Akron Movers and shakers

Ceccio named COO of Akron General

Akron General Medical Center appointed Cathy Ceccio as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer. Ceccio has been interim executive vice president and chief operating officer of Akron General since May.

“While serving in the interim position for the past three months, Cathy provided strong and significant leadership for Akron General,” says Akron General Medical Center President Alan J. Bleyer. “She brings a very strong clinical and programmatic background to Akron General, and we are thrilled to have this talented clinician and respected leader join our organization.”

In June 2003, Ceccio, was appointed president and CEO of Edwin Shaw Hospital for Rehabilitation and made significant improvements in a brief period of time. She will maintain her current position with Edwin Shaw and continue to lead the rehab hospital through its transition period prior to its merger with Akron General Medical Center in May 2005.

A long-time Akron resident, Ceccio lives in Fairlawn with her husband, a professor at the University of Akron. Ceccio also has strong educational interests and has been a faculty member of The University of Akron’s College of Nursing and an assistant professor of nursing at Walsh College.

Prior to her position at Edwin Shaw, Ceccio was the administrator for physical medicine and rehabilitation and long-term care services for MetroHealth Systems at its MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation in Cleveland, where she earlier held the position of director of rehabilitation nursing.

Diebold Election Systems

Diebold Election Systems appointed Wayne Irvin as compliance officer. He assumes primary responsibility for oversight of the company’s federal qualification and state compliance activities.

Irvin, an attorney and certified public accountant, will work with Diebold Election Systems’ current and prospective customers to ensure software, hardware, firmware and system configurations utilized for elections within each jurisdiction are federally qualified and meet state legislative and regulatory requirements.

Irvin previously served as vice president and corporate counsel for CROSSMARK Holdings Inc., and served as corporate counsel for various domestic and international companies, many operating in heavily regulated environments.

Westfield Bank

Kevin Vonderau joined Westfield Bank as vice president of commercial lending. Vonderau handles complete banking services for businesses, including commercial deposit and loan products, concentrating on Medina and surrounding counties.

Vonderau is a commercial banking professional with more than 15 years of experience. Most recently, he served as vice president of commercial lending for FirstMerit Bank in Medina County.

He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in finance from the University of Akron. He is also a graduate of the Ohio Bankers Association’s Advanced School of Commercial Lending and Leadership programs.

Roetzel & Andress

Chad L. Mowery joined the Akron office of law firm Roetzel & Andress as an associate in the Product Liability Practice Group.

Mowery’s practice focuses on representing manufacturers in strict liability and negligence actions in state and federal courts throughout Ohio. In addition, he has considerable experience representing clients in other types of large, complex litigation matters. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Mowery earned a juris doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.


FirstMerit has appointed John M. Batcho as vice president, commercial lending; Thomas J. Heggen as vice president, marketing; Mark W. Shelton as vice president, communication group manager, marketing; Jeanette L. Becka as vice president, manager of regional banking; John Diller as assistant vice president, Web development; Marc Streeter as assistant vice president, commercial banking for Toledo-area FirstMerits; and Dana M. Vargo as assistant vice president, document review team leader.

Cohen & Co.

Cohen & Co. promoted Tony Constantine to manager of the firm’s tax department. Constantine works with a variety of closely held businesses but specializes in tax issues related to the real estate industry, specifically cost segregation studies and depreciation.

A 1999 graduate of Cleveland State University, he is pursuing a master’s degree in taxation at the University of Akron.

Bruner-Cox LLP

Frank R. Buss rejoined Bruner-Cox’s general services department. He worked for the firm from 1997 to 2001. A previous COO for a wealth management company, Buss has more than eight years of accounting experience. A graduate of the University of Akron, he holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

Malone Advertising

Malone Advertising promoted Tony Bell to management supervisor for John Deere. Bell is responsible for managing an account team that plans and executes local marketing communication plans for John Deere dealers throughout the United States and Canada. He has been with Malone for six years.

Susan Samuelson was promoted to senior account supervisor for Nestlé. She is responsible for management and supervision of co-marketing activities for Mass, Drug and Eastern region grocery channels of trade.

Nancy Noeth was promoted to account supervisor from senior account executive. Noeth will oversee account activity for Isuzu and Sherwin-Williams. She has been at Malone for six months.

Tami Jones was promoted to account supervisor for Franks Nursery from senior account executive. Jones, at Malone for six years, is responsible for overseeing daily account activity for Franks Nursery.