Connecting for Kids

Concerned about
your child?

...we can help


Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director
Sarah is the founder and Executive Director of Connecting for Kids. She has an MBA from University of Chicago in Finance and Strategic Management. She was a management consultant for The Boston Consulting Group and a Product Manager for Progressive Insurance Company before becoming a stay-at-home mother of two adorable boys. She loves reading and is passionate about exercising, ice cream and outwitting her husband at board games.

Laurie Demchak, MA, CCC-SLP, Assistant Program Manager
Laurie is a speech-language pathologist and responsible for the childcare room. She has a BS in Speech and Hearing from Elmira College and an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from The Ohio State University. She has worked in elementary, middle, and high school settings and provided outpatient pediatric services at the Cleveland Clinic for over 10 years. She and her husband have two boys and two girls. She enjoys watching movies, baking and eating cookies, and celebrating birthdays!

Jennifer Nieves, Project Coordinator
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!

Paula C. Papp, M.A.Ed., Early Childhood and Special Education Consultant
Paula attended Slippery Rock University earning a BS in Elementary and Special Education. She has a MA in Reading Instruction from Baldwin Wallace College, where she focused her studies on early literacy development. Committed to being a "life-long learner," Paula has continued to take classes and attend trainings throughout her 36 year long career. She retired in 2012 from Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Paula is excited to be working with Connecting for Kids so she can continue to foster young children's development in cooperation with families, other professionals, and the greater community.  At home in her "empty nest," Paula enjoys trying new recipes with her husband, exercising her setters, and cuddling up with her pug and a good book.

Lorilynn Wolf, Newsletter Editor and Public Relations Officer
Lorilynn Wolf serves as the editor of The Monthly Connect, the Connecting for Kids email newsletter.  She also handles the publicity for the organization's programs and is responsible for updating the Connecting for Kids website.  Lorilynn holds a bachelors of arts degree in Communications from Valparaiso University.  For the past five years, she has served as a part-time marketing coordinator for Cornerstone Among Women. Before becoming a mom, Lorilynn spent 15 years in full-time public-relations work, most recently serving as a Senior Account Supervisor with Falls Communications. Lorilynn and her husband, Dennis, have two boys.

Kim Wylie, CPA, Treasurer
Kim has her BA in Management with a concentration in Accounting from Wittenberg University.  She earned her CPA while working at Ernst & Young LLP.  Kim worked in Internal Audit for the Scott Fetzer Company prior to coming to American Greetings Corporation where she is an Accounting Supervisor in the Enterprise Accounting Department.  Kim is also on the Associate Board for the Foundation for Retinal Research.  When not at her "day" job, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.


Sarah Elashram, Awesome Intern
Sarah is a senior at John Carroll University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Her job responsibilities with Connecting for Kids will include drafting and conducting surveys of our families to assist us in designing a more effective program. She will also be providing support in our childcare room. In addition to working with our organization, Sarah will be interning for Dr. Barlow.

Sarah is excited to assist Connecting for Kids families with their child’s ongoing development. She enjoys keeping herself busy and being active. She loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Karla Fitch, Webmaster & Social Media
Along with developing our How-To and Resource Guides, Karla is responsible for the care and feeding of our website. She also helps out with posting to our social media outlets and loves tracking down obscure bits of information that could help another parent.

Karla has a Masters in Technical Communication from Miami University and spent a good chunk of time designing web applications for a Fortune 500 before finding her true calling as a mom. Karla also enjoys learning new things, organizing all the things and crocheting.

Sarah Rintamaki, Laurie Demchak, Beth Nussle and Kim Wylie's photographs were generously donated by Studio South Photography
1-440-250-5563 P.O. Box 45372, Westlake, OH 44145

Website proudly sponsored by Hyland Software

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software