Andrew Mangels, Board Presidentandrewmangels@connectingforkids.org
Andrew Mangels has been the Director of Westlake Porter Public Library for the past ten years. Andrew, his wife Christine and three children – Alex, Emma and Sarah - moved to Westlake in 2007 from Kansas City, Missouri. After arriving in Westlake, Andrew has become involved and engaged in many community activities and organizations such as Celebrate Westlake, Kiwanis, Rotary, Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the School Board to name a few. Andrew has served on the Board of Connecting for Kids for four years. As a librarian, one of his proudest professional accomplishments is Porter Public Library's partnership with Connecting for Kids.
Chris Chambers, MEd, OTR/L, Vice President
My passion is working with children. I have been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for the past 25 years. I treat from a Sensory Integrative, play-based approach which means my "work day" is all about being creative and having fun. The children that I work are exciting and energetic; they keep me hopping and teach me something new every day. I am never bored! I am also blessed to have a wonderful husband and 2 amazing teenagers. We like to be outdoors as much as possible: taking walks, bike rides, hiking, swimming, camping, having campfires and just enjoying our life together. I am so excited to be a part of Connecting for Kids. They do such a wonderful job of helping families meet new friends and find fun community activities, as well as connect with much needed therapy/medical services.
Katy Bryan, PhD, Secretary
Katy Bryan is a special needs financial planner working with Skylight Financial Group. She received her BS in psychology and Neuroscience from Baldwin-Wallace and received her PhD from Kent State University where she studied Psychoneuroimmunology. During her studies, Katy worked with autistic children providing ABA therapy and also conducted basic science research examining the influence of stress on the immune system, learning and PTSD. Katy now works with families who have children or adult loved ones with special needs to build strategies and lifecare planning for their families. Katy continues to work with non-profits to help children find residential housing as they transition into adulthood. She also mentors and serves as the chair for fundraising to help victims of human trafficking in Northeast Ohio. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their two boys.
Rebecca Baker, CPA
Rebecca Baker is a Certified Public Accountant. She has a BSBA from The Ohio State University. For more than 10 years, Rebecca served non-profit organizations while working for a global accounting firm. She has served on various non-profit boards of directors and finance committees. She and her husband have two children, a boy and a girl. In her free time she enjoys being with her family, golfing, reading and running!
Alaka Chandurkar, MD
Dr. Chandurkar has been a general pediatrician on the west side of Cleveland since 1986 and is interested in parent education as well as teaching children importance of healthy body and healthy mind. She and her husband of 45 years, Dr. Sudhakar Chandurkar, have one son, Dr. Rohit Chandurkar, one daughter, Menaka Chandurkar, and three grandchildren.
Heather Dukes-Murray, PhD
Heather is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and learning disorders. She has been working in the mental health field with children and families for 14 years. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Georgia. She completed an internship and post-doctoral training in childhood depression, community mental health, psychological assessment and autism spectrum disorders. Heather adores her job as she gets to meet amazing children and families, as well as generally have fun on a daily basis! Outside of work, Heather spends time with her husband and four children doing parenting things. Heather believes in the mission and goals of Connecting for Kids and is proud to be a board member and support this organization.
Tish Henry, MEd
Tish has been in education for 26 years. She received her bachelors degree from Kent State University in Elementary Education. She then went on to get her special education license and her Masters Degree in School Counseling from Cleveland State. Tish has taught at all grade levels in both regular and special education. Currently, she works as a school counselor at Lincoln West High School in Cleveland. Tish lives in Westlake with her husband and two children.
Ryan Kilbane is a commercial banker at KeyBank. He works with middle market businesses in Northeastern Ohio, including manufacturing, distribution, service and non-profit companies. A native Clevelander, Ryan and his family live on the west side. In his free time, Ryan is an avid runner, golfer and reader.
Greg Lee obtained his bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. Greg lives in Lakewood with his wife and son. In his free time he enjoys writing and performing original music. Greg is very excited to join the Connecting For Kids board to help support an impactful organization.
Emily Mahoney, CPA
Emily currently serves as Director of Reporting and Analytics at Forest City Realty Trust. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has more than 15 years of experience in finance and information technology. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University and an Emotionally Intelligent Leader Certificate from the Executive Education Program of the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. Emily lives in Westlake with her husband, Mike, and their three, small children. In her free time, she enjoys being with her children and hiking in the Cleveland Metroparks with her dog. She will serve on the Connecting for Kids Finance Committee.
Niccole McEwen is a parent of two children.
Stephanie McNamara, Esq.
Stephanie McNamara has a BA in International Relations from Boston University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She is a Guardian Ad Litem with Voices for Children, Lorain County’s CASA program. Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors of Game On and is active at Westlake United Methodist Church. She lives in Bay Village with her husband, Mickey, and her two children. She is also a parent match for Connecting for Kids.
Bonnie McNee, Esq.
Bonnie is an Associate at BakerHostetler. She holds a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Suffolk University. In the past, Bonnie has worked directly with children in positions at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club, East Boston Head Start (through Jumpstart AmeriCorps), and the Wilton CT YMCA. During law school, Bonnie volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland. She currently resides in Cleveland Heights with boyfriend Brendan and cat Taco. Bonnie enjoys running, hiking, and tennis. She will serve on the Connecting for Kids Small Fundraisers Committee and hopes to reach out to young professionals in the area.
A.J. is a Senior Manager of global sourcing at Invacare Corporation. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University where he received his MBA and also from Youngstown State University where he earned his BSBA in International Business. A.J. resides in Rocky River with his wife Stacy who is also actively involved with Connecting for Kids and Autism research. They have two sons together, Colin and Brendan. A.J. is also a certified ski instructor through PSIA and focuses his time on teaching children to ski including children with cognitive disabilities.
Kathy Nash, MEd
Kathy Nash received her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her graduate degree at Cleveland State University. She started her teaching career in Sugar Grove, Ohio working with children with special needs in 5th-9th grade. Kathy has also worked with children with a variety of needs in the Berne Union City Schools (Grades 1-6) and Elyria City Schools (2nd and 3rd grade, 1st-3rd grade and preschool). For the past 16 years, Kathy has been a teacher in a Center Based Preschool Program at Hilliard Elementary in the Westlake City School System. Kathy was honored as a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar in 2005. When Kathy is not at school she enjoys spending time with family and friends and walking in the Metroparks with her dog.
Corri North is the Director of Global Sales Enablement at Hyland Software. She has been with the company since 2003. She received her bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management Information System from Ohio University. Corri lives in Avon Lake with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid runner and helps coach the St. Raphael cross country team. "I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Connecting for Kids. It is a wonderful organization that provides such valuable resources and programs for families and for all children," said North.
Kim Riley, Esq.
Kim Riley is an attorney with Montgomery Jonson, LLP, She has a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. Kim’s practice focuses on employment law, civil rights, and legal ethics. She and her husband, Devlin, are the parents of four children. Their youngest child was one of the first beneficiaries of Connecting For Kids’ programs.
Kristi is a Senior Account Manager at Falls, a Marketing, Communications and Digital firm located in downtown Cleveland. She received her bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and Marketing Promotion from Miami University. Kristi lives in Avon with her husband Patrick and sons, Ryan and Aidan. During the winter months, you'll find Kristi and her family either playing or watching sports; while summers their time is spent at Catawba boating on Lake Erie. "Being a parent is overwhelming - especially navigating the pressures and influences of today's society. I was so excited to find Connecting for Kids to help unite with other parents to learn and share experiences and resources to do what's best for our kids and our families."
Eliana (Ellie) Turan is a vibrant denizen of Greater Cleveland’s civic community. Ellie started her career as a Forward Observer in the U.S. Army. While serving in the 101st Airborne and several other units, she survived the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell era, along with three deployments. After transitioning into civilian life, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She later worked in print and broadcast for outlets such as Cleveland Magazine, Lake Erie Living, The Dayton Daily News, and the South Korean Educational Broadcasting System. Later, Eliana earned an MBA in Finance and practiced in both the marketing and financial sectors before eventually moving toward nonprofit. She is currently serving as the associate director of community campaigns at United Way of Greater Cleveland. When she’s not working, Eliana stays busy as a Ph.D. candidate who is researching emergent Fintech. She also loves running, weightlifting, practicing yoga, making time for loved ones, and writing her first fiction novel.