Welcome to the Dworken & Bernstein Management Lecture Series at Lakeland Community College

All lectures will be held in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in the D-Building. They are free and open to the public.

MLS 2017

Oct. 9, Jessie Baginski, Ph.D., president and CEO, Leadership Lake County

Dr. Baginski joined Leadership Lake County in January 2012. She has over 35 years of experience in communications, marketing and management in public, private and nonprofit organizations.

She has served as an adjunct faculty member for Cleveland State University's College of Education teaching Social Issues in Education at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and graduate courses in Adult Learning and Development. Her research interests are in service learning and narrative studies. Dr. Baginski serves as a reviewer for Youth & Society and Transforming Teacher Education through Service Learning.

Dr. Baginski was Laketran's first Director of Public Relations and Marketing from 2000 through 2010. During that time, she earned numerous national awards for communications and was an annual presenter at the American Public Transit Association's Marketing & Communications conference. Laketran was recognized as the Best Small Transit System in America in 2005. Prior to Laketran, she was the Director of Development for Society for Rehabilitation, a nonprofit rehabilitation agency for children and adults with disabilities.

She has been a long-standing and active member in the Mentor Chamber of Commerce, the Lakeland Youth Summit, the Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities Youth Leadership Forum, the Lake County Education and Workforce Alliance, and Leadership Lake County. She is a graduate of Leadership Ashtabula 1996 and Leadership Lake County 2004. Dr. Baginski graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in May of 2016.

Dr. Baginski earned her Associate of Arts in Business from Lakeland Community College in 1996; Bachelor of Arts in Management at Ursuline College in 2000; her Master of Arts in Education from Marietta College in 2008; and her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education with a specialization in Leadership and Life Long Learning from Cleveland State University in 2011. Her dissertation was a narrative study the lives of students serving in New Orleans in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina and the role community service played in preparing them to be there.

She is a member of Lakeland Community College's Hall of Fame. In 2008, she received the Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award from Governor's Council on People with Disabilities for positively impacting the lives of students with disabilities. In 2014, she was a recipient of Lakeland Community College's Woman of Achievement Award.

She is a native of New Orleans and returns frequently to spend time with family and friends. She lives in Mayfield Heights with her husband Thom and her two beloved dogs.

Oct. 23, Morris W. Beverage Jr. E.D.M., president, Lakeland Community College

Dr. Morris W. Beverage Jr. is the fifth President of Lakeland Community College, serving since 2001. He previously served as Lakeland's CFO and treasurer for 12 years.

Prior to joining Lakeland, Dr. Beverage was the Director of Finance for the City of Mentor, Ohio, an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. in Cleveland and Manager of Finance at Fredon Corporation.

He is past Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC). His service at the state and national levels includes representing community colleges in Ohio on policy-related committees, as well as testifying before legislative hearings on issues related to higher education.

Dr. Beverage is a past president and a past board member of the Central Association of College and University Business Officers (CACUBO); he also served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

He holds a Doctor of Management degree from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio, a Master's degree in business administration and Bachelor of Science from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, an Associate of Arts degree from Lakeland and was a licensed CPA in the State of Ohio.


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