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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.