Eliza Jennings Board of Trustees Appoints New Members


July 24, 2018


Linda Hart

Director of Public Relations

216.325.1250 or lhart@elizajen.org


(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized and trusted expert with a 130-year history in aging services, announced the appointment of new members to the Board of Trustees.


George Hutchinson is a principal at Allegro Realty Advisors, Ltd., and specializes in portfolio management, site selection, and tenant representation. Mr. Hutchinson has 25 years of commercial real estate experience with expertise in strategic planning, project management, and lease negotiations. Prior to joining Allegro, Mr. Hutchinson was a partner of Deloitte & Touche. Previously, he was the partner in charge of corporate real estate portfolio services at Cleveland Real Estate Partners, later acquired by Deloitte. Mr. Hutchinson is a nine-time recipient of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties’ (NAIOP) Deal of the Year Award, and is a published author and accomplished speaker. Mr. Hutchinson served on the boards of Recovery Resources, TeamNEO’s Real Estate Advisory Group, and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Mr. Hutchinson earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Entomology at the University of Florida and holds an Ohio real estate license.

Robert Lape is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist, writer, and food critic whose career spans more than 50 years. Mr. Lape was the Eyewitness Gourmet on WABC-TV News in New York, the forerunner of the Food Television Network. He authored a column in Crain’s New York Business for 24 years, and hosted a daily “Dining Diary” feature on WCBS, the CBS flagship radio station in New York, for 30 years. Mr. Lape has been media critic for Entertainment Tonight, food critic for The Today Show, and host of many radio and TV news and food programs. He was awarded degrees in journalism and radio speech from Kent State University, as well as a master’s assistantship by Ohio University.


Brendan A. Lawlor is the executive vice president and group head of Institutional Bank Credit Risk Management for KeyBank National Association, and oversees KeyBank Capital Markets and Asset Based Lending Divisions. He assists with setting lending strategies, works with various regulatory bodies, and serves as a member of various committees within the bank. Mr. Lawlor joined KeyBank in 1994. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.


Michele R. Messina is a global services executive for Microsoft focused on the creation, coordination, and execution of digital strategies. Ms. Messina’s career spans more than 20 years, with a strong background in sales, customer relations, and business development. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Messina served as senior client solutions director for EMC2, and managing director for Compuware Corporation. She is a co-founder of Mobile Monday Cleveland, helping businesses integrate mobile technologies into their organizations. Ms. Messina earned an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management Technology from Kent State University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Organizational Leadership from Malone University. She serves on the Board of the Hudson Athletics Boosters Association, and is a member of the Society for Information Management (SIM).


Allen R. Tracy, CPA, FHFMA, is senior vice president and chief financial officer of UHHS/CSAHS, the affiliation between the University Hospitals Health System and the Sisters of Charity Health System. Prior to joining UHHS/CSAHS in 2001, he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Methodist Health Services Corporation and St. Luke’s Medical Center. Mr. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. He is a certified manager of patient accounting (HFMA CMPA) and a certified managed care professional (HFMA CMCP). Mr. Tracy’s affiliations include membership in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Professionals, and the Health Care Compliance Association


About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for 130 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living community in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.