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Susie Barragate VGS Bio Image

Susie M. Barragate – President & Chief Executive Officer

Susie was appointed as the President & CEO of VGS in September of 2018. Susie has served with VGS for more than 22 years. She joined Vocational Guidance Services in 1996 as the Human Resources Coordinator and in 1999 became the agency’s Human Resources Director. In 2012, Susie was asked to take responsibility for the vocational rehabilitation services at VGS’ Elyria facility in addition to her supervision of VGS’ HR and Intake Departments. In 2014 Susie became  Vice President of Human Resources and Lorain County Rehabilitation Services. In addition to processing payroll for four distinct corporations and over 1,000 employees, under Susie’s leadership VGS’ Human Resources Department is responsible for guiding and directing agency personnel policies and practices. The Intake department manages all the open and closed case files for program participants and processes referral for services to participants. The Lorain County Rehabilitation Services includes a program with the Lorain County Department of Jobs and Family Services, as well as Placement Services, Clerical Training, and Work Adjustment. Susie graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Personnel and Industrial relations. In 2013 Susie was awarded the Innovation Award for Strategic Alignment by ERC and CSHRM’s HR Awards, and was named as an Archer Award finalist for HR Executive of the Year by Crain’s Cleveland Business in 2014. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Bridge Builders Class of 2013.

Laura Lamb VGS Bio Image

Laura M. Lamb – Chief Operating Officer

Laura joined VGS as Vocational Evaluator & Benefits Analysis in 1998. She was promoted to Manager of Work Evaluation in 2001, adding Training Services to her responsibilities in 2003. Laura became the Division Director of Vocational Preparation Services in 2006, and Vice President of Vocational Preparation in 2014. In this role, Laura oversaw Work Evaluation, GED instruction, Work Adjustment, Occupational Skills Training, Job Coaching, and Developmental Services. She also provides oversight to the VRP3 Pathways Project for VGS as well as the rehabilitation programs at VGS’ Cleveland West, Columbus, and Painesville facilities. In 2019, Laura was named COO. Laura’s participation is integral to VGS’ CARF Accreditation Preparation Task Force and the agency’s overall Outcome Measurements. Laura chairs the agency’s Health & Safety Task Force and is the Acting School Director for VGS’ accreditation for the State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. She graduated from Heidelberg College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology & English. Laura is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association, an active Board Member of the Ohio Rehabilitation Association, and also serves on the board of the local chapter of the NorthEast Ohio Rehabilitation Association. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Bridge Builders Class of 2015.

Board of Directors

Matthew D. Joyce, Vice President, Corporate Ventures, The Lubrizol Corporation
Board Chair

James R. Jaye, Senior Vice President, Sherwin-Williams
Vice Chair – Development

John C. Krueger, Audit Manager, Parker Hannifin
Vice Chair – Compensation & Management

John W. Monroe, Attorney at Law, Mansour Gavin LPA
Vice Chair – Facilities

Thomas Petredis, Community Volunteer
Vice Chair – Finance

Liz Gillmore, Chief Human Resource Officer, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Vice Chair – Governance

Karen Flynn Shanahan, Managing Director/Consultant, CMKB Strategies

Katie A. Allender, Manager, Accounting & Auditing, Bober Markey Fedorovich

Patricia A. Blackmon, Community Volunteer

William G. Caster, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Fifth Third Bank

Joseph G. DuBois, Chief Financial Officer, Oswald Companies

Sebastien Glinzler, Vice President, J.P. Morgan

Donald Gries, Community Volunteer

Robert D. Gries, Community Volunteer

Jeffrey L. Kapp, Partner, Jones Day

Matthew J. Kemmann, Director-Strategic Planning & Analytics, University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Stephen F. Kirk, Executive in Residence, Cleveland State University

Phillip A. Kuri, Partner, Elk & Elk

Joel D. Marx, Chairman, Medical Service Supply Company

Frank H. Porter, Jr., Community Volunteer

Dennis Raab, Senior Managing Director of Insurance, Huntington National Bank

Diane Roberto, Director, Horizon Montessori School

Sunbeam Board President

Kylie Volpe

Board Counsel

Joel Hlavaty

Honorary Life Trustees

Pat C. Brownell
Sally Cutler
James B. Griswold
Bettyann S. Helms
Thomas E. Hopkins
Polly Bruch White

Elyria Advisory Council

David Janowicz
Ronan Lynch
Skip Tusa
Jim Weigelt
Dawn Yorko

Members Emeritus

Theodore S. Altfeld
Robert E. Lessing, Esq.