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Administration Team

Meet the administrators who manage Horizon's operations
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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. 

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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 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.

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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 and handles bad debt collections.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 CACFP Coordinator

EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from Cleveland State University

ABOUT Lisa started her career at Horizon in 2010 as a summer camp counselor. Since then, she has been a School-Age Lead Teacher, Program Specialist, Center Liaison, Business Coordinator and Center Director. Lisa is currently the CACFP Coordinator and oversees Horizon’s entire food program.

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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.

Dezaray Polk

Dezaray Polk Center Administrator

EDUCATION Bachelor's degree in communication with a minor in early childhood education from the University of Toledo

ABOUT Dezaray has worked in childcare for 11 years with all age groups and as a site director. She is very passionate about working in the education field and helping children learn and grow.

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.

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.

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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. 

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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.

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Danial Treichel Community Engagement Coordinator

EDUCATION Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baldwin Wallace University

ABOUT Danial is excited about the community events he will coordinate throughout Northeast Ohio. Additionally, he's excited about the lives he will be able to positively affect through community engagement. Danial started at Horizon with AmeriCorps in 2020.