Mellisa Kingery (Medical Mutual of Ohio)
Board President

Mellisa Kingery, a Provider Service Representative for Medical Mutual of Ohio, has been serving the Cleveland Clinic for 31 years.

She is pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Cuyahoga Community College. She is very active in her Church, leading a number of outreach programs. She is extremely passionate in ministering to the Women of Laura’s home, a local homeless shelter for women and children as well as serving the incarcerated in the Integration Center located in downtown Cleveland.

When she is not working or serving her community, Mellisa is a fitness enthusiast that enjoys anything health and fitness related, especially running, lifting weights and participating in triathlons.

She has two grown sons, 3 beautiful grand-children and resides in Lakewood with her husband of 31 years.

Emily Adams (USI Insurance)

Board Secretary

Emily Adams has been in the insurance industry for eight years and was recruited by the Cleveland USI team in 2013.  Emily has extensive sales and client management experience within the employee benefits, professional and management liability industries.   

Emily believes strongly in the use of long term strategies and individualized solutions for every company’s insurance portfolio.  As an Employee Benefits Consultant at USI (the 9th largest insurance broker in the United States), Emily has unlimited tools and resources to provide employers with sensible, affordable and quality solutions for their employee benefits needs. Emily strives to be a practical voice amidst the chaos of the Affordable Care Act and employee benefits for her employers across the country.   

Emily is a licensed Life, Health, Property and Casualty agent. 

Community support and involvement is of utmost importance to Emily. A committed volunteer, Emily is very involved throughout the Cleveland community. As the former Board Chair for Different Like You, she helps to lead the mission of promoting tolerance to create more productive schools, workplaces and communities free from judgement and isolation.

She continues to support the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was nominated to campaign for Woman of the Year in 2013, regularly supports Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls With Sole, Cleveland and Akron-Canton Foodbanks, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Goodwill, United Way Young Leaders and the Boys and Girls Club.

Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition.    

Emily and her husband, Mark Adams, live in Westlake, OH with their baby girl, Kendall, dog and cat.  Their family is very active in the community, and Emily is a member of the Westlake Early Childhood PTA.  Emily loves to run, do yoga and bootcamp classes.

Brianna Berry (USI Insurance)

 Board Treasurer 

 Brianna Berry has been with USI Insurance since July 2016 where she holds an Account Manager role. She has been in the benefits industry for over 6 years and is experienced in employee health benefits and health and wellness programs. Prior to working with USI, she held employee benefit roles with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores’ corporate headquarters and Cleveland’s Jones Day Law Firm.

Volunteering involvement Brianna is passionate about are with Girls with Sole, Camp Cheerful, and Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. She also has volunteered with Gables Nursing Home and Hattie Larlham. Brianna regularly supports and volunteers at local race events throughout Northeast Ohio, which support non-profit organizations, charities and other good causes.

 Brianna received her B. A. in Psychology from The University of Akron where she minored in Human Resource Management and Women’s Studies. While attending U of A, she was a varsity cheerleader for the Akron Zips football and basketball teams. After graduating college she was a professional cheerleader for the AFL Cleveland Gladiators Football Team.

 Brianna has a passion for serving others and being their personal “Cheerleader”! She lives in Fairview Park, OH with her husband Kurt and spunky dog, Isabelle. When she is not working or serving her community, she is a fitness fanatic that enjoys anything health and fitness related, especially running, working out and eating healthy.

David R. Menning (The Huntington National Bank)

Board Member

Dave is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Regional Manager with Huntington Bank in Cleveland Ohio. He is responsible for developing, implementing and leading commercial banking business strategy in Northeast Ohio. He also focuses on championing community and economic development across Northeast Ohio. Dave has a multifaceted background in banking, private equity, consulting and public accounting. Having been active in athletics his entire life, Dave recognizes and appreciates the lessons sports and athletics can teach.

Julie Dean (Tarkett North America)

Board Member

Julie Dean is manager of Internal Communications for Tarkett North America, a worldwide leader of innovative and sustainable flooring solutions. In this role, she serves as a writer and strategic communications professional, creating effective communications plans and messaging to support the CEO and executive leadership team. She is also responsible for the company’s community relations activities and community outreach.

Julie serves as vice president of programming for the Northeast Ohio chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. She is also an active member of the Band and Orchestra Boosters for her local school district.

An avid runner for the past 25 years, Julie appreciates the value of athletics in healing body, mind and soul. And as a mother of two teenage daughters, she understands the important role athletics play in developing confidence, strength and self-esteem for young women.

Liz Ferro (Founder/CEO Girls With Sole)

Board Member (non-voting)

Liz Ferro is the author of the book “Finish Line Feeling” and has personally crossed many finish lines. Liz has completed a full marathon in all 50 States of America; has run more than 65 marathons (2 of them 50K Ultras); 5 Ironman Triathlons; and countless road races and triathlons of every distance. The empowerment gained from sports led her to found the non-profit organization Girls With Sole.

She is the recipient of the 2016 Medical Mutual NEO Pillar Award for Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year;  2016 Flourish Entrepreneur of the Year Award; 2015 Robert F. Allen Symbol of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People through Empowerment) Award; 2015 Perspectives Women Who Excel Award; 2015 9th Annual Roslyn Z. Wolf Award; 2014 Women Doing Good Award from SELF Magazine; the 2012 Longines Women Who Make a Difference Award from Town & Country Magazine; Best New Charity of the Midwest by the CLASSY Awards in 2012; the 2011 Classic Woman Award from Traditional Home Magazine; and the 2011 American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland Hero Award.

Girls With Sole has been featured in Runner’s World, Family Circle, SELF, Traditional Home Magazine, Ohio Magazine, CBC Magazine, and on the NBC TODAY Show

Liz Ferro is a mom, wife, athlete, speaker, author, and the Founder and CEO of Girls With Sole.