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Members of the KSL Visiting Committee

Tom Bachtell CAS ‘80. Tom’s drawings and caricatures appeared in “The Talk of the Town” and other sections of the New Yorker for more than 20 years, in addition to the New York Review of Books, Newsweek, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal among other national and international publications. His ad campaigns range from the late Marshall Field's department store to Lands' End mail order to the chamber music series at The University of Chicago. 

Trained as a pianist at the Cleveland Institute of Music and with a liberal arts degree from CWRU, Tom is self-taught as an artist. Working primarily in brush and ink, Tom's drawing style pays homage to many of the classic American illustrators and cartoonists of the 1920s and 1930s. He has drawn countless celebrities, artists, and politicians.  He recently created the official poster for "The Girl, The Grouch, & The Goat," a new musical comedy by Jack Helbig and Mark Hollmann. An active chamber pianist, Tom also performs and teaches swing dancing, particularly the Lindy and the Balboa.

Geoffrey Barnes LAW ’73. Geoff was a senior partner with Squire Patton Boggs law firm where his practice involves corporate counseling and litigation, specifically as they relate to environmental law.  He also has significant experience in air regulatory matters, defending major enforcement actions in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, pulp and paper, chemicals, iron and steel and mining operations. He received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and has an interest in rare books. 

David R. Bender, PhD, LYS ‘69. David had a thirty-six year career in library/information science. He was recognized for a management and leadership style that fostered international collaboration in responding to and shaping what became known as the “information revolution.” From his days of school librarianship in Ohio to becoming Executive Director of the Special Libraries Association, the second largest library association in the U.S., he worked in collaboration with others, developing and implementing initiatives that had a lasting impact on the global library/information/knowledge culture. Dr. Bender’s professional writing in the field of information science, technology and school and special librarianship is considered of such historical value that his papers and documents are housed as a collection at the Kelvin Smith Library. He has been recognized for his vision and pragmatic leadership, being honored by a number of professional organizations. Since retiring he has been an active volunteer in a number of District of Columbia community services/organizations.

Susan Berlin, LYS 67. Susan retired from library positions, having served as Adult/Young Adult Materials selection manager for the Cuyahoga County Public Library and most recently as Director of the Upper School Library at Hawken School. She co-authored the original publication of Outstanding Books for the College Bound, published by the American Library Association; was a book reviewer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer; and was a yearly contributor to University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries. She served on a number of Boards of Trustees, including the Women’s Community Foundation, which led to a position as its Interim Executive Director for a year. Sue currently serves on Board of Preterm.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Library Science degree from Western Reserve University. She has two sons and two grandsons, all of whom live in NY. Born in Manhattan and raised in New Jersey, Sue has lived in the Cleveland area for all of her adult life. Her passions are reading, film, theatre, and fine dining.

Thalia Dorwick, PhD, earned her bachelor’s degree and Doctorate in Spanish from CWRU. She taught Spanish at the college level, most notably at Allegheny College and California Sate University, Sacramento, in addition to CWRU. She joined McGraw-Hill in 1979 where she would eventually retire as editor-in-chief for the publishing company’s Humanities, Social Sciences and Languages group for Higher Education. Thalia is the co-author of several best-selling Spanish texbooks and was recognized as an Outstanding Foreign Language Teacher by the California Foreign Language Teachers Association. She is an emeritus member of the CWRU Board, where she was a Vice President of the Board and served as co-chair of the Capital Campaign and Chair of the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee. As emeritus Board member, she is a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Committee. She was president of the Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and directed the Theatre’s Docent Program for many years.

Walter Freedman and his wife, Karen Harrison, created The Freedman Student Fellowship Program in Digital Scholarship, one of the first funded by private donations to provide direct grants and employment to students who engage in digital scholarship.   The motivation for the gift came from his father’s involvement in microfilm, record retention and preservation, the most significant technological development at the time to affect scholars since the invention of the printing press. 

Walter’s parents, Samuel B. and Marian K., each earned bachelor’s degrees, she in English from Flora Stone Mather College and he in economics from Adelbert College, both in 1937. In 2005 the family established the Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship at the Kelvin Smith Library. 

Walter is currently with LaSalle Capital in Chicago in portfolio management. He had previously been the Chief Operating Officer of Wheels, Inc. where he led a diversification strategy and the purchase of IVI Travel, of which he became CEO. Before, Walter was a co-investor and CEO of Yoplait USA, where he led its sale to General Mills. Prior to joining Yoplait, Walter was President of the Fuller Brush Company, a Sara Lee subsidiary. Walter holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth.

George W. S. Hays, LYS ’80. George worked in academic and public libraries for more than thirty-four years. He is retired from the Salem Public Library where he was Director and Fiscal Officer. He was integral in operational automation projects and expanding public access to technology. Hays is a member of numerous national, state and local professional associations and civic organizations. He is a program presenter and consultant in the areas of time, paper, OSHA and personnel management, productivity, policy development and library administration. He has been recognized by many associations for his leadership skills and commitment to service. He is active in Rotary and the Rotary Foundation.

Bob Jackson, LAW ’61. Bob was a founding and senior partner with Korhman Jackson & Krantz where he counseled corporate clients in matters including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy outs and public offerings. Bob taught at CWRU’s School of Law and was KSL’s first Distinguished Visiting Scholar. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and is a Member of the American Bar Association, Cleveland Bar Association and Cleveland Museum of Art. He is a member of several bibliophile organizations and is a collector of rare books and art. He has lectured widely in the US and Europe on law-related topics as well as literature and rare books. 

Edith Lerner earned a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.S and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Upon her retirement from CWRU in 2012, Edith was named a Professor Emerita, Department of Nutrition, School of Medicine. She had been a CWRU Nutrition Faculty Member for 41 years. Additionally, she served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of Nutrition for a significant number of years. 
At CWRU, her teaching was recognized with the John Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching and the Top Professor Award from the Mortar Board National Honor Society.  She was nominated several times for the Wittke Award for Undergraduate Teaching and the Bruce Jackson Award for Undergraduate Mentoring.  Edith also received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and was presented with a Mather Spotlight Award in 2012, becoming a CWRU Notable Woman of the Year.
Edith served CWRU as Chair of the School of Medicine Faculty Council and the University Faculty Senate. She also helped to create legislation to establish the licensure of nutrition practitioners in 1987 with the formation of The Ohio Board of Dietetics. She was the first educator member of the Board.

Edith is a 22-year member of the Board of UH Geauga Medical Center, including 6 as Chair;  a 10-year member of the Board of University Hospitals Health System; a member of the American Heart Association Board of Trustees; grants review committees for the March of Dimes; and United Way Services of Cleveland.

John A. Lonsak, LYS '70. John had a forty-one year career in libraries in Northeast Ohio providing traditional and innovative library services to numerous communities. Working with civic leaders and citizens, John planned new buildings and guided renovations for existing buildings. In addition, he was active in local community events and in state and national library organizations. While serving as the Executive Director of both the Cuyahoga County Library and The Rocky River Public Library, he worked extensively with their Boards of Directors in areas of direct service to the public, strategic planning and the development and implementation of library services.

Clyde Miles is the Executive Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Brand Planning at The Adcom Group where he oversees the development of innovative integrated marketing, media, content, social influence and brand strategies for clients. Prior to Adcom he was a division president at both Bozell Worldwide in Detroit and Meldrum & Fewsmith Communications in Cleveland, and VP and director of client services at DMB&B in Chicago. He attended Northwestern University where he studied history. He serves on the MOCA Board of Directors. 

Elizabeth Papp Taylor received her Master of Library Science from Rutgers University in 1988 where she also worked as a Chemistry and Physics librarian.  After moving to Cleveland she worked as a reference librarian in the former Sears Library, and then at Kelvin Smith Library after it opened.  She subsequently worked as a librarian in the Shaker Heights Schools from 1998 to 2012.  She has served as President of the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel since 2013.

Robert M. Torok, 89 Professional Fellows at CWRU's Weatherhead School of Management, Bob is a retired CPA and former Partner at Barnes, Wendling & Cook, Zalick, Torok, Kirgesner, & Cook, Hausser & Taylor, and McGladrey and Company.  Many of these moves were due to mergers and acquisitions. Bob was a CPA for over 40 years and also held credentials as a Certified Valuation Expert, and Certified Fraud Examiner.  For several years Bob also lectured at several colleges and universities including CWRU, John Carroll University, and Kent State University to name a few.  Bob lectured in disciplines in accounting from beginning to advanced and also lectured in Fraud Examination as well as Ethics for graduate and undergraduate classes.  He served as the Representative from the 23rd District in Ohio on the State School Board.  He has served on several non-profit boards and presently is on the Lakewood School financial committee serving Lakewood City Schools.

Bob is the former Alumni President of Cleveland State University and has coauthored a book entitled Operational Profitability which was published by Wiley and Sons.  Bob lives in Lakewood, Ohio and also resides in Florida.  He enjoys golf, bridge, reading, and his grandchildren.

Victoria Wagner, LYS, ’79. Tory was a Medical Librarian at Lorain Community Hospital, Lorain, Ohio from 1979-1989 and established a library that was used by medical, nursing and administrative staff to improve medical outcomes. For the next several years, she operated a small business to provide financial reporting services to various politicians including George Voinovich in his successful Governor’s race. This led to an appointment as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System whose membership included public, school, college and special libraries in the Northeast Ohio area. Following this, Tory taught at a private inner city school in Cleveland, Ohio helping students master educational and computer literacy skills. Since retiring, Tory divides her time between Lakewood, Ohio and Kissimmee, Florida enjoying golf, reading and family life. 

Elizabeth (Lee) Warshawsky earned a master’s degree in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a post-master’s certificate in Curriculum and Guidance from John Carroll University. She received a National Science Foundation Grant to High School Teachers in Economics from the University of Illinois.  

After working as a high school social studies teacher in New Jersey and Maryland, she joined Edith Hirsch as a fundraising and board development consultant for Cleveland area non-profits, including The Children’s Museum, West Side Ecumenical Ministry and the Hitchcock Center for Women. Prior, Lee worked on the first Strategic Plan for Lord Cultural Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art.   

Along with Harriet Wadsworth, Lee created Friends of Art, a volunteer group for CWRU’s Department of Art History that supports the department through sponsorships of lectures, tours and the Cleveland Symposium via prizes for the winner and two “winner-ups” as well as prizes at graduation for both undergraduate and graduate students. 

She is a former Board Member of various area organizations, including Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and is currently involved with several committees at The Temple Tifereth Israel. 

Andrea Yelin, LAW ’85, LYS ’85. Andrea attended Vassar College and graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in History and Political Science. Andrea received her MSLS degree from the Matthew Baxter School of Library and Information Science at Case. While in law school at Case, where Andrea received her JD, Andrea pursued her MSLS at the same time. 

After graduation, Andrea worked as a law librarian for nine years. Andrea also taught legal research and writing to law students at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she currently teaches Advanced Legal Research. Andrea also teaches in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse department at DePaul University where she teaches business writing and legal writing. She is the author of several textbooks in the areas of legal research and writing, and contracts and lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, David, who is also a Case Western University School of Law graduate. They met in family law class. They have two grown children.