Our Team

Call or email us! 216.417.1803 or info@kidsbookbank.org

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Judy Payne

Judy’s love for the kids we serve and passion about making sure every child has books is evident to anyone who has met her – even for just a few minutes. She is a firecracker of energy and ideas and works tirelessly every day to ensure that we are doing everything we can to get books to disadvantaged kids in Greater Cleveland.

Judy’s favorite children’s book is Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Co-founder & Executive Director Judy Payne

Communications Manager

Leslie FitzSimmons

Leslie is passionate about sharing our story and impact with the world. If you’ve been to our warehouse, she 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 Communications Manager Leslie FitzSimmons

Volunteer Coordinator

Colleen Watt

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 Volunteer Coordinator Colleen Watt

Warehouse / Inventory Coordinator

Steve Maistros

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.

Steve Maistros


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 Administrator Margie Ordog

Board of Directors

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

Amanda Schaub
Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP

Alexis Beachdell
Partner, BakerHostetler

Kristen Saada
Fundraising Committee Chair
Community Volunteer

Jeff Ryder
Young Professionals Board Chair
Foundation and Major Gifts Officer, Cleveland Play House

Deena Epstein
Retired Senior Program Officer, The George Gund Foundation

Ed George
Field Technology Specialist for a major transportation and business services corporation

Ellen Mattingly
Retired HR Director, North America, RAND Corporation

John Reynolds
Retired Actuary, Willis Towers Watson

Ron Soeder
President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

Judy Williams
Principal, Williams and Associates

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

Margaret Bernstein
Honorary Board Member
Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC