Power Players

SMART BUSINESS CLASS OF 2014 POWER PLAYERS

Dianne was inducted into the Smart Business official class of 2014 Power Players at a luncheon held on November 5, 2014 at the First Energy Stadium Legends Club with over 200 guests in attendance. The 2014 Class honored was: Rebecca Bagley, President & CEO NorTech; Ronald Berkman, President Cleveland State University; Senator Sherrod Brown, United States Senate; Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, CEO Medina Creative Housing; Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, President & CEO Quality Electrodynamics; Margaret Mitchell, Executive Director YWCA; David Gilbert, President & CEO Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Positively Cleveland. The luncheon and award recognizes the most influential business leaders in the region. (Award Invitation is attached)

This has been a year of awards for Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty and Medina Creative Housing having received the Milestones Autism Organization “Community Innovator” Award in June 2014 and the Crain’s Cleveland Business 2014 “Women of Note” Award in July 2014. Both Awards honored Dianne for being a trailblazer in the special needs community and creating unique opportunities that have never been available in the past.

DePasquale-Hagerty became Executive Director of Medina Creative Housing in 2003 and was named CEO this year. A lawyer by training, Dianne developed a strategic plan to help Medina County’s disabled youth and adults with housing, services, and employment opportunities. During her tenure she has brought in over six million dollars in government and private grants to Medina County for the creation of 51 attractive housing units, which have been recognized by HUD as a national model, as well as the creation of many innovative employment opportunities for the disabled. These include Medina Creative Produce, a hydroponic greenhouse supplying butter bibb lettuce to the community; Medina Creative Pet Play providing doggie day care and spa services; Medina Creative Coffee featuring freshly roasted gourmet coffee blends enjoyed by the community; Medina Creative Property Maintenance/Construction providing skills in lawn care and maintenance/construction; Medina Creative Therapy Ranch providing employment and horse care. Medina Creative Housing and its affiliate organizations provide a broad array of services including: direct in-home supports, life skills training, vocational training and supportive employment opportunities for students and adults with disabilities, Ticket to Work, therapeutic horseback riding, resident enrichment program, transportation, handicapped accessible modifications and advocacy.

At a recent event, Dr. Michael Carlson, president of the Board of Medina Creative Housing, stated, “Dianne is a woman of passion and vision. She has spearheaded our organization and programs into more than anyone could have imagined possible. As a result, innovative opportunities have been created that simply did not exist in our county, state or nation for individuals with disabilities. This is a testimony to her energy, enthusiasm and dedication which is enabling individuals with disabilities to live their lives with dignity and opportunity.”

As Dianne herself has said, “When I joined Medina Creative Housing as its first executive director twelve years ago, MCH was a grassroots parent organization that had a few houses and a dream. Over the last twelve years, we have made dreams of independence, employment, and true community integration come true.”