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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, M.A., 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, M.T.S.C., Webmaster & Social Media Manager


Karla is responsible for the care and feeding of our website and print design work for CFK. She also manages 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.

Chelsea Girgash, M.A., SLP-CF, Child Care Leader

Chelsea is a Speech-Language Pathologist and the CFK childcare lead. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Wright State University and an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Cleveland State University. Chelsea currently works at Strongsville City Schools delivering speech and language services to students in preschool, middle school and high school. She enjoys exercising, playing and coaching tennis as well as volunteering at her church.

Neysa McKenney, M.A., CCC-SLP, Teach Me to Play Toddler Program Leader


Neysa is a Speech-Language Pathologist with a MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Cleveland State University. Neysa recently retired from the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, where for the last 30 years has worked with children of all ages and stages of development. This work has allowed her to practice in a variety of settings including classroom, community, clinic and family homes. eysa and her husband have 2 adult children and 2 dogs. Hobbies include gardening, refinishing furniture, volunteering at the county animal shelter, exercising and collecting antiques.

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.

Paula C. Papp, M.A.Ed., Early Childhood/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. In 2012, Paula retired from Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She is excited to be working for Connecting for Kids so that she can continue to foster young children's learning in cooperation with families, other professionals, and the greater community. At home, Paula enjoys visits with her granddaughter, exercising her setters, and cuddling up with a good book.

Lorilynn Wolf, Communications Director


As Communications Director, Lorilynn Wolf is responsible for handling all publicity for the organization, creating The Monthly Connect newsletter, and serving on the fundraising team.  Lorilynn holds a bachelors of arts degree in Communications from Valparaiso University and spent 15 years doing full-time public relations work, most recently as a Senior Account Supervisor with Falls Communications in Cleveland. While there, she handed a wide variety of consumer, industrial and nonprofit accounts including Lincoln Electric, Moen, Dutch Boy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland, Arthritis Foundation of Northeastern Ohio and Ave Maria School of Law. Lorilynn and her husband, Dennis, have two boys.

Kim Wylie, C.P.A., Treasurer


Kim is responsible for CFK's finances. 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 oversees the social expression division general accounting department. Kim is also active with the Foundation Fighting Blindness. When not at her "day" job, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

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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