Mike currently serves as Advent's Council President and Finance Committee Chairperson,
having been a member here since 1987, when he transferred from Calvary Lutheran, East
Cleveland. Mike has served in numerous capacities at Advent: a member of Council,
Treasurer, Pastoral Call Committee, Mutual Ministry Committee, Lay Assistant, and Vacation
Bible School Leader, not to mention a key softball player!
Lorraine is a member of Holy Trinity Baptist Church. At the time of their marriage in 1998, both were very involved in their churches, and felt that it was not fair to ask one another to leave their church families, so they agree to worship together at least monthly and attend special events. They are both “associate” members of each other's congregations.
Both Lorraine and Mike now are retired. Lorraine attended Parsons School of Design (New
York), and is a graduate of The Academy of Court Reporting and Cuyahoga Community
College. Lorraine spent her career in the legal system, starting out as a Legal Secretary for
East Cleveland. In 1978, she became a Court Report for the Cuyahoga County Court of
Common Pleas and was later promoted to Supervisor. Ultimately, she took a position in the
Federal Court at the U. S. District Court as an Electronic Court Recorder Operator, retiring as
Court Reporting Supervisor for the Northern District in 2004. Lorraine’s special interests, aside from being a grandmother, are art and flower gardening (Lorraine designed much of the lovely artwork in the education wing).
Mike is a graduate of Finlandia University (formerly Suomi College, Hancock MI) and Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter MN), and has a BS in Business Education. After a year of teaching in Minnesota and Ohio, Mike spent the bulk of his career in the financial community.
Mike is a CPA, working for Ernst & Young's audit staff, at Henkel-Loctite Corporation, and in
the non-profit Human Services sector, finishing his career as Fiscal Director for Community
Action Against Addiction. Mike’s special interests are his grandkids, all sports, bowling and
softball as a participant, and reading. Mike served on the Board of Trustees at Capital
University for sixteen years, and still serves as “volunteer” Treasurer for Lutheran Church of
the Covenant in Maple Hts and Finance Committee Chair and Audit Committee member for
the Northeast Ohio Synod of the ELCA.
Mike and Lorraine each have a married son from a previous marriage and three grandchildren. Lorraine’s son Walter resides in Bedford Heights with Olivia (3), and Mike’s son Jason (MIchelle), previously a member of Advent, resides in Naperville IL with children, Kalen (10) and Keira (8).
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