is proud to honor

Carole F. Hoover  &
Vanessa L. Whiting

as the recipients of the 8th Annual Maltz Heritage Award for being a force of positive change in the community

is proud to honor

Carole F. Hoover  &
Vanessa L. Whiting

as the recipients of the 8th Annual Maltz Heritage Award for being a force of positive change in the community

Carole F. Hoover and Vanessa L. Whiting were presented with the Maltz Heritage Award on May 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm during a virtual celebration that recognized their transformational leadership, civic engagement, and philanthropic contributions in Northeast Ohio.

Founded with the mission to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage presents exhibitions and programs that explore diverse stories around identity, culture, and connection. The Maltz Heritage Award is the Museum’s largest fundraising event of the year, enabling us to continue offering robust programming year round.


For more than 50 years Carole F. Hoover has built a career that has blended civil rights, support of Northeast Ohio’s businesses, civic leadership and philanthropy. Carole Hoover is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hoover Milstein, a partnership formed in 1999 between Carole F. Hoover and Howard P. Milstein of New York City to provide financial services and real estate development.

Hoover joined the Greater Cleveland Growth Association — now Greater Cleveland Partnership — in 1971 to lead its efforts to support minority-owned businesses. When she rose to the position of president and CEO of the organization in 1994, she became the first African-American woman to lead a major chamber of commerce. In 2017 she was one of the recipients of the Cleveland Heritage Medal. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic and has spearheaded many Cleveland community development efforts such as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Gateway sports and entertainment complex, and the 2016 Republican National Convention.


Vanessa L. Whiting is president of A.E.S Management Corp, the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchisee in Northeast Ohio. She is an attorney who has been recognized as one of this area’s top 100 lawyers by Northern Ohio Live, and whose work in economic and community development has helped many. In 1995, she launched her own firm, where she focused on neighborhood-enhancing developments such as affordable housing and community centers.

She is chair of the MetroHealth board of trustees and serves on the boards of the Tri-C Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Fairmount Presbyterian Church and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Vanessa Whiting, Chair of the Karamu House Capital and Sustainability Campaign is also a Life Member of the NAACP, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was named the Black Professional of the Year for 2019 by the Black Professional Association Charitable Foundation and most recently was appointed to the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees by Governor Mike DeWine.

Past award recipients include: Richard K. Smucker and The J.M. Smucker Company (2020), Beth E. Mooney (2019), Christopher Connor (2018), Audrey and Albert Ratner (2017), Barbara Snyder (2016), Milt and Tamar Maltz (2015), Sandy Cutler (2014), and Toby Cosgrove (2013)

Thank you to our Donors

David Schafer

Managing Director,
Maltz Museum of
Jewish Heritage

In this unprecedented time, sponsors of the Maltz Heritage Award allow us to feel confident that we will be able to continue the meaningful work of the Maltz Museum in the year ahead. Thank you for your unwavering support of our mission to educate and empower people of all faiths and backgrounds to stand up against hate and speak out for diversity and inclusion. 

Presenting Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Abby & Howard Milstein

Audrey & Albert Ratner

Emily & Richard Smucker

Gold Sponsors

AES Management, DBA Popeyes
Louisiana Kitchen
Sandy and Sally Cutler
Grant and Jennifer Dinner

Gloria Fine and Family

Jordan & Jennifer Goldberg and
Larry & Cathy Goldberg
Bob and Sally Gries

Walter and Jean Kalberer
Krause Family Foundation

Steve and Penni Weinberg

Silver Sponsors

Dr. Georgette Bennett
Richard Bogomolny & Patricia Kozerefski

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland State University

Cohen & Company

Connor Foundation

Cuyahoga Community College

Dollar Bank

Beth Mooney
The NRP Group
Oatey Company

Olympic Steel



Irving and Ileen Rosner

Jerry Sue Thornton
Dan and Ellen Zelman

Bronze Sponsors

AB Bernstein

The AKA Team, Inc.

Warren Anderson
Case Western Reserve University
Cerity Partners
CLE Consulting Firm

Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Museum of Art

Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis

David and Debbie Daberko

E.F. Boyd & Son, Inc.

Bober, Markey & Fedorovich

GAA Manufacturing and
Supply Chain Management

JoAnn and Bob Glick

Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP

Brian Hall

Susan and Bob Hurwitz

Jewish Family Service Association-Cleveland

Jones Day
Stewart Kohl

Keith and Nancy Libman

The Lubrizol Corporation

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. LLC
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA

McDonald Hopkins, LLC 
MetroHealth Foundation

John and Karen Moss

MVP Plastics

Jakki and Fred Nance

Pierre’s Ice Cream Company

Dick and Pat Pogue

Julia and Larry Pollock

James and Susan Ratner
Barbara Robinson

RPM International Inc.

Step Forward

Thompson Hine LLP
United Way of Greater Cleveland

The Urban League
Ursuline College

Thank You to our Community Partners

Teresa Metcalf Beasley

Adam and Stacey Berebitsky

Citymark Capital

Israel Bonds

Judy and Steven Willensky

Sponsors current as of May 24, 2021

See the tribute book from our partners and sponsors

Thank you to our Co-Chairs, Legacy Chairs, and Board of Trustees


Dee Haslam and David M. Reynolds

Legacy Co-Chairs

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., and Albert B. Ratner

Honorary Chairs

Craig Arnold, Dr. Akram Boutros, Chris Connor, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Sandy and Sarah Cutler, Paul Dolan, Chris Gorman, Bob and Sally Gries*, Andrea Hogben, Mayor Frank Jackson, Dr. Alex Johnson, Ariane Kirkpatrick, Len Komoroski, Alan and Karen Krause, Darrell and Rona McNair*, Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, Beth Mooney, Patrick Pastore, Renee Tramble Richard, Ronn and Bess Richard, Erika Rudin-Luria, President Harlan Sands, Tony Sias, Richard and Emily Smucker, Robyn Minter Smyers, Jerry Sue Thornton, Steve and Penni Weinberg, Sheila Wright

Host Committee

Kevin S. Adelstein, Daisy L. Alford-Smith, Ph.D., Warren Anderson, John Anoliefo, Edward and Michele Barksdale, Doris Behnke, Adam and Stacey Berebitsky, Susan Bichsel Ph.D., Richard Bogomolny and Patricia Kozerefski, Tami Bolder, Kip Bollin, Caprice Bragg, Lon Brown, Nailah Byrd, Dr. Jacklyn Chisholm, Margot Copeland*, Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis, Greg Cowan*, President Scott Cowan, Marcella Cox, Lynnette Crenshaw, Duane Crockrom, David and Debbie Daberko, President Sister Christine De Vinne, Maureen Dee, Erin Deimling, Grant and Jennifer Dinner*, Eric Douglas Keene, Linda Dukes-Campbell, Julian Earls, Umberto Fedeli, Helen Forbes Fields, Douglas Fortney, Lois Goodman*, William Griswold, Brian Hall, Lawrence Hatch, David and Rebecca Heller, Karrie D. Howard, Bob and Susan Hurwitz, Councilman Basheer Jones, Dionne Jones, Richard Jones, Betty A. Jordan, Lara Kalafatis, Walter and Jean Kalberer, Ira and Amy Kaplan, Dr. Roger D. and Marlene Klein, Richard C. Klein, Robert Klonk, Stewart Kohl, Victoria Lacey, Heather Lennox, Keith and Nancy Libman*, Ken Liffman*, Dennis A. Linden, CPA, Thomas Lockshin, Marques Martin, Franklin Martin, Randell McShepard, Sharon E. Milligan, John and Karen Moss, Glenda Moss, Randy Myeroff, Fred and Jakki Nance, Augie Napoli, Brian O’Neill, Mason Oatey, Linda Olejko, Larry Oscar, Craig Owen White, Lisa Payne Jones, Richard and Patricia Pogue, Larry and Julia Pollock*, Gerri Presti, Peggie Price, LaRese Purnell, Barbara Robinson, Irving and Ileen Rosner*, Shelley Roth, Eugene Sanders, Mitchell Schneider, Meltrice Sharp, Linda Shatteen, Michael and Anita Siegal, Hilton O. Smith, David St. Pierre, Amy Stephens, Sharon D. Strickland, Pat Turner Cunningham, Daniel and Molly Walsh, Philip Wasserstrom, Karen White, Raquel White, David Whitehead, Barbara A. Williams, Sonali B. Wilson, Margaret Wong, Dan and Ellen Zelman*, Adam Zelwin*

* denotes planning committee

Maltz Museum Board of Trustees

Grant Dinner, Chair

Milton Maltz, Chair Emeritus

Tamar Maltz, President

Robert Gries, Vice Chair

Reneé Chelm, Vice President

Keith Libman, Vice President

James Gomez, Treasurer

Joe Cimperman
Ronald B. Cohen
Mary Ann Corrigan-Davis
Jordan Goldberg

Lois Goodman

David Katz
Alan M. Krause
Kenneth B. Liffman
Darrell McNair

Larry Pollock

Albert B. Ratner

Barbara Robinson
Irv Rosner

Phil Wasserstrom
Daniel Zelman

Adam Zelwin

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., Trustee Emeritus

Adele Silver, Honorary Trustee

Ex Officio

Rabbi Jonathan Cohen,
The Temple-Tifereth Israel

Jeff Kaplan,
Friends of the Maltz Museum

Barry Reis,
Erika Rudin-Luria,
Jewish Federation of Cleveland

David Schafer,
Maltz Museum of
Jewish Heritage

The Maltz Museum is supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Ohio Arts Council

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