Jane Csaszar, LEAF Advisor
Jane is a graduate of Grove City College with a BA in Business Administration. She enjoys working with students and families to help them understand the cost of post-secondary education. Being able to provide both college and career advising gives, Jane multiple resources to help students achieve their goals beyond high school.
Tessa Dicker, LEAF Advisor
Tessa Dicker is excited to join the Leaf Staff as an Advsior. She currently lives in Geauga County with her 3 children, husband and two dogs named 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.
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 toward success.
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.
Kim Greene, Manager 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.
Sandy Hanley, LEAF Advisor
Sandy grew up in northeast Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University. She has been through the college process with her own children and enjoys helping students and their families with their post-secondary options and financial aid. Sandy has been with LEAF since 2009 and has been an advisor at many area schools.
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.
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.
David Munson, Executive Director
David is back in northeast Ohio as Executive Director of Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) after three years as a Certified Project Lead the Way engineering and STEM teacher in Buckeye, Arizona. Prior to that, David was in the non-profit Resource Development field – two years as Director of Individual and Corporate Giving at the Great Lakes Science Center and eleven years as Vice President of Development at United Way of Lake County. In those years, he was responsible for raising over $20 million for those organizations.David graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry. He pursued this career for twenty years, travelling the country managing multi-million dollar environmental cleanup projects.
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 has become a big part of who she is today. Christina is very excited to join the Leaf Staff.
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.
Our Board of Directors
LEAF’s Board of Directors is committed to the organization’s mission and serves as its ambassadors in the community. The common theme of their passion is that they want to help students further their education and ultimately return to Lake and Geauga Counties as caring and productive citizens.
|Board Member||Board Title||Years of Service||Title||Workplace|
|Craig Ghidotti||Board President||5 years||Vice President, Human Resource||Lake Health Systems|
|Robert Malinowski||Board Vice President||4 years||AmTrust|
|Margaret Stehlik||Member||6 years||Corporate Controller||MUM Industries|
|Keith Hohman||Member||2 years||Director Pricing – North America||Eaton Corporation|
|The Honorable Mark J. Bartolotta||Member||5 years||Judge||Lake County Probate Court|
|Amy Capitena-duFour||Member||2 years||Director, Global Compensation and Benefits||Swagelok Company|
|Matthew Galemmo||Member||12 years||Executive Director, retired||Geauga County Educational Service Center|
|Jacqueline Hoynes, PhD||Member||2 years||Superintendent||Newbury School District|
|Benjamin Huck||Member||2 years||Manager, Design Engineering||FirstEnergy Corp|
|Linda Mangosh||Member||2 years||Vice President Operations||UH Seidman Cancer Center|
|Nicki Burr||Member||Current||Plant Controller||Lubrizol|
|Hallie Pallante, CPA||Board Treasurer||3 years||Assurance Supervisor||RSM US LLP|
|Anthony Podojil, Ph.D.||Member||15 years||Executive Director||Alliance for High Quality Education|
|Ronald Taton||Member||1 year||President||Intellinet|
|Cindy Robinson||Member||2 years||Coordinator – College Credit Plus||Kent State University – Geauga Campus|
|Mary Jane Sanders||Member||16 years||Community Relations Coordinator||The Lubrizol Corporation|
|Dione DeMitro||Non-Voting Member||1 year||Director for the Nonprofit and Public Service Center||Lakeland Community College|