A seasoned educator and leader in education, Anne Juster serves as the Director of School-Garden Partnerships at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. She began her career as a middle school social studies teacher. A Catalyst Grant winner, she received recognition for innovative curriculum design and teaching. Anne served as Assistant to the Director of the Institute for Educational Renewal in Cleveland, an educational professional services organization and as Program Associate for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization, where she designed and taught a curricular unit entitled The Dangers of Indifference and chaired Upstander, an exhibit featuring inspiring local heroes. Anne has recently served as Co-Director of Learning Initiatives for the Cleveland Educators for Sustainability.
Anne serves as Trustee for the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and Laurel School, and as an Advisory Board member 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.
Marvin serves as President of the Fairbanks Morse Engine Division of EnPro Industries Inc. Based in Beloit, Wisconsin, Fairbanks Morse Engine is a worldwide leader in engine technology and manufacturing, with a rich history since its founding in the 1870s.
Previously, Marvin served as Vice President, Manufacturing, of EnPro Industries since December 2011. Marvin served as Vice President Global Operations, GGB division, from November 2009 until November 2011 and as Vice President Operations Americas, GGB division, from July 2007 until November 2011. Prior to joining EnPro, he was an executive with General Motors Vehicle Manufacturing where he held multiple positions of increasing responsibility from 1997 to 2007 within General Motors.
Marvin has a BS from Howard University in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and an MBA in Banking, Corporate, Finance and Securities Law from The Johns Hopkins University.
Communications and Marketing Manager
As a passionate reader, writer, and learner, Maredith Sheridan has always believed that great narratives can lead to meaningful connection and personal growth. She is thrilled to put that conviction into practice as the Communications and Marketing Manager for Books@Work.
Since 2012, Maredith has worked in the publicity department at The New Press, a nonprofit book publisher in New York City, coordinating media outreach, promotional marketing, and social media. Prior to that, she interned at a variety of bookish organizations including a higher education textbook company, a small literary agency, and an international literature festival. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in English & American Literature with minors in French and Creative Writing.
When Maredith is not managing the Books@Work blog, social media channels, or other outreach campaigns, she’s usually reading a new crime novel, cheering on Cleveland’s sports teams, or enjoying the city’s excellent food scene.
As a lifelong learner, Capria Jaussen has an eclectic work and education history. For the past 15 years, Capria has participated in a range of work experiences from office management to caring for the needs of handicapped adults. She has done this in several different industries including food, automotive and the arts. She has only one year of university education but has never let that stop her from learning as much as she can from every opportunity and person she comes in contact with.
Capria manages the day to day operations of Books@Work and That Can Be Me, Inc., including administration, marketing, bookkeeping, advancement and outreach. When she isn’t helping with all of the operational aspects of Books@Work, she is usually talking with her young son or riding her vintage motorcycle. Capria is thrilled to be part of an organization that facilitates people reading great books and engaging in intelligent and meaningful conversation, all while on the job.
Ann Kowal Smith
Ann serves as Founder and Executive Director of That Can Be Me, Inc. She also serves as affiliate staff member of the Doctor of Management Program at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, where she has also served as Adjunct Professor and Director of Praxis. Previously, Ann served as project manager for EducationWorks, a philanthropically supported learning initiative whose work gave rise to Books@Work. Ann has also served as Principal with Heidrick & Struggles International, and as an Expert with McKinsey & Company. 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. She currently serves on the board of The Montessori High School at University Circle, and on the Advisory Board of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University.
Ann holds an A.B. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, a 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, where her dissertation examined organizational learning and innovation.
Felix M. Brueck
Chairman of the Board
Felix Brueck is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Company. He began his McKinsey career in 1983, working in the German and Tokyo offices before transferring to Cleveland in 1996. He retired in 2012. Felix led McKinsey’s Manufacturing Practice in the Americas, building up a lean manufacturing capability. He co-founded the Firm’s Performance Transformation Practice, and led the Organizational Effectiveness Practice in the Americas where he worked with colleagues to develop methodologies and approaches to excite people to embrace fundamental change, with requisite shifts in mindsets and behaviors. Felix’s client work spanned numerous industries from hi-tech to chemicals, semiconductors, solar power, pharmaceuticals & medical products as well as healthcare, focusing on company-wide fundamental transformation as well as work in specific business units or functions, building leadership and technical capabilities. Felix co-authored two books: Simplicity Wins and Quality Pays.
Felix serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) in addition to holding several board roles in industry. 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.
Program and Curriculum Director
Jessica Isaac is a teacher, researcher and writer who is passionate about understanding the relationship between literacy and socioeconomic class. Her background as a first-generation college student spurred her interest in studying a long-lived group of autodidacts, while earning her PhD in literature, literacy and composition at the University of Pittsburgh. Her award-winning research on amateur journalists has appeared in American Periodicals and Book History.
Jessica has seven years of experience teaching English courses at the college level ranging from introduction to literature, to children’s literature, to written professional communication. She earned a Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.
As Program and Curriculum Director at Books@Work, Jessica serves as a liaison to the academic community, recruiting university professors, developing curricular and pedagogical tools, building partnerships with academic institutions and spearheading assessment efforts. In 2015, she was appointed the Books@Work liaison to the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University. Jessica also pursues research on Books@Work’s programs to advance knowledge, and to share insights, on the teaching and study of literature and reading to non-traditional audiences.
A longtime educator with a specialty in working with urban schools, Karen Nestor 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, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. At George Washington University, she recently completed a doctorate in human and organizational learning, with a focus on how people repeatedly reshape their lives throughout the lifespan.
Thomas V. Chema
Recently retired as the 21st President of Hiram College, Thomas V. Chema holds a leadership role in several national higher education associations including the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Annapolis Group, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio, the North Coast Athletic Conference and the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. 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. Following his service as Executive Director of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation, Tom has consulted nationally on sports and entertainment-related economic development projects as President of Gateway Consultants Group, Inc.
Tom serves as trustee of the 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, 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.
A designated Ohio Super Lawyer, Marcia Wexberg serves as chair of Calfee, Halter & Griswold’s Estate Planning and Succession Group. Marcia also serves as an officer and trustee of the Benjamin Rose Institute, a trustee of the City Club of Cleveland Forum Foundation, a member of the In Counsel With Women Board of Directors, a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Planned Giving Council and a member of the Leadership Cleveland Class of 1998. She is a member of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s executive committee and a member of the Cleveland Foundation’s Philanthropy and Communications Committee. Marcia has received numerous awards, including the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award (2009) and the Northern Ohio Live Rainmaker Award (2007). Marcia was a Women of Note finalist by Crain’s Cleveland Business (2011).
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.