief Operating Officer of Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A.

Education: Master of Business Administration degree from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and Bachelor of Arts degree from John Carroll University

Mr. Falkowski brings a strong financial and management background to the Laketran Board of Trustees and is the current President, past Vice President, and past Financial Committee Chair.

Mr. Falkowski is a 2015 Graduate of Leadership Lake County, participated in the 2016 Lake Health Physician Shadowing Program, and is very involved in the Lake County community.

Chuck Zibbel, PE, Vice President

Residence: Concord Township

Profession: Retired Engineer & Director - Burgess & Niple

Education: Ohio Northern University, BSCE

Mr. Zibbel recently retired from a 42 year career as a civil engineer and director at Burgess & Niple where he managed notable Lake County projects including Perry Local Schools, Lake County Drainage Study, Painesville WPCP Expansion, Aquarius Water Treatment Plant, and multiple Laketran Park-n-Ride lots.

Donna P. McNamee, Operations Chair

Residence: Willoughby

Profession: Communications Consultant

Education: Ursuline College

Past President (2003) of Laketran Board of Trustees, Past-Treasurer of Friends of Laketran and Chair of Friends of Laketran Annual Golf Outing, participates on numerous boards for American Public Transportation Association and Easter Seals Project Action as a national transportation advocate.

Jon P. Marten

Residence: Concord Township

Profession: Retired, Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration and CFO of Parker Hannifin

Education: Virginia Tech, Bachelors of Science and Baldwin-Wallace College, Masters of Business Administration

Mr. Marten had a 30 year career in finance and administration at Parker Hannifin advancing through several controller positions. He recently retired in 2017 after serving seven years as the Parker’s Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

Dennis Montrella

Residence: Willoughby

Profession: Retired

Education: Kent State University, Bachelor of Science in education and University of Akron, Masters degree in Urban Studies

Mr. Montrella has twenty years experience in higher education administration followed by twenty years in the private business sector including time as a sales account manager for Sallie Mae, a vice president for the Student Loan Funding Corp. and vice president for KeyBank.  He is retired and resides in Willoughby.

Dale Schiavoni, Finance Chair

Residence: Concord

Profession: Retired, ODOT Administrator

Education: University of Cincinnati, Professional Engineer License

Mr. Schiavoni offers extensive experience with the Ohio Department of Transportation with 17 years of experience relating to plan production including project decision or contract design management and more than 20 years managing district planning department which establishes district’s short-and long-range construction program.

Lane H. Sheets

Residence: Concord Township

Profession: Owner/President of Diversified Business Systems, Inc.

Education: Masters of Science Management, Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management and Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University

Mr. Sheets is the owner and president of Diversified Business Systems with 40 years of IT and engineering expertise. He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Lake County and has served on many local boards.

Sara Spence

Residence: Willowick

Profession: President of Spence Technologies

Education: Cleveland State University, MBA and University of Toledo, BA

Ms. Spence is the president of Spence Technologies a small manufacturer located in Willoughby. Her goal is to help bridge the gap between public transportation and manufacturing jobs here in Lake County to help support our workforce and the economy.  Ms. Spence is the immediate past chairman of Willoughby Western Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of Alliance for Working Together.

Gary Swanson

Residence: Mentor

Profession: President of Thermotion

Education: Lake Erie College, MBA, BS and Lakeland Community College, AA

Mr. Swason is the president of Thermotion, a company that designs and manufactures electro-thermal actuators for automotive, appliance, HVAC and aviation industries. Over the years, he has been involved with many community activities including Lake Erie College, United Way of Lake County and Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Swanson is also member of the Lakeland Alumni Hall of Fame.