Board of Directors

Andrew Mangels, Board President (andrewmangels@connectingforkids.org)

Andrew Mangels has been the Director of Westlake Porter Public Library for the past ten years. Andrew, his wife Christine and three children – Alex, Emma and Sarah - moved to Westlake in 2007 from Kansas City, Missouri. After arriving in Westlake, Andrew has become involved and engaged in many community activities and organizations such as Celebrate Westlake, Kiwanis, Rotary, Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the School Board to name a few. Andrew has served on the Board of Connecting for Kids for four years. As a librarian, one of his proudest professional accomplishments is Porter Public Library's partnership with Connecting for Kids.

Jeremy Fow, Co-Vice President

Jeremy Fow has been with The Sherwin Williams Company for 20 years and is the district manager for Northeast Ohio. He graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in government and earned an MBA at The Citadel. Jeremy currently serves on the board for The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). He has also served on the executive and community engagement committees for NARI. He is excited to support Connecting for Kids as a board member with his fundraising and community affairs experience.

Laura Fow, Co-Vice President

Laura Fow received A BS from The College of William and Mary and an MS from the School of Public Health, UNC Chapel Hill. Due to the needs of her two children, Laura has years of research and experience in designing diet and other immune-enhancing practices to counteract the developmental delays that her children experienced. In addition, Laura has assisted other families in addressing these similar needs for their children.

Katy Bryan, PhD, Secretary

Katy Bryan is a special needs financial planner working with Skylight Financial Group. She received her BS in psychology and Neuroscience from Baldwin-Wallace and received her PhD from Kent State University where she studied Psychoneuroimmunology. During her studies, Katy worked with autistic children providing ABA therapy and also conducted basic science research examining the influence of stress on the immune system, learning and PTSD. Katy now works with families who have children or adult loved ones with special needs to build strategies and lifecare planning for their families. Katy continues to work with non-profits to help children find residential housing as they transition into adulthood. She also mentors and serves as the chair for fundraising to help victims of human trafficking in Northeast Ohio. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their two boys.

Rebecca Baker, CPA, Board Treasurer

Rebecca Baker is a Certified Public Accountant. She has a BSBA from The Ohio State University. For more than 10 years, Rebecca served non-profit organizations while working for a global accounting firm. She has served on various non-profit boards of directors and finance committees. She and her husband have two children, a boy and a girl. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, golfing, reading and running!

Meghan Barlow, PhD

Meghan Barlow is a pediatric psychologist with a specialty focus in the assessment and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, behavioral concerns, Depression, developmental issues and chronic medical problems. She earned a BA in Psychology from Denison University in 2000 and a PhD in 2006 from Kent State University. She completed a fellowship in pediatric psychology at the Cleveland Clinic. Working closely with colleagues, she developed a program for the primary care pediatricians at the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic whereby parents and pediatricians could have almost immediate and convenient access to a psychological consultation for a concern or question regarding a child or adolescent’s emotions, behavior or development. She was hired as a member of the medical staff to continue this important service. She decided to open Meghan Barlow & Associates in an effort to provide families with timely, private, and convenient access to a variety of psychological services within their community.

Christina Brown

Christina Brown received her bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Miami University and her master’s degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University. She has been employed in a myriad of human resources positions for the past 15 years in the public sector. Currently, she is the Labor Relations Manager for the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Christina and her husband, G.O., have 2 children: a boy and a girl.

Andrea Campesino

Andrea Campesino and her husband, Mark Aguiar, are the parents of two children. Andrea also serves as our parent match for area Latino families.

Chris Fitch

Chris Fitch holds a BA in Chemistry (Akron), a BS in Computer Science (Akron) and an MBA from Lake Erie College. He is currently an IT Manager for Parker Hannifin's Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division, where he oversees the division's web, mainframe and technology infrastructure. As a staff-level member of the Wheel and Brake team, Chris also participates in the daily workings of the business - from helping with long-term planning to ensuring business strategy is on target with the division's operations. Chris and his wife, Karla, have one child of their own and enjoy serving as host parents for foreign exchange students.

Christie Kimbler, MEd

Christie Kimbler is an Early Childhood Behavior/ Curriculum Intervention Specialist for the Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities. She has a degree in Speech Language Pathology and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction for the Multiple Handicapped. She also has a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education. She is trained in the P.L.A.Y. project and the IABA (Institute of Applied Behavior Analysis) for Functional Behavior Assessments. Christie also offers private behavioral consulting for families not eligible for Cuyahoga County Board services. She is married and has two children: a boy and a girl.

Teri LaGuardia, OTR/L

Teri LaGuardia received her undergraduate degree in psychology as well as her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Cleveland State University. She is currently the occupational therapist for Westlake City Schools, working with children in preschool through high school. She is also involved in a research project promoting children’s positive mental health in the school setting. The project is led by Sue Bazyk, professor in the occupational therapy program at Cleveland State University and is funded by the Office of Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education. Outside of school, Teri enjoys time with her husband and two teenage sons.

Niccole McEwen

Niccole McEwen is a parent of two children.

Kathy Nash, MEd

Kathy Nash received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her graduate degree at Cleveland State University. She started her teaching career in Sugar Grove, Ohio working with children with special needs in 5th-9th grade. Kathy has also worked with children with a variety of needs in the Berne Union City Schools (Grades 1-6) and Elyria City Schools (2nd and 3rd grade, 1st-3rd grade and preschool). For the past 12 years, Kathy has been a teacher in a Center Based Preschool Program at Hilliard Elementary in the Westlake City School System. Kathy was honored as a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar in 2005. When Kathy is not at school she enjoys spending time with family and friends and walking in the Metroparks with her dog.

Kim Riley, Esq

Kim Riley is a parent of four children.

Katie Schulz, MEd, MA

Katie Schulz holds a bachelors in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton, a masters in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement from Rockford College and a masters in Administration from Cleveland State. Katie lives with her husband, Tim, and two sons. Their hobbies include school and sporting events, annual road trips, their church and mission work.

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Phone: 1-440-250-5563
Email: info@connectingforkids.org


P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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