Our Board

Cathie Bleck

Cathie Bleck is an artist and illustrator with an affinity for detail using inks, clay and sharp fine tools creating carved narrative artworks. Bleck shifted her career path as an esteemed illustrator for over 30 years to focus on her personal work following the release of her artist monograph “Open Spaces” and has since had two solo exhibitions at American Art Museums and exhibited at over 70 museums and galleries and included in the collections of the Victoria & Albert as well as the Library of Congress. Her work has shown in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, and London as well as appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic Monthly, LA Times and Juxtapoz Magazine. Bleck has designed five postage stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and three poster images for the U.S. State Department celebrating Earth Day and World Ocean Day.  Her work can be found in private and public collections across the United States and abroad.

Bleck has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and New York City ultimately landing in Cleveland 30 years ago where she along with her husband Dr. George Muschler, an orthopedic surgeon and scientist at the Cleveland Clinic raised three children. Bleck divides her time now between Chicago and Cleveland.

Cathie Bleck
2270 Chatfield Drive
Cleveland Heights, OH 44106


Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD FACOG

Dr. Cheryl B. Iglesia, Professor in the Departments of Ob/Gyn and Urology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, is a double-board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specialist.  Since 1999, Dr. Iglesia has been the inaugural Director of the Section of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) at MedStar Washington Hospital Center/MedStar National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery (NCAPS) and is the founding director of the MedStar/Georgetown accredited FPMRS fellowship program.

Dr. Iglesia is nationally and internationally recognized for advancing surgical techniques in reconstructive pelvic surgery. Among her many roles, Dr. Iglesia is the current Chair of the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network (PFDN) Advisory Board at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and is a past chair of both the Committee for Gynecologic Practice at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the ACOG Patient Education Board.  She has served as Program Chair for the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) and the American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) and has also served on the AUGS Board of Directors. Since 2011, Dr. Iglesia is an appointed special governmental employee for the ObGyn Devices Panel at the US FDA.

Dr. Iglesia has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has edited textbooks and high-impact practice guidelines. She is the recipient of many teaching awards and invited visiting professorships but is most proud of the dozens of fellows, residents and students she has mentored and trained over the past 20 years.

Meryl Kern

With a 20-year track record of successful campaign management in Los Angeles and New York, Meryl worked at one of the top advertising agencies in New York City. She later went on to open her own boutique agency where she worked with a wide assortment of clients. She has spent many years in the disability and diversity community working on award-winning disability programs for the New York Mayors office, a hugely successful UN/Paralympics Event-Raising the Bar, and in helping create a major diversity program for Entergy, a Fortune 500 Company.

In September 2014, Meryl’s life was changed forever when she diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now cancer free, given the support of the Nurses and Medical Professionals of Cedar Sinai Hospital and Tower Cancer Oncology Center. As a thank you for the care and love provided by the Tower Oncology nurses, Meryl and her husband have established a continuing oncology education program for Tower’s Nurses. She also started the Meryl Kern Survivorship Program with Tower Oncology supporting and providing psycho-social programs for women post cancer. Meryl is also committed  to her wig program for those women going through chemotherapy treatment and who cannot afford the purchase of a wig.

Meryl is also active with The Woman’s Guild of Cedars Sinai, raising money for clinical and scientific advances.

Meryl’s heart and soul is in the giving of her time to help others.

Beri Ridgeway

Beri Ridgeway, MD, FACOG is Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.  She is the Department Chair of Regional Obstetrics and Gynecology and interim Institute Chair of the Women’s Health Institute at Cleveland Clinic.  Beri Ridgeway, MD graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a degree in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish Literature. She then spent the next two and a half years performing translational research on chronic neuropathic pain at UCSD.  Dr. Ridgeway attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and graduated at the top of her class. She was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society as a student. She completed a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at UCSD.  Dr. Ridgeway completed a three year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.  She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. 

Dr. Ridgeway has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters and made numerous presentations at national and international meetings on a variety of pelvic disorders and gynecological surgical procedures, including laparoscopic sacral colpopexy, difficult vaginal hysterectomy, uterine-sparing approaches to prolapse surgery, and combined colorectal and gynecologic pelvic floor disorders. She is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and AAGL.