Hively, Staff Attorney
Czopur-Gaffney, Staff Attorney
Hively, Judicial Secretary
Joseph J. Vukovich
O'Horo, Staff Attorney
Bateman, Staff Attorney
Rockwood-Suri, Judicial Secretary
Cheryl L. Waite|
Hendrickson, Staff Attorney
Laura Canale, Staff Attorney
Barron-Lloyd, Judicial Secretary
|Emily Kristen Anglewicz, Staff Attorney
Kyde Kelly, Staff Attorney
Knickerbocker, Judicial Secretary
Judge Cheryl L. Waite was elected to the Seventh District Court of Appeals in November, 1996 and reelected to that bench in 2002 and 2008. She served as presiding judge of this Court from February of 2003-2005. The Seventh District is comprised of eight counties; Mahoning, Columbiana, Jefferson, Carroll, Belmont, Harrison, Monroe and Noble, and hears all appeals arising from the trial courts in those counties except where, since 1995, the death penalty is imposed.
Judge Waite received her undergraduate degree with honors from Youngstown State University in 1982. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, Cleveland State University in 1985 and was admitted to the bar that same year. She was admitted to practice in the Federal Court of Appeals in 1986 and the United States Supreme Court in 1992. Her memberships include the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Youngstown State University Alumni Association, the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association. She is currently serving as President on the Board of Trustees of the YWCA and is chair of its personnel committee. She is serving as President of the Board of Directors of Gateways Industries, Inc. after serving for 8 years on the Board of Directors of Gateways to Better Living, Inc. Judge Waite was appointed by Chief Justice Moyer to serve as the Court of Appeals representative on the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission from 2000-2004. She also served on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Committee on the Independent Judiciary and the Unjust Criticism of Judges.
After clerking for various law firms in both Cleveland and Youngstown during law school, Judge Waite was hired as an Assistant Law Director for the City of Youngstown in 1985, attaining the post of First Assistant. She also served as the City's acting Risk Manager beginning in 1991.
Judge Waite is married to Attorney Edwin Romero and together they live with their two children Alexis and Evan.
Judge Gene Donofrio
joined the Seventh District Court of Appeals in February 1993.
He obtained his B.A. degree in 1975 from Youngstown State University
after which he studied at the University of Akron, College of
Law. He was awarded his J.D. degree in 1978. After his admission
to the Ohio Bar, Judge Donofrio was in the general practice
of law for over 14 years. He also was an Assistant Prosecuting
Attorney for the City of Youngstown as well as Mahoning County.
He also served as counsel for the Mahoning County Treasurer
and also as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio.
Judge Donofrio is
a member of the Florida Bar and is a member of his local, state
and American Bar Associations. Judge Donofrio also is a member
of the limited faculty at Youngstown State University. He has
additionally served as legal advisor and board member to alcohol
and drug addiction programs and boards. Gene, born September
2, 1953, and his wife Janet, have three children and reside
Judge Joseph J. Vukovich
was elected to the Seventh District Court of Appeals in 1996.
Joseph and Andrew.
(Political Science) Youngstown State University; J.D. University
of Akron, College of Law.
Army Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (1968-1970).
Service Area: Vietnam (1969-1970); Obtained rank of Sergeant.
- Assistant Attorney
General, State of Ohio (1973-1977)
- Deputy Law Director,
City of Youngstown (1978-1979)
- Private Law Practice
- State Representative,
State of Ohio, 52nd District (1979-1992)
- State Senator,
State of Ohio, 33rd District (1993-1996)
- Veterans of Foreign
- American Legion
- Catholic War Vets
- 101st Airborne
- Holy Family Parish
Elected to the Seventh
District Court of Appeals in November 2000.
Judge DeGenaro is
admitted to practice in Ohio (1986); U.S. District Court, Northern
District of Ohio (1987); U.S. Supreme Court (1991); U.S. District
Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (1993); U.S. Court of
Appeals, Sixth District (1994). She was in private practice
for 14 years prior to her election, primarily general civil
litigation and appellate practice. She also served on Poland
Village Council (January 1998 through January 2001).
State University (B.A. 1983); Cleveland-Marshall College of
Law, Cleveland State University (J.D. 1986). During law school
she served an internship with U.S. District Judge George White,
and served as editor of the law school news magazine.
Judge DeGenaro is
a member of the American Bar Association; the Ohio Bar Association;
the Mahoning, Columbiana and Jefferson County Bar Associations;
the Ohio Appellate Judges Association and the Ohio Judicial
Conference. She is a charter member of the OSBA Appellate Practice
Committee and chair of the education subcommittee, and is starting
her third year as a member of the Ohio Judicial Conference Ethics
Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of
the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, and a
member of the external advisory committee of the Ohio Center
for the Advancement of Women in Public Service at Cleveland
State University. She also teaches at the OSBA new lawyer training
and volunteers with the Ohio Center for law related education
high school mock trial competition.
Judge DeGenaro is
married to Stephen A. DeGenaro, a home healthcare consultant
and an inspector for a home healthcare accrediting agency. The
DeGenaros have two sons.