Our Team

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

Executive Director

Thea DeRosa Cerra

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 is 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 Executive Director Thea DeRosa Cerra

Communications Manager

Leslie FitzSimmons

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 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
Associate Managing Director, Cleveland Play House

Thea DeRosa Cerra
Executive Director, Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank

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
Regional Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio

Judy Williams
Principal, Williams and Associates



Directors Emeriti
Margaret Bernstein
Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, WKYC

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