Stephanie Weemhoff – President
Stephanie is a retired Social worker after 30 years of working with all age groups in a variety of settings. She enjoys tennis, golf, working out, travel and being with family and friends. Stephanie has a passion for helping others. She became involved with Hope for Kids Geauga to help make a difference for those kids who are served by the funds that are raised.
Karolyn Squire – Vice President
Karolyn served as the Volunteer Liaison and Program Administrator for the Geauga County CASA program for 10 years. She has spent many years as a volunteer for her local school and community. Karolyn enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, kayaking, and cooking. She became involved with Hope for Kids due to her belief that all children deserve love, support and the opportunity for as many positive experiences as possible in order to grow to be healthy, strong and capable.
Amy Shepard – Treasurer
Amy is an accountant and enjoys gardening, music, tennis, golf, family and friends. She hopes that the funds raised by Hope for Kids help as many children as possible overcome their difficulties and realize their full potential.
Jeanie Gaither – Governance Co-Chair
Jeanie Gaither is a retired Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Social Worker/Case Manager with many years’ experience working with teenagers and adults developing career goals and acquiring the skills to do so. Jeanie has worked with The Cleveland Sight Center as well as the Society for the Blind; The Epilepsy Foundation, Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center as well as internships with Mental Health and State Government. She most recently worked at Hamlet Village as the Activity Director and was able to see the end results of many careers.
Janelle Stuart – Governance Co-Chair
Janelle Stuart is a school counselor in Geauga County. While obtaining her Masters degree in education from Kent State University, she worked with survivors of domestic violance. Janelle enjoys travel, music, and meeting people and hearing their stories. She joined Hope for Kids to give back and help youth in need in our community.
Amy Hewis – Administrator
Amy is the Preconstruction Coordinator at The Austin Company and has worked in the construction industry for the past fifteen years. She enjoys travel, golf, attending the theatre, cooking and working in her garden. She is also an avid Disney fan! Amy first got involved by participating in the annual golf outing and became inspired to join the Board so she could help out firsthand. Amy believes every child deserves to have a happy childhood and looks forward to helping achieve this goal by volunteering with Hope for Kids.
Ashley Arsena is a Busniess Developement and Client Service Specialist at Shaker Investments. She enjoys travel, golf, spending time with family, and watching Cleveland sporting events. A Bainbridge resident, Ashley became involved with Hope for Kids Geauga as a way to serve children in her local community.
Monica Bricker-Thompson is excited to join Hope For Kids – she is very passionate about connecting individuals and communities to programs and resources that could be of benefit to them. She is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio and is currently Director of Programs for Geauga Growth Partnership. She and her husband were foster parents for 6 years. Monica loves running, reading, Broadway musicals, and traveling with family. She is active in church and community with her children and husband Jason.
Jayne Hasler – Donor Relations
Jayne served as a Geauga County CASA for several years before recently joining Hope for Kids Geauga. Prior to focusing on volunteer work, Jayne worked as an estates/trusts paralegal for over 30 years. Jayne enjoys most outdoor activities, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Mike is the President and lead agent of HG Agents, a real estate sales team with Keller William’s Realty. Previously Mike was a volunteer with the Peace Corp in Haiti. Mike enjoys Cleveland sports, fishing, hunting, hiking, traveling and chasing his three children. He joined the board because he wants to help provide opportunities for personal growth to children in need in our local community.
Engelina is the owner of Black Box Venues, LLC a venue and event management company. As a wife and mother of three children, Engelina has always been involved in volunteering in our schools. She believes that happy and healthy children are the foundation of our society. If you are passionate about valuing our communities’ children, H4K is that cause!
Dawn has a BA in psychology and sociology and an MA in counseling and human services from John Carroll University. Her degree has taken her to work with children in need at a variety of different settings including Beechbrook and Crossroads. Dawn continues to serve in volunteer positions at her children’s school and sports activities. She was excited to join Hope For Kids to continue to help kids in need as a volunteer.
Bill is a retired professor of marketing and business strategy from Cleveland State University. He has held volunteer positions with the American Red Cross, Malachi House and United Way. He lives in Novelty with his wife of 40 years and enjoys sailing, golf and tennis. He joined the board due to his desire to aid in the effort to assist in making lives for children in Geauga County as fruitful and wondrous that can be and lead to meaningful lives as adults.
Mike’s career path has been in human resources for a variety of different companies followed by becoming a business professor at John Carroll University. Mike is now retired and lives with his wife Doris of 7 years. Mike has previously volunteered on the board of Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School and Russian American Medical Association. Mike enjoys cycling, golf and family in his free time.
Lisa joined Hope for Kids board in 2018. She has a background in sales and Marketing and is a University of Tennessee graduate. Lisa is a longtime resident of Chagrin falls. She lives with her husband Dave and has two grown children. Lisa has been very involved in the Chagrin Falls community over the years with Junior league of Cleveland, Chagrin Falls Alumni board, Booster club and raising 2 active boys. Lisa joined the board to help raise awareness and funds for kids in Geauga County who are in need. Lisa enjoys tennis, Pilates, reading, travel and framing.