Our Team

Cleveland Kids' Book Bank executive director Ori Akrish

Ori Akrish

Executive Director

Ori is responsible for overseeing the leadership, community relations, management, and operations of the Kids’ Book Bank. Ori is passionate about equity and opportunity for ALL people, especially children. In his free time, Ori loves to travel, read, and spend time playing with his kids. He also loves sports and is an avid Cleveland fan.

His favorite children’s book is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

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. She loves people, and she loves books. Colleen enjoys camping and bike riding.

Colleen’s favorite children’s book is The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.

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 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. Her history with the Kids’ Book Bank dates back to the month after we opened when she came to volunteer to sort books—the rest is history! Leslie loves to read and spend time with her family and two Goldendoodles.

Leslie’s favorite children’s book is Muldoon by Pamela Duncan Edwards & Henry Cole.

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Devin McNulty-DeMarco

Volunteer Services Manager

Devin is passionate about giving back to the community and making sure volunteers are supported and recognized for their dedication. She loves to sail, travel, play games with her family, and read to her young daughter.

Devin’s favorite children’s book is Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans


Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Administrator Margie Ordog

Sherita Malcolm

Office Manager

Sherita has a background working in schools and is excited to use her passion for literacy as part of the Kids’ Book Bank team. She loves jumping in wherever she’s needed and is the smiling voice you’ll hear on the phone.

Sherita’s favorite book as a child was Are You My Mother? She has fond memories of camping out in her closet with a friend and taking turns reading the book. As an adult, Sherita’s favorite children’s book is The Gruffalo. It’s one of the books her youngest son likes to read to her.

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 Warehouse Coordinator Steve Maistros

Jeremy Winston


Jeremy keeps our books moving – literally. He delivers orders to partners and also empties many of our outdoor collection bins. Jeremy likes to be on the road meeting partners and young readers. He loves all sports, especially Cleveland teams.

Jeremy’s favorite children’s book is the Junie B. Jones series that he reads with his daughter.

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Christine Diamond

Volunteer Services Assistant

Christine has a passion for everything related to homes, gathers great joy in working with teachers and elementary school children, and is an avid walker who adores Lake Erie’s stunning scenery. Christine and HerBrina (below) run our evening and Saturday shifts for volunteers.

Her favorite children’s book is The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.

HerBrina Shepherd

HerBrina Shepherd

Volunteer Services Assistant

A woman of her word, filled with purpose, devotion, and diligence, HerBrina looks for and creates opportunities to be of service to others. Her passion for education and literacy is evident through her work at the Kids’ Book Bank. She and Christine (above) run our evening and Saturday shifts for volunteers.

HerBrina’s favorite children’s book is Matilda by Roald Dahl.


Board of Directors

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

Amanda Schaub
Senior Manager, EY

Deena Epstein
Retired Senior Program Officer, The George Gund Foundation

Annette Fetter
Young Professionals Board Chair
Director of Development, Kidney Foundation of OH

Jacqueline Lamb
Public Service Manager, Cleveland Public Library and Part-Time Professor, College of Education, Cleveland State University

Dr. JaNice Marshall
Vice President, Access & Community Connections, Cuyahoga Community College

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

Jessica Naik
Community Volunteer

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

John Reynolds
Retired Actuary, Willis Towers Watson

Krystle Rivera
Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Kristen Saada
External Committee Chair
Community Volunteer

Nick Schappacher
SVP and Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, KeyCorp

Directors Emeriti
Judy Payne
Co-Founder and Retired Executive Director, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
Founder and Executive Director, GoodsBank NEO

Margaret Bernstein
Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC