LEAF Staff

Dr. Trista Warren, Executive Director                 twarren@leaf-ohio.org

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.

Tessa Dicker, LEAF Advisor

Tessa Dicker is excited to join the Leaf Staff as an Advisor.  She currently lives in Geauga County with her 3 children, husband, and their two dogs Phoebe and Stella.  Tessa has a B.A. in fine arts from Washington State University, specializing in photography.  Tessa also has a Montessori teaching certification for ages 3-6.  Her last four years have been spent working as an Admissions Director.  She also teaches photography at the Valley Arts Center.  Tessa looks forward to helping students and their families understand their post-secondary, financial aid, and scholarship options.

Jeff Forman, LEAF Advisor

Jeff received his undergraduate degree and ED.S from Kent State University but is also an alumnus of John Carroll University with a Masters of Arts in Secondary High School Principal Studies.  He finds assisting students and families make sound decisions in choosing affordable college options extremely rewarding and believes college access is extremely important in today’s financial environment.

Mary Lynn Dixon, LEAF Advisor

Mary Lynn has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lake Erie College and a Master of Public Administration from Cleveland State University. Mary Lynn has previous experience working with youth and adults within the areas of social service, mental health, and in a collegiate environment. She enjoys assisting and encouraging others in their pursuit of success.

Kim Greene, Director of Advisory Services

Kim graduated from The College of Wooster where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Kim has been an advisor since 2005 and she finds it very rewarding helping students and parents make their post-secondary choices and understand funding options.

Kaitlin Hardesty, LEAF Advisor

Kaitlin graduated from Lakeland Community College in 2017 with her Associates of Arts and Science. She is currently a student at Kent State University and will be graduating with a degree in hospitality Management in Spring 2021! She is excited to be helping high school seniors take the next leap in their lives!                

Renee Morgan, LEAF Advisor

Renee graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and completed a master’s degree in Education with a specialization in School Counseling at John Carroll University. She previously worked at General Electric in finance and marketing before pursuing a career in college admissions and financial aid counseling.

Stephanie Kubec, LEAF Advisor/Scholarship Manager

Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Akron and has been a LEAF advisor since 2010.  Prior to joining LEAF, she was the GEAR UP Program Director for ACCESS Ashtabula, a college access program in Ashtabula County. In addition to being a LEAF advisor, Stephanie is also the LEAF Scholarship Manager and handles all LEAF and Community scholarships.

Cheryl Suszynski, LEAF Advisor

Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from John Carroll University and earned her Master of Education degree with a specialization in counseling at Kent State University. She finds it very rewarding to provide families with the resources and assistance needed to be successful after high school.

Christina Muha, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper

Christina studied Early Childhood Education and Office Administration at Columbus State.  She has 20 years of experience as a Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant.  Her countless hours of volunteering in her community, like serving as Treasurer for non-profit Music Mentors, have become a big part of who she is today.  Christina is very excited to join the Leaf Staff.

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