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About The Jerome Group LLC


Who we are


Jerome Masek, Principal

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A diversified career includes 20 years reporting, editing and photography for newspapers large and small. For 30 years, he worked in public-sector media relations, communications, newsletters, photojournalism and Web site content for Mayor Voinovich, the Ohio Lottery and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. In 1975, he earned a BS degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University, where he learned from James Gordon, one of the nation’s top photojournalism professors. On Aug. 14. 2005, Jerome became certified in hypnosis by the National Guild of Hypnotists. He won honors in every area of his career.

Carol Masek, Chief Financial Officer

A lifetime resident of West Park, she spent 40 years as an RN at Lutheran Hospital. For 7 years, she was Administrator of the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and for more than 35 years, handled all finances for an active household. She is active at Gunning Recreation Center and Blessed Trinity Church.


Tracey (Masek) Boulware, Webmaster

Years of creativity in writing and music have led her to print and Web design work. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and St. Joseph College, she has her Masters of Art in Music and serves as the Director of Music and Liturgy at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fremont, OH.

What we do

The Jerome Group LLC was formed on March 24, 2006, as Jerome Masek began to plan for retirement. He looked for activities that combined his experience and skills, while providing valuable service to others. Giving back to the community is important.

  • Photojournalism: Telling a story with photos can have significant impact.

  • Hypnosis: 1-on-1 sessions focus on stress reduction and the power of positive thinking.

  • Free-lance copy editing: You write it - we will improve it. Working with words is our passion.

  • Public speaking: Using humor to make a point can be effective with groups of any size. We often combine public speaking with a hypnosis demonstration. That way, if someone in the audience falls asleep, we can take credit.

Meet our supporters

Much of the strength of The Jerome Group LLC comes from our invaluable network of supporters. They help us serve you.


At age 16, Jerome was introduced to the joys of community journalism. 50 years later, he volunteers as a reporter, photojournalist and advisor to Jessie Schoonover, editor/publisher of The West Park Times. He also administers the Facebook page.

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To ensure that a qualified practitioner will always be available to you, we invited hypnotherapist Paul DiFranco CHT to be our “Plan B.” Our customer service values are similar. We share marketing efforts and client referrals. See an update in my final newsletter.


From 2013-2023, The Jerome Group LLC participated in holistic fairs produced by Harmonic Journeys and Patricia Uhr. The events attracted talented and diverse vendors, raising the awareness of the unique benefits of holistic modalities. At these events, we offered hypnosis information and group hypnosis demonstrations, and provided quality photographic images to aid vendors' marketing efforts.

Professional memberships‘A man is known by the company he keeps.’


The Society of Professional Journalists is the oldest organization representing journalists in the United States. A member since June 9, 1976, Jerome has been an officer on the local, regional and national levels. Honors. He conducted workshops at national and regional conferences, and national leadership training. He serves as President for the Cleveland Chapter in 2023-24.


The National Guild of Hypnotists is a professional organization of persons committed to advancing the field of hypnotism. Jerome earned his certification in hypnosis on Aug. 14, 2005, and in stress management on Aug. 9, 2007.


The Power of More is an association of 9 chambers of commerce working together to help members in Western Cuyahoga County and Eastern Lorain County. It is believed to be the largest networking group in Ohio. We handled their photojournalism needs from 2013-2023. Event photos from February 2020.


West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development promotes the West Park area and helps to create a strong and vibrant community. The organization supports businesses and residents in Ward 17. The Jerome Group LLC and The West Park Times provide help with photojournalism, as needed.

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