From the Board President | 2019

Serving Lake County residents since 1973, Lifeline’s mission is to fight poverty and help low-income residents to become more self-sufficient.  Each year Lifeline serves over 2,500 households, including nearly 6,000 individuals with health, housing, energy, and consumer education programs. 

In 2018, our HEAP programs reached over 1,000 households between summer and winter crisis; our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance [VITA] prepared tax filings for over 220 residents with tax returns generating $341,624 back to our community;  our Rental Assistance helped 250 households secure a safe and affordable housing; our  healthcare services provided  55 families access to healthcare—providing prescriptions, diabetic supplies, and Medicaid enrollment; and 2-1-1 Lake County answered over 36,000 incoming calls for information and referral services—it’s highest number in years.

In late 2018, Lifeline launched its new Volunteer Guardian Program in partnership with the Lake County Probate Court and Judge Mark Bartolotta. The funding for the program provided by the Lake County Senior Levy, the Lake County ADAMHS Board, the Lake County Board of DD and Lake Health, helps to protect the health and well-being of our senior citizens and other vulnerable populations.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, Lifeline, Inc. has continued to strengthen our endowment, the Lifeline Endowment Against Poverty. In an effort to plan for the future, our endowment has grown reaching over $200,000 in our four short years.

Our 2019, Dancing Under The Stars event, in partnership with the Family Planning Association of NEO, a Division of Signature Health, shattered fundraising records, raising over $100,000 for the very first time.

The immediate future of Lifeline, Inc. has new partnerships and programming ahead.  In 2020, we will relocate our offices to a state of the art facility under renovation in historic downtown Painesville; launch a new program, Kinship Navigator, in partnership with RSVP, Lake County Department of Job and Family Services and the Lake County ADAMHS Board.  The program will assist grandparents and other kin who are facing the challenge of raising family members’ children due to unfortunate circumstances; and finally, Lifeline, Inc. will be accepting the designation as the community action agency in neighboring Geauga County.

My tenure as President of Lifeline, Inc. has been an exciting time of change and challenge.  Thanks to my fellow board members, staff, and our Executive Director, Carrie Dotson, we continue to serve our community in the fight against poverty.

John T Shepard
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

Melissa Amspaugh- Private Sector

Melissa was appointed by Lakeland Community College

Doris Behnke- Private Sector

Doris was appointed by The Lubrizol Corporation

Aaron Burko- Representative of Low-Income Populations, Vice President

Aaron was appointed by Beacon Health

Lenore Collins- Representative of Low-Income Populations

Lenore was appointed by RSVP

Paula Gordos- Private Sector, Secretary

Paula was appointed by the Western Reserve Junior Service League

Pamela Gouldsberry- Private Sector

Pamela was appointed by the Downtown Painesville Organization

Sean Kramer- Private Sector

Sean was appointed by Lake Erie College

Rob Moore- Public Sector

Rob was appointed by the Lake County Bar Association

Carrie Morgan- Representative of Low-Income Populations

Carrie was appointed by the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority

Pam Morse- Public Sector

Pam was appointed by the Lake County Board of Commissioners

Jennilynn Patterson- Representative of Low-Income Populations

Jennilynn was appointed by the Lake County Department of Job & Family Services

John Shepard- Private Sector, President

John was appointed by the Fine Arts Association

Christine Shoop- Public Sector, Treasurer

Christine was appointed by the City of Painesville

Kate Stein- Representative of Low-Income Populations

Kate was appointed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mary’s Church in Painesville

Mayor Robert Weger- Public Sector

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

 

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