From the Board President

I have worked in public service for the low-income population in Lake County for the past 13 years, and am currently the Board President at Lifeline for the second year.  I have served on the Board of Directors since 2012.

Community Action in Lake County is 45 years old!  Lifeline Inc. began proudly serving Lake County residents in 1973. Since then, Lifeline has helped thousands of residents with health services, housing, energy, and consumer education programs.

This year alone, Lifeline assisted over Lifeline assisted over 2,500 households, including nearly 6,000 individuals.  This included the home energy programs (winter and summer crisis), tax returns prepared through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinics, assistance with housing/rent, services in our employment and training programs, and help from our health services programs with prescription and diabetic supplies.  Also, our 2-1-1 program took over 35,000 income calls requesting referrals for services in 2017.  We’ve had a very busy year!

In 2017 and 2018 we launched 2 new programs:  The IDA (Individual Development Account) Program and the Guardianship Program.  The IDA program is designed to teach low-income residents financial literacy skills, help them learn and adopt a behavior of savings and long-term planning, and begin actively saving towards an asset.  We’re excited to partner with the Ohio Community Development Corporation on this exciting self-sufficiency program.

The second program is a partnership between Lifeline, the Lake County Probate Court, Lake ADAMHS Board, and the Lake County Commissioners, which will oversee volunteer guardians for Lake County’s vulnerable population.  This is just getting up and running, and we are excited to see the impact it has in serving our community in a much-needed area.

We had our most profitable Dancing Under the Stars event in August.  The 10th annual event raised about $75,000, and Lifeline was the beneficiary of half of those funds raised.  We had record breaking attendance and profit!  In addition, our endowment with the Cleveland Foundation (the Lifeline Endowment Against Poverty) continues to grow and allows us to plan for our future.

As we begin our Annual Campaign, we thank you for your past donations and hope you will join us in our efforts of fighting poverty in Lake County.

Anne Curwen
Lifeline Board President

About The Board

Lifeline’s Board of Directors is a diverse group of public officials, private citizens, and business owners. To accurately reflect the population of Lake County, our board representatives also include low income, minorities, and mental health advocates. It is the tradition of Community Action to engage low-income populations in the management of their local Community Action Agency. Our Board feels strongly that it is important for our clients to have a voice on our Board to actively advocate on their behalf. We are proud that our membership reflects that.

Lifeline’s Board also strives to accurately reflect the population of Lake County while also maintaining a Board with a diverse set of skills and resources.

Lifeline Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month and we welcome public comments at the start of each meeting.

Current Board Members

Abby Begeman- Public Sector

Abby was appointed by the Congressman David Joyce

Doris Behnke- Private Sector

Doris was appointed by The Lubrizol Corporation

Aaron Burko- Representative of Low-Income Populations

Aaron was appointed by Beacon Health

Cathy Bush- Secretary

Cathy was appointed by Lakeland Community College

Anne Curwen- President

Anne was appointed by Lake County Department of Job & Family Services

Paula Gordos- Private Sector

Paula was appointed by Lake Health

Pamela Gouldsberry- Private Sector

Pamela was appointed by the Downtown Painesville Organization

Sean Kramer- Private Sector

Sean was appointed by Lake Erie College

Shannon Majewski- Representative of Low Income Populations

Shannon was appointed by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NEO.

Rob Moore- Public Sector

Rob was appointed by the Lake County Bar Association.

Pam Morse- Public Sector

Pam was appointed by the Lake County Board of Commissioners.

John Shepard- Vice President

John was appointed by the Fine Arts Association

Christine Shoop- Public Sector

Christine was appointed by the City of Painesville

Mayor Robert Weger- Treasurer

Robert was appointed by the Lake County Mayors & Managers Association

Sue Whittaker- Representative of Low-Income Populations

Sue was appointed by Signature Health

Tony Zampedro- Public Sector

Tony was appointed by the City of Mentor

Ed Zivkovich- Representative of Low-Income Populations

Ed was appointed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society


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