Michele Silva Arredondo
Michele Silva Arredondo was appointed to the Lorain Port and Finance Authority Board of Directors in November 2022. Her term will continue through January 8, 2025.
Tamika Bonilla was appointed to the Lorain Port and Finance Authority Board of Directors in May 2021.
For nine years, Bonilla has served as the owner and operator of Jump at the Sun Early Learning Child Care Center, LLC. She is also the administrator at the center and said she loves watching the growth of the children in her care from infancy to school age.
Tamika graduated from Lorain Admiral King High School and went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Mass Communication from Wilberforce University and a Master of Education in Literacy/Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University. She is a life-long Lorain resident and is also a member of the Lorain Historical Society (Development Committee), the Lorain Alumni Association (Treasurer) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Hannah Kiraly was appointed to the Lorain Port and Finance Authority Board of Directors in May 2022. She is a program manager in the City of Lorain’s Building, Housing and Planning Department.
Hannah received her Bachelors of Art in Urban Planning from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Organizations from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.
Vassie Scott was appointed to the Lorain Port and Finance Authority Board of Directors in February 2021. He was born in Elyria, Ohio, raised in Lorain, Ohio, graduated from Clearview High School, and attended the University of Dayton.
He retired from Prudential Financial after 34 years of service, and is currently a member of The Scott Group, Inc., located at 520 Broadway Avenue in Lorain, Ohio. During his career he has received several awards with the Company and industry-wide, including several President Citations, the Prudential Leaders Council Award, and Lifetime status with the Million Dollar Round Table, which is achieved by consistently performing in the top ten percent of all financial advisors worldwide. During his career, he has earned the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP).
Having been blessed with an exceptional professional career, his passions now include being of service to our local communities and sharing his experience, strengths and hope with the youth within our community. He was past president of the Lake Erie Landlord’s Association, past president of the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities and was past treasurer for the Board of the Lorain County Community Action Agency. In the past, Vassie has mentored in Lorain City Schools in conjunction with the Lorain County Urban League, Elyria Salvation Army, and 100 Men of Lorain County.
He currently resides in Amherst, Ohio with his family. His personal interests include golf, chess, biking and traveling.
Jon Veard Jr.
Jon R. Veard Jr. was appointed to the Lorain Port and Finance Authority Board of Directors in June 2020. He is the owner of Veard Construction Inc. in Lorain, OH.
A native of Westlake who has lived in Lorain since 1985, Jeff Zellers is Vice President with The Brewer-Garrett Company. He has over 37 years of experience in engineering, energy services, construction support service maintenance and accounting to produce innovative and award -winning solutions.
Jeff is actively involved in developing the correct and cost-effective solutions for customers. He assembles the team of in-house professionals who are best suited for each specific project. He continues to be engaged with the project from development through final customer acceptance and implementation.
Jeff’s attention to detail, standards of quality and commitment to the client have made him a respected member of the HVAC industry. He has spoken on the benefits of Design/Build Contracting. He served as Treasurer for MCA, and has served on the Pipefitting Apprenticeship Committee and the Supplemental Unemployment Committee with Local 120 Pipefitters.
Jeff received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology from Ball State University. He and his wife Jane have three daughters and attend St. Anthony’s Parish. For the last three years, Jeff has played an integral role in the City of Lorain’s Zoning Board and Planning Commission.
Alan Zgonc is a Lorain resident who was appointed to the Lorain Port and Finance Authority Board of Directors in January 2015. He graduated from Lorain Admiral King in 1965 and went on to study psychology at The Ohio State University.