Board of Directors

Grace Wakulchik, Chairman
Akron Children’s Hospital

Julie Wesel, Vice Chairman
Chief Executive Officer
Chemstress Consultant Company

Joseph Dancy – Secretary
Chief Tire Analysis Engineer
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Dan Rice
President and CEO
Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition

Suzie Graham
President & CEO
Downtown Akron Partnership

Mr. Mark Douglas
Tri-County Building & Construction

Ms.Ebony Yeboah- Amankwah
VP, Corporate Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer
FirstEnergy Corporation

Since 1999, the DFA has issued over $1 billion in economic development bonds, leveraging over $889 million in investment to support community and economic development activity in our region.  Through the New Markets Tax Credit program the Development Fund of the Western Reserve (DFWR) has allocated $65 million federal NMTC plus $11.5 million Ohio NMTC, leveraging $55 million additional federal and state NMTC allocations and $13.2 million in investment. These finance projects enabled the DFA to directly or indirectly be associated with the retention and creation of 14,593 jobs, including thousands of construction jobs.