Volunteer Spotlight

MAPA Board Member Lorraine Dodero

The moment you meet Lorraine Dodero, you feel at ease. While her numerous achievements could intimidate anyone, her warmth and authenticity immediately reassure you that there is no need for pretense. Lorraine lives to serve her community and is willing to roll up her sleeves, especially for organizations dear to her heart.


A native of Northeast Ohio, Lorraine Dodero has developed deep connections to its residents and to the many organizations that make it a vibrant, desirable place to live and visit. She has supported hospitals and other healthcare organizations, such as the American Heart Association, which just honored her work with its “Go Red for Women” initiative. She has also led fundraising efforts for various Catholic schools and organizations. She recently returned as Chair of this year’s Alleluia Ball and raised more than $1.5 million for Catholic education in Northeast Ohio.


And these are only a couple of recent examples of Lorraine Dodero’s positive impact on Cleveland. Her commitment to the community goes back to 1983 when her father, Sam J. Frankino, started the Corinne L. Dodero Foundation for the Arts & Sciences for his newborn granddaughter, Corinne. Lorraine managed that Foundation in the mid-80s and now serves as its Chair. She also serves as Executive Director and Trustee for the Sam J. Frankino Foundation. Through both of these philanthropic entities, Lorraine and her family can deepen their already deep investments in Cleveland’s services and institutions.


But it’s not just her contributions to healthcare, education, and religion that have been important for Cleveland. Lorraine also has a love of art that she pursued while a student at Ohio Northern University. There, she earned a degree in Art History and learned firsthand the impact the arts can make on an individual.


Over time, she has made numerous investments in Cleveland’s world-class arts organizations, like the Cleveland Museum of Art among others, by supporting exhibits, conservation, collections, programming, and access. In 2020, Lorraine and her husband Bill generously gifted $5 million to Gilmour Academy for The Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, in order to expand art offerings to students and the community. Lorraine also gives her time and support to the Ohio Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, which she established in 2005. This organization blends her love of art with her love of God.


Lorraine’s dedication to serving her community is unmatched. On top of all of her charitable endeavors, Lorraine is the President of a private investment firm where she is an active trust manager handling investment portfolios. Yet, even with all of that, she still prioritizes her time with her family.


The Museum of American Porcelain Art is profoundly grateful to have Lorraine Dodero as an esteemed member of our Board of Trustees. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Lorraine for all she does every day for our region!  Thank you, Lorraine!