Board of Directors

Gina Fortunato

Gina Fortunato

President

After 15 years in a leadership role with Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Gina Fortunato followed her dream of working in the animal health industry where she serves as VP of Veterinary Services for Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group, providers of the ASPCA® Pet Health Insurance Plans. She loves helping pet owners keep their furry friends healthy. In her free time, Gina enjoys staying active with kayaking, dragon boating and riding horses. Gina has three horses and three cats, who have happily made their home in her barn. Gina is proud to serve as President for the Happy Trails Board of Directors.

Tom Fares

Tom Fares

Treasurer

Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He has created, developed, and launched several successful businesses throughout his 35-year career in the manufacturing, fabrication, and assembly sector. His financial philosophy and investment strategy have built a solid foundation for each of his companies. Tom is an animal advocate and is dedicated to supporting and protecting animals in need. He recognized HTFAS as his opportunity to contribute, in a positive way, to the welfare of suffering animals. Tom joined the Board of Directors in 2019 and is proud to be a part of this compassionate organization.

Aaron Godfrey

Aaron Godfrey

General Member

Aaron, an accomplished Physicist, has worked for Energizer on solar cell technology, the U.S. Navy and now a high-tech aerospace company in Middleburg Heights. When not at his day job, he serves as deputy treasurer for the Western Cuyahoga County Democrats PAC, a grassroots-funded group that helps to get local candidates elected. He also serves on the Cuyahoga Democratic Party Executive & Central Committees for Westlake and as an elected Outings Chair for the Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club. Aaron is a long-time animal lover volunteering at local animal shelters for years. He joined the Happy Trails team to better the lives of farm animals in need.

Jim Kuhn

Jim Kuhn

General Member

After 30 years in corporate HR leadership roles, in 2011 Jim started and still operates a global recruiting firm called Kuhn Global Talent, LLC. He and his daughter Lissy share a love for all animals and enjoy working together for the betterment of farm animals, dogs, and cats both at Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary and the Humane Society of Summit County. In his free time, Jim focuses on family, faith, and fitness.

Leighann Fink

Leighann Fink

General Member

Leighann Fink, a licensed Ohio attorney of sixteen years, focuses her practice on education law, public law, and appellate law.
In addition to being a Board Member at Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Ms. Fink is the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Blick Center, Treasurer of the Board for Open Arms Adoptions, and is a member of the Akron Zoo Board’s Education Committee.  Ms. Fink also presides on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Board for the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Ms. Fink enjoys living in Kent with her husband Eric and her five-year old son Sammy.  The Fink family enjoys all of the outdoor activities Portage County has to offer and are avid Ohio State and Kent State fans.
Cathy Belt

Cathy Belt

General Member

Cathy is a no stranger to the nonprofit world – spending 4 years in animal welfare professionally, before moving to human services at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank where she works on the External Affairs team in hunger-relief efforts in Ohio. A fervent social advocate, Cathy devotes time and energy to helping not only animals, but their owners, with her people-based approach to animal welfare. She has a rescued wiener dog named Chili No Beans who she considers her best friend, and in her spare time devotes energy to political efforts with the League of Women Voters and other groups. Recently, Cathy was named recipient of the David and Pat Sweet Scholarship in Public Service and Civic Education for her dedication to public service in Northeast Ohio.