Michael serves as our Executive Director. While a student at Case Western Reserve University, Michael was convicted as an accomplice to a crime his older brother committed and ended up serving 17 years for involuntary manslaughter. While incarcerated Michael earned two Associates Degrees with a 4.0 GPA, went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, before receiving a full scholarship to study theology at the Reformed Theological Seminary. Also, while incarcerated Michael has authored five books, three of which appeared on Amazon.com's best seller list.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Kevin McHugh is founder and president of JKM Management Development. His company provides C-Suite executive coaching and development of leadership teams . He is also a facilitation expert, speaker, and is the author of The Honest Executive. Kevin teaches leadership by attraction through self-awareness and self-management. Individual and team sessions develop the core disciplines of Trust, Honesty and Appropriate Vulnerability. He serves on the board of directors for Jack Cooper Transport, has been a guest lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management and serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for True Freedom Enterprises, a prison ministry which provides pre-employment training, job placement and transitional housing throughout the state of Ohio. Over the past twenty years, Kevin has traveled the world facilitating retreats and off-sites within North America, South Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Europe. He has also served as an executive coach to hundreds of CEOs, helping them to improve their personal and professional leadership competencies. His clients have included: American Funds Distributors, Anthem, Estée Lauder, Parker Hannifin , Sprint-Nextel, The Entrepreneurs’ Organization, CEO Roundtable and Vistage. Kevin is a long-time educational resource for the internationally recognized Young Presidents’ Organization and its graduate group, The World Presidents’ Organization. He is a featured presenter at their annual Global Leadership Conference and works with various chapters throughout the year. Kevin graduated from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Marketing and has extensive post-college training in leadership and behavioral assessment. He lives in Chagrin Falls with his wife Mary. Together they have 6 adult children and 13 grandchildren.
Director of Development
David serves as our Development Director. David has 11 years of administrative experience. He is the former principal of Nordonia Middle School and Chagrin Falls Middle School. David graduated from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) with a BA in government. He later received his Master’s degree in Administration from Ursuline College. David is looking forward to helping find partners and resources to grow True Freedom Enterprises throughout the state of Ohio.
Vince Ciepiel, CFA is a Senior Analyst and Partner at Cleveland Research Company (CRC), an independent equity research firm. Vince leads CRC’s travel and luxury research team, with a focus on hotel, cruise, online travel agencies, and luxury brands. His team provides in-depth financial analysis and conducts proprietary surveys of industry participants to identify inflections, generating unique research that is respected both within industry and on Wall Street.
Vince is the holder of the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He graduated summa cum laude from Miami University with a concentration in Finance and Statistics.
TIMOTHY F. GEISSE
Timothy F. Geisse is a retired attorney living in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a Trustee of The John F. and Mary A. Geisse Foundation, a private foundation devoted to helping extremely poor people improve their lives and work their way out of poverty. Tim has an M.A. in Biblical Studies and volunteers in various capacities in his church and other Christian ministries. Tim is married with two adult children and four grandchildren.
Irina P’Simer has been a practicing attorney for nearly 15 years and founded P’Simer Law with the vision of reinventing the way law firms enable business success. She started her career representing small businesses, its owners and employees across multiple legal disciplines. Through her diverse practice, she helps to create and organize new businesses, proactively mitigates legal risk for existing businesses with clear communication, strong negotiation style and unwavering commitment.
As a former executive at an engineering and technology solutions provider she has proven experience in strategic and tactical aspects of operating a successful business. As previously both the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and General Counsel (GC) in a corporation that serves commercial clients, international clients and the Federal Government, Irina brings a wide breadth of legal knowledge and its practical application across many functional areas and markets.
Irina is committed to community service. She volunteers at Kids2Kids, True Freedom Ministries, is an active participant in the Solon Rotary Club and the local Chamber of Commerce.
She earned her law degree from Cleveland Marshall School of Law in 2004 and her bachelors of business administration in finance from Ohio University in 2001.