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Arndt, Alissa
Community Outreach Specialist
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1118

Before joining the ESCWR, Alissa Arndt spent 9 years volunteering at her local elementary school helping students, teachers, and administrators. She also has been an active PTA member for 9 years as well. During this time she was raising 3 children. Before her children were born, she was a Respiratory Therapist working with children and adults who required oxygen, ventilators, or sleep aides in their homes. 

Glenn Bailey
Bailey, Glenn
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1119

Glenn Bailey, Jr. began his role as the STEAM Specialist for the ESC of the Western Reserve in August 2022 in addition to being an instructional specialist at iSTEM. His background as a dual certified visual art and education technology specialist in Houston, TX, as well as a career in non-profit arts education and community partnerships with the Kennedy Center, FotoFest International, and Young Audiences, has led to supporting PK-12 administrators, classroom educators, and students in redesigning our classrooms and reframing teaching and learning practices through transdisciplinary and project-based learning. His passion lies within the intersections of art, technology integration, and human-centered design and encourages spaces where inquiry and collaboration are paramount to achievement. Glenn holds a B.F.A in Digital Art from Bowling Green State University, a M.S in Arts Administration from Carnegie Mellon, and was a graduate of the PAST Foundation Fellowship and the Young Audiences and American Express Leadership Academies. 

Balmford, Mary
RESA & Lake Erie Wrap Around Coordinator
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1120
Wendy Bartolovich
Bartolovich, Wendy
Early Childhood Coordinator
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1124
Wendy Bartolovich started her position as Early Childhood Coordinator for the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve in August of 2023. She is passionate about serving children with special needs and supporting their families as they navigate the special education realm. Wendy strives to be a source of support for the families and staff she works with each day.

Wendy began her career in special education in 2006 after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Sciences from Kent State University. Graduating as an intervention specialist, she started her work in the field as a teacher of students with autism in Warren, Ohio. She continued her special education career transferring to Chardon Local Schools in 2008 where she served as an educator for students with varying degrees of disabilities for the next fifteen years.

Wendy earned a Master’s degree in Reading Specialization from Kent State University and holds a reading endorsement from the state of Ohio. She has completed coursework from The Ohio State University in the area of Visual Impairments while participating in a summer internship at The Ohio State School for the Blind. In May of 2023, Wendy earned her administrative degree from Youngstown State University and holds a principal license for students in preschool through sixth grade.

Berie, Amy
Human Resources/Payroll Specialist
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1768
Kenneth Bernacki
Bernacki, Kenneth
RemotEdx Regional Coordinator
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1130
Biggs, Katherine
Accounting Specialist
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1739
Brockway, Patricia
Attendance Officer
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1728
Teresa Brown
Brown, Teresa
Director of State Support Team 4
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1752

Dr. Brown has been a consultant with the State Support Team Region 4 since 2014. She earned her doctorate in Special Education from Kent State University with a focus on authentic assessment, inclusive practices, and promoting early literacy in special education programs. Dr. Brown has training and experience in working with individuals with disabilities from birth through age 21, and has consulted with programs to create high-quality inclusive environments.  Additionally, she serves on several workgroups and advisory groups with the Ohio Department of Education.

Debra Burke
Burke, Debra
Chief Operating Officer
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1727

Debra L. Burke PHR, SHRM-CP is the Chief Operating Officer of the Educational Service Center.  She is responsible for the oversight of all facets of human resources for the LCESC and supports member districts with human resources projects.  Additionally, Debra handles LCESC business agreements and contracts, information technology, and facility management. 

Debra began her career at Reliance Electric, a Rockwell Automation Company, responsible for payroll, the HRIS/Payroll systems and accounting functions.  She was employed at Cleveland Municipal School District for 8 year as an HR Manager responsible for compensation, staffing, licensure, EMIS and records retention for all staff and students.  Additionally, Debra worked at Marous Brothers Construction and Cardinal Commerce as the department head of human resources. 

Debra holds Bachelors of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Malone University.  She obtained her PHR in 2005 and her SHRM-CP in 2015.  She joined the Lake Geauga SHRM in 2004 and served on the SHRM Board for over a decade.  She served as a Board Member and  Treasurer in a startup non-profit for over a decade supporting the medical needs for children and adults in Lake County.  , joined their board in 2009 and has served as the Vice-President of Membership since 2010. Additionally, Debra holds the position of Treasurer for B.A.L.D. Run Inc., a non profit organization helping low income diabetics in Lake County, since its inception in 2006.

Frank Carraher
Carraher, Frank
Math Consultant
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1116

Frank Carraher has been with the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve since 2022 as the Math Consultant. Frank was a math teacher at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels for 12 years. Before joining the ESCWR, he incorporated best practices in the math classroom for Geneva Area City Schools, iSTEM Early College High School, Lakeside High Schools, and Riverside Local Schools. Frank is licensed in 4-9 Math and Language Arts, 7-12 Math, K-12 intervention, is endorsed in K-12 reading and K-12 Computer Science, and has his Master’s Degree in Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction. His skill set in the classroom included blended learning, differentiation, and incorporating technology.

At the ESC, Frank has led multiple curriculum adoptions and implementations for schools and districts, leads Teacher Based Teams and Professional Learning Communities, models lessons in mathematics classrooms in grades K-12, coaches teachers in groups and individually, and leads professional learning opportunities on topics such as the high school math pathways, best practices in teaching mathematics, and the 8 Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices. He is also the state lead facilitator for the Discrete Math/Computer Science Algebra 2 Equivalency High School Math Pathway and one of the Northeast Ohio regional facilitators for the Advanced Quantitative Reasoning pathway. Frank has also written and received grants for districts including the Teach Computer Science Grant and the High Quality Instructional Materials Innovative Impact Grant. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and has presented at state conferences including the Ohio Educational Service Center Association Let’s Connect Conference and the OCTM Conference.

Cicconetti, Crystal
Latchkey Coordinator
Office: 440-749-2173
Alison Ciferno
Ciferno, Alison
Gifted Coordinator
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1121

Alison Ciferno joins the team at the ESC of the Western Reserve after spending the past 35 years as an educator with Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools.  She graduated from Kent State University with dual degrees in Elementary and Gifted Education and spent the next twenty two years teaching first and second grade students in a gifted self-contained classroom setting. Alison earned her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University and joined the W-E curriculum department as the Coordinator of Literacy, Title 1 and Gifted Services. Alison has been a frequent presenter at the Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) Conference and is a board member of the Greater Cleveland Coordinators of the Gifted (GCCG). She is also a member of the Ohio Association of Administrators of State and Federal Education Programs (OAASFEP) and works with local coordinators to streamline federal program services and compliance.  Alison is committed to facilitating positive communication among all members of the school community to ensure that students remain the focus of our work. 

Crow, Kayla
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1131
Amy Dawson
Dawson, Amy
Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1734
Dowd, Jessica
Accounting Specialist II
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1132
Jennifer Felker
Felker, Jennifer
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1701
Jennifer Felker serves as the Superintendent for the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve. Before coming to the ESC, Mrs. Felker was the State Associate Superintendent for Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education and was responsible for overseeing the Division of Learning: Center for Curriculum and Assessment, and the Center for Student Support and Education Options.

Before the merger of the Lake and Geauga County Educational Services Centers (ESC) in January 2020, Superintendent Felker served as both the Geauga County ESC Superintendent and the Lake County ESC Superintendent.

Superintendent Felker also serves as the Executive Chair of the Lake/Geauga Information Technology Center (ITC), and Superintendent of iStem Geauga Early College High School.

In addition, Superintendent Felker serves on The State Board Legislative Council, and as an Executive Committee Member and FY22 Secretary for the Executive Board for OESCA, a BASA Women’s Committee Member, State Department Committee Member
  1. Board Member for Geauga Family First Council
  2. Board Member for Lake County Family and Children First Council
  3. Board Member for the United Way since January 2018
Throughout her career, Mrs. Felker served as Director of Programs and Services for the Orange City School District, and the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent Pro-Tempore of the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County. Mrs. Felker’s other positions included Special Education Supervisor at Olmsted Falls and Maple Heights City Schools, a teacher and an elementary principal in Brooklyn City Schools, and a teacher for Toledo Public Schools.

Anthony Forfia
Forfia, Anthony
Administrator of Gaitway High School
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1000
Jaina Gandolfi
Gandolfi, Jaina
Director, Vocational Programs
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1127
Brittany Garrett
Garrett, Brittany
Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1765
Paul Hagan
Hagan, Paul
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1120
In the summer of 2023, Paul Hagan joined the ESC of the Western Reserve as a STEAM Integration Specialist, bringing nearly 25 years of educational experience. He spent a significant portion of his career at Eastlake Middle School in the Willoughby-Eastlake School District, teaching subjects ranging from 6-8 Social Studies to Mathematics and Language Arts, thanks to his Elementary 1-8 Certification. Paul holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Integrating Technology. His proficiency in this area was evident through his active role in addressing and creating technological solutions within the school environment. Paul has been trained in HQIM (High-Quality Instructional Materials) and is a part of the team working to revise and implement the new Discrete Math/Computer Science Course, serving as an alternative to Algebra II in Ohio high schools. Outside of education, Paul's love for technology and music led him to establish his own DJ company and serve as the director of modern worship at his church. He enjoys a happy marriage of over 20 years with his wife Denise and together they have three wonderful daughters.  Now at the ESC of the Western Reserve, Paul is excited to share his creative energy in supporting districts within our community and beyond.
Harvey, Richard
Safety Services
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1133
Hehr, Michelle
Parent Mentor
Christine Henninger
Henninger, Christine
Coordinator, Prevention Services
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1742

Christine joins the team as the Integrated Student Support and Wellness Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Christine has also received a certificate in Project and Process Management. She has years of experience leading teams within the Advanced Manufacturing and healthcare fields as well as a strong financial and budgeting background.

Building relationships and cultivating partnerships is essential to Christine. She loves to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of students, families and the community. She takes a hands on approach and has been PTA President at one school or another for the last 7 years, on the PTA board of another school at the same time, part of the strategic planning committee for her school district, coaches youth softball over the summer and she is currently President of the Mentor Library Board of Trustees. She has sought after and earned grants to support the schools that she was PTA President of  and to support organizations in her community. Christine and her husband Tim have been married for 23 years and have four wonderful children together. Please join us in welcoming Christine to the ESC of the Western Reserve and in wishing her continued success as part of our team.


Kelly Kaminski
Kaminski, Kelly
Nutrition Services Supervisor
Karako, Nan
SST Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1755
Keener, Terry
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1703
LeMond, Sara
Less, Bryan
Geauga Youth Center Lead
Office: 440-350-2563
Kristen Llewellyn
Llewellyn, Kristen
Lake County Family & Community Liaison
Office: 440-898-3281 x 4
Kristin Llewellyn is native to northeast Ohio, where she has served the community in the field of
community social work and advocacy with her previous professional experience with Big Brothers
Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio and Lake County Prosecutor’s Office in victim services.  Ms. Llewellyn
cultivated her interest in working with students because of her own personal academic struggles to
become educated.  Llewellyn went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from
Lakeland Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work form Youngstown State
Ms. Llewellyn underwent additional professional development opportunities with the O.D.E. and The
Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University in order to be effective in
her role as a school liaison. Areas of emphasis that Llewellyn has additional expertise in are school
based/community programming, family engagement, and community outreach.  
Llewellyn’s approach to working with students and families is compassionate, practical and is
judgement free. She utilizes a strength-based approach that addresses the needs of the whole
child, and that assists students and families so that they feel empowered!
Favorite Quote: We are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them.
But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose
where we go from there. –The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Lutsch-Totarella, Bernadette
Accounting Specialist
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1761
McCloskey, Taylor
Patrick McKenrick
McKenrick, Patrick
Supervisor of Transportation
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1720
Miller, Heather
Classroom And Community Educator
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1136
Heather Miller graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development Family Studies. Upon graduation, she completed volunteer work with a nonprofit organization, NAMI Geauga County. She recently graduated In December of 2022 from Ohio University with her Masters of Social Work after completing an internship with the Education Service Center of the Western Reserve. Heather recently accepted a position as the Project Coordinator of the Drug Free Communities Grant with Jenn Sabol, and the Grant Writer for Cardinal City Schools. 
Jacob Miller
Miller, Jacob
Personalized Learning Specialist
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1123

Jake Miller started his role as the Personalized Learning Specialist for the ESC of the Western Reserve and Summit ESC in August 2022. Prior to taking on that role, Jake spent 5 years as a technology integration specialist and 2 years as a science teacher for the Orange City Schools. Before his time at Orange, Jake utilized various principles of personalized learning in his work in the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools as a math, science, and STEM teacher (11 years) and in the Barberton City Schools (1 year). Since completing his Masters in Instructional Technology from Kent State University, Jake has also worked extensively in the area of educational technology as a speaker, presenter, podcaster, blogger, and author (of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset). Jake has presented at a number of local and national conferences, including OETC, ISTE, and at Google’s New York City location.

Kelly Moran
Moran, Kelly
Director of Instructional Programs
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1716

Kelly Moran is the Director of Instructional Programs and seeks to empower districts and teachers in curricular development and instructional growth. Prior to joining the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve, Kelly worked as the Curriculum Supervisor for the Chardon Local School District.  Her work there focused on curriculum development and revision, overseeing professional development, Federal grants management, data analysis, PLC facilitation, and leading literacy initiatives.  She has extensive experience in overseeing the monitoring and compliance of Title I, Title II, and Title IV grants.  Prior to serving as a Curriculum Supervisor, Kelly worked as an Elementary Principal.  Her work in that role focused on developing strong systems of MTSS and RtI as well as implementation of early literacy supports focused on explicit phonics instruction.

Before her principal position, Kelly served as a Curriculum Director, Assistant Principal, and Literacy Coach for the Kirtland Local School District.  During this time she developed a school-wide system of literacy screening, trained teachers in evidence based practices for reading and writing instruction, and created RtI protocol for the district.  Kelly started her career as a third grade teacher.  

Kelly has been selected to present at numerous state and national professional conferences including the Ohio Educational Technology (eTech) Conference, Ohio Association of Administrators of State and Federal Programs (OAASFEP) conference, Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Conference, Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) conference, and National Reading Recovery conferences. She led the Chardon Local School District in receiving a $1,050,000.00 grant from the state of Ohio to support elementary literacy initiatives.  Her work in early literacy and professional development was featured in her guest appearance on Amplify’s Science of Reading Podcast.

Earning a doctoral degree from Youngstown State University, Kelly devoted time researching teachers and administrators in Lake County for her dissertation studying teacher empowerment and personal development. Kelly is from northeast Ohio and attended John Carroll University.  She and her teacher husband are the proud parents of two girls. In her free time Kelly enjoys bonfires in her backyard, running, reading, and studying personal development. 

Morris, Gregory
Supervisor of Related Services
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1137
Nanney, Deborah
Literacy Specialist
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1117
Deborah Nanney joined the ESC in 2021 as a service provider to West Geauga Schools. This
year her role includes serving the ESC as a literacy specialist and English Language Learner
specialist. Deborah has 30+ years of expertise providing educational leadership and directing
curriculum development as both a classroom teacher, building and district leadership team
member, and building administrator. She has proven experience using the Baldrige Excellence
Framework to guide data analysis, and the implementation of evidence-based strategies and drive
student-centered learning. She holds an elementary teaching license (grades 1-8) and
an administrative license, (P-6 & 6-9). In addition, she is a highly qualified teacher in both math and
science, Wilson Level One certified and a dyslexia practitioner holds a TESOL endorsement,
and is trained in HQIM: Smart Adoption Practices.
Neuman, Shaina
Administrative Assistant, HR Generalist
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1743
Oneill, Kathryn
Pestello, Paul
Director, Fiscal Support
Petti, Rachel
Family & Community Partnership Liaison for Geauga County
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1138
Shannon Ranta
Ranta, Shannon
Curriculum and Data Specialist Coordinator
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1115

Shannon Ranta started as a member of the Lake County ESC in 2017. Mrs. Ranta first served as the liaison for the AWT RoboBots, the regional robotics program in Lake County. When the Lake and Geauga ESCs merged, Mrs. Ranta took on the role of Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction and began to build the Curriculum Department for the ESC of the Western Reserve, which offers professional development and support to the districts in all areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.


Prior to coming to Lake County ESC, Mrs. Ranta taught math, ELA, and science at the middle school level for ten years. Throughout her time in the classroom Mrs. Ranta served as department chair, mentor teacher, and instructional coach. After completing her Masters in Educational Administration, Mrs. Ranta served as a private curriculum consultant for five years where she assisted schools in all areas of  curriculum, including: mapping, common assessment, instructional coaching, resource selection, data-driven classrooms, and technology integration. In addition to her roles with the ESCWR, Mrs. Ranta currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Partners for Science Excellence, a Lake County non-profit promoting hands-on and inquiry based science instruction for grades K-12. 

Rowe, Diane
Assistant Treasurer
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1732
Ruffner, Brian
LGCA, Director of Technology
Office: 440-357-9383 x 101
Sabol, Jennifer
DFC Program Director
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1139
Jennifer Sabol began working with the ESCWR in October 2022.  She serves as the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Grant Program Director.  The DFC has a coalition that is composed of school community members and aims to reduce youth substance use through environmental change.  The Geauga Community Forum Coalition (GCFC) is always recruiting and looks forward to hearing from you!  If you would like to learn more, visit their website at 
Nancy Santilli
Santilli, Nancy
Assistant Superintendent
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1705

Nancy R. Santilli is our Assistant Superintendent.  Nancy comes to us from Kenston Local Schools, where she served as the Superintendent.  

Nancy’s administrative style can best be described as shared vision, shared leadership, and shared teamwork.  As an administrator of a public school district, her primary role is being a leader for both staff and students to develop a sound, research-based educational program.  Through years of experience in the educational field, teaching, and administration, Nancy has developed an open administrative style and effectively communicates decisions to achieve the highest standard of excellence. 

While practicing her profession as an art teacher, she went back to school to earn her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University, so she could pursue her passion in educational administration.  She became a school Assistant Principal and progressed to a high school Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent.  She desires to foster an educational culture that encourages collaboration with local school districts, students, staff, and the community through articulating programs using a diverse combination of educational and leadership experiences promoting success and growth.  

Nancy has numerous professional and community affiliations, including the Alliance for High-Quality Education Executive Committee, Schlechty Center Superintendents’ Leadership Network, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Benedictine High School Board of Trustees, and the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club. She has accomplished different honors and awards such as the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, Superintendent’s Outstanding Performance Award, Martha Holden Jennings Superintendent of the Year Nominee, and Blue Angels VIP Flight.  

Nancy was born, raised, and lives in Ohio.  Next to being dedicated to her career, Nancy is a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister.  She enjoys spending time with her family and is very attentive to everyone at all times, including her close and extended family members and her friends and peers.  

Schellentrager, Joseph
Scott, Robert
Director, Superintendent Support Services
L Greg Slemons
Slemons, L Greg
CFO Treasurer
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1731
Greg Slemons joined the ESC of the Western Reserve as the Treasurer in April, 2019 
Spence, Whitney
Stark, Janet
Afternoon Receptionist
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1703
Thierrin, Tina
Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1702
Tamee Tucker
Tucker, Tamee
Chief Academic Officer of iSTEM
Office: 440-898-3555

Mrs. Tucker has been with iSTEM for 6 years.  She earned her BA and MEd from John Carroll University. She earned her Superintendent license from Cleveland State University and completed doctoral coursework, with a focus in STEM education, at Northcentral University. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor at Notre Dame College. She began her career as a classroom teacher, promoting cross-curriculum instructional strategies and encouraging students to experience the wonders of science. Prior to joining iSTEM she served as a school administrator for Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools, Newbury Local Schools, and Mayfield City Schools. With a rich history of individualized education, both intervention and enrichment, her focus is on providing opportunities that increase the rigor of academic experiences for all, based on the individual needs of all students.

Mrs. Tucker is a long-time resident of Geauga County, where she resides with her husband. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, adult son, and her two fur babies, Larry and Hank.

Vernick, Amy
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1140
Elizabeth Walsh-Moorman
Walsh-Moorman, Elizabeth
Literacy Consultant
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1122
Beth Walsh-Moorman joins the ESC of Western Reserve after serving as the assistant professor of literacy at Lake Erie College, where she coordinated the reading endorsement, M.Ed. in literacy and secondary ELA programs. Beth earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a literacy specialization from Kent State University in 2018. Beth’s professional affiliations include serving as a member of Ohio’s P20 Literacy Collaborative and on the executive board of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Language Arts, as well as editing the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts.  Beth has published in several national literacy journals, including The Reading Teacher, English Journal and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and has presented at  several state and national conferences.  Beth’s classroom teaching experiences includes 20 years as a high school ELA teacher and instructional coach. Beth was a member of the state literacy team for the 2019 update of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement. Her expertise includes supporting adolescent literacy, reading and writing across the curriculum, digital literacies and culturally responsive teaching practices. 
Elizabeth Williams
Williams, Elizabeth
Online Learning Academy Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-898-3281 x 2
Wilson, Dan
Director of Business Development
Office: 440-350-2563 x 1767
Wilson, Sandra
School Nurse