Board and Management
The following individuals serve as Directors and Staff of That Can Be Me, Inc.
Ann Kowal Smith, Director
Founder and Executive Director
That Can Be Me, Inc.
Felix M. Brueck, Director
Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Chairman of the Board, That Can Be Me, Inc.
Thomas V. Chema, Director
President, Hiram College
Anne Conway Juster, Director
Educator and Community Leader
Karen Nestor, Director
Educator and Consultant
Marcia J. Wexberg, Director
Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Paul Jaussen, Ph.D., Curriculum Director
Capria Jaussen, Operations Coordinator
Ann serves as Executive Director, Founder and a Director of That Can Be Me, Inc. Ann also serves as Director of Praxis for the Doctor of Management Program at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, where she has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and an Adjunct Professor, teaching information theory, systems and design. Previously, Ann served as the project manager for EducationWorks, an initiative supported by four philanthropic organizations in Northeast Ohio to convene a group of diverse leaders to imagine and inspire a regional education system that prepares every learner for success in the 21st century. Through her work with EducationWorks, Ann developed and led the pilot programs that gave rise to That Can Be Me, Inc.
Prior to her active work at the intersection of education and economic development, Ann enjoyed a rich career in consulting and law. She served as a principal with Heidrick & Struggles International, and an Expert Consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she served clients and supported McKinsey client teams in business unit strategy, growth and business building, economic development, and knowledge management. Prior to joining McKinsey, Ann practiced corporate and securities law, in private practice with Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP and Benesch LLP and in corporate practice with KeyCorp, where she served as Vice President and Senior Counsel. Ann’s legal work was primarily transactional in nature, with a focus on business, financial and securities transactions, private equity, M&A and public and private investment matters.
Ann has focused her extracurricular and community interests on educational issues, primarily at the late elementary and early adolescent levels. She has taught full time and been actively involved in the development of curriculum in a Montessori environment, and serves as Chair of the Board of The Montessori High School at University Circle, a new high school that opened to students in Fall 2008.
Ann holds a B.A. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in History of Art from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University and a Doctor of Management (D.M.) from Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Ann focused her doctoral research on the means by which leadership styles and behaviors influence effective organizational learning and performance, both at the individual and organizational levels.
Felix serves as Chairman of the Board of That Can Be Me, Inc. Felix is a Director Emeritus in the Cleveland office of McKinsey & Company. He began his McKinsey career in 1983 and spent time in the Firm’s German and Tokyo offices before transferring to Cleveland in 1996. Upon relocating to Cleveland, Felix led McKinsey’s Manufacturing Practice in the Americas, building up of their lean manufacturing capability. During that time he became intrigued by the question of what it takes to drive effective transformations, which led him to start up the Performance Transformation Practice. Building on this success, he was asked to lead the Organizational Effectiveness Practice for McKinsey in the Americas. Together with his colleagues he developed methodologies and approaches on how to excite tens of thousands of people to embrace fundamental change, with the the requisite shifts in mindsets and behaviors. Felix is also the co-author of the books Simplicity Wins and Quality Pays.
In his client work Felix spanned a lot of industries from hi-tech to chemicals, semiconductors, solar power, pharmaceuticals & medical products as well as healthcare. Most of his projects were fundamental transformation efforts that often combined sophisticated technical change with deep shifts in mindsets and behaviors. Building leadership and technical capabilities was central to many of these efforts. In some cases, these transformations span entire corporations while in other cases they are focused on individual business units or certain functions like R&D, manufacturing or sales and marketing. Felix retired from McKinsey in June 2012.
Felix serves as a Trustee of the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), a regional nonprofit with a mission to strengthen the regional economy.
Felix holds a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from the RWTH Aachen in Germany and a Masters of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Tom serves as a Director of That Can Be Me, Inc. Tom was named the 21st President of Hiram College in 2003. During his presidency, Hiram has experienced tremendous growth in enrollment, new programs, and campus facilities while enjoying increased visibility and an enhanced position in the higher education marketplace.
Tom holds a leadership role in a number of national higher education associations include the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Annapolis Group, and with Ohio-based organizations such as the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, the North Coast Athletic Conference, and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges.
In 1990, he was appointed Executive Director of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation and was responsible for overseeing the public/private partnership that led to the financing and construction of Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He then resumed his law practice and in recent years has consulted across the country on sports and entertainment-related economic development projects as President of Gateway Consultants Group, Inc. Tom is recognized as an expert on energy and telecommunications economics and regulation, infrastructure planning, and developing public/private partnerships. He has published numerous articles on these topics and frequently lectures throughout the country, including assignments at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
Tom is a trustee of other civic and charitable boards including Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine Health System, St. Ignatius High School, Ohio Hunger Task Force, Historic Gateway Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation, and Chair of the Board of UHHS/CSAHS-Cuyahoga and Kids Voting Program.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He began his career with the Cleveland-based law firm of Arter & Hadden in 1971 and became a partner in 1979. He took a leave of absence in 1983 to serve as Executive Director of the Ohio Lottery Commission. In 1985, he was asked to become Chairman of the Ohio Public Utilities Commission.
Anne serves as a Director of That Can Be Me, Inc. Anne is a seasoned educator and leader in education, having worked in the classroom, the board room and beyond. She began her career as a middle school social studies teacher. In 1990, Anne was awarded a Catalyst Grant recognizing innovative curriculum design and teaching. She became an Assistant to the Director of the Institute for Educational Renewal in Cleveland, an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive professional services to administrators, teachers, staff, students and families in K-12 education, where she facilitated learning programs, raised funding, and oversaw research, writing, publication and administrative efforts. She has served Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization, for many years as a Program Associate, where she launched the Cleveland office, co-led workshops for public, private and parochial teachers, designed and taught a teaching unit entitled The Dangers of Indifference and chaired Upstander, a companion exhibit featuring inspiring local heroes as part of the organization’s Choosing to Participate Initiative. Anne has recently served as a founding member of, and Co-Director of Learning Initiatives for, the Cleveland Educators for Sustainability and has worked with the Cleveland Botanical Garden to develop a sustainability-based curriculum for use across the city.
Anne serves as Trustee for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and for Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where she also served as Board Chair for six years. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves.
Anne holds a BA in Education from Middlebury College, a M.Ed. in Education from Tufts University and an MPOD (Masters in Positive Organization Development and Change) from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.
Karen serves as a Director of That Can Be Me, Inc. Karen, a longtime educator with a specialty in working with urban schools, has taught at every level from kindergarten to graduate school. She has consulted extensively with schools and teachers, and was a consultant and program developer with the Institute for Educational Renewal, an organization dedicated to providing comprehensive professional services to administrators, teachers, staff, students and families in K-12 education.
Karen serves as Trustee for the Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, and has served for many years as Trustee for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. She serves as an advisor to, and member of, the Fund for Our Economic Future in Northeast Ohio.
Karen holds a BA in English from Barat College of DePaul University, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University and she is currently a member of George Washington University’s Executive Leadership Program.
Marcia serves as a Director of That Can Be Me, Inc. Marcia serves as chair of Calfee’s Estate Planning and Succession Group, where she concentrates her talents on providing counsel to those in need of estate and trust planning and administration, charitable and corporate succession planning. Marcia’s representative experience includes corporate control transfers, lifetime and charitable gift planning, post-mortem tax plans and probate court litigation.
Marcia serves as an officer and trustee of the Benjamin Rose Institute, as a trustee of the City Club of Cleveland Forum Foundation, and as a member of the In Counsel With Women Board of Directors. She is a member of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland executive committee in addition to serving on its board of directors and is a member of the Cleveland Foundation’s Philanthropy and Communications Committee. She was the inaugural chair of the Diamond Advisory Group of University Hospitals and was their first Distinguished Advisor Award winner (2007). Marcia was named the Distinguished Estate Planner of the Year (2008) by the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland, has received the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award (2009), the Northern Ohio Live Rainmaker Award (2007) and was named as a Women of Note finalist by Crain’s Cleveland Business (2011). She was a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 1998 and serves as class president. A member of the executive committee and former chair of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Planned Giving Council, Marcia also has served as vice chair of the Women Managing Money Educational Project of the Women’s Community Foundation and was the founding chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish Community Federation. In addition, she has served on the board of directors of the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council and The Montefiore Foundation. Marcia is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, as well as a frequent lecturer and noted author. Marcia has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America in trusts and estates law and designated an Ohio Super lawyer.
Marcia holds a BA, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Miami University, a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Temple University.
Paul serves as Curriculum Director at That Can Be Me, Inc. A lecturer in the Department of English at Case Western Reserve University, Paul specializes in contemporary American literature, poetry and poetics, with a particular emphasis on the long poem. He teaches literature and composition and has won several awards for excellence in teaching and research. Paul earned his BA with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, his MA in English Literature from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. in English Literature and Theory and Criticism from the University of Washington. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Writing in Real Time: Transitive Poetics from Whitman to the Digital. Paul works on all academic aspects of Books@Work, from recruiting and preparing professors, gathering and analyzing professor and participant feedback, developing best practices for seminar leadership with non-traditional learners, developing a community of Books@Work professors to share experiences, and capturing and codifying perspectives on Books@Work as a unique approach to public humanities.
Capria serves as Operations Coordinator at That Can Be Me, Inc. Capria works on the day to day operations of That Can Be Me, Inc., including administration, marketing, bookkeeping, and outreach.