Exclusively for Members of the Leadership Akron Alumni Association, current Signature, NEXT and Diversity on Board Class participants, and Torchbearers members.
Speaker: Deb Yandala, CEO, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Moderator: John McKenzie, Attorney/Shareholder, Kastner Westman & Wilkins
Come join us for breakfast the second Wednesday of each month, as we bring in Akron’s changemakers for leadership conversations focused on key elements of the Signature Program curriculum. Get to know the current class and engage with other alumni through this open forum.
Deb is the CEO of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The Conservancy connects the community with the park in many ways, including managing the park’s education, volunteer and cultural arts programs. It also operates two stores, manages events in the park and raises money for park projects. She has served in this role since 2002. Prior to this she was the director of Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, the residential learning center managed by the Conservancy.
A national leader in the National Park Service partnership community, Deb is the Past President and current Steering Committee member of the NPS Friends Alliance, the network of over 120 national park friends groups. She is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eastern National, the organization that manages park stores and provides support to 160 NPS sites.
Deb has a B.A. from Miami University and an M.S. in natural resources from the University of Michigan.
She was named a 2020 Woman of Note by Crain’s Cleveland and has received awards from the Environmental Education Council of Ohio and the National Park Service for her state and national leadership.
As a community volunteer, Deb serves on the Boards of the Near West Theatre and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in Cleveland. She is also a violist in the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. She and her husband, Rev. Sherman Bishop, have three adult children and live in Cleveland.