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The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Names Chuck Mlakar of Millcraft as Chairman of the Board of Directors

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Date: July 6, 2011
Contact: Ralph Davila, APR, 330-657-2909 ext. 109

Chuck Mlakar
Chuck Mlakar

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

PENINSULA, Ohio (July 2011) - The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park has appointed Chuck Mlakar as new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mlakar took over this position on January 1, 2011, after the term expiration of outgoing Chairperson, Pam Carson of Key Bank. Chuck has served on the Conservancy's board since 2008.

"Chuck knows what a great resource this park is for the people of northeast Ohio," said Deb Yandala, CEO of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. "He is a great leader with a proven track record. We're happy to have him on board."

Mlakar, who is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Millcraft Group in Cleveland brings with him an extensive background in charitable work, as well as work with local community groups such as the World President's Organization.

The Millcraft Group has also been recognized for its leadership in economic development under his lead. These qualities are invaluable as the Conservancy is constantly exploring new fundraising avenues in support of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

As an avid outdoorsman and frequent park visitor, Mlakar is excited to bring his professional experience to the Conservancy, continuing the growth of one of the largest national park friends groups in the country.

Mlakar will hold his position as Chairman for two years, with expiration in 2012.

About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call (330) 657-2909.

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Did You Know?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.