City Year Cleveland is honored to announce Gareth Vaughan, President, Albert M. Higley Company, as the third board Chairman. He has been a dedicated board member since 2010. “Gareth is a very active member helping with everything from fundraising to assisting us in supporting our AmeriCorps members,” said Phillip M. Robinson, Jr., Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Cleveland. “Gareth is a visionary leader who understands City Year, our work and aspirations.” Robert Gilliespie will continue to sit on the board as the Chairman Emeritius. 

City Year Cleveland is also excited to announce that Patti Choby, Principal, Cobalt Group, and Kate Brown, Vice President, Foundation and System Philanthopy, The MetroHealth System, have joined the City Year Board of Directors.

“All three of our newest board members embody the spirit of City Year and bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to strengthen the Cleveland community,” said Robinson.

Gareth Vaughan

Gareth Vaughan currently serves as President of The A.M. Higley Company, a global construction and development firm. Gareth earned his Civil Engineering degree from The University of Trent in the United Kingdom in 1991. Soon after, Gareth began his construction career that year at a large international construction company. He secured his MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1993. In 2001, Gareth joined The Albert M. Higley Co. to open and grow the Columbus office.  In 2008, he relocated to the Cleveland headquarters as Executive Vice President. Gareth assumed his current role in 2010 and is responsible for the performance, profitability and growth of the company. He is a member of the 2009-2010 class of Leadership Cleveland.

Gareth also is a respected leader in Cleveland’s civic community. Currently, Gareth serves on the board of City Year Cleveland, the MetroHealth Foundation, the Greater Cleveland Partnership (local chamber of commerce) and Providence House. While serving as the board chair for Providence House, Gareth successfully led the organization through a $2.3 million capital campaign. Recently, Gareth was named the new co-chair of the Commission on Economic Inclusion’s Construction Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) initiative.

Patti Choby

In 1997, after serving in several leadership positions in the fields of community and economic development, communications and marketing, research, and planning/organizational design, she founded the Cobalt Group. As an advisory and management practice, Cobalt Group has become widely known for its leadership-driven, results-oriented approach to advising and implementing strategy in operations, technology solutions, entrepreneurial services, and civic engagement and transformation initiatives.

While serving as a Principal at Cobalt Group over the last two decades, Choby has contributed to the development of future professionals teaching graduate-level courses in advanced community/economic development, change processes, marketing, and business communications. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Urban Design, Case Western Reserve University, and Notre Dame College. She also served as a Visiting Instructor at Case Western Reserve University where she received the “Outstanding Adjunct Teacher Award” in May, 2006.

Choby received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Social Science from Notre Dame College of Ohio and a Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management.

Kate L. Brown

Kate Brown has been at MetroHealth since 2001 and has served as Vice President since 2006. In her roles, Brown is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, strategic fundraising program for MetroHealth, including directing a team of five fundraising professionals who has significantly increased support for the organization. Kate also oversees a 50-member Board of Directors and provides support to seven Board committees including Audit, Finance, Investment and Nominating and Board Development.

Prior to joining MetroHealth, Kate was a Development Officer at the Cleveland Clinic and also served as the Director of Development for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northeast Ohio Chapter.

Kate has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Miami University of Ohio and a Masters in Public Administration from Cleveland State University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Furniture Bank and is a past president of the Cleveland State University Alumni Association.

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