Eva Suzanne Szabo

Eva’s family immigrated to the United States when she was three years old. The family moved from Pennsylvania to Cleveland, Ohio, where job opportunity and access to an established Hungarian community were strong drawing points. After eight years in Catholic grade school, Eva continued her education in the college preparatory Beaumont School for Girls, followed by John Carroll University from which she received a B.A in French and Political Science. While at JCU, she was a member of the French Club, the Political Science Club and helped initiate the first Woman’s Choir and first Sorority. She went on to earn an Education Certification from Cleveland State University. She is permanently licensed in French, Business Ed., and Reading, with licenses in Vocational Ed. She retired from Mayfield High School. In 2007, Mayfield High School was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation. She taught French at CCC for three years.

Eva earned her M.B.A. in Systems Management with a specialty in Accounting at Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio. She worked in management at two corporate headquarters: Gray Drug Stores and Harley Hotels. In her capacity she held management training seminars in a new employee screening process – Voice Stress Analysis; wrote descriptive plans for clerical and technical employees and established effective controls and procedures for store operations.; she was involved with staff planning, EEOC and leave policies, transfer and relocation systems and controls, wage and salary administration; revamping and up-grading of Pension Plans which resulted in a fivefold increase, developed employee relations procedures and wrote employee manuals, provided analysis and forecasts for new medical and pension plans. Since 1977 she is an officer at Small Business Consultation, Lyndhurst, Ohio, preparing individual, corporate and non-profit tax returns; small business set-up; financial and tax planning analysis; budgeting and forecasts.

As a Hungarian-American, Eva has been immersed in the culture since age five, when she became a member of Troop 33 of the Hungarian Girl Scouts. She was leader (segéd tiszt). She continues to support the activities of the Scouts through the annual picnics, attended some of their summer camps, balls and Regős events, prepared young women for their tests. She also was a member of the Hungarian Association since childhood and received their medal in 2004. She introduced scouting for girls in the Hungarian School in Burg Kastl, W. Germany in 1972. She is a member of AHEA and several Hungarian organizations. She was received into the Order of Vitez in 2000 in Szombathely, Hungary. She was one of the initial members at the formation of the Cleveland Hungarian Heritage Society in 1985, serving on its board in various capacities, as president from 2013-2016 and V.P. till 2019. During this time, she was honored to represent the Hungarian community at the Diaspora meetings in Hungary, responsible for the Mikes Kelemen and KCSP programs, helped present the newly established Hungarian Foundation and ReConnect Hungary to the Cleveland Hungarian community. She was instrumental in obtaining some Bethlen Gabor grants for the Museum.

During the last 50+ years she has been a member at St. Imre Roman Catholic Church, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was instrumental in keeping its parishioners together during the closed period (2010-2012) by forming a 50l(c)3 organization called Templom Orzo.

For her part in being a Hungarophile, she thanks her mother and father and all the work, support, and love they offered to remain Hungarian.