The Pairings’ Board of Trustees
President – Mark Winchell
Vice-President – Jim Hockaday
Secretary – Jennifer Brown
Treasurer – Jeffrey Piotrowski
Board of Trustees
Tatiana Lechowick Parker
Mark Winchell, President of the Board of Trustees
Born and raised in Austinburg, Ohio, Mark Winchell leads the tourism efforts in Ashtabula County as the Executive Director of the Ashtabula County Convention and Visitors Bureau where he has worked for the past 10 years. A 1998 graduate of Geneva High School and a 2002 graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, Mark specializes in collaboration and non-traditional partnerships, while also bringing a high energy approach to tourism and the Pairings Board of Trustees. His non-tourism interests are organic gardening and as a hobby apple farmer. Mark resides with his wife, Stacie, and children, Gabriella and Jake, along the scenic Grand River.
Jim Hockaday, Vice President of the Board of Trustees
A Columbus native, Jim serves as Administrator for the Village of Geneva-on-the-Lake. Jim is a proud graduate of Muskingum College receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Affairs and later receiving a Master of Arts from Miami University in Political Science. During his graduate career at Miami University, he worked with the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs (CPMRA) affording him the opportunity to collaborate with several communities on special projects including the cities of Oxford, Trenton, Monroe and Hamilton. Away from work, Jim enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing.
Jennifer Brown, Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Jennifer Brown is an eighteen-year resident of the City of Geneva. She obtained her Associates in Applied Science in Advertising Design and Production from Mohawk Valley Community College and later received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in Art from the State University of New York at Oswego. Previously, Jennifer worked eight years in the Graphic Design and Marketing field and later as a Project Manager for the Growth Partnership for Ashtabula County. She has served as the City of Geneva’s Assistant City Manager for eight years, where she oversees a variety of departments. Jennifer is married to Chad Brown and has a son Gabriel.
Jeffrey Piotrowski, Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
Jeffrey Piotrowski received his CPA designation in 1997. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Cleveland State University. He is the owner of the Jeffrey L. Piotrowski, CPA firm in Geneva, Ohio, which he has run since late 2001, offering business, accounting and tax consulting and compliance services to individuals and small businesses. Prior to starting his own firm, Jeff held the position of Assistant Vice President with National City Bank, focusing on the area of executive compensation. He began his accounting career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the area of Executive Services, where he provided tax consulting planning and compliance services to individuals and small businesses. Jeff was also previously the owner of other small businesses in the field of automotives. He is also currently an adjunct professor of accounting at Kent State University in Ashtabula. He currently is a member of the Rotary Club of Geneva, a Geneva City Councilman, and is active in other community and church related activities. His interests include his family, music, classic car restoration and real estate investing.
Serge Grenier, Trustee
Serge Grenier is presently a construction consultant for Geneva Area School District, overseeing construction of five new buildings. Serge retired from John G. Johnson Construction of Chagrin Falls after 30 years of service. During his career, Serge has worked as a union carpenter, foreman, superintendent, estimator, and project manager, where he developed hands-on experience in construction and successful project management. Serge currently serves on the Geneva City Zoning Board and is a past member of the Geneva Architectural Review Board. Serge and his wife, Amy, reside in Geneva. They have five children and are currently awaiting their third grandchild.
Cliff Henry, Trustee
Growing up on a grape and dairy farm, Cliff Henry was born and raised in Harpersfield Township. He graduated from Geneva High School and later earned and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from Kent State University. After retiring from US Bank with 35 years of service, Cliff has remained active in the community serving as: Harpersfield Township Trustee, Harpersfield Township Fire Department, former President and current member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, former Harpersfield Township Board of Zoning Appeals, former US Army National Guard Member and the current finance chairman for the Geneva First United Methodist Church. Cliff and his wife, Lynda, currently own and operate a grape farm in Harpersfield Township where they also raised two sons, Jon & David.
Kenneth Johnson, Trustee
A lifelong resident of Ashtabula County, Ohio Kenneth Johnson serves as the CEO of The Conneaut Telephone Company in Conneaut, Ohio. Ken earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Ohio Bible College and a Master of Technology degree from Kent State University. In May of 2010, Ken was honored by the Kent State School of Technology as “Distinguished Alumni.” Away from the office, Ken enjoys creative writing and following the Cleveland sports teams.
Shirley Lehmann, Trustee
Born and raised in Central New York, Finger Lakes Region, Shirley began her career as Director of Sales Administration for Sarah Coventry, Inc. in 1969. She moved into banking in 1983 and has held positions as a Small Business and Private Banking Relationship Manager for Key Bank. In 1997, she transferred to Ohio and currently serves as Branch Manager for Northwest Savings Bank in Geneva, Ohio. Shirley holds several community leadership positions and also enjoys traveling, cooking and nature.
Tatiana Lechowick Parker, Trustee
Tatiana Lechowick Parker brings nearly twenty years of editorial, marketing and business development experience to Pairings. She is currently the owner of WordCraft Consulting, a boutique marketing and editorial firm that works with for-profit and non-profit companies. Previously, she was President and Associate Publisher of October Research Corporation, the nation’s leading provider of business news and legal information in the real estate industry. Under Tatiana's direction, October Research was named a Weatherhead 100 Fastest Growing Company for 2004, 2005 and 2006. Other experience includes curriculum design and college instruction positions. A 1989 graduate of Geneva High School, she also earned an MA from Cleveland State University and a BA from Lake Erie College. Tatiana lives in the Geneva area with her husband, Eric and their son Griffin. In her spare time she enjoys playing beach volleyball, volunteering, traveling and gardening.
James Pearson, Trustee
James Pearson is currently the City Manager for the City of Geneva. He has spent the past 37 years in public service to the City of Geneva, 27 of those years in Public Safety as a Police Officer. Jim served as the 5th Police Chief in Geneva’s history for seventeen years. After retirement in 2000, the City of Geneva hired Pearson to the position of City Manager in 2001 and is still currently serving in this capacity. Pearson is a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Law Enforcement and graduated from the prestigious National Rural law enforcement Academy in Arkansas. The Pearsons are part owners in a local winery, The Winery at Spring Hill, and are also partners in Pearl Beach Inc., which consist of lake front rentals in Saybrook, Ohio. Jim and his wife Judy have two grown sons that reside in Columbus, Ohio.
Tammy Shuttleworth, Trustee
Tammy Shuttleworth is the Administrative Assistant for the City of Geneva. In this position, she fills multiple roles for the City of Geneva as an assistant to the City Manager, Human Resource Officer and Fair Housing Officer in coordination with the City’s CHIP program. Tammy is also a Trustee and Secretary for the Geneva Community Improvement Corporation. A graduate of Madison High School, Tammy also received her Associates of Applied Business in Accounting from Lakeland Community College. She has continued her education by completing the Grantsmanship Training Program. An active community member, Tammy participates in several civic organizations. Outside of professional interests, Tammy is a proud mother and loves to travel and spend time with her family, enjoys reading, playing volleyball, softball and basketball.
Donniella Winchell, Trustee
Donniella Winchell is Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association and chair of their Vintage Ohio Wine Festival. She is the recipient of several state and national awards and serves on numerous state and national wine, tourism and economic development boards. She contributes wine articles to many regional publications. Donniella graduated from Allegheny College and taught in Ohio public schools. She and her family own a marketing agency and an entertainment complex in Geneva-on-the-Lake. She and her husband have three grown children and eight grandchildren.