Board of Trustees and Governance

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, whose work is supported by an advisory committee.

  • Board of Trustees

  • Penelope StoupPresident, Treasurer & Trustee
  • Penelope “Penny” Stoup was the founder and president of Focus Financial Services, Inc., a firm that handled the financial assets of its clients. This included the trading of stocks, bonds and mutual funds on all the major exchanges through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. The firm also handled client’s insurance and annuity needs. Prior to founding Focus Financial, Penny had a career in human resources with Sherwin-Williams, Medical Mutual, and Harris Corp.
    Penny is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and resides in Strongsville, OH.

  • Sheri A. Peters, L.P.A.Secretary & Trustee
  • Sheri A. Peters is a principal in the law firm of Sheri A. Peters Co., L.P.A. with law offices in Munroe Falls and Canton. She has been in practice since 1991 focusing her practice in estate planning, elder law and probate law and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law. She co-authored the National Business Institute’s Basic Drafting of Wills and Trusts, published in 1991, contributed to Designating Fiduciaries which was published in the WealthCounsel’s Estate Planning Strategies in 2009 and has also co-authored professional seminar materials on probate, estate planning, and long-term care planning. Ms. Peters earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College and received her J.D. Degree from the University of Akron. She is a member of the Ohio and Akron Bar Associations, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Law Answers, WealthCounsel and ElderCounsel.

  • Susan R. Nowlin, MSWTrustee
  • Sue Nowlin, MSW, retired from a 43 year career with Lorain County Children Services (child welfare). Her position upon retirement was Director of Social Services. Sue received her BA degree in sociology from Kent State University in 1967, and her MSW from the University of Denver in 1974. She also attended the Leadership 2000 program at John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University. Sue is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She has been involved with the Lorain County Free Clinic for over 30 years as a volunteer, Advisory Board member, and Past President of the Board. In retirement, in addition to serving on the Vincent J. Stark Foundation Board, she serves on the Free Clinic Board, the local Lorain County Kinship Advisory Group, and the board of her homeowners’ association, where she has been President for several years.

  • Advisory Committee

  • Taki Bitounis, CPAAdvisor
  • Peter (Taki) Bitounis is an Ohio and North Carolina CPA. Taki is a partner at Pappas & Bitounis CPAs LLC located in North Olmsted Ohio. His firm provides proactive tax planning services to business and individual clients. Prior to moving back to the Cleveland, Ohio area in 2014, Taki worked at Ernst & Young in Charlotte, NC.

  • MaryBeth Dowling, RN MSNAdvisor
  • MaryBeth Dowling RN, MSN received her Bachelors of Science Degree from Ursuline College in 1987 and her Masters of Science Degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2006. She worked in various Nursing roles for 19 years. After receiving her Master’s Degree she worked as a Project Manager and is currently a Consultant. She is an active member of HIMSS, ANIA and other professional organizations. She enjoys volunteering in leadership positions for school related boards and committees in which her children are involved. In addition, she and her family volunteers at homeless shelters, hunger centers and community related events.

  • Jacqueline EstramaraAdvisor

The Board is governed by the Foundation By Laws, and bound by its stated Conflict of Interest Policy. Both documents, as well as our most recent IRS Form 990-PF, are available here in PDF format.