Hiram College trustee members Wendy Allen, Jerold “Jerry” Goldberg, D.D.S,. and Douglas Grimm; Michelle Nario-Redmond, Ph.D., chair of faculty and professor of psychology; and Lindajean Heller Western, vice president of enrollment, were named 2016 inductees of Hiram College’s Garfield Society. Established by the Hiram College board of trustees and named for James A. Garfield, the Garfield Society honors individuals who have demonstrated significant professional achievement and whose efforts have substantially enriched their communities.
Allen, a Hiram alumna and trustee member, retired recently from her career with the National Security Agency (NSA) after serving 35 years. She continues to work with the NSA, declassifying documents from the Cold War era so that historians can better understand the role intelligence agencies had during that time.
Dr. Goldberg is a former Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine dean, chair and professor. He also served as the interim dean of the CWRU School of Medicine from 2002 to 2003 and interim provost and university senior vice president. Today, Dr. Goldberg, a member of Hiram’s board of trustees, volunteers his time performing vital oral surgeries – such as cleft lip procedures – in developing countries. He also developed an Israeli dental school that operates with Palestinians and Israelis.
Grimm, a 1984 Hiram alumnus, is president and chief operating officer of MPG, a leading provider of precision metal-formed components for vehicle and industrial markets. He was previously the chair, president and chief executive officer of Grede, the world’ largest ductile iron casting supplier. Among his many professional achievements, Grimm was named Regional Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 by Ernst and Young.
Dr. Nario-Redmond specializes in stereotyping, prejudice and disability studies. She received the 2010 Vencl Carr Award for Teaching Excellence and Paul E. Martin Award for Outstanding Contributions to the College in 2010 and 2013. Dr. Nario-Redmond was also honored with a faculty scholarship from the Center for Literature and Medicine, and research support from the Gerstacker Gund and Jagow Fellowships for her five-year study on predictors of student success at Hiram College.
Dr. Nario-Redmond serves on the board of Hattie Larlham, an agency that works to increase the inclusion and employment of people with developmental disabilities. In collaboration with her daughter, Ceara, Dr. Nario-Redmond created a school-based intervention program to raise awareness of the disability culture.
Heller Western brings more than 34 years of leadership in admissions, marketing and public information to Hiram. She began her career as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Marine Corps where she rose to the rank of major. Heller Western has worked in nonprofit, public health care and higher education institutions across the country. Most recently she served as the vice president of enrollment and marketing for Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City, Utah. There, she oversaw admission and marketing for the online education of roughly 50,000 students nationwide.
Before he served as the 20th president of the United States, Garfield was both a student and principal of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, which later became Hiram College. Garfield Fellows are nominated by Hiram College’s Board of Trustees and selected based on service to the College and their communities.