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Administration Team

Meet the administrators who manage Horizon's operations
Matthew Bahnsen

Matthew Bahnsen Data Coordinator

EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University and a Master's Degree in Humanities from Tiffin University

ABOUT Matt started his career working in adult education teaching English and technology courses. He joined the Horizon staff in April 2018. He was motivated toward educational nonprofit work through his study of philosophy and the works of Kurt Vonnegut.

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse, MS, MSSA, LSW Director of Community Services

Education Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Mercyhurst College, Master’s Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University, Master’s Degree in Adult Learning from Walden University

About Nicolle started off her career working with adults with developmental disabilities before moving on to run a homeless shelter in Lorain County. She came to Horizon in 2011 to start the Ready Set Go…to Kindergarten community collaborative. 

Chrissy Belpulsi

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.

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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-Butler

Jennifer Butler Finance Director

Education Business Courses at LCCC

About Jennifer came to Horizon in 2005. In this position, she handles all billing for private pay and ODJFS families, trains Horizon Center Business Coordinators, handles bad debt collections and workers’ compensation claim cases.

Dana Grudzinski

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.

Kaitlyn Heck

Kaitlyn Heck Finance Coordinator

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 then found her niche in working at the finance department.

Darion Holmes

Darion Holmes Community Engagement Coordinator

EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Risk Communication from Ashland University

ABOUT Darion originally came to Horizon in 2019 starting as an AmeriCorps Member. After her year of service with AmeriCorps, she was able to join the Horizon Family and found her passion within the Community Services Department.

Wendy Johnston

Wendy Johnston Education Services Coordinator

Education Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science in Early Education Rasmussen College

About Wendy Johnston was a preschool teacher for six years before coming to the administration office at Horizon. Wendy is excited to mentor toddler and preschool teachers. She is eager to watch them grow and develop and make an impact on our children.

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones HR Coordinator

EDUCATION Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources from Cleveland State University.  

ABOUT As an HR Coordinator, Sarah supports the hiring managers with the recruitment and onboarding process, performance management procedures, facilitates training sessions and HR events, and maintains new and current employee records.  Sarah is excited to take on this new role at Horizon and looks forward to her future with the company.

Renee Kamenos

Renee Kamenos 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.

Sharon Knaggs

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

Lisa Nunn

Lisa Nunn CACFP Coordinator

EDUCATION Associate Degree in Arts from Lorain County Community College 

About Lisa has been with Horizon Education Centers for seven years. She enjoys building relationships with her students and their families. Lisa is consistent and reliable and wants the children in her center to know that she will always be there for them. She is keen on building a stable environment for the children and staff. 

Julie Piazza- King

Julie Piazza- King Division Executive Cuyahoga County

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.

Janine Riley-Collins

Janine Riley-Collins Director of Business Operations

Education Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Management, and Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Cleveland State University

About Janine joined the Horizon team in January 2018. She handles project management, safety and security, purchasing, food services, maintenance and transportation departments. Janine uses her experience to guide and manage these operational categories for all centers.

Melissa Snively

Melissa Snively 21st CCLC Grant Coordinator

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.

Wendi Sweeney

Wendi Sweeney A/R Grand 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.