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, Program Director


Laurie is a speech-language pathologist and is CFK's Program Director. 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. She and her husband have two boys and two girls. She enjoys watching movies, baking and eating cookies, and celebrating birthdays!

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.

Julie Merda, Program Assistant


Julie Merda

Julie's background includes working as a substitute teacher and an in-home child care provider. In addition to her new position with CFK, Julie also serves as a substitute paraprofessional in the Berea City School District. Julie is the mother of two boys whose needs directed her to CFK's services. Along with other parents, Julie established a support group in her children's school district for parents of children with special needs.

Lorilynn Wolf, Communications Director


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.

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.

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.


Maureen Box, Special Projects

During the day, Maureen provides office management and executive assistant support for an IT technology firm. And at night, she follows the strict orders of 2 toddlers! She and her husband, Chris, enjoy finding ways to laugh through life. Maureen assists Connecting for Kids with Pinterest and miscellaneous projects that allow her to use all that useless Excel knowledge she has gained over the years.
Sarah Rintamaki, Laurie Demchak and Kim Wylie's photographs were generously donated by Studio South Photography.

Call or email:

Phone: 1-440-250-5563
Email: info@connectingforkids.org


P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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