Heights Schools Foundation Welcomes Three New Board Members


Heights Schools Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, is proud to welcome three new board members. The newly installed board members serving a three-year term are Jeff Johnson ‘91, Dr. Carmen Daniel ‘07 and Dr. Matthew McPheeters ‘07.

The three join a very committed and active board that includes:

  • Susan Carver; President
  • Steven Haynie; Vice President
  • Shanice Settle; Vice President
  • Megan McMahon; Treasurer
  • Peter Shriver; Secretary
  • Rachael Collyer, Krissy Gallagher, Dan Heintz, Tim Jones, Kathy Joseph, Elizabeth Kirby, Hank Kornblut, Margaret Rothschild-Slesnick, Jennifer Thomas and Kelly Thomas.

“We are ecstatic to usher in our new board members and look forward to collaboration on ideas for growth and expansion,” said HSF Board Chair Susan Carver.

Jeff Johnson, class of 1991, is an award-winning journalist and communications specialist. He is currently Managing Director of the global strategy firm Actum, LLC., where he leverages culture to provide strategic growth and impact consulting to clients in the private, public, and entertainment sectors. Johnson works with partners to transform their inclusion and equity vision into market and social impact. He also works with brands to create content designed to transform communities, issues, and revenue.

Over the last two decades, Johnson has developed expertise in communications, change management, and strategic consulting to create a unique career committed to developing solutions that produce increased market share and transformative community solutions. His partners include American Airlines, Sherwin Williams, Sagamore Ventures, The Tennis Channel, and the City of Cleveland. Johnson is a 2015 Heights Alumni Hall of Fame inductee.

Dr. Carmen McGugan Daniel, class of 2007, is a parent of a current Roxboro Middle School rising 8th grader and a parent of a 2022 Heights High graduate. Dr. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Management from Kent State, a Master of Higher Education and Student Personnel from Kent State, and a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Innovation Arizona State University.

She currently serves as the Business and Community Engagement Specialist for the Heights Career Tech Consortium. She is the Owner and Founder of Dare 2 Dream Consulting, and serves as the Director of Education for the Breadwinners Academy. Dr. Daniel is active in the community, where she is involved with GEAR UP 2028, and is a member of both The Presidents Club and CDI/Women’s Business Center Member.

Matthew McPheeters, PhD, class of 2007, is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. His academic research is currently focused on biomedical optics and building optical tools for functional neuroimaging in the eye. His professional interests include commercialization of relevant photonic technologies in
underserved markets.

Dr. McPheeters is a resident of Cleveland Heights. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical/Medical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Heights Schools Foundation brings together alumni of Cleveland Heights-University Heights schools with community members to support current students and staff through student scholarships, grants to teachers and innovative programming. For more information on the Heights Schools Foundation, contact Wesley Williams, Marketing and Development Associate at [email protected] or 216-397-3871.