Thea DeRosa Cerra
Thea is passionate about education equity and wants to make sure kids across our communities have access to books that will help them imagine, thrive, and succeed.
Thea was born and raised in Greater Cleveland and loves the area. She and her family can often be found in the MetroParks, at local restaurants, or coffee shops.
Thea’s favorite children’s book is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.
Jessica works with our community partners to better understand their needs and help us improve our programs to best serve the families and children and we support. Jessica loves to read, travel, swim, and bike. A lifelong Clevelander, she’s a huge Browns fan.
Her favorite children’s book is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
Colleen keeps the Kids’ Book Bank running smoothly, overseeing all aspects of our operations. Colleen loves people, she loves books, and she’d love to have you come volunteer with us!
Colleen’s favorite children’s book is The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.
Leslie is passionate about sharing our story and impact with the world. If you’ve been to our warehouse, she’s probably tried to take your picture for social media. Leslie’s history with the Kids’ Book Bank goes back to the month after we opened when she came to volunteer to sort books—the rest is history!
Leslie’s favorite children’s book is Muldoon by Pamela Duncan Edwards & Henry Cole.
Jazz is one of the smiling faces you see when you visit our warehouse. Her bubbly personality is infectious, and her love of books and passion for education are an asset to our team. She loves reading, checking out new breweries, and indulging in new and old board games.
Jazz’s favorite children’s book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
Maddie is an essential part of our team, enabling us to host volunteer shifts on Saturdays and select evenings. She is a huge animal lover and is passionate about social justice issues, particularly education equality. Maddie loves to read – and write! She’s been writing a novel since she was 12.
Maddie’s favorite children’s book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Margie keeps our staff on the same page, preparing books for pick up, recruiting new distribution partners, and keeping behind-the-scenes accounting and administrative systems running smoothly. Margie loves being outdoors, hiking in the MetroParks, and sailing on Lake Erie.
Margie’s favorite children’s book is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.
Steve is the Kids’ Book Bank jack-of-all-trades, assisting people picking up and dropping off books, keeping track of our inventory, and making sure our warehouse keeps humming along. Don’t let Steve’s quiet demeanor fool you; he’s got a great wry sense of humor!
Steve’s favorite children’s book is Switch On The Night by Ray Bradbury.
Angelo loves being out in the community delivering books and talking with partners. He’s passionate about reading and book ownership and has a ready smile for everyone. When he’s in the warehouse, Angelo jumps in to help where needed to keep books moving in and out.
Board of Directors
Co-Founder & Chair
Retired Product Manager, Progressive Insurance
Senior Manager, EY
Retired Senior Program Officer, The George Gund Foundation
Retired Executive Director of Government and Community Relations, Cleveland Clinic
Retired HR Director—North America, RAND Corporation
Young Professionals Board Chair
Assurance Senior, EY
VP, Wholesale Marketing, The Americas Group, The Sherwin-Williams Co.
Internal Committee Chair
Retired Actuary, Willis Towers Watson
Associate Managing Director, Cleveland Play House
External Committee Chair
Director, The Telos Leadership Foundation
Executive Search Consultant, GRN Beachwood
Thea DeRosa Cerra
Executive Director, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
Co-Founder & Retired Executive Director, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC