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2017-2018 NSA Ohio Board of Directors   arrow

President 2017-2018

Maureen Zappala


High Altitude Strategies
5454 Indian Wells Drive, Medina, OH 44256
Work Phone: (330) 441-0722
Work Email: maureen@maureenz.com
TOPICS: Change Management, High Performance Work Teams, Inspiration, Leadership, Self-Image, Success/Sales, Relationship Building, Networking
Maureen Zappala is a former NASA propulsion engineer, having spent 13 years at the Lewis Research center in Cleveland, conducting jet engine research. She’s now a speaker and presentation coach, as well as a mom to 2 teenagers. In fact, she says “Raising kids is WAY HARDER than jet engine research. WAY HARDER!”You may think that engineers are not known for their verbal communication skills, but that’s a stereotype to be shattered. In 2009, she was in the top 10 out of 35,000 contestants in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking contest. Today, she’s the owner of High Altitude Strategies, a speaking and coaching service, where she speaks on influence and teambuilding, and trains people to be more interesting and engaging communicators. She challenges and entertains her audiences with her keynotes and workshops, which include “Leadership is NOT Rocket Science!”, “Is Your Supersonic Team Producing Subsonic Results?” and “How to Add S.P.I.C.E. to Your Speeches.”

President-Elect & VP of Membership

Peter Margaritis

Peter Magaritis
The Accidental Accountant
5606 Cypress Court, Westerville,  OH 43082
Work Phone: (614) 668-2936
Work Email: peter@theaccidentalaccountant.com
TOPICS: Leadership Development, Communication, Team Building, Presentation Skills, Networking, Creativity Development, Keynotes

What is the most effective way to motivate business leaders to strengthen their business success skills? As the Chief “Edutainment” Officer of The Accidental Accountant™, Peter Margaritis uses laughter, excitement, and inspiration to help audience members strive to reach higher levels in their business achievements. One of the greatest benefits to Peter’s presentation is his humor and fun style, which stems from his experience performing stand-up and improvisational comedy.

Peter connects with each person in the room, and teaches them how to strengthen their interpersonal skills by using specific principles of improvisation, communication, and leadership. He helps people to see that they can build effective leaders and teams by utilizing tools that can be applied immediately.

Instead of following the “same old” routines in the workplace, Peter helps to break up the monotony by teaching audience members the techniques that are needed to excel in their careers. Each person can learn how to be stronger leaders and effective teammates, as they apply the principles of truly understanding the needs of their team so that they can inspire and motivate every person they interact with.

Peter has authored a book titled, Improv Is No Joke: Using Improvisation to Create Positive Results in Leadership and in Life, where he discusses how the principles of improvisation, along with the two most powerful words in the English language — Yes, And — will create a positive dialog to grow your business and career.

Immediate Past President & VP of Operations

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan Grategy - white background

3222 Perl Court, North Royalton, OH 44133
Work Phone: (216) 225-8027
Work Fax: (440) 237-2754
Work Email: lisa@grategy.com
TOPICS: Employee Recognition & Retention, Employee Satisfaction, Motivation, Networking, Positive Attitude, Presentation Skills, Sales, Speech Coaching, Team Attitude
Utilizing 20+ years in sales, marketing and training, Lisa Ryan inspires her audiences to harness the power of gratitude in their business and in their lives. By incorporating her proven strategies, Lisa’s clients experience higher employee satisfaction, stronger customer retention in their businesses as well as healthier, happier lives. Besides her Grategy business, is the author of two book, “The Upside of Down Times,” and “With Excellence.” She is featured in two films – “The Keeper of the Keys” also starring Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff and John Gray, and “The Gratitude Experiment” also featuring Bob Proctor and Dr. John Demartini. Lisa is the co-founder of the Positive Thinkers Network.

VP of Professional Development & Secretary

Roxanne Kaufman Elliott

ProLaureate Ltd.
32388 Regency Court, Avon Lake, OH 44012
Work Phone: (216)544-7528
Work Email: rkaufman@prolaureate.com
TOPICS: Leadership, Personal and Professional Development, Strategic Thinking, Authenticity, Overcoming Challenges & Obstacles
Roxanne Kaufman Elliott is an i3 (r) Leadership Master; Professional Speaker; certified coach and facilitator. She is passionate about helping people (especially high potential women) and organizations transform their lives, careers and businesses through transformational leadership. Her ‘RoxTalks’ on leadership and personal transformation are passionate, inspiring, motivational and life-changing.


Jack Park, CSP


Financial Insights — Team Gridiron
2439 Andover Road, Columbus, OH 43221
Work Phone: (614) 481-0214
Work Email: jp31@jackpark.com
TOPICS: Ohio State Football…The Great Tradition, Leadership Development, Team Building, Business Development and Planning, Financial Analysis
Noted Football Radio Commentator, Columnist, and Leadership Developer. “The Leadership Secrets of Football’s Master Coaches.” Connecting business with football to develop leadership talent. Author of four Ohio State Football books.

Has spoken in 49 states, and will speak in 23 states in 2014. The preferred high-energy speaker for conventions, sales meetings, client appreciations, and conferences.

Vice President of Marketing

Learned Leadership
200 Willow Street, Elkview, WV 25071
Work Phone: (304) 545-7259
Work Email: gkozera@aol.com
TOPICS: Leadership, Leadership Development, TeamBuilding, Inspiration,Motivation, Sales, Self-Image, Success, Up Your Positive Attitude, Youth
Leadership Development and Building High Performance Teams using experience from over 30 years in industry as a successful manager, teamleader, sales person and 14 years as a successful High School Boys Soccer Coach. Uses stores and real world examples to entertain and make his points. Author of the book “Learned Leadership” and co-author of “The Advantage of Leadership.” Monthly motivational/ inspirational columnist. High energy speaker. Messages told through stories to encourage, inspire, educate and motivate. Specializes in working with young people, Junior High through College, with interactive presentations. Background in motivating sales and technical talks. Successful industry sales and team leader. High School soccer team is regularly one of the top 10 in the state, church youth leader, and Junior Achievement classroom volunteer.

Pro-Track Director

Susanna Goulder

Live Your GOODLIFE Speaking & Coaching
911 Canyon View Rd #212 Sagamore Hills OH 44067
Work Phone: (216) 255-9705
TOPICS: Success, Mindset for Success, Personal Power, Purpose, Employee Engagement, Faith Messages, Women’s Issues, Confidence in Business
Susanna’s presentations challenge the ordinary with solutions for success that stick.  She helps people get out of their own way with fresh ideas and concrete tools so participants can take a quantum leap in their businesses and lives.
Susanna will infuse your professional speaking and training engagements with captivating messages that are brimming over with content, value, and inspiration. She is genuine, relatable and gets straight to the heart of the matter leaving each person in the audience feeling like she is talking directly to them. Participants see immediate results. Each group leaves enthused, motivated, and empowered for action.
Susanna’s life-affirming and highly transformational teachings have been featured in national and local conferences, business seminars, association meetings, and church services. Susanna is CEO of Live Your GOODLIFE Speaking & Coaching. Susanna is a certified coach and visiting faculty of Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. In her previous career, Susanna spent twenty-two years in motion pictures and television. She was the original set decorator for “Sex & The City.”