Who We Are

Dr. Howard Thurman

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

Meet Our People

Executive Board Members


Cathi Mezzopera

Cathi holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and over 20 years’ experience engaging preschool children in creative, multimedia art and traditional education.

She is a published author and has written eight books. Cathi has sat on several boards; including educational strategic planning.

She has been a resident of Geauga County for over 45 years and an active volunteer within the Geauga County community. Cathi is a 2013 Leadership Geauga graduate and believes that children are our future.


Cindy Metzung

Cindy holds a Master of Social Work degree from Cleveland State University and Master of Education degree from Kent State University. She has worked in the Geauga County community for over 25 years in the non-profit and education fields.

Cindy is currently employed as a counselor for the Berkshire School District. Cindy has served as a volunteer for over 20 plus years at various organizations.

Cindy has a passion for philanthropy and values her relationships with family and friends, and enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family.


Mary Liggett

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University and has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant for over 30 years. She has experience as both a board member and treasurer.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren wherever they happen to be living at the moment and cooking.


Cheryl Kuonen

Cheryl Kuonen holds a Master's degree in Library Science from Kent State University. She has worked in Ohio public libraries for over 25 years and is a current board member of the Ohio Library Council association.

Volunteering is an important part of Cheryl's life. She has volunteered with Western Reserve Junior Service League, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Mentor Chamber of Commerce, and A Kid at Art for the Heart.

The Board

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Rachel Phillips

Rachel is part owner in her family restaurant in Little Italy and has worked there for over 30 years. She enjoys event planning and hosting guests every opportunity she has. Rachel is excited to bring her creative side to A kid at Art for the Heart.

"I have always wanted to be a part of A kid at Art for the Heart. I am very excited to now have that opportunity."

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Barb Fernald

Barb obtained a Master’s in Business Administration degree, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Ursuline College .

She retired from Lakeland Community College where she was an adjunct faculty member teaching information technology and business classes. She also worked in the information technology department.

In her spare time, she visits with her children and grandchildren, volunteers at church, and other service organizations.

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Marcela Rodriguez de Diaz

Marcela was born and grew up in Mexico, and has been living in the United States for 26 years.

She was a Spanish teacher from 2009 through 2019 from K-12 throughout Northeast Ohio and now an independent Spanish teacher and tutor.

"The importance of the love and creativity for the freedom of expressing art through the eyes of a kid is so important to me, that's why I joined A Kid at Art for the Heart."

Our Team

lead teacher

Cathi Mezzopera

Cathi has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and over 20 years' experience engaging preschool children in creative, multimedia art and traditional education, as well writing curriculum that aligns with Ohio State Standards. She is a published author of eight books.

lead teacher

Laurie Lamb

I have wanted to be an art teacher since 7th grade.  I was blessed to teach Elementary Art for 37 years in the Berkshire School District.  I loved sharing my passion for Art and seeing the beauty around us with students grades K-6. I received my Bachelors in Visual Arts Education K-12. My Masters in Gifted and Talented  Education, as well as 45 graduate hours post Masters Degree. I love to garden and work again on my own Art using Watercolor and Stained glass since I retired in June 2021.

graphic designer, office and teacher's assistant

Carrie Ann Huey

Carrie Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art and has over 20 years experience working in desktop publishing. Carrie Ann recently collaborated with Cathi and designed and illustrated eight books which were published in 2021. Carrie Ann has schooling in Art Therapy including supervised clinical training with at risk children.

bus driver

Frank Dworning

I enjoy walking my dog Bonnie. Spending time with my family, taking care of my yard. Traveling the county and visiting different National Parks, and of course fishing when the weather & time allows.

bus driver

Marsha Wasson

When I am not working as a bus driver or a concessionaire, I am baking or spending time with my family and friends making memories.

Creativity On The Move