Board of Trustees

Mary Ellen Pisanelli - Chair (2023)

pisanelliMary Ellen Pisanelli was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor John Kasich in August 2015.  She is currently Chair of the Board. 

Mary Ellen is Senior Vice President – Legal and Administration of Welltower, Inc.  Joining the company in July 2017, she provides legal support across the company’s portfolio of U.S.-based real estate assets and oversees a number of corporate administrative functions. 

Prior to joining Welltower, she served as a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and was previously a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She was also Shumaker’s Relationship Partner for Welltower and Co-Chair of the firm’s REIT practice group. During her time at Shumaker, Ms. Pisanelli led the team supporting numerous successful debt and equity offerings including Welltower’s 2016 issuance of $700 million of 10-year unsecured debt, Welltower’s largest single-tranche debt offering in its history.

Since 2005, she has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, was named Best Lawyers, "Toledo Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year," 2014, and is AV Preeminent® Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mary Ellen earned her J.D. from Temple University School of Law, her M.A. in comparative western European studies from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. in Political Science, cum laudePhi Beta Kappa, from the University of Vermont.   She was a recipient of a pre-dissertation fellowship from the University of Chicago and studied at the Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. 

Mary Ellen is active in many organizations and serves on numerous Boards.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Toledo Museum of Art, its Leadership and Governance Committee and chairs its Audit Committee.   She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Toledo Zoo and served as the Zoo Board’s President for two terms. Also, Mary Ellen is a member of the Rotary Club of Toledo and Women & Philanthropy at The University of Toledo.   

Mary Ellen lives in Ottawa Hills, Ohio and has two daughters, Eleni and Lia, who live in Los Angeles and San Francisco.


Last Updated: 7/2/18