Our Team

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Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Executive Director Thea DeRosa Cerra

Thea DeRosa Cerra

Executive Director

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.

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Community Outreach Director Jessica Walsh-Frazier

Jessica Walsh-Frazier

Community Outreach Director

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.

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Volunteer Services Coordinator Colleen Watt

Colleen Watt

Operations Director

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.

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Communications Manager Leslie FitzSimmons

Leslie FitzSimmons

Communications Manager

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.

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Jazz Wilson

Volunteer Services Coordinator

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.

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Maddie Weir

Volunteer Services Assistant

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

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Administrator Margie Ordog

Margie Ordog


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.

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Warehouse Coordinator Steve Maistros

Steve Maistros

Warehouse / Inventory Coordinator

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.

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Angelo Billingsley

Driver / Warehouse Assistant

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

Judi Kovach
Co-Founder & Chair
Retired Product Manager, Progressive Insurance

Amanda Schaub
Senior Manager, EY

Alexis Beachdell
Partner, BakerHostetler

Deena Epstein
Retired Senior Program Officer, The George Gund Foundation

Pamela Holmes
Retired Executive Director of Government and Community Relations, Cleveland Clinic

Ellen Mattingly
Governance Committee Chair
Retired HR Director—North America, RAND Corporation

Allison Paine
Young Professionals Board Chair
Assurance Senior, EY

Kevin Pulte
VP, Wholesale Marketing, The Americas Group, The Sherwin-Williams Co.

John Reynolds
Retired Actuary, Willis Towers Watson

Kristen Saada
External Committee Chair
Community Volunteer

Ron Soeder
Director, The Telos Leadership Foundation

Judy Williams
Executive Search Consultant, GRN Beachwood

Thea DeRosa Cerra
Executive Director, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank

Directors Emeriti

Judy Payne
Co-Founder & Retired Executive Director, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank

Margaret Bernstein
Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC