Board of Directors
The Board of Directors represents our community and includes parents, educators, healthcare professionals and county service providers.
Kathy Nash MEd, Board President
Kathy received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her graduate degree at Cleveland State University. Kathy 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 Keegan. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Andrea Campesino and Mark Aguiar, Board Vice-Presidents
Andrea Campesino and Mark Aguiar are the parents of two children. Andrea also serves as our Latino Parent Mentor.
Rebecca Baker CPA, Board Treasurer
Rebecca 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 board 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!
Jen Nieves, Board Secretary
Jennifer Nieves has dedicated the past decade to both administration and public management. She is also the proud mother of two very energetic boys. Jennifer attended the Culinary Institute of America and secured her Bachelor Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management as well as an Associate Degree in the Culinary Arts. Jennifer is responsible for marketing, part-time, at Menorah Park, a long-term care and rehabilitation facility. On weekends she runs the Child Watch program at the West Shore YMCA. She now owns and operates Grady's Fine Wines with her husband as well as Jennie Lynn’s Sweets, a gourmet bakery service. Jennifer has experienced firsthand the important community value of Connecting for Kids and is thrilled to be a part of its exciting future!
Meghan Barlow PhD
Meghan is a pediatric psychologist with a specialty focus in the assessment and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, 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 Dr. Meghan Barlow, LLC in an effort to provide families with timely, private, and convenient access to a variety of psychological services within their community.
Lisa Forshey MEd
Lisa is a first grade teacher in the Westlake City Schools. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Mild/Moderate Special Education Curriculum and Instruction. Lisa was honored as a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar in 2009. Lisa also serves on Game On's Board of Directors. Lisa and her husband, Dan, have three children. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends. Lisa is excited to be a part of Connecting for Kids.
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 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.
Andrew is the Director of Westlake Porter Public Library. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as well as a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Andrew and his family moved to Westlake in 2007 from Kansas City. After arriving in Westlake Andrew has become involved and engaged in many community activities such as Kiwanis, the Westlake Baseball League, and Westlake PTA. As a librarian, one of his proudest professional accomplishments is Porter Public Library's partnership with Connecting for Kids.
Niccole McEwen is a parent of two children.
Kim Riley is a parent of four children.
Brian Smith MEd
Brian is an Early Intervention Specialist in the Rocky River City Schools, carrying eight years of experience working with young children with special needs. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Ohio University as well as his Masters of Education from Cleveland State. As a special needs preschool teacher, Brian appreciates the opportunity to work with both students and their families in collaborating on ways to give their child a positive start to their education. Brian, his wife, and two young children live reside in Rocky River where he enjoys kayaking, graphic design, playing with his band, and above all else chasing his goofball kids around the house.
Lisa Forshey's photograph was generously donated by Studio South photography. www.studiosouthphoto.com