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Lourdes adds four community leaders to the Board of Trustees

Lourdes University Interim President Dr. Janet H. Robinson has announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees. They are Joan Bayer, Sr. Carolyn Giera, Bruce Klinger and Barbara Steele. The new member’s terms on the Board began July 1, 2012.

Joan Bayer

Joan Bayer is founder and CEO of Concept Rehab Inc., the largest therapist owned contract rehab company in the Midwest. She also serves as Partner of the J Management Company and Trans Tech Logistics. Outside of her professional accomplishments, Joan is highly active in the community. She is a founding member of the United Way’s Women’s Initiative and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The University of Toledo’s advisory council for the College of Health and Human Services and the Valentine Theatre Gala and as President of the Board of Trustees at Maumee Valley Country Day School. Additionally, she is a member of the American College of Health Care Administration, the American Physical Therapy Association, Leadership Toledo, the Lucas County Prosecutors Victims Forum, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care, the National Association of Rehabilitation Agencies, the National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Ohio Health Care Association, and the Y.P.O/W.P.O.



Sr. Carolyn Giera

Sr. Carolyn Giera, OSF made her final vows with the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania in 1967. Over the past 50 years, she has served in a variety of ministries. She has been a teacher in elementary schools in Ohio and Michigan, an adjunct faculty member at Lourdes, a school psychologist for the Toledo Diocese, a county prevention specialist in Michigan and a pastoral minister and religious education coordinator in Minnesota. Additionally, Sr. Carolyn served in leadership positions with the Sisters of St. Francis for 12 years and served as co-director of a Franciscan lay mission organization in Washington DC. An important part of Sr. Carolyn’s life is her volunteer work. She has been actively involved with the Bethany House, Women Blessing Women in Ohio as well as beyond Ohio’s borders with L’Arche in Alabama and Hurricane Katrina victims in Louisiana, and has also spent time as a volunteer in Haiti.



Bruce klinger

Bruce Klinger serves as a General Agent with the MassMutual Financial Group of northwest Ohio. Prior to joining MassMutual, he served as Managing Director for Northwestern Mutual. Bruce has been a member of the Million Dollar Round Table as a Financial Representative numerous times and holds several designations, including his CLU, ChFC, and CASL. In addition to being a past National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors President, he has served as President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation. Bruce is a Lourdes alumnus and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business & Leadership.



Barbara Steele

Barbara Steele currently serves as Acute Care President of ProMedica, overseeing the business development, operations, strategic initiatives and community relations for nine acute care hospitals in the region as well as for ProMedica Cancer Institute, ProMedica Orthopedic Institute, ProMedica Heart & Vascular Institute, several ambulatory care facilities, and more than 1,100 physicians and 14,000 employees. Barbara holds numerous national leadership positions, serving on several boards including the American Hospital Association and the Ohio Hospital Association. Locally, she has been involved with the Maumee Valley Girl Scouts, Partners in Education, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program and area women’s shelters. Additionally, she serves as a board member on the Toledo Cultural Arts Center, Toledo Opera Board, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Board and Toledo Zoo Board.

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