Jill Dugovics, Esq.
Jennifer S. Roach, Esq. – President
Jen earned a degree in Economics from Duke University in 1997 and her J.D. from Northwestern University. She is a partner in the Competition, Antitrust & White-Collar Crime and Business Litigation practice groups at Thompson Hine LLP. She focuses her practice on litigating unfair competition issues and providing advice and guidance to clients on distribution, franchise, antitrust and unfair competition matters. Jen and her husband have three Newfoundlands and regularly take them to nursing homes and libraries on therapy dog visits.
Jill is a Vice President and Senior Fiduciary Advisor with Hawthorn PNC Family Wealth. She manages fiduciary matters for multi-generational families and entrepreneurs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Corrections and her Juris Doctor from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Jill is the Finance Chair for Faith United Church of Christ, a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland and the Ohio State Bar.
Rachel A. Margulis, CPA/PFS -- Treasurer
Rachel is a Certified Public Accountant with over 10 years of experience in the wealth management industry. She is currently an Advisor at Fairport Asset Management, supporting multiple client teams in the preparation of client core deliverables, income tax planning and compliance, estate planning and forward-looking financial planning. Before joining Fairport in 2008, Rachel worked at MAI Wealth Advisors as a Tax Associate. She earned a B.B.A. with a concentration in accounting from Cleveland State University and she was certified as a Personal Financial Specialist in 2015. Rachel is a volunteer tax preparer with the Cuyahoga Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition, providing free tax preparation for low and moderate income families. She lives on the east side with her two cats, Sanka and Johnny Cash.
Katy Franz - Vice President
Katy joined Eaton Corporation as Environmental, Health, and Safety Counsel in 2017, where her practive includes counseling on all aspects of environmental and safety compliance, remediation, environmental litigation, product stewardship, and real estate. Prior to joining Eaton, Katy practiced environmental law at the Clevland office of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. Katy is a Cleveland native and a graduate of John Carroll University (B.A.) and William and Mary Law School (J.D.). She is an active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and also serves on the Board of Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers. Katy is a nature enthusiast and the proud pet-parent of a rescue dog, CJ.
Persis is the Commissioner for the Division of Health at the Cleveland Department of Public Health. Prior to joining CDPH in 2016, Persis spent 11 years in a variety of roles at Cleveland Clinic including Senior Director, Department of Public Health and Research. She also served in a clinical capacity as a registered nurse and infection preventionist. Before returning home in 2005, Persis lived in the Washington, DC area and worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the US Senate; the Alexandria Health Department; and the American International Health Alliance. Persis' educational credentials include a B.A. from The George Washington University; a Master of Public Health from Yale University; and a B.S. in Nursing from George Mason University. Persis and her husband live in Lakewood and are the proud parents of a rescue dog (Chloe) and rescue cat (Rocky).
Nicole Pontius -- Secretary
Nicole is a marketing communications professional. She is currently with PNC Bank, where she specializes in internal communications. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Toledo in 2003 and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from Kent State University in 2013. A life-long animal lover, Nicole is dedicated to animal-welfare causes. She and her husband have to childeren and one rescue cat named Parker.