Executive Director Message

Welcome Dr. Trista Warren 

The Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF), established as a nonprofit organization over 30 years ago to provide services to high school students in Lake, Geauga, Portage, and eastern Cuyahoga counties, is pleased Dr Trista Warrento announce the confirmation of Dr. Trista Warren as its new Executive Director.

Beginning on March 15th, Dr. Warren succeeds Dave Munson and will guide the organization on its mission to deliver career and college access advisory programs that connect individuals to their best-fit careers.

Dr. Warren brings over 25 years of leadership experience in education and related fields. She has proven experience inspiring students navigating the education and career process beyond high school through the work of her educational consulting business, her experience as the founding Superintendent of iSTEM, as the Director of Curriculum and Innovation while with the Geauga County Educational Service Center, as a Graduate Instructor at Ashland University, as a Principal of Newbury Junior-Senior High School, and as Assistant Principal for Willoughby South High School.

Dr. Warren shared, “My passions are in direct correlation to serve in this role as LEAF’s Executive Director. I want kids to find their passions. So, I’ve dedicated my life and professional experiences to help kids achieve their dreams. I will do my best to continue to develop LEAF’s strong tradition for that purpose.”

LEAF Board President, Bob Malinowski commented, “Dave Munson has done an excellent job over the past five years keeping LEAF focused on its core mission, improving our service offerings, and establishing a well-organized and efficient organizational structure. LEAF is far better off because of Dave’s leadership and we wish him the best in his retirement.” Mr. Malinowski continued, “And so as we looked to the next chapter of LEAF, it was important to find someone who can build on the foundation Dave built, someone with strong ties to the education and business community and is passionate about helping kids and families in our community realize their dreams after high school. Dr. Warren checked all those boxes and then some.”

Dr. Warren earned her doctorate with Aspen University; her Ed.S in Educational Leadership, along with a Superintendent’s License and Master in Administration from Cleveland State; a Master in Curriculum and Instructional Design from Marygrove College; a Bachelor in Education and in English from Cleveland State; and a Bachelor in Social Science from Lake Erie College. Trista and her husband Michael live in Madison with their two adult children, Dilan and Autumn, and their dog Mugsy.

Established as a 501(c)3 by a small group of concerned community leaders, LEAF has been serving the students and parents in Lake, Geauga, and portions of Cuyahoga and Portage counties for more than 30 years. LEAF Advisors, through contracts with local high schools, provide students and their families college access and career guidance services in school and through the LEAF Resource Center. College and career advising includes choices towards four-year universities, community colleges, career technical programs, and the military.

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