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Dorothy Moulthrop, Ph.D.

Dorothy Moulthrop, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dorothy Moulthrop is the Chief Executive Officer of Open Doors Academy, a nonprofit organization that provides afterschool, summer, student travel, and family programs to thousands of K-12 scholars in Northeast Ohio and across the state. She provides the vision and strategy that guide ODA’s network of campuses and oversees the Center for Out-of-School Advancement, a specialized team who supports over 200 afterschool programs across the state and indirectly impacts over... Read more

Dorothy Moulthrop is the Chief Executive Officer of Open Doors Academy, a nonprofit organization that provides afterschool, summer, student travel, and family programs to thousands of K-12 scholars in Northeast Ohio and across the state. She provides the vision and strategy that guide ODA’s network of campuses and oversees the Center for Out-of-School Advancement, a specialized team who supports over 200 afterschool programs across the state and indirectly impacts over 40,000 students.

Dr. Moulthrop earned her doctoral degree in education policy and leadership at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the intersection of policy and practice in educational excellence and equity. She is an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University where she teaches classes for the Center for Educational Leadership. Dorothy previously worked as an education consultant, enabling schools, districts, institutions, and educational leaders to succeed at the highest levels. Prior roles include Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development at Hawken School, and English teacher at Shaker Heights High School and San Lorenzo High School in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BA from Northwestern University in Comparative Literature and Italian, and a MA from Ursuline College.

Dorothy is active in the local community and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of Beaumont School, her alma mater, in Cleveland Heights. Dr. Moulthrop and her husband, Dan, have three children who keep them on their toes: Nico (17), Elisa (15), and Gabriel (13). They live in Shaker Heights and spend most of their time cooking, eating, and vying for the attention of Lulu, their pandemic puppy.

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Jerry Schneiberg

Jerry Schneiberg

Board President

Jerry Schneiberg is a Partner at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co. Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg is Ohio’s largest workers’ compensation law firm representing thousands of injured workers throughout the State of Ohio. Jerry is the managing partner of Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg’ s Workers’ Compensation Administrative and Litigation departments.  A leader in the workers’ compensation community, Jerry has served on the Executive Committee for the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) and... Read more

Jerry Schneiberg is a Partner at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co. Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg is Ohio’s largest workers’ compensation law firm representing thousands of injured workers throughout the State of Ohio. Jerry is the managing partner of Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg’ s Workers’ Compensation Administrative and Litigation departments.  A leader in the workers’ compensation community, Jerry has served on the Executive Committee for the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) and is a past chair and vice chair of OAJ’s Workers’ Compensation Section. He is past chair and vice chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations Workers’ Compensation Section. He remains actively involved with OAJ’s leadership. He is also a member of the Ohio Association for Justice, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, American Association for Justice and the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group. 

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Lisa Vidacs

Lisa Vidacs

Interim Board Vice President

Lisa M. Vidacs is Senior Vice President, communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  She oversees Fed Communities, a Federal Reserve system (system) initiative focused on increasing awareness and impact of the system’s work in community development.  Lisa joined the Bank in 1987, and has held management positions in operations, economic education, event management, and communications.  She previously chaired the Subcommittee on Public Information on behalf of the Federal Reserve System and continues to actively serve the system on various initiatives.  Read more

Lisa M. Vidacs is Senior Vice President, communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  She oversees Fed Communities, a Federal Reserve system (system) initiative focused on increasing awareness and impact of the system’s work in community development.  Lisa joined the Bank in 1987, and has held management positions in operations, economic education, event management, and communications.  She previously chaired the Subcommittee on Public Information on behalf of the Federal Reserve System and continues to actively serve the system on various initiatives. 

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Chuck Martin, MD

Chuck Martin, MD

Board Secretary

Dr. Charles Martin III (Chuck) is a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist at The Cleveland Clinic, where he currently serves as the Director of the Interventional Oncology subgroup, and the IR liaison to the Clinic’s HHT section. He is an Assistant Professor at The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and is involved in multiple additional educational activities with the residents, the medical students of the CCF Lerner College of... Read more

Dr. Charles Martin III (Chuck) is a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist at The Cleveland Clinic, where he currently serves as the Director of the Interventional Oncology subgroup, and the IR liaison to the Clinic’s HHT section. He is an Assistant Professor at The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and is involved in multiple additional educational activities with the residents, the medical students of the CCF Lerner College of Medicine, as well as his clinical colleagues. He completed his undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University, and medical school at Case Western Reserve University. After completing his Diagnostic Radiology residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, he obtained subspecialty fellowship training in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at Yale University/Yale New Haven Hospital.

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Sam Feller

Sam Feller

Treasurer and Finance Chair

Sam Feller joined the Board of Open Doors Academy in June, 2020 and has served as the Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer since January, 2021. Mr. Feller is a Director and the Assistant Corporate Controller at Avient Corporation where he is responsible for overseeing the consolidated SEC financial statement preparation process, internal financial reporting processes, global accounting policies and reporting procedures. In this role, he also provides support to... Read more

Sam Feller joined the Board of Open Doors Academy in June, 2020 and has served as the Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer since January, 2021. Mr. Feller is a Director and the Assistant Corporate Controller at Avient Corporation where he is responsible for overseeing the consolidated SEC financial statement preparation process, internal financial reporting processes, global accounting policies and reporting procedures. In this role, he also provides support to the organization related to acquisition and divesture activity as well as related financing transactions. Prior to joining Avient in 2022, Mr. Feller was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young LLP responsible for directing annual external audits completed for a number of companies within Northeast Ohio. His experience included serving multi-national SEC registrants and non-public clients primarily within the chemicals; diversified industrial products; provider care; consumer products; retail and entertainment industry sectors.

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Lola Gomez

Lola Gomez

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Lola Gomez joined Open Doors Academy in September 2019 as Chief People & Culture Officer. Ms. Gomez previously managed talent development, diversity, and compensation for the National Inventors Hall of Fame in North Canton, Ohio. Prior to that, she spent five years at Off Bound Adventures – a company in her native Colombia providing experiential learning opportunities for students – leading the Finance and Human Resource functions. Lola received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration... Read more

Lola Gomez joined Open Doors Academy in September 2019 as Chief People & Culture Officer. Ms. Gomez previously managed talent development, diversity, and compensation for the National Inventors Hall of Fame in North Canton, Ohio. Prior to that, she spent five years at Off Bound Adventures – a company in her native Colombia providing experiential learning opportunities for students – leading the Finance and Human Resource functions.

Lola received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from CESA in Bogotá, Colombia in 2008 and  a Master’s in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University.

Lola is very excited to have the opportunity to support the mission of Open Doors Academy by giving team members the tools and support they need to make a difference in each of the lives of ODA’s scholars.

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Heather Holmes Dillard

Heather Holmes Dillard

Development Chair

For nearly two decades, Heather Holmes Dillard has led various experiential marketing and community engagement programs to promote brand integration and business development for a diverse group of non-profit organizations. Currently serving as the Executive Vice President at Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) - an urban place management non-profit organization, she has brought a wealth of knowledge and innovative approaches to help expand the momentum of Cleveland’s largest Special Improvement District... Read more

For nearly two decades, Heather Holmes Dillard has led various experiential marketing and community engagement programs to promote brand integration and business development for a diverse group of non-profit organizations. Currently serving as the Executive Vice President at Downtown Cleveland Alliance (DCA) - an urban place management non-profit organization, she has brought a wealth of knowledge and innovative approaches to help expand the momentum of Cleveland’s largest Special Improvement District in the state of Ohio to be in the national spotlight. Her efforts yielded a 30% growth in DCA’s social media audiences and earned a total of 5 regional Emmy awards in the last 7 years for campaign videos in the Public Service Announcement (Single Spot or Campaign) category. As the catalyst, her passion for a thriving city has convened the interests from individuals and organizations to rally around the success of projects like the renovation of Public Square, the 2016 RNC; 2021 NFL Draft; Cleveland’s first Juneteenth Freedom Festival; and the 2022 NBA All Star Game weekend to name a few.

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Beth Sweeney

Beth Sweeney

Governance Chair

Beth Sweeney is an Equity Partner and President of Ratliff & Taylor, Ohio’s largest full-service talent management consultancy. She has fully integrated P&L responsibility including strategic and growth initiatives, sales and marketing, new product development, operations, and client solutions for all three lines of business: Executive Search, Leadership Development, and Career Transition. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the talent management arena and has a successful record... Read more

Beth Sweeney is an Equity Partner and President of Ratliff & Taylor, Ohio’s largest full-service talent management consultancy. She has fully integrated P&L responsibility including strategic and growth initiatives, sales and marketing, new product development, operations, and client solutions for all three lines of business: Executive Search, Leadership Development, and Career Transition. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the talent management arena and has a successful record as a senior leader, coach, and consultant. She is known for leading strategic initiatives and designing impactful customer solutions. In her previous role as Market President for Ratliff & Taylor, she was responsible for all aspects of the client experience, from sales & marketing to branding, new product development, and client satisfaction.

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Bill Pavilonis

Bill Pavilonis

Marketing Chair

Bill Pavilonis is the Managing Director of M-Force, a Marketing Consulting group with expertise in New Product Innovation, Brand Mastery and Marketing Excellence. Previously, he was Director of Marketing at Sherwin Williams. He is a top producing Marketing Executive with over 30 years leadership experience with a solid record of breakthrough product development, driving solutions for national and global brand initiatives, and leading teams of Marketing, Sales, Engineering... Read more

Bill Pavilonis is the Managing Director of M-Force, a Marketing Consulting group with expertise in New Product Innovation, Brand Mastery and Marketing Excellence. Previously, he was Director of Marketing at Sherwin Williams. He is a top producing Marketing Executive with over 30 years leadership experience with a solid record of breakthrough product development, driving solutions for national and global brand initiatives, and leading teams of Marketing, Sales, Engineering and Supply Chain Professionals. He holds several US patents in tools. Bill’s passion today is on giving back to the community. He recently started a Donor Advised Fund: The Bill Pavilonis Family Giving Fund with a mission to reduce racial & gender inequity in communities, enhance health and save the environment. In addition to serving on the board for ODA and chairing the Marketing Committee, Bill also serves as a Mentor for College Now in Greater Cleveland, volunteers as a Certified Income Tax Preparer (CTP) at Cuyahoga EITC Coalition, and a volunteer at Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates. Bill does financial and retirement planning for close friends and family for free.

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Meghan Richards

Meghan Richards

Senior Director of Advancement

Meghan Richards joined ODA as the Senior Director of Advancement in 2023.  Meg’s work experience until now has been in the private sector where she built a well-rounded foundation in the manufacturing industry holding positions with increasing scope and responsibility in operations, sales, and customer service. Since Meg has long had an interest in children’s literacy, she was excited to enter the nonprofit arena and become part of the ODA team. Meg... Read more

Meghan Richards joined ODA as the Senior Director of Advancement in 2023.  Meg’s work experience until now has been in the private sector where she built a well-rounded foundation in the manufacturing industry holding positions with increasing scope and responsibility in operations, sales, and customer service. Since Meg has long had an interest in children’s literacy, she was excited to enter the nonprofit arena and become part of the ODA team.

Meg moved to the Cleveland area for college and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Akron.  Her work opportunities have also taken her to Kansas and New Mexico.  Her and her husband’s return to Ohio in 2018 has proven to be a wonderful experience for their three children: Raziel (20), Gavin (18) and Digamo (17). After much enjoyment of watching their children compete in various sports and grow into adulthood, Meg is excited to spend more time traveling and volunteering.

Always an avid reader, Meg’s biggest passion is making sure that every child has access to books in their home. Over the past 25 years, she has volunteered with various organizations in three different states to provide books for children.

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Anima Donkor, Ph.D.

Anima Donkor, Ph.D.

Director of Programs

Anima Donkor joined Open Doors Academy in September 2020. She has served as an in-person Program Coordinator at Citizen’s Academy Southeast in the Breakthrough system before managing Euclid District programs. Today, she serves as Director of Programs supporting all school districts. Anima received her Master’s degree in International Studies from The Ohio University. Before working at ODA, Ms. Anima was an instructor at The Ohio University for two years. She also... Read more

Anima Donkor joined Open Doors Academy in September 2020. She has served as an in-person Program Coordinator at Citizen’s Academy Southeast in the Breakthrough system before managing Euclid District programs. Today, she serves as Director of Programs supporting all school districts. Anima received her Master’s degree in International Studies from The Ohio University.

Before working at ODA, Ms. Anima was an instructor at The Ohio University for two years. She also worked with summer camps (Blueprint Summer Programs and Envision) as an education lead/advisor. Both her work at The Ohio University and summer camps around the country reinforced her passion for education and educational research, particularly among minoritized populations. Ms. Anima has also served as an advisor and cultural consultant for the Office of Multicultural Students Access and Retention Center (OMSAR) and Ohio Valley International Council (OVIC), all at The Ohio University.

Ms. Anima is passionate about D.E.I issues and in her spare time, she spends time reading and researching. Ms. Anima also loves to cook and dance.

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Brandon Sheil

Brandon Sheil

Director of People and Culture

Brandon Sheil joined the Open Doors Academy team in 2011 and currently serves as the organization’s Director of People & Culture. He developed his passion for providing today’s youth with enrichment programs and education by doing a year-of-service with City Year Cleveland. While working at City Year, he learned the importance of providing youth with meaningful programming and personal mentoring. For over a decade, Brandon has worked for nonprofit organizations... Read more

Brandon Sheil joined the Open Doors Academy team in 2011 and currently serves as the organization’s Director of People & Culture. He developed his passion for providing today’s youth with enrichment programs and education by doing a year-of-service with City Year Cleveland. While working at City Year, he learned the importance of providing youth with meaningful programming and personal mentoring. For over a decade, Brandon has worked for nonprofit organizations that work to eliminate education barriers, food insecurity, and housing insecurities. He is focused on advocating for organizations that promote education reform and that provide resources for our neighbors in need.

Brandon earned a double Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications and he earned his master’s in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University.

He grew up in Cleveland Heights and still lives there today. In his spare time, Brandon likes to do projects around the house, watch political commentary, and spend time with his family and friends.

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Chad Heileman

Chad Heileman

Director of COSA

Dan Sehlhorst

Dan Sehlhorst

Director of Operations

Dan Sehlhorst joined ODA in 2020. He has worked with education and advocacy nonprofits since he was a freshman in high school, when he co-founded a tennis program for youth in his hometown. Since then, he has worked in program management, development, and operations roles for organizations in Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, and now Cleveland. Dan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he studied political science and economics... Read more

Dan Sehlhorst joined ODA in 2020. He has worked with education and advocacy nonprofits since he was a freshman in high school, when he co-founded a tennis program for youth in his hometown. Since then, he has worked in program management, development, and operations roles for organizations in Indiana, Virginia, Colorado, and now Cleveland.

Dan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he studied political science and economics with a certificate in public service.

When Dan is not on the job, you might find him on a hiking trail, a soccer pitch, or a tennis court. Otherwise, he is likely at home cooking with one hand and reading a book in another!

“Be the kind of person who not only understands the injustices of this life, but is also willing to do something about them.” -Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, 1986

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Gina Garrett

Gina Garrett

Director of Family Engagement

Gina Garrett was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to Cleveland in 2011 and joined ODA in 2014. She is a proud first generation college graduate from Kentucky State University where she obtained her Bachelors in Physical Education/Biology in 2004. Gina’s drive to address health disparities within minority families led her to a graduate program at Case Western Reserve Mandel School of Applied Social Science. Gina graduated with... Read more

Gina Garrett was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to Cleveland in 2011 and joined ODA in 2014. She is a proud first generation college graduate from Kentucky State University where she obtained her Bachelors in Physical Education/Biology in 2004. Gina’s drive to address health disparities within minority families led her to a graduate program at Case Western Reserve Mandel School of Applied Social Science. Gina graduated with her master’s degree in Social Work in 2014.

Prior to moving to Cleveland, Gina worked for 6 years as an After-School Health Educator at several high schools within the Dayton Public School district where she educated youth on personal health development and social emotional learning. Gina also rallied community partners to host youth conferences and sponsor a series of teen dating violence awareness events.

During her graduate program, Gina immersed herself in the nonprofit sector of Cleveland, serving at organizations such as Phillis Wheatley Association, Goodrich Gannett Neighborhood Center, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood), and the Centers for Dialysis Care.

Gina joined ODA as a Program Coordinator at Cleveland Heights High School and with demonstrated leadership is now the Family Program Manager. Gina continues to maintain relationships with staff and families through encouraging parental involvement and family communication.

Gina enjoys using some of her free time to provide youth mentorship and support community health projects. She is wholeheartedly dedicated to empowering all members of society and educating individuals on making positive choices. Gina has embraced the ODA mission to “protect, inspire, nurture and challenge” with efforts to promote life-long learning within the youth and their families.

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Joe Hollings

Joe Hollings

Director of Engagement

Joe Hollings joined Open Doors Academy as the Community Engagement Manager in April 2023. Prior to this role, he led a team of PR and social media specialists at Adcom, a top-tier marketing agency in Cleveland, and served in several administrative roles at University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Joe has a diverse musical background, experience in fundraising for arts organizations, and a genuine passion for working with young people. He... Read more

Joe Hollings joined Open Doors Academy as the Community Engagement Manager in April 2023. Prior to this role, he led a team of PR and social media specialists at Adcom, a top-tier marketing agency in Cleveland, and served in several administrative roles at University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Joe has a diverse musical background, experience in fundraising for arts organizations, and a genuine passion for working with young people. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Music Composition from King’s College London. After graduation, Joe gained valuable experience working on London’s West End with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and later founded and managed a record label.

Joe immigrated to the United States in 2003 after meeting his wife, Carrie, in London. He is enthusiastic about supporting Open Doors Academy’s mission and working closely with his dedicated colleagues to help ODA’s scholars reach their full potential.

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Reza Khoramshahi, Ph.D., LSW

Reza Khoramshahi, Ph.D., LSW

Grants Director

Reza joined ODA in October 2018 as Grants Director. Before joining ODA, he was the Grants Manager at The Free Clinic (currently Circle Health Services) for five years. Reza’s role was instrumental in creation of The Free Clinic’s first ever Pediatric Department; he also helped design and implement The Free Clinic’s new Family Therapy Program. Prior to The Free Clinic, Reza was the Foundation and Government Funding Manager at The... Read more

Reza joined ODA in October 2018 as Grants Director. Before joining ODA, he was the Grants Manager at The Free Clinic (currently Circle Health Services) for five years. Reza’s role was instrumental in creation of The Free Clinic’s first ever Pediatric Department; he also helped design and implement The Free Clinic’s new Family Therapy Program. Prior to The Free Clinic, Reza was the Foundation and Government Funding Manager at The Village Network in Wooster, Ohio for more than six years. His efforts at The Village Network helped provide high quality evidence-based services for high-risk foster children and youth in residential facilities; Reza helped create a horticulture therapy and employment training program for youth aging out of the foster care system. Reza’s professional experiences also include design and implementation of substance abuse prevention and family self-sufficiency programs.

Reza received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cleveland State University (CSU), and completed his academic pursuit by earning a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Public Affairs from CSU. Reza’s doctorate dissertation research explored effectiveness of various foster care networks in Ohio based on their success in securing permanency for the children placed in out-of-home care. Reza also earned a Master of Public Administration degree at CSU with specialization in Health Care Administration Track. In addition, Reza holds a State of Ohio social work licensure (LSW).

Reza enjoys spending time with family and friends; and participates in various arts and cultural clubs and activities, including poetry, ethnic fairs, wine tasting and culinary arts, and volunteer work in the community. Reza’s volunteer activities in the community includes his service as the Vice President of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries’ (LMM) Housing & Shelter Board, and as a member of LMM’s Program Committee.

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Erin Adams

Erin Adams

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Erin Adams serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Open Doors Academy, bringing over 20 years of experience as a community organizer to ODA. Erin has also worked as a freelance Consultant and Executive Assistant for start-ups and small-business owners.  Erin has served on the Board of Directors for the Lookout Arts Quarry. She has 6 years of experience in event production and 4 years of experience in Marketing... Read more

Erin Adams serves as the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Open Doors Academy, bringing over 20 years of experience as a community organizer to ODA. Erin has also worked as a freelance Consultant and Executive Assistant for start-ups and small-business owners. 

Erin has served on the Board of Directors for the Lookout Arts Quarry. She has 6 years of experience in event production and 4 years of experience in Marketing and Outreach in the non-profit sector. She is a 4-year member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals.

Erin’s earlier background is in youth advocacy and empowerment work. She has long been committed to serving and supporting children. She worked as a nanny and parenting coach for 10 years. In 2009, she helped start the Trans Youth Support Network helping gender-diverse homeless youth in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2018, she studied with Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education to learn the skills of youth mentorship and cultural repair through nature connection, permaculture and social justice.  

Erin’s passion has always been working for justice and equity. She feels honored to support the ODA mission from her seat as Executive Assistant where she can see the ripple of her organizational skills helping to protect, inspire, nurture, and challenge ODA scholars.  

Erin loves spending her free time with her dog, Swayze. She also enjoys sharing chocolate and tea with her colleagues at ODA.

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Daa'iyah Rahman

Daa'iyah Rahman

Marketing and Advancement Manager

Daa’iyah Rahman is a dedicated professional with a diverse background in youth advocacy, education, and community development. She joined Open Doors Academy in November 2020 as a Program Coordinator and quickly rose to the role of Family Advocate for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Currently, she serves on the advancement team as ODA's Marketing and Advancement Manager. Daa’iyah attended Howard University and began her professional career on Capitol Hill, where she... Read more

Daa’iyah Rahman is a dedicated professional with a diverse background in youth advocacy, education, and community development. She joined Open Doors Academy in November 2020 as a Program Coordinator and quickly rose to the role of Family Advocate for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Currently, she serves on the advancement team as ODA's Marketing and Advancement Manager.

Daa’iyah attended Howard University and began her professional career on Capitol Hill, where she worked with Congressmen Juan Vargas on education and foreign affairs issues. Her passion for youth and education led her to become a Tru2U mentor at Wade Park school and Beta Chapter President of Nu Rho Sigma Fine Arts Fraternity Incorporated.

In addition to her professional and volunteer work, Daa’iyah is an active member of the Blakk Jakk Dance company and a devoted family member. She enjoys traveling, exploring new cuisines, and spending quality time with loved ones.

Her favorite quote is:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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Faye Wallis

Faye Wallis

Data Manager

Faye Wallis is the data manager for Open Doors Academy, where she spends her time building and maintaining the library of data which elevates ODA's programming. Previously, Faye worked as the community manager for Viewer Ready, a virtual reality game studio where her advertising content gathered millions of views on tiktok. Faye is passionate about using data to illuminate subjects which are often ignored, and to uplift the projects of... Read more

Faye Wallis is the data manager for Open Doors Academy, where she spends her time building and maintaining the library of data which elevates ODA's programming. Previously, Faye worked as the community manager for Viewer Ready, a virtual reality game studio where her advertising content gathered millions of views on tiktok. Faye is passionate about using data to illuminate subjects which are often ignored, and to uplift the projects of those around her. Outside of work Faye bakes bagels, practices yoga, and keeps up a long running Dungeons and Dragons game.

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Heather Madden

Heather Madden

Office Manager

Education is a second career for Ms. Madden who previously worked for 20+ years in the advertising field as a writer. She is a graduate of the distinguished Master Of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) Residency Program at Cleveland State University where she did her student teaching at Facing History New Tech, a Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high school. In her time at ODA, she has worked as a program coordinator,... Read more

Education is a second career for Ms. Madden who previously worked for 20+ years in the advertising field as a writer. She is a graduate of the distinguished Master Of Urban Secondary Teaching (MUST) Residency Program at Cleveland State University where she did her student teaching at Facing History New Tech, a Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) high school.

In her time at ODA, she has worked as a program coordinator, executive assistant to the CEO, and now as office manager.

Ms. Madden joined Open Doors Academy in October 2018 because she believes in the ODA mission to “Protect, Inspire, Nurture, and Challenge adolescents to reach their full potential” and actually gets to see it in action through her work with the programming department. She likes to read, write, garden, and cook.

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Heavenly Berkley

Heavenly Berkley

Program Manager

Heavenly Berkley joined the Open Doors Academy team in 2012. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio she attended Cleveland public schools and graduated from Kent State University in 2009 with a bachelor in political science. After graduation, she worked as an intern at the City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s office. She also spent two years with City Year Cleveland as a Corps Member and Team Leader, assisting students from K-12th with... Read more

Heavenly Berkley joined the Open Doors Academy team in 2012. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio she attended Cleveland public schools and graduated from Kent State University in 2009 with a bachelor in political science. After graduation, she worked as an intern at the City of Cleveland Prosecutor’s office. She also spent two years with City Year Cleveland as a Corps Member and Team Leader, assisting students from K-12th with academic help, with classroom observations and after school programs. She has a passion for youth, especially middle school, being a guide through education and being a support with their self-growth as they transition into adulthood. On her spare time, she enjoys couponing, baking and creating new ideas that will produce confidence amongst those she serves.

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Kimberly Robare

Kimberly Robare

Program Manager

Kim Robare is a program manager and provides support to the scholars in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Kim comes to ODA from a 14 year career in higher education as the Dean of Students. Originally from Massachusetts, she received her bachelors degree from Regis College in Weston and then her masters degree in education from Lake Erie College. An educator at her core, Kim’s passion for scholar development goes... Read more

Kim Robare is a program manager and provides support to the scholars in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Kim comes to ODA from a 14 year career in higher education as the Dean of Students. Originally from Massachusetts, she received her bachelors degree from Regis College in Weston and then her masters degree in education from Lake Erie College. An educator at her core, Kim’s passion for scholar development goes beyond the classroom, including life skills, experiences and opportunities for anyone to educate and improve themselves.

When not working, Kim enjoys movies and tv shows with her husband, Mike and three daughters.

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Le'Aunna Rhodes

Le'Aunna Rhodes

Compliance Manager

Le’Aunna Rhodes was born and raised in Springfield, OH. She began working with Open Doors Academy in May 2019 as the Campus Coordinator at Monticello Middle School. Prior to working with ODA, Le’Aunna spent over two years in Cleveland, Ohio working for a non-profit organization, where she served as a live-in residential counselor working with youth. Soon after that, she ran a before and aftercare program serving grades k-5thfor the... Read more

Le’Aunna Rhodes was born and raised in Springfield, OH. She began working with Open Doors Academy in May 2019 as the Campus Coordinator at Monticello Middle School. Prior to working with ODA, Le’Aunna spent over two years in Cleveland, Ohio working for a non-profit organization, where she served as a live-in residential counselor working with youth. Soon after that, she ran a before and aftercare program serving grades k-5thfor the YMCA.

Ms. Rhodes is a graduate of Notre Dame College, where she studied Political Science and Criminal Justice. While at Notre Dame College, Le’Aunna stayed busy as an active member around campus. She was a Resident Assistant for 3 years, where she spent her time building community in the resident halls and around campus. She hosted many programs and floor meetings as well. Le’Aunna loved being an advocate and a safety net for her residents.

When not engaged with ODA scholars, Le’Aunna enjoys a good book, a good laugh, and a good time. She is very active in sports and loves spending quality time with her family and friends.

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Tiersa Sullivan

Tiersa Sullivan

Program Manager

Tiersa Sullivan joined the Open Doors Academy team September 2019. She served as Campus Coordinator at Euclid Middle School for three years, as well as a Classroom Coordinator at the Citizens Academy Southeast Remote Learning Center, before becoming the Program Manager for the Breakthrough Public Schools and Euclid City Schools. Tiersa attended school in the Bedford City School District for K-12th grade, graduating from Bedford High School in 2002. After high... Read more

Tiersa Sullivan joined the Open Doors Academy team September 2019. She served as Campus Coordinator at Euclid Middle School for three years, as well as a Classroom Coordinator at the Citizens Academy Southeast Remote Learning Center, before becoming the Program Manager for the Breakthrough Public Schools and Euclid City Schools.

Tiersa attended school in the Bedford City School District for K-12th grade, graduating from Bedford High School in 2002. After high school, she attended The University of Akron, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. After college, she began her teaching career at a charter school in Cleveland Ohio for 4 years as a Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teacher. After 4 years, she made the decision to devote her time in staying home with her 3 amazing kids.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, spending quality time with her kids/spouse, and shopping. She is devoted in continuing to help make a difference in the lives of our youth.

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Chris Taggart

Recruitment Manager

Chris Taggart is a Recruitment Manager with Open Doors Academy. Previously Chris has worked for 10 years in agency Education and Healthcare Recruitment. Chris has exceeded goals and achievements multiple years in a row with multiple different markets within Education and Healthcare recruitment proving to be well rounded and adaptable however or whenever he may be needed or called upon. As a parent and huge supporter of children and the... Read more

Chris Taggart is a Recruitment Manager with Open Doors Academy. Previously Chris has worked for 10 years in agency Education and Healthcare Recruitment. Chris has exceeded goals and achievements multiple years in a row with multiple different markets within Education and Healthcare recruitment proving to be well rounded and adaptable however or whenever he may be needed or called upon. As a parent and huge supporter of children and the importance of a strong foundation of early education, Chris recruits and operates with empathy and passion. Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors exploring Greater NE Ohio with his wife, son, and two pugs.

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Rev. Brandon Ashcraft

Rev. Brandon Ashcraft

Board Member

The Rev. Brandon Ashcraft is an Episcopal priest, serving at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights where he has oversight for worship and the parish’s outreach ministries. Before entering ordained ministry, the Rev. Ashcraft worked as a corporate communications executive in the investment banking industry in New York City. After discerning a call to ordained ministry, he attended Yale Divinity School. In addition to working in parish ministry, he... Read more

The Rev. Brandon Ashcraft is an Episcopal priest, serving at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights where he has oversight for worship and the parish’s outreach ministries. Before entering ordained ministry, the Rev. Ashcraft worked as a corporate communications executive in the investment banking industry in New York City. After discerning a call to ordained ministry, he attended Yale Divinity School. In addition to working in parish ministry, he has also served as a hospital chaplain. Prior to joining St. Paul’s, he served a parish in Austin, Texas.

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Dan Connor

Dan Connor

Board Member

Dan Connor serves as the Principal of Freshwater Capital, an investment firm in NEOH focused on business acquisition, where he leverages his experience to drive strategic investments and business growth. Additionally, he holds the position of Co-President at Cleveland Wire Cloth Manufacturing Co. where he oversees operations and driving the company’s success. Dan is an accomplished business executive with diverse experience in managing teams across industries. He has held key... Read more

Dan Connor serves as the Principal of Freshwater Capital, an investment firm in NEOH focused on business acquisition, where he leverages his experience to drive strategic investments and business growth. Additionally, he holds the position of Co-President at Cleveland Wire Cloth Manufacturing Co. where he oversees operations and driving the company’s success. Dan is an accomplished business executive with diverse experience in managing teams across industries. He has held key roles in operations, corporate strategy, business development, and marketing management at Fortune 500 companies including 3M, Ford Motor Company, and the J.M. Smucker Co. Dan is a proud father of three young boys and is actively involved in various other ways in the community including as a board member for the Great Lakes Science Center, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and the Connor Foundation.

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David Arenberg

David Arenberg

Board Member

David Arenberg is Vice President and Benefits Consultant at Segal Company with over 20 years of providing innovate benefit consulting services to multiemployer clients primarily in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.  He consults to multiple Taft Hartley industries including Iron Workers, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Sheet Metal Workers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  He advises health and welfare clients on issues involving self-funded risk, asset and reserve targets, expense and... Read more

David Arenberg is Vice President and Benefits Consultant at Segal Company with over 20 years of providing innovate benefit consulting services to multiemployer clients primarily in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.  He consults to multiple Taft Hartley industries including Iron Workers, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Sheet Metal Workers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.  He advises health and welfare clients on issues involving self-funded risk, asset and reserve targets, expense and trend management, budget projections, plan design, vendor management and population health management. Mr. Arenberg advises defined benefit retirement plan clients on funding projections, plan design, risk analysis and various compliance issues. 

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Giuseppe Pappalardo

Giuseppe Pappalardo

Board Member

Giuseppe Pappalardo is an Associate at the law firm of Tucker Ellis LLP, where he counsels clients on a variety of different legal matters. He grew up on Cleveland’s east side and attended Benedictine High School. He considers his time at Benedictine to be the most important and formative experience of his life, especially since he was part of two State Championship Football teams during his time there. He... Read more

Giuseppe Pappalardo is an Associate at the law firm of Tucker Ellis LLP, where he counsels clients on a variety of different legal matters. He grew up on Cleveland’s east side and attended Benedictine High School. He considers his time at Benedictine to be the most important and formative experience of his life, especially since he was part of two State Championship Football teams during his time there. He continues to be an active member of the Benedictine Community and returns to campus to speak to students as often as he can. A graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Giuseppe earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science. Although he doesn’t miss the Milwaukee winters, he greatly misses Milwaukee’s strong ethnic roots, which, among other things, introduced him to all sorts of different and delicious cuisine. After graduation, he served with AmeriCorps in a leadership program called “Public Allies” before entering The Ohio State Moritz College of Law, where he earned his law degree magna cum laude.

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Howard Lewis

Howard Lewis

Board Member

Howard Lewis began his professional career in the financial services industry with Central Trust Company, a dominant banking concern headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and the second largest trust company in Ohio. In 1978, he joined Picker International Corporation, a worldwide leader in diagnostic imaging, computed technology, and magnetic resonance imaging. At Picker, Mr. Lewis directed and managed the Cincinnati District’s growing business operations. The improved results gained him recognition at... Read more

Howard Lewis began his professional career in the financial services industry with Central Trust Company, a dominant banking concern headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio and the second largest trust company in Ohio. In 1978, he joined Picker International Corporation, a worldwide leader in diagnostic imaging, computed technology, and magnetic resonance imaging. At Picker, Mr. Lewis directed and managed the Cincinnati District’s growing business operations. The improved results gained him recognition at the World Headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1978 he was promoted to become the company’s National Business Manager.  

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Janet Reed-James

Janet Reed-James

Board Member

Janet Reed-James is the Chief Human Resource Officer of CHN Housing Partners (2019-present). Janet is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Human Resources at CHN Housing Partners, deploying her industry-leading expertise and kind, compassionate nature to serve the organization’s diverse and ever-evolving needs. In this role, Janet supports over 250 employees who in turn serve the affordable housing and community development needs of low-income communities in northeast Ohio, Detroit,... Read more

Janet Reed-James is the Chief Human Resource Officer of CHN Housing Partners (2019-present). Janet is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Human Resources at CHN Housing Partners, deploying her industry-leading expertise and kind, compassionate nature to serve the organization’s diverse and ever-evolving needs. In this role, Janet supports over 250 employees who in turn serve the affordable housing and community development needs of low-income communities in northeast Ohio, Detroit, Michigan and parts of New York and Pennsylvania.

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Jessica Forbes Brown

Jessica Forbes Brown

Board Member

Jessica Forbes Brown M.Ed. is Manager of Educational Programs at Reach Success. Jessica has dedicated the past 10 years of her career to helping families bridge the gaps of poverty through education; serving the most at-risk youth and young adults. As a result of Jessica’s commitment, countless children, adults, and families have been able to reach their educational goals. Upon graduation from college, Jessica accepted a position with the Akron... Read more

Jessica Forbes Brown M.Ed. is Manager of Educational Programs at Reach Success. Jessica has dedicated the past 10 years of her career to helping families bridge the gaps of poverty through education; serving the most at-risk youth and young adults. As a result of Jessica’s commitment, countless children, adults, and families have been able to reach their educational goals. Upon graduation from college, Jessica accepted a position with the Akron Public Schools RISE program. The RISE program provided additional support for families facing or experiencing homelessness. Her passion for her work led her to CEOGC (now known as Step Forward) as a family advocate for the Early Head Start program.

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Karmen Harrison

Karmen Harrison

Board Member

Karmen Harrison is a Relationship Manager in the Commercial Middle Market Group at KeyBank. In this role she works with mostly privately held and family-owned mid-sized businesses in Northeast Ohio. As a Cleveland native she takes great pride in being a trusted advisor to her clients and helping facilitate economic development in the region. She is devoted to community engagement through Open Doors Academy and various other civic and industry... Read more

Karmen Harrison is a Relationship Manager in the Commercial Middle Market Group at KeyBank. In this role she works with mostly privately held and family-owned mid-sized businesses in Northeast Ohio. As a Cleveland native she takes great pride in being a trusted advisor to her clients and helping facilitate economic development in the region. She is devoted to community engagement through Open Doors Academy and various other civic and industry related groups around town. Free time is spent with her family exploring all of what Cleveland has to offer.

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Kelly Moody

Kelly Moody

Board Member

Kelly Moody is a Senior Consultant and has been a consultant with Silverlode Consulting since 2012. She manages client relationships and projects for a wide variety of public sector and corporate clients. Kelly is also involved with new business development efforts across service lines. Before joining Silverlode, Kelly was a Manager of Consulting at Allegro Realty Advisors, Ltd., a corporate real estate services firm. Kelly spent five years providing real estate advisory services to corporations, municipalities, and... Read more

Kelly Moody is a Senior Consultant and has been a consultant with Silverlode Consulting since 2012. She manages client relationships and projects for a wide variety of public sector and corporate clients. Kelly is also involved with new business development efforts across service lines. Before joining Silverlode, Kelly was a Manager of Consulting at Allegro Realty Advisors, Ltd., a corporate real estate services firm. Kelly spent five years providing real estate advisory services to corporations, municipalities, and not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining Allegro, Kelly served as a Manager at Team Northeast Ohio (Team NEO), a regional economic development organization in Northeast Ohio.

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Kira  Krivosh

Kira Krivosh

Board Member

Magistrate Kira Sandra Krivosh has devoted her life to public service and non-profit work. Prior to being appointed as a Magistrate at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas- Juvenile Division, she has previously worked for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, where she managed the Federal Bankruptcy cases in the Northern District of Ohio and other Federal Bankruptcy Courts across the United States. The effort... Read more

Magistrate Kira Sandra Krivosh has devoted her life to public service and non-profit work. Prior to being appointed as a Magistrate at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas- Juvenile Division, she has previously worked for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, where she managed the Federal Bankruptcy cases in the Northern District of Ohio and other Federal Bankruptcy Courts across the United States. The effort of her teams’ innovative work amounted to over $17.6 million dollars from 2016-2020 going to families of Cuyahoga County through the Office of Child Support Services. She has worked at the City of Garfield Heights Law Department, Stark County Family Court, the City of Canton Law Department and a law firm, with experience handling both criminal and civil matters. She has participated in nineteen Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Presentations on multiple topics including, family law, animal rights, government law, federal domestic support obligations and ethics for new lawyers. She is also a published author, with eleven publications in sources such as the Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) and Crain’s Cleveland. She recently rolled off her term on CMBA Board, and currently a serves on the Board for The Giving Tree Project, the Board for the Rocky River Soccer Organization and the Board for Rocky River Bucs Baseball. She has previously served on the Board of the Directors for the Junior League of Cleveland (JLC) and has served on the Board of Directors for the Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter (CCLAS). She is a 2019 graduate from the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Bridge Builders Program, a 2020 graduate of The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s Leadership Academy and coaches a U10 travel soccer team. She is an alumna of the Cleveland State University’s College of Law. Her and her husband are dedicated to serving communities, coaching their children’s sports teams and bringing them to non-profit events.

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Ladi Williams

Ladi Williams

Board Member

Ladi Williams, a partner at Merriman Legal, has a hard-earned reputation for aggressive advocacy. Mr. Williams is a passionate and highly effective advocate for people who have suffered severe personal injury or who have been victimized by consumer fraud. Having obtained numerous successful jury verdicts and appellate decisions for his clients, Mr. Williams prides himself on utilizing unique litigation skills to obtain the best outcome for his clients. Several of... Read more

Ladi Williams, a partner at Merriman Legal, has a hard-earned reputation for aggressive advocacy. Mr. Williams is a passionate and highly effective advocate for people who have suffered severe personal injury or who have been victimized by consumer fraud. Having obtained numerous successful jury verdicts and appellate decisions for his clients, Mr. Williams prides himself on utilizing unique litigation skills to obtain the best outcome for his clients. Several of his cases have attracted national print, television, and online media coverage, and Mr. Williams has been sought out as a trusted legal contributor/commentator on a range of news stories. Mr. Williams applies this same approach in managing the firm’s Immigration Law practice, which represents individuals, families, and companies in the area of family-based immigration, deportation defense, and employment-based immigration.Mr. Williams has been honored with the distinction of being named an Ohio Super Lawyer® since 2014 and enjoys a 10 out of 10 (Superb) AVVO Attorney Rating, the highest rating possible. In furtherance of his client advocacy role, he is a long-standing member of the Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) and is the immediate Past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA).

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Lori Neiderst

Lori Neiderst

Board Member

Lori Niederst was named President, Customer Relationship in December of 2021 after serving as Progressive’s Chief Human Resource Officer for five years. In her new role she is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Customer Relationship Management organization, overseeing the company’s direct sales, customer service, customer experience design, and in-house agency. Lori joined Progressive in 1997 as an analyst in Corporate Finance and held various process and... Read more

Lori Niederst was named President, Customer Relationship in December of 2021 after serving as Progressive’s Chief Human Resource Officer for five years. In her new role she is responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Customer Relationship Management organization, overseeing the company’s direct sales, customer service, customer experience design, and in-house agency. Lori joined Progressive in 1997 as an analyst in Corporate Finance and held various process and operations positions before joining Human Resources in 2005. She has led Progressive’s Compensation and Benefits group and spent six years as the Senior Human Resource Business Leader in Claims. Before joining Progressive, Lori was a practicing Certified Public Accountant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kent State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

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Melissa Gallop

Melissa Gallop

Board Member

Melissa Gallop is a Vice President in Meaden & Moore’s Personal Tax Advisory Group with fifteen years’ experience. Prior to joining Meaden & Moore, Melissa spent several years serving the needs of a multigenerational family as a key member of their sophisticated family office. One facet of that position Melissa loved most, was providing advice that helped the family members meet their income tax and estate planning objectives. Melissa’s... Read more

Melissa Gallop is a Vice President in Meaden & Moore’s Personal Tax Advisory Group with fifteen years’ experience. Prior to joining Meaden & Moore, Melissa spent several years serving the needs of a multigenerational family as a key member of their sophisticated family office. One facet of that position Melissa loved most, was providing advice that helped the family members meet their income tax and estate planning objectives. Melissa’s unique background also includes several years serving as Treasurer of a private trust company in both Wyoming and Ohio. In this position, she not only served the needs of the family through her corporate officer role as treasurer, she was also responsible for the tax services for the 140+ trusts under management.

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Rich Wesorick, Esq.

Rich Wesorick, Esq.

Immediate Past Board President

Rich Wesorick is Managing Partner at Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP, a 28-lawyer intellectual property boutique law firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Rich grew up in Cincinnati and attended St. Xavier High School. He later graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. Before attending law school at the University of Dayton School of Law, he worked as an engineer for four years with G.E. Aircraft... Read more

Rich Wesorick is Managing Partner at Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP, a 28-lawyer intellectual property boutique law firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Rich grew up in Cincinnati and attended St. Xavier High School. He later graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. Before attending law school at the University of Dayton School of Law, he worked as an engineer for four years with G.E. Aircraft Engines, during which time he was the inventor of U.S. Patent No. 5,178,003.

Rich has over 25 years of experience in the patent field, with the majority of that time being spent representing academic medical centers, universities and start-up companies in patent matters related to a wide variety of technologies. Rich is a frequent lecturer on intellectual property matters, licensing, and technology commercialization. Rich has also been an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught in the Intellectual Property Venture Law Clinic.

Rich is active in several professional organizations such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA), the Licensing Executives Society, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. For the past several years, Rich has served as the Pro Bono Chairman for CIPLA.

Outside of the practice of law, Rich is active with several local non-profit organizations including LifeAct and The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Rich has been on the Board of Open Doors Academy for the past eight years, and is currently serving his fifth year as the President of the Board.

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Scott Flamm

Scott Flamm

Board Member

Scott D. Flamm, MD, is Principal, ImageWorks LLC, and the former Head of Cardiovascular Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic. He is an internationally recognized leader in Cardiovascular Imaging with expertise in clinical practice, translational and multi-disciplinary research, new application development, operations management, quality improvement, market expansion, and an ability to balance scientific and commercial interests. He currently works as a manager, professor, consultant and student, and investor in health care... Read more

Scott D. Flamm, MD, is Principal, ImageWorks LLC, and the former Head of Cardiovascular Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic. He is an internationally recognized leader in Cardiovascular Imaging with expertise in clinical practice, translational and multi-disciplinary research, new application development, operations management, quality improvement, market expansion, and an ability to balance scientific and commercial interests. He currently works as a manager, professor, consultant and student, and investor in health care start-ups and early-stage ventures.

Scott’s interest in community service in Cleveland began as a member of the Cleveland Waterfront Coalition in the late 1990s, and as a participant in public planning meetings for Civic Vision 2000, and more recently continued as a Cub Scouts Den Leader in Shaker Heights, on the Development Committee of the Cleveland Food Bank. Scott has spent the past seven years as part of Open Doors Academy, including positions on the Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Development Committee.

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Tracey  Petkovic

Tracey Petkovic

Board Member

With more than 35 years of IT experience in Property & Casualty insurance, Tracey Petkovic serves as the Chief Information Officer for Westfield. In this role, she leads the IT organization and is accountable for the development and execution of the Strategic Plan for IT, the delivery of new capabilities and services, and the maintenance and support of Westfield’s current technology. Tracey has expertise leading information technology enabled business transformation efforts... Read more

With more than 35 years of IT experience in Property & Casualty insurance, Tracey Petkovic serves as the Chief Information Officer for Westfield. In this role, she leads the IT organization and is accountable for the development and execution of the Strategic Plan for IT, the delivery of new capabilities and services, and the maintenance and support of Westfield’s current technology.

Tracey has expertise leading information technology enabled business transformation efforts through both her Westfield experience and previously as an executive at Nationwide. Through these experiences, Tracey has developed strong relationships across the insurance operations and with Westfield’s IT vendor partners.

Prior to joining Westfield, Tracey served in a variety of leadership positions at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, including Vice President of Distribution Technology and Output and Associate Vice President of Claims Systems.

Tracey has recently represented Westfield on the Workforce Connect IT Sector Partnership Employer Leadership team to develop a diverse IT pipeline in Northeast Ohio. In the past, she has served as a Sponsor for the Women’s Network at Westfield, an Employee Resource Group and served on the board for the employee political action committee, WeFEDPAC. While at Nationwide, she served as a Board member for the Central Ohio Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Tracey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Otterbein College (now University). She has her Master of Business Administration degree from Franklin University. Most recently, Tracey was a member of the 2023 Leadership Cleveland class.

Tracey lives in Medina, Ohio with her husband, Dan, and their daughter, Hadley. When not at work, she enjoys watching movies, playing games with her family, and golfing on occasion.

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Al Lasch

Program Co-Coordinator

Alexis Williams

Alexis Williams

Campus Coordinator

Alexis Williams began working with Open Doors Academy in January 2019 as the campus coach at Roxboro Middle School. Since then she has been promoted to Assistant Coordinator at Euclid Central Middle School. Prior to working with ODA, Alexis has been an active member in her community where she advocates for those who are less fortunate and mentors adolescent girls who struggles with low self esteem and everyday problems. While... Read more

Alexis Williams began working with Open Doors Academy in January 2019 as the campus coach at Roxboro Middle School. Since then she has been promoted to Assistant Coordinator at Euclid Central Middle School. Prior to working with ODA, Alexis has been an active member in her community where she advocates for those who are less fortunate and mentors adolescent girls who struggles with low self esteem and everyday problems. While being an active member in her community, she is currently in college where she studies Business Entrepreneurship at Lakeland Community College.Not only is Alexis a staff member, she was an active scholar as well where she participated in ODA throughout her middle and high school years. She is her happiest when she’s spending time with family and friends.

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Amariliz Colón

Amariliz Colón

Campus Coordinator

Amariliz Colón (aka Ms. Lily) was originally born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Cleveland in December of 2020. Expanding her knowledge of Cleveland she found herself in an amazing position to be able to take upon the role of a campus coordinator at our Woodland Hills site. She is a jack of all trades! When she isn’t being a mother to her daughter, or a mentor to her... Read more

Amariliz Colón (aka Ms. Lily) was originally born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Cleveland in December of 2020. Expanding her knowledge of Cleveland she found herself in an amazing position to be able to take upon the role of a campus coordinator at our Woodland Hills site.

She is a jack of all trades! When she isn’t being a mother to her daughter, or a mentor to her scholars, you can find her in the kitchen seasoning her culinary skills. Amariliz is currently in school for her culinary license alongside her experience in Criminal Justice Forensic Science.

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Ashaunti Griffin

Ashaunti Griffin

Campus Coordinator

Ashaunti Griffin is a dedicated Afterschool Campus Coordinator at Open Doors Academy, where she brings her passion for mentoring and empowering youth to the forefront. Before her role at Open Doors Academy, Ashaunti held a lead position in the airline industry, demonstrating her leadership and organizational skills. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys exploring the world through travel, honing her skills at the bowling alley, indulging in retail therapy,... Read more

Ashaunti Griffin is a dedicated Afterschool Campus Coordinator at Open Doors Academy, where she brings her passion for mentoring and empowering youth to the forefront. Before her role at Open Doors Academy, Ashaunti held a lead position in the airline industry, demonstrating her leadership and organizational skills. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys exploring the world through travel, honing her skills at the bowling alley, indulging in retail therapy, and cherishing quality time with her family and friends. Ashaunti's genuine connection with the scholars at Open Doors Academy stems from her own experiences as a student, making her a relatable and empathetic mentor.

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Briana Thomas

Campus Coordinator

Britiny Lee

Britiny Lee

Family Advocate

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Britiny attended Cleveland Metropolitan Schools until 3rd grade. She then attended charter schools during 4th – 8th grades including E Prep Cliffs, which at the time was the only E Prep school. While at E Prep, she received her first introduction to afterschool programming. Fast forward to today, Britiny has returned to E Prep Cliffs as an afterschool provider for middle school scholars. In preparation... Read more

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Britiny attended Cleveland Metropolitan Schools until 3rd grade. She then attended charter schools during 4th – 8th grades including E Prep Cliffs, which at the time was the only E Prep school. While at E Prep, she received her first introduction to afterschool programming. Fast forward to today, Britiny has returned to E Prep Cliffs as an afterschool provider for middle school scholars.

In preparation for her role, Britiny furthered her education at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine at the John Hay Campus and gained her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Bates College. She is currently working on her Master’s in Microbiology and Cellular Science from the University of Florida.

Britiny is dedicated to enriching, encouraging, and educating youth in underserved communities. She wants to be to others what she wishes she had early in her childhood.

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Carolin Moreta

Carolin Moreta

Campus Coordinator

Carolin Moreta joined the ODA team in 2022 as a Campus Coordinator at E Prep Woodland Hills. After growing up in Massachusetts, she completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Maine. Carolin was named as the inaugural Operations Coordinator in July 2022 as our team grows to better support our Programming Team. Since then, she has been working hard to provide the Programming Team team with the resources, materials, and... Read more

Carolin Moreta joined the ODA team in 2022 as a Campus Coordinator at E Prep Woodland Hills. After growing up in Massachusetts, she completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Maine.

Carolin was named as the inaugural Operations Coordinator in July 2022 as our team grows to better support our Programming Team. Since then, she has been working hard to provide the Programming Team team with the resources, materials, and support it needs to best serve scholars and families.

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Callie Stokes

Callie Stokes

Campus Coordinator

Callie Stokes began her work with Open Doors Academy (ODA) in November of 2023 as a Campus Coordinator at E Prep Woodland Hills Middle School. Prior to her work with ODA she was a Site Coordinator for the Upward Bound Parma Program through College Now Greater Cleveland. Before her work at College Now Greater Cleveland, she worked for Youth Opportunities Unlimited assisting the youth in credential training and job... Read more

Callie Stokes began her work with Open Doors Academy (ODA) in November of 2023 as a Campus Coordinator at E Prep Woodland Hills Middle School. Prior to her work with ODA she was a Site Coordinator for the Upward Bound Parma Program through College Now Greater Cleveland. Before her work at College Now Greater Cleveland, she worked for Youth Opportunities Unlimited assisting the youth in credential training and job placement. Callie has always been passionate about working with youth and coordinating programs that assist with making college more accessible. She is her happiest when she’s doing yoga, maintaining her plants or spending time with her dog and family.

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Celia Schoenfeld

Campus Coordinator

Danny Burns

Danny Burns

Campus Coordinator

Danny grew up in Sandusky, Ohio, “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” He studied international relations and youth development at Bowling Green State University and received his master’s degree in Peacebuilding at the School for International Training. Danny loves languages and cultures and has spent several years living abroad working with Peace Corps and non-profit organizations to build capacity for youth development. Danny has been to 49 states and just... Read more

Danny grew up in Sandusky, Ohio, “The Roller Coaster Capital of the World.” He studied international relations and youth development at Bowling Green State University and received his master’s degree in Peacebuilding at the School for International Training.

Danny loves languages and cultures and has spent several years living abroad working with Peace Corps and non-profit organizations to build capacity for youth development. Danny has been to 49 states and just needs to visit Hawaii to complete his collection.

Danny loves Cleveland and wants to help our scholars thrive in a world that is getting ever smaller. Danny is passionate about critical thinking and helping scholars think outside the box and exposing them to new cultures and experiences.

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DeAnna Wilson

DeAnna Wilson

Campus Coordinator

Ms. Wilson is the Coordinator at Cleveland Heights High School. During the 2020-2021 school year, she was an In-Person Program Coordinator at the E-Prep Cliffs RLC. DeAnna received her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from The Ohio State University in May of 2015. Prior to ODA, DeAnna has experience working with youth since 2013. She has volunteered with her University’s AmeriCorps program called OSU Kid Corps in 2011 and worked with the... Read more

Ms. Wilson is the Coordinator at Cleveland Heights High School. During the 2020-2021 school year, she was an In-Person Program Coordinator at the E-Prep Cliffs RLC. DeAnna received her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from The Ohio State University in May of 2015.

Prior to ODA, DeAnna has experience working with youth since 2013. She has volunteered with her University’s AmeriCorps program called OSU Kid Corps in 2011 and worked with the Children’s Museum of Cleveland in 2013. DeAnna lived overseas as a high school English teacher while working on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program from 2015 to 2020.

In her free time, DeAnna enjoys language learning, traveling, paleontology, drawing, movies, and all things Pokémon.

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Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

Campus Coordinator

Eric (“E.T.”) Thomas is a Campus Coordinator at Cleveland Heights High School. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, E.T. is a 2021 graduate of Ashland University with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Coaching. Eric is an alumnus of Open Doors Academy, starting from 6th grade and going through High School. E.T. worked in college as a student assistant football coach for Ashland University during his undergraduate... Read more

Eric (“E.T.”) Thomas is a Campus Coordinator at Cleveland Heights High School. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, E.T. is a 2021 graduate of Ashland University with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Coaching. Eric is an alumnus of Open Doors Academy, starting from 6th grade and going through High School. E.T. worked in college as a student assistant football coach for Ashland University during his undergraduate studies. E.T. also volunteered with the football team by helping with the local High School, church, and the Ashland community. Working with children has always been a priority and inspiration for E.T., and by working at ODA during school breaks he developed skills of communication and mentorship. E.T. enjoys football, spending time with family & friends, and helping others.

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Gina Cantale

Gina Cantale

Family Advocate

Gina Cantale joined the Open Doors Academy team in September 2020. She began at ODA as a Coordinator during the Remote Learning Centers for Cleveland Heights and she currently serves as a Family Advocate. Gina is passionate about empowering others and advocating for those who face injustice. In August 2020, Gina graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a minor in Human Development... Read more

Gina Cantale joined the Open Doors Academy team in September 2020. She began at ODA as a Coordinator during the Remote Learning Centers for Cleveland Heights and she currently serves as a Family Advocate. Gina is passionate about empowering others and advocating for those who face injustice.

In August 2020, Gina graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. While attending BGSU, Gina held a leadership role in a service-learning community and spent her time volunteering in the Toledo area. She is currently attending Case Western Reserve University to obtain a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Community Practice for Social Change.

Gina loves reading, cooking and baking, spending time with friends and family, and most importantly, her dogs!

“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Jameelah Rahman

Jameelah Rahman

Part-Time Campus Coordinator

Jazmine Dowdley

Jazmine Dowdley

Campus Coordinator

Jazmine Dowdley is from Cleveland, Ohio, and has been with ODA since September 2020. She started as a Coordinator at Breakthrough E-Prep Cliffs Remote Learning Centers. Jazmine is currently a Coordinator for Garrett Morgan High School. She graduated from Villa Angela St. Joseph High School. After high school, she attended Kent State University to pursue a degree in Marketing in hopes of one day becoming the Chief Marketing Officer of a... Read more

Jazmine Dowdley is from Cleveland, Ohio, and has been with ODA since September 2020. She started as a Coordinator at Breakthrough E-Prep Cliffs Remote Learning Centers. Jazmine is currently a Coordinator for Garrett Morgan High School.

She graduated from Villa Angela St. Joseph High School. After high school, she attended Kent State University to pursue a degree in Marketing in hopes of one day becoming the Chief Marketing Officer of a Fortune 500 company. Jazmine soon realized that working in the corporate world was not her calling and left Kent. She went to work in retail at Forever 21 for the next five years where she had worked her way up to Co-Manager. While working in retail she discovered that her true passion was helping people, specifically teens and young adults, as that was the age range she primarily supervised at Forever 21. Jazmine left the retail world in 2018 and began working at Cleveland State University so that she could go back to school for a psychology degree. She currently attends Lakeland Community College and plans to transfer to Cleveland State University in 2022.

When she is not working or doing homework she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants with friends and dancing. Jazmine also coaches cheerleading at the high school level and hopes to one day start her own all-star cheer and dance gym in Cleveland to provide more opportunities to youth in low income neighborhoods.

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Jemier Johnson

Jemier Johnson

Campus Coordinator

Jemier Johnson was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. Jemier is not only an alumnus of Open Doors Academy, but also a second-generation ODA employee. Prior to working for Open Doors Academy, Jemier worked in an afterschool program at Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He also working in retail for two years, where he developed his customer service, collaboration, and business knowledge skills. Jemier is currently enrolled at... Read more

Jemier Johnson was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. Jemier is not only an alumnus of Open Doors Academy, but also a second-generation ODA employee. Prior to working for Open Doors Academy, Jemier worked in an afterschool program at Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He also working in retail for two years, where he developed his customer service, collaboration, and business knowledge skills. Jemier is currently enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College, studying for a degree in Business Management.

He currently serves as a Campus Coordinator at Monticello Middle School in Cleveland Heights. He is super excited to bring his youth mentorship skills to the program. Jemier loves to watch tv and movies and occasionally play basketball in his spare time.

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Jhosephine Bermudez

Campus Coordinator

Jhosephine Bermudez joined ODA in 2021. Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, she moved to Greater Cleveland with her family and believes strongly in advocating for the needs of students, especially bilingual students who are learning in English-speaking schools. Jhosephine has worked in an ODA remote learning center during the pandemic, in multiple ODA summer camps, and currently serves as campus coordinator at Orchard STEM School. In her spare time, she enjoys... Read more

Jhosephine Bermudez joined ODA in 2021. Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, she moved to Greater Cleveland with her family and believes strongly in advocating for the needs of students, especially bilingual students who are learning in English-speaking schools.

Jhosephine has worked in an ODA remote learning center during the pandemic, in multiple ODA summer camps, and currently serves as campus coordinator at Orchard STEM School.

In her spare time, she enjoys making food from her native Columbia and patronizing Cleveland cultural instutitions and artists.

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Julia Laazara

Program Co-Coordinator

Karlette Kill

Campus Coordinator

Lamyja Jernigan

Lamyja Jernigan

Campus Coordinator

Leeann Steele

Leeann Steele

Campus Coordinator

Link Briggs

Program Coordinator

Lorenzo Lawson

Lorenzo Lawson

Americorps Member

Lorenzo Lawson is currently an active AmeriCorps member. This is his first non-profit organization he has worked while being a serviceman for his community. Lorenzo was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated high school in 2013 from Lincoln West High School. He attended Akron University where he began his Bachelor Degree in Political Science and minor with Public Communication and has moved on to Hampton University Army... Read more

Lorenzo Lawson is currently an active AmeriCorps member. This is his first non-profit organization he has worked while being a serviceman for his community. Lorenzo was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated high school in 2013 from Lincoln West High School.

He attended Akron University where he began his Bachelor Degree in Political Science and minor with Public Communication and has moved on to Hampton University Army ROTC college in Virginia. Lorenzo also is a United Sates Serviceman and has served for over 10 years in the Army. He also currently serves active duty in the United States Air Force Special Welfare as a SERE Specialist station out of Washington, Fairchild Air Force Base.

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Maiya Gilbert

Part-Time Campus Coordinator

Marissa Beasley

Marissa Beasley

Campus Coordinator

Marissa Beasley is a co-campus coordinator at the Monticello campus. Her love for the small wins, passion for wanting to give back to the community and understanding that the youth are the future leaders for progression led to her career at working with youth. In May 2022, Marissa graduated from The University of Toledo with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and in 2017, her Associates of Arts from The University of... Read more

Marissa Beasley is a co-campus coordinator at the Monticello campus. Her love for the small wins, passion for wanting to give back to the community and understanding that the youth are the future leaders for progression led to her career at working with youth.

In May 2022, Marissa graduated from The University of Toledo with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and in 2017, her Associates of Arts from The University of Akron. Her background in social work led Marissa to a career working with the scholars and their families of Open Doors Academy.

Outside of work, Marissa is family oriented, enjoys traveling, indulging in new cultures and foods, music and journaling. She is fun loving and charismatic. While maintaining her work life, she volunteers at the children’s church of Greater Galilee Baptist Church.

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Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell

Family Advocate

Michael Campbell is a Family Advocate at Open Doors Academy. His role helps to connect the families to their scholars learning experience at ODA. Prior to working at ODA, Michael worked as a Registered behavioral technician, providing applied behavior analysis therapy to children with ASD (speech and language development challenges). He graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Michael loves helping... Read more

Michael Campbell is a Family Advocate at Open Doors Academy. His role helps to connect the families to their scholars learning experience at ODA. Prior to working at ODA, Michael worked as a Registered behavioral technician, providing applied behavior analysis therapy to children with ASD (speech and language development challenges).

He graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. Michael loves helping others grow and achieve their goals. In his free time, Michael enjoys relaxing with friends and being a ministers at his local church.

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Nakita Doane

Program Coordinator

Niquira Cammon

Niquira Cammon

Campus Coordinator

Niquira Cammon joined Open Doors Academy (ODA) as a scholar in 6th grade and remained in the program until she graduated high school. She discovered her passion working with children during her summer internships with ODA. Those experiences encouraged her to study psychology and child development at Notre Dame College. Niquira currently serves as a Campus Coordinator at our CMSD – Orchard STEM Campus. She is very ecstatic to utilize... Read more

Niquira Cammon joined Open Doors Academy (ODA) as a scholar in 6th grade and remained in the program until she graduated high school. She discovered her passion working with children during her summer internships with ODA. Those experiences encouraged her to study psychology and child development at Notre Dame College. Niquira currently serves as a Campus Coordinator at our CMSD – Orchard STEM Campus. She is very ecstatic to utilize her skills in program this school year.

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Rebecca Leach

Campus Coordinator

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes

Campus Coordinator

Richard Barnes started with ODA in January 2022. He is currently a Campus Coordinator at AB Hart elementary school. He graduated from Cleveland State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication management. Previously, Richard worked with MyCom as a regional coordinator responsible for connecting youth and families to resources and OST programs in the East Cleveland & Collinwood neighborhoods. Richard believes every child has the potential to be great, especially... Read more

Richard Barnes started with ODA in January 2022. He is currently a Campus Coordinator at AB Hart elementary school.

He graduated from Cleveland State University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication management.

Previously, Richard worked with MyCom as a regional coordinator responsible for connecting youth and families to resources and OST programs in the East Cleveland & Collinwood neighborhoods. Richard believes every child has the potential to be great, especially when they have the proper support around them.

When not working, Richard is a youth leader and singer at his church. He loves to create music of various genres, playing sports, and spending time with family. He also tells hilarious dad jokes.

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Samuel Yusko

Campus Coordinator

Samuel Yusko is a Campus Coordinator at Anton Grdina. He joined in January of 2024, after graduating from the University of Toledo with a bachelors in English and completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Prior to his time with ODA, Sam worked with children in Scouts BSA for almost seven years, where he taught everything from swimming to nuclear science. He has also worked as a holiday decoration installer,... Read more

Samuel Yusko is a Campus Coordinator at Anton Grdina. He joined in January of 2024, after graduating from the University of Toledo with a bachelors in English and completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Prior to his time with ODA, Sam worked with children in Scouts BSA for almost seven years, where he taught everything from swimming to nuclear science. He has also worked as a holiday decoration installer, haunted house actor, and press operator in a rubber factory. When not working, he enjoys exploring the woods of Northeastern Ohio and writing stories about squirrels.

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Sukara Dean

Sukara Dean

Campus Coordinator

Sukara Elán Dean joined Open Doors Academy in 2022. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Sukara attended Norte Dame Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Ohio and graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohi,o with a Bachelor’s (B.A.) in Communications. She went on to receive her Master’s (MFA) in Film and Digital Technology from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2017. After graduating she has worked... Read more

Sukara Elán Dean joined Open Doors Academy in 2022. Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Sukara attended Norte Dame Cathedral Latin High School in Chardon, Ohio and graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohi,o with a Bachelor’s (B.A.) in Communications. She went on to receive her Master’s (MFA) in Film and Digital Technology from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2017.

After graduating she has worked with many programs for children and teen in the Greater Cleveland area, including serving as a summer camp counselor for National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at Case Western Reserve University and as a summer camp teacher of bucket drumming at the Rainey Institute. She has also worked in the Beachwood School District for the Apollo After School Program.

As always, Sukara is eager to offer her creative spirit to support children in their learning and growth as they explore new ideas and endless possibilities.

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Toni Bisbee

Toni Bisbee

Campus Coordinator

Toni Bisbee joined Open Doors Academy in November of 2020, working at the Citizens East campus as a part of the remote learning center (RLC). She was then transferred to the Willard Campus as a Coordinator for the remainder of the RLC. She has now returned to Citizen Academy East to work as a Coordinator for the elementary scholars. Toni is currently working on earning her degree in Occupational Therapy and... Read more

Toni Bisbee joined Open Doors Academy in November of 2020, working at the Citizens East campus as a part of the remote learning center (RLC). She was then transferred to the Willard Campus as a Coordinator for the remainder of the RLC. She has now returned to Citizen Academy East to work as a Coordinator for the elementary scholars.

Toni is currently working on earning her degree in Occupational Therapy and Psychology at Cleveland State University. Before working with ODA, she volunteered with various daycares and after-school programs.

When not doing homework and working at ODA, Toni can be found on the football field coaching youth cheerleaders, as well as outside reading a good book!

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Vaughn Williams

Vaughn Williams

Campus Coordinator

Vaughn Williams is a Campus Coordinator at Euclid Middle School. Vaughn began his journey with Open Doors Academy when he joined the program back in 7th grade. He found his niche working with children during his internship roles at ODA throughout the years. Vaughn was mentored by some of the same staff he calls his coworkers today, and he’s able to pass those same skills along to his scholars. Read more

Vaughn Williams is a Campus Coordinator at Euclid Middle School. Vaughn began his journey with Open Doors Academy when he joined the program back in 7th grade. He found his niche working with children during his internship roles at ODA throughout the years. Vaughn was mentored by some of the same staff he calls his coworkers today, and he’s able to pass those same skills along to his scholars.

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Yesenia Garcia

Campus Coordinator

Yidiayah Box

Yidiayah Box

Campus Coordinator

Yidiayah Box is a creative writer, photographer, and Campus Coordinator at E Preps Cliffs Campus. Yidiayah is an alumnus of ODA where she was a scholar in programing from 2012-18. Yidiayah loves to support her scholars in helping them recognize what strengths and talents they possess even as early as middle school. Yidiayah uses her experience as a scholar to inform her approach, programming style, and engagement with scholars. Yidiayah... Read more

Yidiayah Box is a creative writer, photographer, and Campus Coordinator at E Preps Cliffs Campus. Yidiayah is an alumnus of ODA where she was a scholar in programing from 2012-18. Yidiayah loves to support her scholars in helping them recognize what strengths and talents they possess even as early as middle school. Yidiayah uses her experience as a scholar to inform her approach, programming style, and engagement with scholars. Yidiayah recently finished her undergraduate studies at Hiram College where she studied Creative Writing and Film Studies. Yidiayah believes in capturing authentic stories in the form of poetry, creative essays, and non-fiction. Yidiayah loves to read, workout, and cook for loved ones.

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Zahrya Robinson

Zahrya Robinson

Campus Coordinator

Zahrya Robinson more popularly known as Ms.Zee started at Open Doors Academy in December of 2023. She is an alumna of Breakthrough Public Schools and has since settled at Citizens Academy Southeast Campus Coordinator. Zee has an extensive background in childcare beginning when she was only a child herself. She started interning at Future Stars Child Care Center when she was only 14. After high-school Zee took up Sociological Thinking... Read more

Zahrya Robinson more popularly known as Ms.Zee started at Open Doors Academy in December of 2023. She is an alumna of Breakthrough Public Schools and has since settled at Citizens Academy Southeast Campus Coordinator. Zee has an extensive background in childcare beginning when she was only a child herself. She started interning at Future Stars Child Care Center when she was only 14. After high-school Zee took up Sociological Thinking at The Ohio State University and has since traveled back to take on the virtual route to further her education. She is an eager learner and educator with goals in early education. Outside of her life with ODA she spends time skating, playing the electric guitar, styling hair, cooking, going to classes and just finding time to do anything she likes.

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Kristal Funk

COSA Consultant

Kristal is a data-driven teacher, instructional coach, school leader, and lifelong learner with experience in international multilingual schools and U.S. public schools. She has a Bachelor's of Science in middle grades math, social studies, and reading with a dual Master's of Education In Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. Kristal is fiercely passionate about educational equity and bringing joy to classrooms for ALL students. She believes strongly in reforming systems... Read more

Kristal is a data-driven teacher, instructional coach, school leader, and lifelong learner with experience in international multilingual schools and U.S. public schools. She has a Bachelor's of Science in middle grades math, social studies, and reading with a dual Master's of Education In Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction. Kristal is fiercely passionate about educational equity and bringing joy to classrooms for ALL students. She believes strongly in reforming systems to teach, value and affirm the unique identities of students and communities they serve.

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Heidi Parries

Operations Coordinator

Nyeri Ellis

Campus Coordinator

Savanna Gonzalez

Campus Coordinator

Brandon Bello

Campus Coordinator

Erica Lyles

Campus Coordinator

Lauren Kodish

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