Our Leadership

Our Leadership


    Executive Director

    Elaine Woloshyn

    Elaine M. Woloshyn was appointed as the Executive Director of the International Institute of Akron in December of 2012. Elaine is a native of Youngstown and a graduate of Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Art in political science. She then received her Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


    Elaine has over 30 years of executive experience in local government and nonprofit management. She has spoken extensively on the nonprofit sector and has served as a consultant to over 50 nonprofit organizations. Elaine lives in Stow with her husband, Richard Stahl, and a houseful of rescued animals.


    Director of Immigration Services

    Madhu N. Sharma has served as Director of Immigrant Services since August 2015. She is a human rights attorney practicing and teaching in the field of migration law for 18 years. Certified by the State Bar of California, she has represented victims of state sponsored torture, human trafficking, and crime in obtaining U.S. immigration benefits, from countries spanning over four continents.

    In 2011, she was awarded a Congressional Certificate of Honor for representing victims in the first federal alien smuggling case to result in visa issuance for undocumented individuals. Madhu brings her indispensable expertise and devotion to the plight of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers to representing the most vulnerable members of the Akron community.


    Director of Refugee Resettlement

    Mary Raitano currently serves as the Director of Refugee Resettlement. Mary has a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from The Ohio State University. She also holds a juris doctor degree and a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She is a licensed attorney and a licensed social worker in the State of Ohio.

    Mary has 25 years of management and administrative experience in the nonprofit sector and previously taught various social work classes as an adjunct faculty member at Ashland University’s Department of Social Work. She lives in Medina with her husband Paul and their three children.

Our Board of Directors


  • Subhash C. Agarwal
    Sr. Development Engineer, Aircraft Tires
    Goodyear Tire & Rubber (retired)
  • Thomas M. Begley, CPA, Treasurer
    Thomas M. Begley Company
  • Sergio A. Carano
    Law Office of Sergio Carano
  • Lila Fararoui
    Community Volunteer
    Retired Educator
  • Jacqueline Germano
    Community Volunteer
  • Rosemary Hamed
    Community Volunteer
  • Pamela J. Hickson-Stevenson
    Assistant Director
    Akron-Summit Co. Public Library
  • Donald R. McCardle
    Community Volunteer
    Retired from Goodyear
  • Diamond Marcum
    Women’s Auxiliary Board President
  • Karen Richter, Vice President
    Managed Health Care
    Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Adele D. Roth
    Planning Director for Economic Development
    City of Akron
  • Gail K. Segatta
    Community Volunteer
  • Nicole Swearingen-Hilker, Secretary
  • Kurt A. Winebrenner, President
    Executive Vice President and COO
    North Akron Savings Bank
  • David Yedidsion
    David Yedidsion Architects, LLC


The International Institute of Akron’s Women’s Board was formed in 1956 by a group of women from various nationalities. For over 50 years, this talented group has helped the agency by volunteering, supporting, and raising money through various fundraising events and activities.