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Administration Team

Meet the administrators who manage Horizon's operations
Sam-becherer

Sam Becherer Data Coordinator Education Services

.Education: Bachelor’s in English, Ashland University

About: For the last decade Sam has worked in educational advocacy and consulting. He has worked directly with students to transfer alternative educational credits to colleges and universities across the country in addition to maintaining all records of coursework and transcripts. He helped facilitate the placement of hundreds of positions in higher education, from professors to presidents. Education has always been a passion for him, and he truly believes that access to education and educational opportunities is necessary for creating a foundation of empathy, understanding, and a curiosity towards the world. He looks forward to bringing this worldview to Horizon as the new Ed Services Data Coordinator.

Chrissy B

Chrissy Belpulsi Education Service Coordinator

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education and Arts from Cuyahoga Community College, currently attending Grand Canyon University

ABOUT Chrissy Belpulsi taught preschool for 10 years in Medina, Ohio. As an early childhood education coordinator, she supports all of the preschool and toddler teachers by reviewing lesson plans, assessments, developmentally appropriate approaches in the classroom and coordinating any trainings that are needed. Chrissy is excited to take on a new role and to better assist teachers and staff members when she can.

Teria

Teria Bivins Division Executive Lorain County

EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree in Administration from Cleveland State University

ABOUT Teria Bivins started her career with Horizon right out of college. She has worn many hats, including preschool teacher, school age coordinator, program specialist, education service coordinator and now center director.

Jennifer B

Jennifer Butler Finance Director

Education Business Courses at LCCC

About Jennifer came to Horizon in 2005 and through her experience in the centers and at Admin, has built up an extensive knowledge of the organization and its operations. Jennifer is QuickBooks certified.  As Finance Director, she handles various aspects of Horizon’s accounting and supervises and trains the Finance Coordinators and Business Coordinators in technical knowledge and customer service.  Jennifer is a firm believer in Horizon’s mission and works with her team to help accomplish it. 

Josh Campbell

Josh Campbell Data Coordinator

EDUCATION Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University

ABOUT Throughout his life, Josh has always tinkered and worked on computers, A.V. Setup, and other technologies. He joined the Horizon Staff in September 2021. Josh has a natural curiosity about how things work and a continued drive in the pursuit of education.

Melissa Dettmer

Melissa Dettmer Literacy Coordinator

Education Bachelor's degree in marketing from Ohio University, and MAT in early childhood education

About Melissa has worked in education since 2013 and joined Horizon as the literacy coordinator in 2020.  She enjoys supporting classroom teachers in the implementation of emergent literacy skills and especially appreciates working with community partners.

tammy dull

Tammy Dull Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Education Received her GED

About Ms. Tammy enjoys working for a family-oriented company and loves to help the students and their families.

Dave-Gerster

Dave Gerster Division Executive Cuyahoga County

Education Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Policy Studies, with a focus on education policy from Syracuse University.
 
About Dave started with Horizon Education Centers in 2022.  Previously, he was a program coordinator for the Shaw Center at Syracuse University, where he directed a program for English Language Learners from grades 1-12.  He also managed over 200 K-12 tutors in partnership with the Syracuse City School District and taught government as an intern at the High School for Leadership and Public Service in Manhattan.
Dana G

Dana Grudzinski Intake Coordinator

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Cuyahoga Community College

ABOUT Dana has more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education and has worked as a teacher, administrator and enrollment specialist. She enjoys working with families and children to make sure their needs are met.

Kait Heck

Kaitlyn Heck Information and Technology

Education Enrolled in Lorain County Community College for a degree in Finance

About Kaitlyn has worked in many roles for Horizon since she was 16 years old. After studying communications at Bowling Green State University for two years, she came home to serve as an AmeriCorps member for Horizon. She was then promoted to Business Coordinator for the North Olmsted location and is now looking forward to her new role in information and technology with the administration team.  

Wendy Johnston

Wendy Johnston Education Service Coordinator ECE, Lorain County

Education Associate in Applied Science Early Education and Bachelor's in Early Education Leadership

About Wendy is the Educations Services Coordinator for Lorain County. She enjoys supporting the teachers in Professional Development to enhance their skills with the families at the centers. She also supports them with curriculum in academics and Social and Emotional skills.

Stephanie Beall

Stephanie Keffer-Beall CACFP Coordinator

Education CDA (Child Development Associate) Certificate from Lorain County Community College

About Ms. Stephanie has always been passionate about working with families and children. She has worked with children since she was 13 with her church group.

Sharon K

Sharon Knaggs Chief Financial Officer

EDUCATION Master's Degree in Finance from Case Western Reserve University and Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University

ABOUT Sharon is a licensed attorney and has a background in corporate finance, marketing, and tax compliance, research, and planning. Prior to joining Horizon, she worked for BP America, Ernst&Young, and two local accounting firms. As an active member of the community and a proud former homeschooling parent, Sharon believes strongly in the value of education and in Horizon's mission to provide high-quality early childhood education and care and youth development programs. She is thrilled to be part of the team providing that for our community

katie mahilo

Katie Mahilo HR Coordinator

Education Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development from Walden University

About Ms. Katie taught preschool for three years and then began her career with Horizon. Prior to that, she taught toddlers/infants for two years. She believes that Horizon Education Center has the passion to help the children flourish.

Felicia M

Felicia Markus Community Engagement Coordinator

Education Currently pursuing Child Development Associate

About Felicia started her Horizon career as an Americorps member, teaching Social Emotional Skills to preschool and middle school students and managing her team as a Leadercorps member. She is excited to oversee current and future Americorps members, assisting them as they strive to make positive impacts on children and families in our communities.

Julie P

Julie Piazza- King Director of Community Services

EDUCATION Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Bowling Green State University; Bachelor's Degree in Education from Ashland University; Master's Degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Educational Leadership from Excelsior College

ABOUT Julie has more than 25 years of experience in early childhood education. She has dedicated herself to ensuring that all children have the opportunity for quality early care and education experience regardless of income. Julie believes the early years are a critical time in a child’s life in terms of brain development, and she is excited to see that the field is finally gaining the recognition that it deserves.

John Scalli

John Scalli Staff Accountant

Education Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ashland University

About John joined Horizon in 2022 after previous stops working in various accounting positions. He is excited about the opportunity to use his prior experience to help the Finance team.

Renee

Renee Shells-Theriot Marketing Coordinator

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Administrative Assisting from Bryant & Stratton

ABOUT Renee has been with Horizon Education Centers since 2014 as the executive assistant to Dave Smith. In this position, Renee develops and implements marketing and advertising campaigns, tracks sales data, and maintains promotion marketing materials for Horizon in print and social media. Renee is also a member of OACCP - Ohio Association of Child Care Providers. OACCP represents the directors and business owners of over 600 licensed child care centers in Ohio.

JD Smith

JD Smith Manager of Planning and Development

Education Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and minor in urban studies from Wittenberg University. Pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at Cleveland State

About JD joined the Horizon team after three years of working in community development, where he oversaw housing programs and projects, community events, and farmers markets. He is excited to work with families and community partners to help Horizon grow.

Melissa S

Melissa Snively School-Based Site Director

EDUCATION Bachelor's Degree in Adolescence to Young Adult (AYA) Education with a specialization in Integrated Language Arts from Bowling Green State University, Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University

ABOUT Melissa taught English Language Arts for two years at Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Middle and five years at Shelby City Schools before coming to the administration office at Horizon Education Centers. She is excited to support all teachers in their instructional practices through data-based decision-making, organizing professional development, and monitoring lesson planning and curriculum.

Alyssa Strauser

Alyssa Strauser Accounts Payable Coordinator

Education Pursuing business courses at Lorain County Community College

About Alyssa has worked in many different positions at Horizon since she was 16 years old. After working in a few of our centers, she found her way to the finance department as the accounts payable coordinator. Alyssa works closely to build relationships with current and potential vendors by receiving and processing invoices. 

Wendi S

Wendi Sweeney A/R Grant Coordinator

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Lorain County Community College.

ABOUT Wendi has worked in the childcare field for 23 years as a teacher for all age groups and a co-administrator. She has cherished working with teams of people to develop strong support systems for the overall goals of the children and families in her care.

Ocean

Ocean Thompson Education Services Data Coordinator

EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a minor in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University

About After several years working in animal research, Ms. Thompson honed her interpersonal and communication skills by becoming a nursing assistant. She joined us in October 2022, following time spent as an autism support technician in North Carolina.

Wendy W

Wendi S. Webb Administrative Assistant

Education Altoona Area High School, Business Education, Altoona Beauty School-Cosmetology/Teacher

About Before starting her career as an Administrative Assistant more than 30 years ago, Wendi owned a hair salon. She loves learning something new daily, spoiling her four grandchildren, and hunting for sea glass.

Nick Wishner

Nick Wishner Maintenance Coordinator

Education Electrical Maintenance Degree, Vatterott College

About Nick has worked in the maintenance field for over 10 years. As a child, he found the aspects of building maintenance and electrical systems fascinating and wanted to learn more. He feels this career allows him to do something new every day to help those around him. He also enjoys working around the children at the center and being a mentor to them. Currently, Nick leads a three-man team at Horizon.

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Olivia Zink School Based Education Services Coordinator

EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Studies with a focus in arts programming from Wittenberg University.
 
ABOUT After receiving her Bachelor's Degree, Olivia moved to Cleveland to become an Americorps member in 2019. She also began work with Horizon, part time, in 2019 as a lifeguard and grew to love the organization. In October of 2020, she began full time at Horizon as a tutor and TA. Olivia hopes to continue to grow with Horizon.