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Mr. Nate Cross
Northern Ohio Chapter
8001 Sweet Valley Drive, Suite 3
Valley View, OH, 44125
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Northern Ohio Chapter

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was founded in 1955.  The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatments, and ensuring access to high quality, specialized care.

Locally, our chapter has 14 events per year, which helps raise between $1-2 million per year, to directly fund research.  Whether your taste runs from hiking; cycling; golf; food & wine; football tailgating or walk-a-thons -- we have an event for everyone! 

Please see the event calendar on the chapter home page to see how you can participate and help make CF stand for Cure Found!

The Northern Ohio Chapter staff is made up of the following individuals:

Nate Cross –Executive Director
Nate is a graduate of Cleveland State University, where he received his BA & MPA.  Nate is married to Rose; and has two wonderful children, Jonathan and Nicole -- and a dog, Cocoa!  Nate became involved in fundraising in college while organizing several events that landed him in the Guinness Book of World Records (53-day trampoline Marathon & 600-mile Bathtub Push).   Aside from his overall management of the chapter, Nate is responsible for the following:  Xtreme Hike, Cycle for Life, Annual Fund, and Major Gifts.
To contact Nate:

Suzanne Zak -Senior Development Director
Suzanne is a graduate of Bowling Green University, and over 12 years in non-profit work.  She is married to Brian; and has two adorable sons, Brady and Parker - and is also Mom to Bo, their Australian Cattle Dog/Corgi mix.  Suzanne is responsible for the following events: Uncork A Cure (Cleveland & Akron); Canton Great Strides; Lake County Great Strides and Akron Great Strides
To contact Suzanne:

Stacey Langal –Senior Development Director
Stacey is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and has worked in fundraising and special events for nearly 15 years.  Stacey is married to Chuck and has two children – Maria and Mitch.  Stacey is responsible for the following events:  Chef’s Fantasy Dinner & Auction; Leo J. Jacob Golf Classic & Bruce Baskin Golf Classic at Firestone Country Club; and assists with Cycle For Life.
To contact Stacey:

Erica Matisz –Senior Development Director
Erica is a graduate of Wittenberg University and has a background in non-profit fundraising.  Erica is married to Adam; and has a beautiful daughter, Eliza- and is also mom to Oscar, their Boxer.  Erica is responsible for the following events: Kick-off to a Cure: Tailgate, Cleveland Great Strides, Holmes County Great Strides, and Mahoning/Trumbull Great Strides.
To contact Erica:

Chris Dow -Logistics Specialist
Chris is a graduate of the University of Akron.  She has been a volunteer with the Foundation for over 10yrs.  Chris is married to Tim and has a son, Tim, who happens to have CF.  She is also mom to their two Terriers, Brutus and Betsy.  Primary responsibilities: Event Logistics, administrative, office communications, donation processing and overall office support
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