Board Members


Judge Larry Allen – President

Experience or reason for being on the board: Growing up in a household with a developmentally disabled brother, allowed me to experience the ups and downs of such a family life. As a Board member, it permits me to interact with families similarly situated and, hopefully, enhance the lives such individuals and families so they and the public can appreciate and enjoy the individuality of each family member.

Employment: Retired after serving 18 years as Judge of the Willoughby Municipal Court.

Involvement or volunteer activities with or in other Lake County Committees or agencies: Currently enjoy membership in a number of international and local associations for the improvement of access to justice for our society; also serve as a member of Breckenridge Village Board.


Tom Hunter – Vice President

Experience or reason for being on the board: Served 8 years in Deepwood Industries.

Employment: Former Special Ed. Teacher for 22 years at Madison Public Schools.

Involvement or volunteer activities with or in other Lake County Committees or agencies: Volunteer at Lake Metro Park and Stewart Lodge.


Pam Martin

Experience or reason for being on the board: I am very impressed with the Lake County Board of DD/Deepw and all of the people who work for the various programs at Broadmoor and Deepwood. I want to be a part of what they do to assure the best for all individuals with special needs.

Employment: After 34 years, I retired as an Intervention Specialist and now work in the School of Education at Lake Erie College helping to prepare the teachers of tomorrow..

Involvement or volunteer activities with or in other Lake County Committees or agencies: Deepwood Foundation Board Member, Western Reserve Junior Service League Board Member, International Women’s Air and Space Museum Board Member, Delta Kappa Gamma Member and volunter for various non-profit agencies.


Andrea Poklar-Byrne

Experience or reason for being on the board: As a parent of a child with a developmental disability I think it is important to be active in my community and to support an organization that supports my family.

Employment: I am a Client Manager for Cigna Global Health Benefits

Committees or agencies:I am the current Board President for the Deepwood Foundation.


Linda Kast

Experience or reason for being on the board: As a parent of a child with developmental disabilities and having been very involved at Broadmoor before I returned to teaching, I wanted to be actively a part of Deepwood again when I retired from teaching.

Employment: I am a retired first grade teacher having been employed by Mentor Schools.

Involvement or volunteer activities with or in other Lake County Committees or agencies: I am a member of the Finance Committee with the Board and am a Trustee on the Deepwood Foundation and am a member of the Foundation’s Benefits Committee.


Tia Kozlovich

Experience or reason for being on the board: Tremendous respect for the LCBDD and all they do for individuals with special needs.

Employment: Willoughby/Eastlake Schools Family Education Coordinator

Involvement or volunteer activities with or in other Lake County Committees or agencies: Deepwood Foundation Board Member; Northeast Ohio Autism Group Advisory Committee Member; University Hospital Autism Community Collaborative Member


Tom Tarantino

Experience or reason for being on the board: Child with developmental disabilities.

Employment: Attorney / principal Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino&Garofoli Co, LPA

Involvement or volunteer activities with or in other Lake County Committees or agencies: Special counsel, Lake County ADAMHS Board. Member, Lake County Bar Association.


Elfie Roman – Superintendent

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: M.A. in Speech/Language Pathology M.A. in Public Administration – Health Care Administration

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND: 1979 to Present at Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood, as: Speech/Language Pathologist Staff Development Director Human Resources Director Assistant Superintendent Superintendent (January 1996 to Present)

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS: Leadership Lake County Mentor Rotary – Board Member; Vice-President; President Lake County Free Medical Clinic Deepwood Foundation – Board Member Lake County Family and Children- First Council Ohio Superintendents of County Boards of DD, Region VI – Vice-President Northeast Ohio Network Council of Governments Western Reserve Counseling Western Reserve Junior Service League Lake County Association for Retarded Citizens Ohio Association of County Boards of DD – Trustee