ARF Staff


Steven Crone

Executive Director

Steve joined Berea Animal Rescue Friends in September 2021 and cites ARF’s mission and the passion of 300-plus volunteers as a measure of our success in placing so many companion animals in forever homes each year.

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in philanthropy and nonprofit management, meeting community needs through a variety of programs and services. Having served as the CEO of the YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin (OH) since January 2009, Steve provided mission-driven leadership in Crawford and Seneca counties. Steve also led YMCA’s in Cleveland from 2000 through 2007, and again from 2018 to 2020.

A native of the United Kingdom, Steve earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rio Grande, in Ohio; he is a graduate of multiple leadership programs with non-profit organizations. Steve and his wife April have three children, and with their dog Luna they reside in Lakewood, Ohio.


Audra Hardin

Healthcare Manager

Audra has been in the field as a  Registered Veterinary Technician for 10 years. She has worked at both animal shelters and private veterinary clinics.  Audra did intern hours at Berea ARF when she was in tech school and came back to work full time in April 2021. She has 6 cats and 1 dog of her own.

ARF Board of Directors


Michelle Palmer


Michelle brings 20-plus years of experience as a marketing professional to her roles at ARF. In addition to the Board, she serves as chair of the Development Committee and Fundraising Committees, and maintained a weekly dog walking shift for 10 years.  Michelle is thrilled to be a part of ARF’s exciting future, and is continually humbled by the passion and commitment shown by ARF volunteers each and every day.


Shelley Fleming

Vice President

Shelley has been with the organization for ten years, and served as a member of the Board for the past five years, currently as Secretary. She’s co-chair of the Volunteer Action Committee, serves on the Cat and Program Committees, and is an active Feline Friend at the shelter. In her professional life, Shelley is an Associate Attorney at Dworken and Bernstein, and has previously worked as an attorney for the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas and the Eighth District Court of Appeals.


Jeanine Colozza


Jeanine has a lifelong passion for animals and has apparently passed her obsession on to her three grown children.  She resides in Olmsted Falls with her husband and menagerie which consists of two dogs, Luna (ARF alum) and Loki, and two cats named Santino and Mocha (ARF alum).  When not vacuuming an endless supply of pet hair or running, walking or hiking. Jeanine works in community development finance and non-profit lending.


Susan Frollo


Susan began volunteering with ARF Feline Friends in 2014 after retiring from a career in Accounting and Business Excellence at Eaton Corporation.   She is currently on the Cat Committee and Program Committee for ARF, and has fostered numerous kittens for the past several years (including two foster failures).  She holds a B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College and an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  When not devoting her time to ARF, you can find Susan on the Metroparks trails with the Cleveland Hiking Club.

Board Members


Lauren Smith-Petta

Lauren is fueled by three things in life: empowering entrepreneurs (her day job), painting, sculpting, and other fine arts (her side job), and advocating, volunteering, and living for the betterment of animals (her true passion). Lauren has been a volunteer Dog Companion with Berea ARF for several years, and is honored to be on the ARF Board. She shares a happy home with her husband Dan and their three dogs Winston, Perry, and Maple


Leslie Smith

Leslie is a new member of the Board. She and her family live in Berea and have two bloodhounds, Copper and Penny, both rescues. She has a BBA from Baldwin Wallace College and a MS in Applied Psychology from the University of Southern California. Professionally she is the Director of Human Resources for a medical manufacturing company in Northeast Ohio and has worked in HR for more than 25 years.


Jill Cutright

Jill is passionate about her Family (husband, 2 boys Jacob & Josh and  2 dogs Daisy & Henry), her career in Information Technology Leadership, giving back and advocating for animals.  Jill joined the Berea ARF board in 2021, she is honored and committed to giving back.  When Jill is not working she enjoys camping with her family and taking walks.


Pat Brinks

Pat was employed with the City of Berea for 23 years where she held various positions. She’s been a volunteer for 16 years and the Cat Committee Coordinator for the past 10. She’s been very active in several committees and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 4 years. She’s thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people over the years, and to have helped place thousands of animals into their forever homes.



Samantha Nealon

Samantha is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and became involved with ARF through local events such as the Monster Mutt Dash and K9 Splash. Her passion for animals carries over into her professional career as a Finance Manager for brands such as Meow Mix, Rachel Ray Nutrish, and 9Lives at the J.M. Smucker Company. She’s a recently named member of the Board and the Finance Committee.

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