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Who We Are

Who We Are

Board of Directors


The SC4K Board of Directors consists of corporate and community leaders devoted to improving the lives of children in Greater Cleveland. The Board of Directors defines the organization’s mission, values and vision by engaging in short and long-term planning for the organization. The board monitors fiscal management of the organization and maintains accountability to SC4K's funders and donors by reviewing and approving the annual budget, major program plans and organizational policies. Its members ensure the staff has the resources necessary to operate effectively. The Board actively represents the organization to the public, especially to current and potential financial supporters. The board also serves as a voice for the distribution partners and individuals in the community that are served by SC4K. On a personal level, each board member participates actively in board meetings and volunteers on at least one board committee. Board members also make a personal donation to the organization.

Theresa C. Bishop*
Life Director

Gerald Broski*

Stephanie Burris
Marcus Thomas

R. Michael Cole*
Development Co-Chair
Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Jill M. Czerniak
The Millennia Companies

Candice Dempsey
UPS

Brendan Doyle
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office - Civil Division 

Rocky Ewell*
Life Director
U.S. Bank 

Laurie Forbush
PolyOne

Karen Fox*
Product & Services
Co-Chair
Cleveland Indians

Jeffrey Galla*
Product & Services
Co-Chair
Sherwin Williams

vic gelb*
Life Director

Wesley Gillespie
US Bank

Craig Gutridge*
Finance Committee Co-Chair
Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Matt Hawes
The Cleveland Metroparks

Kathy Hirko
KAZ Company

Jennifer Horn
Mansour Gavin LPA 

Courtenay Youngblood Jalics
Tucker Ellis LLP 

Tracy A. Jemison, II*
Chair
Glenmede

Rob Johannesson
Eaton Corp

Jeffrey J. Kavlick
MorelandConnect

Kevin Kearney*
Aramark

Allan C. Krulak*
Chair Emeritus

Steven Larson
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA 

A. Lamont Mackley*
Governance Co-Chair
JumpStart, Inc.

Linda Mangosh*
Human Resources Co-Chair
UH Seidman Cancer Center

Ronald J. Marcin*
Finance Co-Chair
KPMG, LLP

James L. Mason*
Retired - Eaton

Ty C. McBee
Dominion Energy Ohio

Sarah K. Melamed*
SK Melamed, LLC

Thomas Neumann
Cleveland Clinic

Elizabeth Nici*
Secretary
Gusto Designs, LLC

Laura Passerallo*
Treasurer
Fifth Third Bank

James Petsock
Retired - UPS

Joseph G. Podach

Hallie Rich*
Development Co-Chair
Cuyahoga County
Public Library

Karla M. Rogers
Calfee, Halter & Girswold LLP

Dennis R. Rose*
Vice Chair
Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP

Kelly Rudloff*
Governance Co-Chair

Patty Shipacasse
Hyland, creator of OnBase 

Alan Silverman*
Dunn Hardware

Scott Simon*
Life Director
North Pointe Realty, Inc.

Terry Uhl*
Life Director/Executive Director

Brian Vulpitta
Retired - ShurTech Brands, LLC

Thomas Wearsch
Jones Day 

Chalana Williams
First Federal Lakewood

Warren L. Wolfson
WLW Management

Elissa Wuliger

Joe Yonadi*
Human Resources Chair
Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff

*Denotes Executive Committee as of 01/01/18

Associate Board


The Associate Board is a group of dedicated young professional volunteers who generate awareness and funds to support the work of Shoes and Clothes for Kids. By engaging our peers in events and activities that develop a link to Shoes and Clothes for Kids, we’re helping to ensure the viability of the organization now and in the future. One of the benefits of a group like the Associate Board is that it helps develop future philanthropic community leaders as well.

Founded in 2005, the Associate Board accomplishes its work by engaging its members and volunteers on project teams that coordinate volunteer recruitment & retention, fundraisers and other events and communications activities.

Robert Avila
Cleveland Indians

Meredith Berthelot
PNC

Michelle B. Block
University Hospitals Health System

Melissa Brown
Brandmuscle

Kristen Burnside
Arthritis Foundation

Meghan Dolney
Marriott

Kelly Fortune
Aramark

Lottie Gray
Recovery Resources

Rachelle Gray
Third Federal Savings

Joe Hamlin
Cleveland Browns

Britney Huffman
KeyBank

Jessica Jacobson
Aramark

Bridget Kakos
Cleveland Browns

Neeley Klubert
USI Insurance Services

Alison Lamirand
UPS

Steve Larson
Co-Chair
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA

Annie Lyons
PwC

Christina Marino
Tucker Ellis, LLP

Jessica Miller
PR 20/20

Abby O'Brien
Medical Mutual of Ohio

Alexander Schauer
Schauer Group, Inc.

Carolyn Sekerak
KHM Travel Group

Rae Stewart
Deloitte

Hali Strub
Brandmuscle

Kelly Sweeney
Deloitte

Melissa Trzaska
Co-Chair
American Greetings

Courtney Zeffer
State Farm

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Distribution Partners


SC4K works with a network of social service agencies in Greater Cleveland strategically located in Greater Cleveland in areas with the greatest need. Customers receive SC4K product directly from our Distribution Partners. Distribution Partners pick up boxes of clothing and Payless shoe gift cards directly from our warehouse. Partners then schedule a distribution(s) at their site, meet with customers to determine eligibility, distribute our product and enter the documentation into the SC4K online extranet program. The average distribution for clothing is valued at $350,000.00 and the average distribution of Payless gift cards is valued at approximately $26,000.00. 

SC4K does not charge its Distribution Partners or its recipients any product or services. 

Beyond serving the basic needs of thousands of deserving children, SC4K serves as a change agent for area families living in poverty. By providing new clothes and shoe gift cards through our Distribution Partner network, we can connect these families with other important programs and services working to improve and enrich their lives. These programs include food pantries, GED education programs, resale shops, job placement, Head Start, daycare, immunization, etc. 

Bethany Baptist Church

Boys & Girls Club - Broadway Club

Boys & Girls Club - King Kennedy Club

Boys & Girls Club - Walton Club

Catholic Charities Head Start - Rainbow Terrace

Catholic Charities Head Start - Riverside

Catholic Charities Head Start - St. Ignatius

East Cleveland Neighborhood Center

Murtis H. Taylor - East Cleveland

Murtis H. Taylor - Garfield Heights

Murtis H. Taylor - Mt Pleasant

New Sardis Primitive Baptist Church

St. Martin de Porres Family Center

University Settlement

William E. Sanders Family Life Center

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Volunteers


With a small professional staff, volunteers are critical to the operation of Shoes and Clothes for Kids. Without volunteers, we would be unable to sort, pack and distribute 2.3 million dollars worth of brand new shoes and clothes to thousands of children annually.

Volunteers also play an important role in governing the organization on our board, advisory board and associate board, helping in the office, and assisting with all aspects of our special events.

Interested in joining our team? Fill out our volunteer application today! 

Volunteer Form

Staff

Christina Kaplan, Finance and Administrative Coordinator
ckaplan@sc4k.org
(216) 881-7463 ext. 7

Christina started as the SC4K bookkeeper in March of 2017. She has since been promoted to the Finance and Administrative Coordinator where she handles the day to day finances and keeps the office running smoothly. Christina’s background includes studying accounting at the University of Akron and more than 15 years in accounting and administrative roles. She also runs the finance department of her family’s business.

Christina lives in Strongsville with her husband and two young children. They enjoy cheering on the Cavs, Browns, and Indians. She is highly involved in a couple local charities. They also enjoy traveling especially to the beaches of South Carolina and Disney World. Her favorite shoes are slip on sandals which combine style and comfort.

Jennifer Kelsch, Director of Finance
jkelsch@sc4k.org
(216) 881-7463 ext. 9

Jennifer started providing accounting services to SC4K in November 2009. She established her accounting practice in 2007 to service organizations that need a combination of day-to-day guidance on financial matters, financial statement preparation, and assistance with implementing long-term organizational objectives. Her prior work experience includes working in public accounting at national, regional and local firms in the Greater Cleveland Area. Her current list of clients includes private foundations, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Jennifer and husband have two teenage daughters and live in Avon Lake. In her spare time she enjoys traveling anywhere warm, cooking, cheering on the Cavs (LETS GO CAVS) and watching her girls play volleyball and lacrosse.

Her favorite shoes are high heels because they are pretty and empowering. New shoes make her smile, which is one of the reasons she loves the mission of SC4K... confidence can be contagious.

 

Monica Lloyd, Director of Programs – Shoes and Clothes for Kids
mlloyd@sc4k.org
(216) 881-7463 extension 6

Monica joined SC4K in April 2010 and as Director of Programs she coordinates the packing and distribution of the new clothes purchased by SC4K and stored at the warehouse. Monica is also the liaison with our distribution partners; providing regular communication, routine site visits, and overseeing the partner documentation process. In addition, Monica manages several development activities including donor processing and receipting and event registration.

Previously, Monica has worked and volunteered for many nonprofit organizations including: Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Community Shares, Hospice of the Western Reserve, United Church of Christ's Child Sponsorship and One Great Hour of Sharing, and The Gathering Place.

Monica loves to travel and explore new places. Being such a huge NBA fan, Monica has attended games in 26 of 30 NBA arenas. When she is not traveling she enjoys board game nights with her family and her book club.

Slip-on shoes suit Monica best since she has to change her shoes so often because she is always going back and forth from the office to the warehouse.

 

Jane Pavlac, Database and Social Media Manager
jane@clevelandkidsinneed.org
(216) 361-0840

After volunteering at Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center, Jane joined the full time staff in March 2014 to manage the growing number of teachers and account databases as well as the social media accounts. She spends most of her time helping teachers and schools behind the scenes and keeping the databases up to date.

Previously Jane has worked as a Kindergarten Teacher and has Volunteered with non-profits such as, Reach out and Read and Ohio Guidestone. She also was a Big Sister for Big Brothers and Big Sisters for eight years.

As the eldest of six, Jane started to read and collect old books and now owns over 2,000 classic copies alone. It is a dream of hers to have a library in her home one day that will be suitable to have a ladder with wheels, like you see in castles. She is also very fond of travel and adventure. Her travels can vary from two weeks overseas to a quick weekend getaway to see a ball game. One thing is for certain, though, wherever her travels take her, her shoes always need their own suitcase!

As a former teacher, Jane understands what it is like to spend hundreds of dollars a month on school supplies, without a salary to support it. She says the most rewarding part of her job is getting to see the teachers beam with gratitude and excitement for all of the supplies that they receive to make their classrooms a better place!

 

Emily Speer, Director of Development
espeer@sc4k.org
(216) 881-7463 extension 4

Emily joined the SC4K team in July 2015 as the Director of Development. She will be spending most of her time working to increase the amount of funding SC4K receives on an annual basis from individuals, foundations and corporate partners as well as providing oversight for our special events.

Prior to joining SC4K, Emily worked for many non-profits in the greater Cleveland area, including the Lakewood Hospital Foundation, MetroHealth, United Way and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame + Museum. Emily is a life-long Clevelander, currently residing on the west side. She enjoys traveling and has a goal of seeing all 50 states before she’s 50.

Emily’s friends and family would tell you that no one likes shoes more than she does, so it would be impossible to pick her favorite pair!

 

Kimberly Tegarty, Warehouse Coordinator
ktegarty@sc4k.org

Kim started as a volunteer with Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center and was hired as a part-time warehouse associate by Shoes and Clothes of Kids in January 2017. Because of her hard work, dedication, and attention to detail, she was promoted to full-time warehouse coordinator in January 2018.

She works closely with the Director of Programs and has the tough job of making sure all inventory is accurately counted and reported. On a daily basis, she makes sure the shelves at both of our warehouses are stocked with school and art supplies for our weekly teacher shops and uniforms, casual clothes, socks, and underwear to fill our weekly Browns Special Teams referrals.

She previously worked as a nurse for over 15 years and has experience with long-term and acute care rehab. She has volunteered with the Salvation Army, Christmas in July, feeding the homeless, and at animal shelters.

Kim has two daughters and enjoys watching her youngest ride horses at Outback Stables in Berea, where they both volunteer cleaning out stables and watering horses. She enjoys anything fun and adventurous with her daughters, including kayaking, hiking, water activities, and visiting the Cleveland Museum of Art.

When she’s not working or spending time with her daughters you can find her on her cozy sofa watching the History Channel and nature documentaries. Kim feels complete by helping friends, family, and the children that benefit from Shoes and Clothes for Kids programs.

Kim’s favorite shoes are flip flops because they are easy, flexible, comfortable, and make her feel free!

 

Terence J. Uhl, Executive Director
tuhl@sc4k.org
(216) 881-7463 extension 3

Terry is a long-time board member and former chair who started in this role January 2016. He is also owner and founder of The Uhl Group, a communications agency devoted to providing its clients outstanding public relations, advertising and business support services.

Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Landau Public Relations in Cleveland, where he helped direct the agency’s new business efforts and manages some of the firm’s key accounts. He is also publisher emeritus of The DD 214 Chronicle bi-monthly newspaper for Ohio military veterans. He formerly was Executive Director of Cleveland Today, Director of Corporate Communications for East Ohio Gas and Director of Public Information for the American Gas Association in Arlington, Virginia.

For the past 15 Memorial Day weekends, he has served as a judge in the Great American Rib Cook-off contest in Cleveland.

Terry and his wife Barbara have four adult daughters and live in Solon.

His favorite shoes? The hiking boots he bought before a recent trip to Alaska. While they didn’t get as much mileage on them in Denali National Park as he hoped, they have proven perfect for MetroParks hikes, Browns games, and snow blowing in epic Cleveland weather.

© SHOES AND CLOTHES FOR KIDS 2017