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Agency Executives

 

Jane Platten – Director

Jane Platten has served as Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections since 2007.  Since being appointed Director, Ms. Platten has led the simultaneous overhaul of all agency operations while seamlessly meeting the demands of Cuyahoga County’s successful transition from an electronic, touch screen based voting system to a precinct based optical scan paper ballot system. Ms. Platten’s work in bringing health and stability to the agency has resulted in the renewed sense of community and voter confidence in the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

As Director, Ms. Platten has demonstrated a committed focus on implementation of best practices in the areas of election administration, pre-election ballot and system testing and post election auditing. Ms. Platten is a member the Election Verification Network and has participated in national and state post election audit workgroups. Her election administration expertise has been tapped on National Public Radio, CNN and other national news outlets. She has been featured in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, Congressional Quarterly, The Washington Post and Governing Magazine.

 

Pat McDonald – Deputy Director

Pat McDonald was appointed Deputy Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in July of 2007. A native Ohioan, he is a graduate of the University of Dayton. Pat holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He is a Certified Public Financial Manager with an established public service history.

Pat served for eight years as Finance Director for the Ohio Secretary of State, and was Assistant Director for the Ohio Department of Commerce before becoming Deputy State Treasurer. With this strong foundation in budget and financial management, Pat instituted key reforms to the operations for the Ohio Treasurer of State’s office. He brings nearly twenty years of administrative and executive management experience to the Board of Elections. As Deputy Director, he is committed to provide voting services that are accurate and transparent in a cost-effective manner.

 

Project Manager

 

Shantiel Soeder – Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Manager

Shantiel Soeder has held several different positions at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections over the past 6 years: Executive Assistant; Poll Worker Coordinator; Poll Worker Assistant Manager; Poll Worker Manager. In January of 2010 she was given the opportunity to lead the Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Department where she is responsible for the creation and layout of the official ballot, testing of election tabulation equipment and managing all election night activities. With a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University, Ms. Soeder has managed to combine educational knowledge with practical experience while assisting in improving the Boards’ election procedures. Ms. Soeder was one of the “Top Twenty in Your Twenties” awardees from Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine in 2009.

 

Information Technology Consultant

 

Robin Roy – Information Services Network Administrator

Robin Roy joined the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Information Technology team in 2004. He currently serves as the agency’s Information Services Network Administrator. Robin specializes in advanced technology applications in the field of elections. He is a Network and Systems Engineer with 17 years’ experience in information technology, design, deployment, integration and administration of local and wide area networks (Ethernet, Routing, Switching, TCP/IP and Network Management). His background includes software development, database design, system engineering & web applications, firewall policy management, analysis of risk factors and implementing change requests.

 

Project Support

 

Dennis Anderson – Community Outreach Manager

A Cleveland native, Mr. Dennis L. Anderson graduated from John. F Kennedy High School Class of 1974 and attended Cuyahoga Community College, with concentrations in Government and Law Enforcement. Mr. Anderson has 6 years with the Community Outreach Department and currently is the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Community Outreach Manager. This department handles day-to-day community and media events for the Board of Elections. As manager, he ensures that all community members receive information and resources in activities such as voter registration, voter education, voting technology tutorials, mock elections, and the voting process. He also coordinates media requests from local, national, and international media outlets. Mr. Anderson is dedicated to providing all sectors of the community with the latest information regarding the voting process and provides support to ensure the high quality of customer service is provided to the citizens and voting community of Cuyahoga County.

 

Laura Black – Poll Worker Assistant Manager

Laura Black has served in multiple positions since beginning her work with the Board of Elections in 2006. In her current role she is the Assistant Manager of the Poll Worker Department. As Assistant Manager, Ms. Black oversees the development of the poll worker training curriculum and has experience creating adult learning materials. In her previous role as the Director’s Executive Assistant, Ms. Black obtained a wide variety of knowledge regarding election administration and conducted research regarding audits. Prior to joining the Board of Election’s team Ms. Black served as a legal analyst for the Cuyahoga Election Review Panel. The panel was commissioned to review the procedures at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and offer suggestions to improve the agency’s practices. Ms. Black has a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, where she also received her undergraduate degree in Sociology.

 

Brian Cleary – Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Assistant Manager

Brian Cleary has worked in the Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Department since coming to the Board of Elections in 2006. In his current position of Assistant Manager, he is responsible for the creation, layout and proofing of the official ballot. His responsibilities also include: testing of election tabulation equipment, uploading and tabulating all election night results, and conducting post-election audits. Mr. Cleary holds a B.A in Criminal Justice from Mercyhurst College.

 

Jason Culek – Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Supervisor

Jason Culek joined the Board of Elections staff in 2007. He has had extensive experience with ballot preparation and tabulation, absentee voting, campaign finance, and candidate and petition services. Mr. Culek’s current responsibilities include educating candidates, issue petitioners, and the public on the election process. Mr. Culek earned his B.A. in Political Science from Ohio University.

 

Patrick McAlea – Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Assistant Manager

Patrick McAlea began working at the Board of Elections in 2001. His supervisory experiences at the agency include procedure development and daily operations of the absentee voting process, ballot creation, ballot tabulation, campaign finance report auditing and petition review. He worked extensively to develop the current processes used for the vote by mail and in house voting operations in Cuyahoga County. His current responsibilities include working in a management team environment to develop and implement methods and procedures for testing voting equipment as well as managing staff during the ballot creation and tabulation process. Mr. McAlea holds a B.A. in Political Science from Cleveland State University.

 

Kevin Horvath – Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Election Official

Kevin Horvath is a Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Election Official at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Mr. Horvath’s current responsibilities include ballot creation and vote tabulation. His previous professional experience in election administration includes voter registration, candidate and petition services, and Election Day support for polling locations. Mr. Horvath holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Marist College.

 

Robert Tenney – Ballot Preparation and Tabulation Election Official

Robert Tenney is an Election Official working in the Ballot Preparation and Tabulation department at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Mr. Tenney’s current job responsibilities include ballot content proofing, ballot testing, and scanning equipment testing. In addition, he is responsible for database creation and review for testing procedures, election audits, and the scanning and tabulation of vote by mail ballots. Mr. Tenney served honorably with the U.S. Air Force for 4 years as an Aircraft Pneudraulics Systems Specialist Journeyman and held the rank of Senior Airman (E4).

 

Sean WebsterBallot Preparation and Tabulation Election Official

Sean Webster is an Election Official working in the Ballot Preparation and Tabulation department at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. His current job responsibilities include ballot content proofing, ballot testing, and scanning equipment testing and maintenance. Mr. Webster earned his B.A. in Political Science from John Carroll University.

 

Fiscal Oversight

 

Marvin Davies – Fiscal Services Manager

Marvin Davies serves as the Fiscal Services Manager of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, where he develops the agency’s annual budget and manages the Board’s procurement and operation processes. He has six years of government fiscal management experience with Cuyahoga County, in addition to eight years of private sector fiscal analysis. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, with an honors B.A. in Business Administration and a concentration in Corporate Finance.

Michael Gonzalez – Fiscal Services Specialist

Michael Gonzalez has worked at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in many roles since joining the agency’s team in 2008. In his current position he is a Fiscal Specialist and is responsible for assisting with creating and allocating the agency’s budget. His experience prior to working at the Board of Elections includes a Congressional Internship and a banking position with Bank of America. Mr. Gonzalez supervises the Election Night reconciliation process and Election Day Voter Turnout process. Mr. Gonzalez holds a B.A. in Political Science from John Carroll University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.