Andrea lives in Macedonia with her husband Nate, and three children, Grace, Molly, and Owen. Grace is entering 5th grade next year, Molly is entering 3rd grade, and both are Lollipop graduates. Owen will be starting the 3’s program this year. Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a Master’s of Education in Early Childhood that she received at Ohio State University. She works part-time for Lakeland Community College in the Early Childhood Education Department, where she teachers various Pre-K curriculum and administration course. Prior to teaching at the college level, Andrea taught preschool for 10 years. She has previously served on the Lollipop Executive Board as the Family Events Coordinator, and as President.
Vice President – Deanna Bendlak
Deanna and her husband, Tom, have been married 8 years, and they reside in Macedonia with their two daughters, Isabel and Lily. Isabel recently graduated from Lollipop’s 4-day pre-k program and is moving on to kindergarten at Northfield Elementary. Lily will be in Lollipop’s 3’s program starting this fall. Deanna has a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology and was an airport weather observer before deciding to become a stay at home mom. This is her second year on the executive board.
Secretary – Stephanie Schmid
Stephanie lives in Sagamore Hills with her husband of 13 years, Paul, and their two boys, Logan and Ethan. Logan really enjoyed the 4-Day Pre-K program at Lollipop last year and is looking forward to entering Kindergarten at Rushwood Elementary this fall. Ethan is looking forward to following in his big brother’s footsteps and attending the 3-Day Pre K program at Lollipop this fall. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Kent State University. She also earned a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. However, Stephanie decided to pause her legal career to be a stay at home mom while her boys are young. This will be Stephanie’s second year on the Executive Board.
Treasurer – Heather Rizzo
Heather lives in Sagamore Hills with my husband and two kids. Her daughter, Julia, is in first grade at Rushwood and her son, John, is in the four day pre-K and the enrichment class.
She was the Lollipop treasurer for the 2014/2015 school year. She currently works at progressive insurance part-time as an investment accountant. She received her Bachelors degree in accounting at Kent State University and her MBA at Case She is a CPA.
Assistant Treasurer – Chris Meske
Chris and her husband, Alex, live in Macedonia with their son Ben, who is looking forward to entering the 3s program this fall. Alex works as a technical writer for a local software company and Chris runs a landscape architecture consulting business from their home while raising Ben. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University and has nearly twenty years of experience in her field as well as other business-oriented roles such as marketing, business development, writing, and project management. All three of us are excited about becoming involved with Lollipop!``
Curriculum Director - Keri Knowles
Keri and her husband Andrew live in Twinsburg. They have been married for 7 years. They have a daughter, Madison, who is thrilled to be starting at Lollipop this year in the 3's class, and a goldendoodle, Zoe. Keri graduated with an education degree with a focus in reading and math from Kent State University. She spent six years in the classroom, and is now a work-from-home mom.
Family Events – Michelle Bregitzer
Michelle Bregitzer and her husband of twelve years live in Sagamore Hills, Ohio with their three children, Kylee, Krista, and Carter. Kylee (11) and Krista (8) both are Lollipop alumni and now go to Nordonia City schools. Carter will be in the 4 day pre-k in the fall. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education from Notre Dame College. She has worked in the education field for 11 years. She has recently become a stay at home mom. In addition to spending time with her family Michelle enjoys camping, reading books, cooking, and traveling.