Jonathan Wehner, director of recruiting and strategic initiatives at Case Western Reserve University, was recognized by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club with a 2013 Movers and Shakers Award, which honors 25 Cleveland-area professionals under the age of 35 who are active in their communities.
Recipients of this award are generally known to give to the community, work with local nonprofits as volunteers or board members, or are up-and-coming leaders in their community or place of business.
Wehner has served four years as a trustee of Groundworks Dance Theater, a contemporary dance company in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, last year, Wehner was nominated to the Board of Directors of the Near West Intergenerational School, a newly founded charter school in Ohio City. In 2012, his short essay “Love Letter to Winter” was selected as one of the ebook extras for the compilation Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology.
Wehner has worked at CWRU for more than 10 years, contributing to many recent successes, such as the 150 percent increase in applications over the past five years and attracting the largest, most academically accomplished class in university history.
In addition, alumnus Donte Gibbs (CWR ’10, SAS ’12) received a Movers and Shakers award. After graduation, Gibbs got a job with Neighborhood Leadership Institute and now serves as the director of youth engagement. In 2012, he was a graduate resident mentor at Case Western Reserve while serving as president of the Black Student Association. He also was selected to serve as guest speaker for the ACLU “Your Voice, Your Power” Conference in Columbus. He currently serves as an East Cleveland PAL mentor and is a board member at Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation in Cleveland.