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Notre Dame College Board of Trustee Chair Terri Bradford Eason is a “star” who will be dancing with a professional to raise awareness of and funding for two of her favorite Northeast Ohio organizations.

Eason is participating in GroundWorks Dance Theatre’s annual fundraising gala titled “It Takes Two!” 2022 on Saturday, May 28, at Tenk West Bank, 2111 Center St. in Cleveland. This event is much like the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” in that local celebrities are paired with GroundWorks dancers in a competition.

The senior director of advancement equity initiatives at The Cleveland Foundation, Eason is partnered with David Shimotakahara, executive artistic director at GroundWorks. The Cleveland dance theatre, located in Shaker Square, is nationally recognized for making groundbreaking contributions through its creation and presentation of original contemporary dance.

View Eason’s celebrity profile and College video. Vote for her to win the contest at Each vote involves a $10 donation to GroundWorks. Proceeds support programing at the dance theatre. Tickets to the event, which features dinner and music as well as dance also are available online.

“We can all agree GroundWorks does amazing work, and I am thrilled to be participating in this year’s annual event,” she said. “I’m also excited to highlight one of the organizations near and dear to my heart, and that is Notre Dame College.”

The College is celebrating its centennial from September 2022 to September 2023, commemorating its founding by the Sisters of Notre Dame and 100 years of educating a diverse population in the liberal  arts for personal, professional and global responsibility.

Eason also featured a “gem” at the College, the Thrive Learning Center for students with documented learning disabilities like autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and others. The center focuses on holistic and personalized academic, social and emotional assistance for those with learning disabilities to thrive in a traditional college environment.

“It gives amazing support and services,” she said.

Members of the extended Notre Dame community will receive a discount code for tickets to attend the event. Details are forthcoming.

Other celebrity  dancers competing alongside Easo at this year’s gala are: Kristen Baird Adams, chief of staff, PNC Office of the Regional Presidents, PNC; Debbie Berry, senior vice president of major projects and real estate development, Greater Cleveland Partnership; Amanda Cole, executive eirector, Plexus LGBT & Allied Chamber of Commerce; Veranda L’Ni, Cleveland’s Tallest Drag Queen; Felton Thomas, executive director and CEO, Cleveland Public Library; and Ryan Clopton-Zymler, co-founder and consultant, Sage & Maven LLC.

Additional information about the event and GroundWorks is available online at

May 2022

About Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college in South Euclid, Ohio, committed to teaching students how to make a good living and live a good life. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. For more information, visit