Meet the Board
The Board of The Charles and Salome Reymann Foundation works together to serve people with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers, and the dedicated people who educate and support them.
Stephen C. Reymann
Steve regards his career in medical products as a blessing – in doing his job well, he has helped others increase their well being. Serving with the Charles and Salome Reymann Foundation gives him the same sense of purpose.
Steve is a retired Regional Director of Sales for Edwards Lifesciences.
“Our community has a big heart and seeks to support its most vulnerable members. We make a difference. People want that in the organizations they support.”
John M. Reymann
Immediate Past Chair
John brings more than thirty years of professional experience in finance to help people achieve their investment goals. He applies the same principles to the foundation – serving as both a fiscal cornerstone and a visionary to fulfill our mission and purpose.
John is a Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial in Columbus, Ohio.
“My father was one of the original board members. I want to continue his legacy with the foundation.”
Rose A. DeBord
Treasurer, Finance & Legal Chair
Rose brings her personal knowledge of working with the special needs population from her experience of being an advocate for her sister with special needs.
Rose is the Chairman of the Cuyahoga Falls Park and Recreation board. On that board we are trying to make the City of Cuyahoga Falls Park system more accessible and introducing inclusive programming to the City of Cuyahoga Falls Park System.
Rose is a Senior Administrator with Summit County in the office of Finance and Budget.
“The Charles and Salome Reymann Foundation’s mission is very meaningful to me as an advocate for my sister with special needs.”
Mary Kennedy Lawson
Secretary, Licensed Clinical Social Work Professional, Retired
With an undergraduate degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University, Mary Michael has spent years dedicating her talents for the betterment of adults and children in less-than-fortunate situations. Whether it be as a court appointed advocate, a human services provider, a case worker or intervention specialist, Mary provided support and solace for those in need during very difficult times.
As a grandchild of Salome and Charles Reymann, the examples of kindness and care of our neighbors clearly resonates with Mary, both in her professional and private life. She has been a consistent volunteer at her children’s schools, her church, and now dedicates her time to her eight grandchildren.
“As I hear my mother’s voice urging me on, I feel motivated to do my part.”
T. Gregory Reymann II
Esq., Legal Counsel
T. Gregory Reymann’s career of 25+ years includes senior legal and compliance positions at global investments management leaders Franklin Resources and Transmerica. Greg has used his expertise in estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, corporate law, employee benefits and investment management to meet his clients’ needs.
Greg authors articles about tax planning and investment, speaks at industry conferences, and is the owner at Reymann Law Group in St. Petersburg, Florida.
“The public can be pleased to know that the foundation is over fifty years old. That is amazing – a great cause and a solid organization to support.”
Alice Maher Luse
Development and Community Engagement Chair, Retired Vice President, Community Health, The American Heart Association
Alice has a long history of giving to others, as evident through her decades of volunteerism with Leadership Akron, Altrusa International, Archbishop Hoban High School, Keep Akron Beautiful, and The American Cancer Society. Formerly an inaugural member of the Foundation’s Advisory Board, Alice decided to become more involved with our organization as an active board member. We’re confident that this successful businesswoman with a warm heart will make a huge difference in the communities we serve.
“Throughout my career I focused on the underserved in our communities, and I strongly believe we have a responsibility to help others with disabilities.”
Margaret Reymann Skinner
Marketing & Communications Chair
Margaret applies many years of business insight to help the foundation truly make a difference. She continues the philanthropic legacy of her grandparents, which she witnessed firsthand as a small child. She learned from them how to treat all people with dignity.
Margaret is a Brand, Communications & Strategy Consultant, and an Emeritus Board Member for the nation-wide Kids In Need Foundation.
“Being involved with our members, partners, students, residents and beneficiaries of our philanthropy is soul-fully satisfying!”
Governance & Strategic Planning Chair, Executive Director, IBH Addiction Recovery Center
A 25 year professional in the behavioral healthcare field, Jon generously shares his vast experience and leadership skills with the Foundation. Recently relocating to the Akron area, Jon formerly served as the chief financial officer for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board in Franklin County, as well as the deputy director/chief financial officer at the Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services. Jon is also a member of the Ohio Council of Behavioral Health and Family Services Providers, Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition and the Ohio Alliance of Recovery Providers.
“I believe in helping our community’s most vulnerable population by providing a ‘hand up’ and not just a ‘hand out’.”
Christopher C. Reymann
Trustee, Retired Pilot, United Parcel Services and United States Air Force
I am honored to continue the proud legacy of the Reymann family through my involvement with the Charles and Salome Reymann Foundation. Regardless of where I’ve lived, I know that the bond within the family is strong, and the love for each other is great. My grandparents embodied the American dream as immigrants, arriving with little more than a desire to achieve through hard work and sacrifice. Their example of caring for their family and giving back to their community has had a direct impact on my life and that of my small family.
“Tolerance, forgiveness and acceptance for everyone is essential for success”
Trustee, Work Study Coordinator, Six District Educational Compact, Intervention Specialist, Tallmadge City Schools
A passionate and skilled professional in the field of Special Education, Ken brings years of both career and personal experience to the Charles and Salome Reymann Foundation. Developing transition programs for local public high schools, Ken is driven to assist individuals with disabilities to ensure positive post-graduation outcomes in their specific field of interest. For decades, Ken and his wife Leah have been presenters at conferences for individuals with Autism, Hearing Impairments, and those who are accessibility challenged. He supports the Deaf Outreach Church, the Ohio Special Olympics and holds a Transition Endorsement for Kent State University.
“I believe in the responsibility of people to help others in need.” Clearly Ken is setting a high bar for himself and others to deliver on this tenet.”
Theodore M. Reymann
Trustee, Sales Engineering Manager, AIDA-America Corp., Retired
When asked about his interest to serve on the Reymann Foundation’s Board, Ted states that he feels called to act, and to “support those less fortunate than me”. So, upon his retirement, it was no surprise that Ted followed his brothers’ footsteps by assuming a position on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Ted hopes to leverage skills accumulated in his business career — such as project management, strategic planning, and teambuilding — to support our Foundation’s mission. And with the growth of the Reymann Foundation, including the expansion of our network and increased community impact, the Foundation is fortunate to have Ted as part of our team.
Ted holds several degrees in the fields of business and engineering, including from Notre Dame. He is active in the Knights of Columbus, Habitat for Humanity, and the Finance Commission at his parish.
“I am striving to live out Bishop Barron’s central tenet of Catholicism — to will the good of the other as other.“
An exciting expansion to our organization is our Advisory Board, which is a power panel of executive talent that guides the board on strategy, leverages their influence and advocates in support our cause. Joining our Advisory Board are:
- Bill Considine, CEO Emeritus, Akron Children’s Hospital
- Gary L. Cook, President & CEO, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities
- Kenneth Orihel, Retired President & CEO, Akron Hardware
- Michael J. Reymann, Senior Vice President & Manager, US Bank
- Mark Waickman, VP Private Wealth Management, Robert W. Baird & Co.
- John B. Wilson, CEO, The Wilson Companies