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Dream Team

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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Katie Eichenauer,MSSA,LISW-S
Executive Director
Katie has served Believe in Dreams since its inception in 2014, first volunteering as a Program Developer and Dream Coordinator, and then in 2017, Katie was hired as the Executive Director. She 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 24 years. She began her career in early childhood education and then spent 18 years in child mental health working as a School Based Clinical Therapist and then a Clinical and Program Supervisor in the School Based Counseling program at Bellefaire JCB. Her focus is in Human Development, Child Mental Health and Child Advocacy.
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Kristen Sklodowski, LISW-S
Dream Fulfillment Supervisor
Kristen was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio before moving to Cleveland for graduate school. Kristen has a Master's degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University and is a Licensed Individual Social Worker. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Youngstown University. Kristen has worked in the social work field for over 11 years in a variety of settings in social work. Before becoming part of the team at Believe in Dreams, she was a School Based Therapist for 9 years at Beech Brook. She currently resides in Parma with her husband and two amazing rescue dogs, T-Bone and Honey. Kristen is most looking forward to helping kids build a stronger relationship with their communities and helping them realize that all of their dreams are possible.
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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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Michelle Wohlfeiler Bailin
Chief Fundraiser
With over 18 years of fundraising, development and marketing experience, Michelle is a great addition to the Believe in Dreams team. Her career began as an event coordinator with the Arthritis Foundation. This was followed by leadership roles at the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, Susan G. Komen and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Most recently she served as the Northeast Ohio Director for the American Diabetes Association. At these organizations she implemented development strategies to increase revenue and build brand awareness. Born and raised in Cleveland, Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. She currently resides in Richmond Heights with her husband, son and a rescue village of three cats and one dog.
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Dream Coordinators & Outreach Team

Diamond Green-Phillips
Social Media, Marketing and Development Intern
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Shonna Faust
Social Media, Marketing and Development Intern
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Nicole Jordan, MSSA, LSW
Data Analyst Volunteer
Nicole, formerly our Dream Fulfillment Supervisor has moved into a volunteer role for the organization coordinating impact and demographic data collection and analysis. Originally from the Chicago area, Nicole graduated from CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences with an MSSA in 2019. She also has a BS in Psychology from Slippery Rock University. While there, she was 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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Katlyn McKay
Cleveland State University Intern
Masters level Interns from CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland State University School of Social Work, and Cleveland Hillel Summer Internship Program serve as Dream Coordinators to develop their social work skills with organizational partners, youth / families and our donor community. They also build their community practice skills and knowledge through needs assessments as well as linking and coordinating community resources for the youth we serve.
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Dr. Tanya Quinones-Santiago, DPT
Volunteer Coordinator
Lexi Ritt
Case Western Reserve University
Masters level Interns from CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland State University School of Social Work, and Cleveland Hillel Summer Internship Program serve in Dream Program roles and Outreach and Marketing roles to develop their skills with nominating providers, youth / families and our donor community. They also build their community practice skills and knowledge through linking and coordinating community resources for the youth we serve.
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Suzanne Singerman
Dream Shopper
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Board Of Directors

Alonzo Blackwell, RHIA
My name is Alonzo Blackwell, I am from Cleveland. I currently work fo rPsych BC which is a mental/behavioral health organization. I am the Manager of Medical Services and Medical Records. I also work as a Personal Trainer at the Warrensville YMCA and am the owner of First Place Multipurpose Center. I am a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Cleveland and was awarded the Big Brother of the Year award in 2018. I enjoy watching sports, reading and spending time with family and friends. I also serve as Deacon at my church which is Philemon Community Baptist Church located in Cleveland.
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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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Jeff Kavlick
Moreland Connect, LLC
Jeff is the founder of MorelandConnect, a U.S.-based consultancy following his leadership role at Accenture where he specialized in leading large, complex custom software projects for some of the world's largest companies. His lighthearted style, eye for crisp designs, and focus on accuracy can only come from a person who writes with his left hand throws with his right. Today he leads significant projects that deliver the impossible with contagious optimism and exuberance. Jeff studied Systems Engineering at Case Western Reserve University where he was twelve-time letterman in football and track. He has developed and delivered courses in software development and business leadership throughout his career. Jeff has contributed to a number of non-profit organizations over the years. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Borromeo College, as the Board Chair at Cleveland Catholic Charities, and as a member of the Board of Directors at Shoes and Clothes for Kids and the Case Western Reserve University Alumni Association. In his spare time he coaches elementary school sports and spends the summer months searching for his third hole-in-one.
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Lesa Evans
Chief Human Resources Officer, MAI Capital Management
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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 six children, Justice, Natalia, Max, Maya, Alexander and Miles..
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Rob Platt
Financial Service Professional, True North Financial Solutions
Rob Platt has lived in Cleveland for 52 years. He attended the Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Arts & Science Degree. Rob is a Financial Service Professional with True North Financial Solutions. He finds true satisfaction in educating his clients on what is possible with a multitude of strategies geared towards each family or individual's circumstance and sharing his knowledge in helping them reach their financial goals. Rob is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at The Temple Tifereth Israel and participates in the membership and annual appeal committees. Rob has focused much of his local charitable work both personally and professionally in helping the underserved youth in the Cleveland Metropolitan area. He has served on the following Board of Directors; Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, The 250 Committee, United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce. He is passionate about fundraising and helping organizations move the needle forward. He enjoys riding his motorcycle on a sunny Sunday afternoon with his wife exploring little diners, drive-ins and country stores across Northeast Ohio. He also enjoys working out, playing with his dogs, reading books on business and spending time with family and friends. He lives on Chagrin Falls with his wife Jane. They have 5 adult children; Carly, Katie, Rachel, Sam and Ben.
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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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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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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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