The Support Team

Making it Happen, Behind the Scenes

Morino Ventures, LLC and the Morino Institute teams and advisors are led by Chairman and CEO Mario Morino. The Leap Ambassadors support team, led by Executive Director Julie Russell, is staffed from the Morino Ventures team and operates as an initiative within Morino Institute.

Morino Ventures, LLC Leadership

  • Tom Clark, Chief Financial Officer
  • Cheryl Collins, Senior Advisor
  • Veronica Dubravetz, Director of Operations and Family Services
  • Tim Goler, Senior Advisor, Equity and Community Affairs
  • Rich McDonnell, Senior Advisor, Family Office
  • Mario Morino, Chairman and CEO
  • Matt Morino, Chief Operating Officer

Morino Institute Leadership

  • Cheryl Collins, Senior Advisor
  • Tim Goler, Senior Advisor, Equity and Community Affairs
  • Rich McDonnell, Officer, Director, and Treasurer
  • Mario Morino, Officer, Director, and Chairman
  • Matt Morino, Officer, Director, and Secretary

Leap Ambassadors Support Team Leadership

  • Cheryl Collins, Senior Advisor
  • Tim Goler, Senior Advisor, Equity
  • Linda Johanek, Senior Advisor
  • Kevin Jones, Lead, Engagement and Evaluation
  • Julie Russell, Executive Director

Team members bring diverse experiences and backgrounds and operate as a geographically dispersed, networked, virtually connected team, with a physical office in Rocky River, Ohio. We coordinate all tasks, projects, and initiatives through frequent communication and digital technology, which allows Morino Ventures to seamlessly staff and support the Leap Ambassadors Community. Everyone on the Morino Ventures team plays a role—both large and small—in support of the Leap Ambassadors Community. Half of the team are full-time associates and half are consultants with a time commitment ranging from 10 to 75 percent. As a collaborative and adaptive team focused on learning and continuous improvement, we make equity intentional and core to our culture. As we strive to create value and produce meaningful contributions to the field.

Additional information on Morino Venture, Morino Institute, and the Leap Ambassadors support team is included below.

Our Team

Shirley Marcus Allen

Shirley Marcus Allen

Morino Ventures – Senior Advisor, Equity and Community Affairs | Leap Ambassadors support team – Senior Advisor, Equity

Jessica Berkshire

Jessica Berkshire

Morino Ventures – Contact Management Administration and Outreach | Leap Ambassadors support team – Email Distribution and Development

Ingvild Bjornvold

Ingvild Bjornvold

Leap Ambassadors support team – Community Facilitator

Tom Clark

Tom Clark

Morino Ventures – Chief Financial Officer | Leap Ambassadors support team – Advisor, Finance and Expense Management

Cheryl Collins

Cheryl Collins

Morino Ventures – Senior Advisor | Morino Institute – Senior Advisor | Leap Ambassadors support team – Senior Advisor

Veronica Dubravetz

Veronica Dubravetz

Morino Ventures – Director of Operations and Family Services | Leap Ambassadors support team – Community Manager

Jarvis Gibson

Jarvis Gibson

Morino Ventures – Advisor, Community Affairs, Youth Development, and Mentoring

Tim Goler

Tim Goler

Morino Ventures – Senior Advisor, Equity and Community Affairs | Leap Ambassadors support team – Senior Advisor, Equity

Latisha James

Latisha James

Morino Ventures – Advisor, Equity | Leap Ambassadors support team – Advisor, Equity

Linda Johanek

Linda Johanek

Morino Ventures – Senior Associate | Leap Ambassadors support team – Senior Advisor

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Morino Ventures – Senior Associate | Leap Ambassadors support team – Lead, Engagement and Evaluation

Rich McDonnell

Rich McDonnell

Morino Ventures – Senior Advisor, Family Office | Morino Institute – Officer, Director, and Treasurer

Mario Morino

Mario Morino

Morino Ventures – Chairman and CEO | Morino Institute – Director, Chairman and CEO | Leap Ambassadors support team – Advisor, Community Future

Matt Morino

Matt Morino

Morino Ventures – Chief Operations Officer | Morino Institute – Officer, Director, and Secretary | Leap Ambassadors support team – Advisor, Operations, Technology, and Legal

Matt T. Morino

Matt T. Morino

Morino Ventures – Digital Media and Support Technician | Leap Ambassadors support team – Video Maker and Print Designer

Christina Morris

Christina Morris

Morino Ventures – Applications Specialist

Beth Owens

Beth Owens

Morino Ventures – Advisor, Communications and Content Marketing | Leap Ambassadors support team – Communications and Content Marketing

Katie Reinart

Katie Reinart

Morino Ventures – Data Quality Specialist | Leap Ambassadors support team – Material Fulfillment

Julie Russell

Julie Russell

Leap Ambassadors support team – Executive Director

Samantha Sherrod

Samantha Sherrod

Leap Ambassadors support team – Community Facilitator

Linda Sowers

Linda Sowers

Leap Ambassadors support team – Advisor, Marketing and Communications

Lowell Weiss

Lowell Weiss

Morino Ventures – Strategist, Editor, and Writer | Leap Ambassadors support team – Editorial Director for Featured Works

The Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community is an initiative of the Morino Institute where it was incubated. It resides within the Morino Institute to provide the community a legal entity able to hold and maintain copyrights, trademarks, legal agreements, etc. on its behalf. These assets will be transferred, when the community becomes its own self-sustaining entity or one operating within or in partnership with a larger, mission-aligned entity.

The community benefits directly and indirectly from the advisors retained by Morino Ventures and the Morino family:

  • Baker Hostetler LLP – General Legal Counsel and Estate Planning Counsel
  • Bober Markey Fedorovic – Accounting and Tax Services
  • The Fedeli Group – Insurance and Risk Management
  • Main Stream Enterprises – Strategy and Planning
  • Monticello Associates – Investment Management
  • Morgan Stanley – Investment Management
  • The Moskowitz Firm LLC – Intellectual Property (IP) and Digital Rights Counsel
  • Oswald Companies – Insurance and Risk Management

 

Community operational and support costs are fully covered by Morino Ventures. Morino Ventures is committed to providing this support and funding through 2023, which includes management of the Leap Ambassadors support team, compensation of the full- and part-time Morino Ventures team members allocated to the initiative, community events (e.g., convenings), materials publication and fulfillment, information production, packaging and dissemination, and the community’s website and social media platforms. Morino Ventures also provides, at its expense, management, technology, and administrative services to support the community, including technology services and support for the Leap team and community, software licenses (e.g., Dropbox, Slack, SharpSpring) and all related payroll, tax, and insurance for the Leap team. Morino Ventures covers the development, maintenance, and management of a contact (CRM) database implemented via Salesforce. The database serves multiple uses including the distribution of the monthly Leap Update newsletter by Morino Institute; the dissemination of news, announcements, and deliverables on behalf of the Leap Community; and data and information capture to support and grow the community. An export or copy of the contact information to support the Leap Community will be made available to the community for porting, with substantial assistance from Morino Ventures, to a CRM of its choosing when it becomes its own entity.

Since 2013, Morino Ventures has been committed to providing strong infrastructure and backbone support to the community to see it grow into a thriving community and provide the foundation for ambassadors to eventually establish the ties and support that can result in it becoming its own entity independent of Morino Ventures.

The Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community is a private community of experts and leaders who believe that mission and performance are inextricably linked. Our resources are collaboratively developed and offered to the field to support organizations on their journeys to high performance.

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