Board of Directors
Ann Zoller is a life-long Clevelander who joined the Refugee Response Board in 2017 and who currently serves as the Chair of the Board. Ann currently works as a strategic planning and organizational development consultant for Strategy Design Partners. Prior to joining SDP, Ann Zoller served as Executive Director of LAND studio for over 20 years, where she led an ambitious agenda of urban parks, greenspace and public arts projects. Over the course of her tenure, the organization grew significantly, taking on projects of increased size and impact that enhance the public realm and bring vitality and growth to Cleveland. Ann is known for her strategic, entrepreneurial approach to civic endeavors and for her ability to convene partners around shared goals. She lives in Gates Mills with her husband John Mueller.
Vice Chair / Co-Founder
Paul Neundorfer co-founded The Refugee Response in 2009. Paul is the founder, president and principal designer at Aristotle Design Group, a landscape architecture firm that has completed residential and institutional projects in 12 states, Thailand, Kenya and Belize. Paul graduated with honors with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Mr. Neundorfer worked for several multidisciplinary firms in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Cleveland, Ohio before starting Aristotle Design Group in 1992.
Paul has travelled extensively for work and pleasure and is a visiting lecturer and senior thesis studio critic at Chulalonmgkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Paul has strong familty ties in Ohio and Texas and can be found most evenings at Felice Urban Café which he co-owns.
Co-Founder / Board Member
Mr. David Wallis is the Founder, Owner and President of Bedrock Contracting, LLC, a company that specializes in stone craftsmanship and hardscape development. Mr. Wallis has extensive international experience, including serving as a mediator and developing and implementing training workshops on human rights and other topics. Mr. Wallis holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hillsdale College and holds multiple certificates in Conflict Management and Peace Studies.
Art Thomson is retired, following a career of over 30 years in healthcare. His last position was at Cleveland Clinic, where he was Administrator for the Digestive Disease & Surgery and Head & Neck Institutes. In addition to supporting The Refugee Response, he volunteers for Transplant House of Cleveland and PFLAG Cleveland. He also enjoys running and spending time with his family and pets.
Cori Sieger is a Cleveland native with extensive professional experience in Washington, DC, working in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government - previously serving as an aide to Representative Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey and Senator George Voinovich of Ohio. After September 11th, 2001, she joined the newly created Department of Homeland Security, helping the department in a variety of roles, including as Senior Advisor to the head of the Transportation Security Administration. Cori has a master's degree in diplomacy with a concentration in international conflict management and is currently pursuing a certificate in international migration studies from Georgetown University. She is a Visiting Instructor at Notre Dame College and teaches courses in international law, American government, politics, and public policy.
Mukul Saha is a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Consulting Services. Prior to Accenture, he founded a boutique management consulting firm Transcend+ LLC advising clients on their agile and digital transformation efforts.
Prior to Transcend + LLC, Mukul spent 13+ years working for Dynatrace/Gomez/Compuware as North American Regional Services Leader. As a 15-year experienced Digital Transformation leader, Mukul worked with many C-suite leaders in well-known organizations around the world to craft and implement Digital Transformation Strategies.
Murlan Murphy Jr.
Murlan Murphy Jr. Attended University of Notre Dame with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Served two years as an infantry sergeant during the Vietnam Conflict although stationed in Korea. Worked alongside my brothers and father managing The Murphy-Phoenix Company until a sale to Colgate Palmolive Company in 1991. In addition to The Refugee Response my Board service has been with Gilmour Academy, Malachi House, Julie Billiart School and Catholic Charities. I live in partnership with Molly Dixon and have three daughters and five grandchildren.
Jamie joined the TRR Board in the Spring of 2017, taking the vacant seat opened when his wife Nina stepped down after a 6-year tenure. Jamie has had close ties to the organization since its inception. He was introduced to co-founders Paul and David by his father Dudley who assisted TRR with developing its initial strategic plan. Since that time -and prior to his joining the board- he has supported TRR by recruiting friends and relatives to the annual benefit and other farm events and by continuing support from the Sheffler Foundation where he serves as an advisor. Jamie’s other community service work includes organizing the annual AT&T “Kicks-It” Corporate Kick-Ball team that raises funds for children’s cancer research and coaching CYO Basketball at Urban Community School. He is a Technical Sales Manager at AT&T and lives in Shaker Heights with his wife and two children Christian (former TRR Tutor) and Brooke.
Jan Roller is a trial attorney specializing in personal injury litigation, medical malpractice and commercial litigation. After starting her career as an assistant district attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, she has worked since May 2015 as a partner with the law firm Giffen & Kaminski in Cleveland. Previously she was a partner at Davis & Young since 1989; she started at that law firm as an associate in 1983.
A graduate of Denison University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Jan is well known across northeast Ohio for a broad range of civic commitments. She is an appointed director of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and currently serves as Vice-chair. She is also a past president of The City Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Bar Foundation.
Jan is credited as a founder of the Ohio Women’s Democratic Caucus. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, City Year Cleveland, the Refugee Response and Near West Theatre.
Tom Gill is the President of Urban Community School in Cleveland, Ohio. Gill has served UCS since 2010, initially as the Development Director, then Chief Operating and Development Officer, and as Associate Director from 2015- July 2017. He became President in July, 2017.
During Gill’s time at Urban Community School, the school has grown from 450 to 600 students in 2014, and along the way has forged many partnerships to benefit of UCS students and families. The UCS campus will soon be home to a 32,000-square-foot health center built in collaboration with MetroHealth that will serve 85,000 patient visits annually.
Previously, Gill was a Cleveland Executive Fellow at the Cleveland Leadership Center where he went through four rotations including: Cleveland Metropolitan School District, The Cleveland Indians; Cuyahoga County Land Bank; and St. Martin de Porres High School. He also served as a Community Coordinator for the Casa de la Solidaridad at the Jesuit University of Central America in San Salvador, El Salvador from 2005-2007.
After stints in several restaurants in the Cleveland area, Karen Small opened The Flying Fig in Ohio City in 1999. A self taught chef and a staunch supporter of local farms, she culled a vision to open a restaurant with a neighborhood vibe that furthered her commitment to local farms, artisanal food producers, and the growth of the downtown area.
The Fig, as it is affectionately called by its customers, is in its 19th year and has long been at the forefront of the farm to table movement. The restaurant continues to garner praise, both nationally as well as locally for its farm to table cuisine. It has been featured in Food and Wine, Gourmet, and the New York Times, as well.
Small has received a 2018 James Beard nomination for the Great Lakes Region.
Alex R. Frondorf is an experienced labor and employment law litigator and advisor at Littler Mendelson. Alex devotes his practice to a broad range of labor and employment related matters. In 2018, Alex won Littler's community service award for his work with nonprofits, including TRR.
Prior to joining Littler, Alex served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Aldrich and the Honorable Kathleen M. O'Malley in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In law school, he was managing editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. He is also an adjunct professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he teaches courses on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and scholarly writing, and at Bowling Green State University, where he teaches a course on health care law.