Our Team

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Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Executive Director Thea DeRosa Cerra

Thea DeRosa Cerra

Executive Director

Thea took the reigns as Executive Director in August 2020, succeeding co-founder Judy Payne. Thea understands the importance of kids learning to read so they can read to learn. She 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 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.

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Volunteer Services Coordinator Colleen Watt

Colleen Watt

Volunteer Services Manager

Colleen is the smiling face that greets you when you come through our door, ensuring our volunteers have the best experience possible. 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 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.

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.

Photo of Maddie Weir-Schuster Kids' Book Bank Volunteer Services Assistant

Maddie Weir-Schuster

Volunteer Services Assistant

Maddie is an essential part of our team, enabling us to host volunteer shifts on Saturdays and on select evenings. She has a passion for books and literacy and is loved by our volunteers.

Maddie’s favorite children’s book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

Ed George
Information Technology Consultant

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

Ellen Mattingly
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
Internal Committe Chair
Retired Actuary, Willis Towers Watson

Jeff Ryder
Associate Managing Director, Cleveland Play House

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