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Dream Team

Katie Eichenauer,MSSA,LISW-S
Executive Director
Katie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Child & Family Studies from The Ohio State University. Katie has worked with children and families for over 22 years. She started as a teacher in early childhood development and then spent 13 years as a Clinical Therapist and then Clinical and Program Supervisor in the School Based Counseling program at Bellefaire JCB. Her focus was Human Development, Early Childhood Mental Health and Child Advocacy. Katie has served Believe in Dreams since its inception in 2014, first volunteering as a Dream Coordinator and Program Developer, and then in 2017, Katie was hired on as the Executive Director.
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Tonya Grimes
Director of Development
Tonya Grimes comes to us with more than 28 years combined experience in business, sales, marketing, event execution, and economic development. With a heart for children and her education background, her role as Director of Development is a natural fit. "I am so pleased to be a part of this organization and look forward to connecting with those who can help us move our powerful mission forward throughout Northeast Ohio." Contact Tonya by email or phone, 814-977-4065, if you would like her to do a presentation for your organization/company or learn how you can get involved through donating, adopting a dream, volunteering, or helping us make important connections.
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Nicole Jordan,MSSA,LSW
Dream Fulfillment Supervisor
Nicole had been an intern with Believe in Dreams while studying for her MBA at Case Western Reserve University. In her second year placement, Nicole held a leadership role with the other interns, helping train and assist where needed. Upon graduating from the MBA program in May 2019, Nicole accepted a permanent position with Believe in Dreams as a Dream Fulfillment Coordinator. Originally from the Chicago area, Nicole graduated from Slippery Rock University, PA in 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology. While there, she maintained Dean's list status, tutored and mentored other students and was also a research assistant where she learned many of the valuable skills she is applying to impact research for Believe in Dreams.
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Paula Vocila
Dream Support Specialist
Paula has served in real estate, property and construction management for over twenty years, and has enjoyed the advantage of being part of the transformation of many communities all over Northeast Ohio. She loves being part of the team at Believe in Dreams, helping to build a positive impact on the community. "To bestow children’s dream experiences and give them hope that their situation can change for the better, is a strong and important foundation to help build."
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Eddie Cheyfitz
Sponsorship & Events Coordinator
Eddie was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked in Sales for Nestlé for 28 years. He started in 1987 as an Ice-Cream Merchandiser and quickly moved up to Retail Sales Manager and then Account Executive in 1989. Eddie spent 10 years calling on the various supermarket headquarters throughout northeast Ohio. In 1999, Eddie joined the Specialty Markets/New Business team where he managed the nation’s largest theater chains and their distributors. Eddie continued to build outstanding relationships with his customers and drove sales. During his long tenure with Nestles, Eddie played an integral part in driving sales and market share in his retailers and theaters through numerous, original, innovative, and successful promotions. Eddie has also been very involved in the industry though his affiliation with National Association of Concessionaires (NAC). He has been a member of NAC since 1999 and served on the board of directors. He also served as the NAC Membership Chairman and coordinated the silent auction, Eddie Co-Founded “Andy’s 9ers” Baseball Club in 1995 with his wife, Kathy, in honor of their deceased son, Andy. Eddie has been working with Believe in Dreams since retiring from Nestle in 2015.
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Dream Makers

Social Work Interns
CWRU and CSU Programs
Masters level Interns from CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and Cleveland State University work as Dream Makers developing their skills with nominating providers, children and families. They also build their community practice skills and knowledge through linking and coordinating community resources for the children we serve.
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Karen Trecarichi
Karen holds a BA in psychology with a minor in sociology from Bowling Green State University and an MA in counseling from John Carroll University. Her past work experience includes casework with children and families at Lake County Children’s Services and Individual and Group Therapy at a local Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center. Karen has devoted the past several years to her family, raising 3 daughters and involved in PTO and several other community programs. She has been a Dream Maker for Believe in Dreams since 2015.
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Dr. Holly Kirk, PhD
Dr Kirk holds a Master’s Degree in counseling and a PhD in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Additionally she holds a BA from the University of Akron. Dr. Kirk has worked with children and families for over 12 years and has spent much of that time working in nonprofit agencies such as Bellefaire JCB and Applewood Centers. She has also worked in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a therapist and consultant for more than 7 school years. Dr Kirk is currently a member of a private practice in Rocky River, where she provides counseling services to adults, children and adolescents. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Cleveland State University where she teaches Legal and Ethical issues to graduate students and supervises internship and practicum classes. Dr Kirk’s dedication to helping children and their families inspired her to join the Believe in Dreams organization to help instill hope and healing to children who have experienced adversity in their lives.
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Suzanne Singerman
Dream Shopper
I am thrilled to be volunteering with Believe In Dreams. I’ve been married for 27 years to my husband, Egon. We have three sons, Zach (25 years old), Kyle (22 years old) and Justin (19 years old). I recently became an “empty-nester” and wanted to do something meaningful with my extra time. When I learned about the mission of Believe In Dreams and how they help make life a little better for children going through hardship, I knew that’s where I wanted to devote my time. In my other free time, I volunteer for other organizations, spend time with family and friends, exercise, and of course, shop (mostly for Believe In Dreams kids)!
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Board Of Directors

John R. DiJulius III
Board Chair, Chief Revolution Officer, The DiJulius Group, Believe in Dreams Founder
John serves as an International consultant and is a best-selling author of three Customer service books. His latest book, The Customer Service Revolution (Greenleaf Books 2015), instantly hit #1 on Amazon. John works with world class companies including The Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Nestlé, Marriott Hotels, PwC, Cheesecake Factory, Progressive Insurance, Harley Davidson, Chick-fil-A, and many more.

John isn’t just talking about it, he lives it, as a very successful entrepreneur of two businesses. John Robert’s Spa, a chain of upscale Cleveland locations, has been repeatedly named one of the top 20 salons in America; and The DiJulius Group, a consulting firm focused on changing the world by creating a Customer service revolution. John demonstrates how to make customer service the single biggest competitive advantage leaving price irrelevant!
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Nicholas J. Began
Founder, Rockhead Group USA LLC
Nick is currently a founding member and owner of the Rockheads Group USA organization, the fastest growing private group of surface fabricators in North America. Members of the Rockheads Group USA represent over a billion dollars in gross sales and share the most advanced fabrication and installation practices in the market. Nick’s thirty one years of stone fabrication experience began as a certified union tile installer which later inspired his entrepreneurial mindset. Nick’s entrepreneurial passion began in 1991 where he founded Stoneworks Ltd Inc in Cleveland, Ohio and helped grow the company’s sales to $44 million. Taking advantage of his entrepreneurial motivation and drive, Nick sought opportunities in the sink business world where he recently started a sink distribution company called SinkUSA. Nick currently enjoys his membership in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization which is a peer-to-peer network exclusively for entrepreneurs. Within this group, Nick contributes much of his time to their mentorship program enriching both his business and personal life. Most important to Nick are his family values. He enjoys spending time with his three children and his fiancée, Rana.
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Erin E. Leebow
Esq.
Erin most recently served as in-house legal counsel for Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc., a publicly traded sand mining company, from 2014 to 2017, with primary responsibility for securities and compliance matters through the company’s transition to a public company. Previously, she was in-house legal counsel for GrafTech International Ltd., an international manufacturing company in the carbon and graphite business, and led the company through several mergers and acquisitions from 2010 to 2012. From 2004 to 2009, she served as a transactional lawyer for large, international law firms - Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and Jones Day. Erin graduated magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School and Law and Weatherhead School of Management with a JD/MBA degree and cum laude from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in political science and international studies.

Erin has contributed to various non-profit organizations over the years, acting as an advisor to the Board of Directors of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors (Treasurer) of Heartbeats, a Vice President of the International Lawyers Group of Cleveland and a volunteer for Global Volunteers.

Erin enjoys hiking, yoga, sports, health and wellness and spending time with family and friends, husband Jonathan, and their five children, Justice, Natalia, Max, Maya and Alexander.
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Gene Roberts
President & CTO, Milo Hill Traction Partners
Gene began his business career in 1988 with a large group of privately held insurance firms as Director of IT and VP of Central Services. He was called on by major carriers to help develop the industries first automated voice-response system. He left his position with these companies to form one of the nations’ first VOIP / IP Telephony firms in 1995.

His first company, The Cleveland Solutions Group, grew to become the largest provider of technology solutions in Northeast Ohio. After acquiring multiple IT Consulting and Development firms including New Channel Technologies, Gene sold the combined entities to CBIZ (NYSE:CBZ) in 2004, where Gene held the position of Business Unit President for 7 years.

Gene also launched a fast-growing commercial heating and engineering firm with his late father, which was named The Roberts Mechanical Equipment Co. He sold the business to a private party in 2010. During Gene’s involvement, RME was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in NE Ohio, ranking 3rd on the Weatherhead 100 list in 2008.

His next business, CoSource Staffing & Recruiting, grew to become a leader in the IT-related human capital industry, providing “great people to great companies” all over the US. Gene sold this business to a national practice in 2016.

Gene currently owns and operates two additional companies which include Roberts Equity Partners, LLC, a commercial and residential real estate management firm, and MiloHill Traction Partners, an EOS Implementation practice located on Rockside Rd. in Independence.

Since the sale of his last business, Gene now spends 100% if his time helping entrepreneurs get everything they want from their business by helping them implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System. He also sits on several advisory boards for non-profit organizations.

Gene earned his degree in Information Technologies from Cleveland State University 1989. He and his wife Debbie live in Solon, OH and have three children.

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Harvey Siegel
President, Coit Cleaning & Restoration Services
Harvey was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Miami University and received a B.S. in marketing. He joined the family business and is the owner and president of Coit Cleaning and Restoration Services, a specialty cleaning service company. Harvey and his wife, Adrienne, have a son, Adam, and a daughter Robyn.

Through the years, Harvey has been involved in local and national philanthropic causes with work on many committees and foundations. He has served as an officer and is currently a board member of the Mandel JCC, the Montefiore Nursing Home Foundation and the Cleveland Jewish News. He has previously served as board chairman of Montefiore, board chairman of the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, past treasurer for the Better Business Bureau, past officer of the Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland and was a vice chairman of a United Way Allocations Committee. Additionally, Harvey serves as a Board member of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland as well as twice being a campaign division chair. A supporter of Israel Bonds, Harvey was instrumental in helping to create the New Leadership Division of Israel Bonds in Cleveland.
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DJ Santiago
Founder, Aspiring Athletes, Inc.
Coach DJ Santiago, Founder of Aspiring Athletes, Inc. has been involved in sports and business for over 20 years. For the past 15 years he was one of the most successful youth sports entrepreneurs in the country. His accolades include generating over 10 million dollars in cumulative sales, helping over 300 athletes gain scholarship/grants, and being featured on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer section as a business to watch. Coach DJ Santiago has trained, recruited and mentored over 60 youth coaches in his time growing his footprint within the coaching world. Prior to starting Aspiring Athletes DJ Santiago was an inner city, at-risk youth coming from a broken home with a dream of exceeding all expectations by playing sports professionally. In 1998 he was able to achieve that by signing professionally with the Cincinnati Reds organization becoming the first professional athlete from his High School in 36 years. Upon his retirement, with no formal business training, he again became motivated to overcome all odds and become a business leader and impact his community through coaching the next generation of athletes. In 2017 DJ wrote his first book “Play sports for a reason not for season” which is the parental guide to nurturing an athlete through the journey of youth sports. In 2018 he began his public speaking career focused on providing inspiration to those looking to overcome obstacles, develop grit and learn to win consistently. DJ believes that anyone can become a winner with the proper motivation and willingness to use past experiences to their benefit. Today he is a nationally sought after college placement consultant, business consultant and board member for Believe In Dreams.
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Egon P. Singerman, Esq.
Egon was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University and received a B.S.B.A. degree. He then attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he earned his JD. Egon was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Ohio in 1988. For his career, Egon practices Law in the area of employment and business-related services. He is also the CEO of a benefits and corporate wellness company. Egon is currently a member of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee at The Temple Tifereth Israel, where he serves as Assistant Treasurer. He continues to support various local and national charities both financially and in a hands-on capacity. Egon enjoys tennis, fitness-related activities and spending time with his family and friends. He lives in Solon with his wife, Suzanne. They have three adult sons, Zach, Kyle & Justin.
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Amy Korsch-Williams, MSSA, CNM, LISW-S
Assistant Dean of Field Education-Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Case Western Reserve University
Amy Korsch-Williams is an Instructor and the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Field Education & Instruction at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She joined the faculty full time in 2016 after spending 17 years in leadership roles within child welfare, public health and community behavioral health practice settings. Ms. Korsch-Williams’ focus at the Mandel School is centered around ensuring that all students receive enriching, high quality field education experiences that successfully prepare them for future careers as professional social workers. Ms. Korsch-Williams is a graduate of John Carroll University (BA, 1999) and Case Western Reserve University (MSSA, 2004; CNM, 2011). She is a licensed independent social worker with a practice background in early childhood and infant mental health and development, trauma informed care, child and adolescent behavioral health and early intervention. Ms. KorschWilliams also has an extensive background as a successful grant writer. Prior to joining the school, Ms. Korsch-Williams served for eight years as a member of executive leadership and Senior Manager at Crossroads Lake County Adolescent Counseling Services in Mentor, Ohio. As part of her role as the Director of Early Childhood Services, she served as an Early Head Start Director and as the Director of Lake County’s Early Intervention program, Help Me Grow. Ms. Korsch-Williams also served as the Director of the Help Me Grow program for five years while working for the Lake County General Health District before joining Crossroads in 2007. Ms. Korsch-Williams began her career in child welfare, working as a social worker for the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services. Her commitment to and passion for teaching and field education began to take shape during her many years as a Field Instructor for the Mandel School, working with students in the Full Time, Intensive Weekend and Child Welfare Fellows programs. In addition to teaching and early childhood practice, her areas of interests include attachment, parent-child relationships, trauma, trauma informed practice, self-care, women’s leadership, and nonprofit management. Ms. Korsch-Williams is a faculty affiliate of the Center on Trauma and Adversity and holds expertise in in complex trauma and trauma informed assessment and intervention at the individual, organizational and community levels. She contributes nationally to the training and professional development of students, educators and practitioners in the area of trauma informed care in developing a framework for trauma informed social work education, both in the classroom and in field education.
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