Board of Trustees Welcomes Three New Members

January 25, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union’s Board of Trustees welcomed three new members at its winter board meeting on Friday.

John J. Flynn ’71, Laurence Talley ’91 and Gretchen L. Schuler ’96 joined the Board.

“The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of these three dedicated and resourceful members, who will continue to strengthen not only the Board, but the University as well,” said Board chair Randall C. Hunt ‘75.

Flynn graduated cum laude from Mount Union with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business administration. While attending Mount Union, he was active in the Sigma Nu fraternity. Flynn earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1974 from The Ohio State University. Owner of Keith and Flynn in Kent, OH, Flynn has practiced law at the firm for 38 years.

Flynn served on the Kent Board of Education for 20 years and the boards of the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Mount Union Alumni Council and the Rotary Club of Kent, also serving as its president.

“John Flynn has been an active alumnus and supporter of the University for years,” said Hunt. “Recipients of the Dodie Davis Alumni Award, John and Connie have contributed their time and resources to improve our physical plant and strengthen our academic programs. John’s legal and business background will be an invaluable resource to the University and its strategic development.”

Flynn is married to Connie (Snode ’70) and they have three sons, two of whom are lawyers, with one son now practicing with Flynn.

Talley received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union, majoring in accounting and minoring in business administration. While attending Mount Union, he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. In 1998, he received a Master of Business Administration degree from John Carroll University.

Talley is a senior manager, certified public accountant and certified internal auditor at Ernst & Young (E & Y). Starting his career as an auditor at National City Bank, he moved on to the Smith Barney investment firm before going to E&Y in 2004. In 2006, Talley actively supported the start-up of the Entrepreneurial Preparatory School, E-Prep, and its sister organization, E-City Cleveland, a nonprofit that seeks to teach entrepreneurial skills to inner-city children in sixth through 12th grades.

He is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs, Institute of Internal Auditors and the National Association of Black Accountants. In 2006, Talley was awarded the Crain’s Cleveland Business, Crain’s 40 Professionals Under 40 Award. He has served as chairman of the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority, was on the Membership Committee of the Greater Cleveland Partnership from 2010-2012 and tutored at the Entrepreneurial Preparatory School.

“Laurence Talley brings a wealth of experience to the Board in the areas of corporate governance and risk assessment and remediation,” Hunt said. “His entrepreneurial skills and background will greatly assist the University’s entrepreneurial initiatives and the placement of our students.”

Schuler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Union, majoring in history and minoring in political science and German. While a student, she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Association of Women Students, Student Senate, soccer and indoor track, earning membership into the M Club. After graduation, she earned a Master of Arts degree in history from Cleveland State University.

In May 2011, Schuler was named vice president of insurance-risk management & technical documentation at Invacare Corporation. She manages Invacare’s global insurance and domestic technical writing programs, as well as claims and litigation for all Invacare products. Prior to her current position, she served as director of litigation management for six years.   

Schuler is accredited by the Insurance Institute of America as an Associate in Claims (AIC) and an Associate in Insurance Services (AIS). She has written articles for publications including HME Business and has spoken at conferences and seminars for Medmarc, DRI, ALFA, VGM and VCIA. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Mount Union Young Alumni Award. She is a member of the Mount Union Alumni Council. Schuler was named to the Forty Under 40 Class of 2012 by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

“Gretchen Schuler has been an active alumnus, serving on the Mount Union Alumni Council and being a recipient of the Mount Union Young Alumni Award,” said Hunt. “Professionally, she brings an extensive resume in claims management which will greatly assist the Board in the development and refinement of its risk management program.”

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