Craig Heath, Patrick Mohorcic, Marwin N. Walling Sr. join United Way of Lake County board

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Apr. 21—United Way of Lake County recently announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors: Craig Heath, Patrick Mohorcic, and Marwin N. Walling Sr.

Elected during the nonprofit's March meeting, the trio began serving this month.

According to the organization, each brings with them a unique perspective and a determined drive to inspire greater giving, provide support and opportunities for Lake County's most vulnerable residents, and uplift the community as a whole.

"The directors and I are proud to welcome these extraordinary leaders as new colleagues," said UWLC Board Chair Michelle Graf. "These individuals will add great value with their skills from a cross-section of our community."

As UWLC continues to serve its community, its board is developing in diversity to reflect both the needs of the organization and those they serve, officials noted.

"It truly takes a village, from corporations, nonprofits, foundations and individuals, to make a difference," said UWLC President and CEO Dione DeMitro. "As we continue to move forward in service and support of our agency partners and our community, I welcome the additional expertise these individuals will offer our team."

Craig Heath

With a background in education, Heath has been serving as the superintendent of Mentor Schools since August.

He began his career as a Spanish teacher at Mentor Lake Catholic High School before moving to Central Ohio where he taught at Bishop Watterson High School for three years. Before relocating back to Lake County, Heath worked for three Central Ohio school districts, including a 16-year stint at Hilliard City Schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district-level administrator.

He then spent seven years working in the curriculum and instruction department in Dublin City Schools developing career pathways for students that connected the business and industry community with the four middle schools, three high schools, and one innovative learning center in the district.

Health then served as the assistant superintendent for Delaware City Schools for three years where he led the PreK-12 academic team.

He grew up in Lake County and is a graduate of Perry High School.

Patrick Mohorcic

In his role as director of public finance and chief financial officer with the Lake Development Authority, Mohorcic provides outreach regarding business financing options, including the Lake County Executive Airport.

His responsibilities also include serving as the LDA's assistant secretary to the board of directors.

Previously, Mohorcic served as deputy director for planning and development, focusing on strategic physical development initiatives around Lake County and implementing Lake County's coastal development plan.

He was also previously the director of workforce development for the Lake County commissioners and the economic development manager for the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority, now the LDA.

Mohorcic is a Lake County resident and currently serves as Willowick Ward 1 city councilman.

He has also served on several nonprofit boards, including Leadership Lake County, the Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce, the Northeast Ohio Economic Development Exchange and the Ohio Economic Development Association.

Marwin N. Walling Sr.

A lifelong resident of Lake County and a 1991 graduate of Harvey High School, Walling obtained his bachelor's degree from Ohio University and a master's degree through Ursuline College.

He has been with the Painesville City Local School District since 1997 where he served as a teacher, coach, and athletic director, and currently is the assistant principal at Harvey High School and sits on several committees and participates in scholarship and community outreach programs.

The appointees join DeMitro, Graf, First Vice Chair Patti Gavorski, Second Vice Chair Brandi Haught, Treasurer Karen Burton, Morris Beverage III, Kerry Bliss, Rick Bumbgardner, Jeremy Iosue, Kerry Jonke, Ellen Foley Kessler, Maria Kula, Maria Manocchio and Andrew Phelps.

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