Kim Harless, Board President
Financial Liaison, Alzheimer's Family Representative, Board Member since March, 2017
Kimberly L. Harless is a Findlay native who relocated to Dublin, Ohio in 2010 through a promotion. Kim is the President of the Board. She has served as a chairperson for the Annual Campaign Committee, the Capital Campaign Committee, and volunteered for the annual Art Auction and annual Purse Bingo Fundraisers. Her volunteer experience includes the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for the Emergency Department and as a Career Coach for Dress for Success to help women integrate back into society after time in jail. Kim is a graduate of Hancock Leadership, Class of 2007, an Associate Director of Synergy National and a financial liaison for Adaptive Homes, a non-profit for military veterans.
Kim spent her 20 year career as a financial consultant with Western & Southern Life, earning her Life Underwriter’s Training Council Fellow from The American College of Financial Professionals. She obtained her Series 26 and Series 6. Kim is also a certified National Social Security Advisor. Due to her passion for educating and consulting individuals on their retirement planning, Kim is passionate about helping people plan for all aspects of retirement to include nursing home care and estate planning.
Charles (Chuck) Lightner, Board Vice-President
Marketing Professional, Board Member since March, 2017
Charles Lightner is the Vice President of the board and also a part of the Capital Campaign Committee, the 2018 Art Auction Chair, and helps with marketing and the Calendar of Giving.
Charles is currently the Digital Media Manager for Findlay Publishing Co. & Findlay Digital Design and the Founder and Manager of Social Findlay. He has served in the past as a board member of Flag City Morning Rotary and volunteers for United Way, Red Cross and Arts Partnership. A passion for the arts brought him to Awakening Minds!
Kendran Gattuso, Board Secretary
Marketing Consultant Professional, Board Member since May, 2018
Kendran Gattuso is originally from Canton, Ohio and has spent the past 12 years between Atlanta and Findlay through her husband's employment with Marathon Petroleum Company.
Kendran is a graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication. She is the owner of KJG Solutions, working as a marketing and sales consultant with a passion for helping small businesses grow through process improvement, brand strategy, and marketing automation. For the past several years she began working with companies that exclusively work with charities and has developed a commitment to using her sales and marketing expertise into grassroots development. Kendran also served as the Event Chairperson for the first annual Murder Mystery Dinner for Awakening Minds.
Her passion for art developed at an early age by attending a magnet school that incorporated creativity and artistic expression into all aspects of scholastic learning. This method not only appealed to her style of learning but taught her that art can be used as a medium for success. She has become involved with Awakening Minds so that others have the same opportunity she had, no matter their ability, to grow and connect through art. Kendran is a new board member that will be serving as Secretary and also working on marketing initiatives. She also serves as a board member of the Children's Museum of Findlay and her family volunteers their time with Miracle League of Findlay.
Crystal Rinker, Board Governance Chair & Marketing Lead
Marketing Professional, Parent Representative, Board Member since May, 2016
Crystal has been active with Awakening Minds and the local special needs community since her family relocated to Findlay in 2012. She is currently the Governance Lead on the Board, a past Art Auction Committee Chair, and has served on the Awakening Minds Board of since 2016.
Crystal earned her MBA from the University of Kentucky with a concentration in Marketing and Management and is the marketing lead at Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies in Perrysburg, OH.
Crystal and her husband have three daughters, Jordan, Karter and Spencer. Their journey with Awakening Minds began with 1 on 1 programming for their oldest daughter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, and has developed into an empowering affiliation that Crystal believes has helped the Rinker girls gain confidence in themselves and one another.
Crystal is inspired by her daughters and has become an advocate for people with or without developmental and physical disabilities. She is passionate about providing children with choices and resources to meet their goals inside and outside of the studio. In addition to her work with Awakening Minds, Crystal is the Vice-President for the Gliding Stars of Findlay Board of Directors and volunteers as a Buddy with the Miracle League of Findlay.
Tamera Rooney, Strategic Planning Chair
Marketing & Communications Professional, Member since Dec. 2017
In addition to serving as the Strategic Planning Chair and Capital Campaign Coach on Awakening Minds’ Board, Tamera Rooney was most recently the Communications Director at United Way of Hancock County. She was responsible for all marketing and communications for the organization since 2004. In 2017, the organization raised $3.3 million dollars. Tamera is a long-term artist with a studio in the historical Jones Building in downtown Findlay. She is currently assisting several nonprofit organizations with marketing needs.
Tamera has been involved with Awakening Minds from its inception, serving as the Founding Board President and has returned for another term. She formerly owned an art gallery that served as a previous home base for Awakening Minds.
Tamera received the Outstanding Artist of the Year from the Arts Partnership; the first ever Go Local award from the Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards and was awarded the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award.
Medical Professional, Board Member since July, 2015
Dr. Tony Morman is a native of Ottawa, OH where he owns and operates Morman Family Chiropractic. He currently resides in Findlay, OH. He has a passion for helping kids and has centered his business in the field of pediatric and family wellness. He also has a drive for contributing to his community and has always been inspired by his grandmother to dedicate time to volunteering. Awakening Minds is a natural fit for him, as it is also committed to serving families and kids in his community.
Dr. Tony enjoys his role as the Clinic Director of Morman Family Chiropractic (MFC) and is very proud that his practice has grown to one of the largest of its kind in the state of Ohio. MFC is a unique clinic in that it has a focus of guiding individuals to a life less stressful by calming neurological stress. Children suffering from nervous system stress can struggle with a multitude of symptoms that can affect quality of life for not only the kiddo, but the entire family. Dr. Tony has found this to be his “life’s work” and is committed to making real change in his community.
Dr. Tony has proudly served on the Awakening Minds board for several years now and has been a supporter for even longer.
Local Philanthropist & Parent Representative, Board Member since August, 2015
Missi Edwards moved to Findlay in 2003 from Southern California to start in the Western Equestrian Studies Program at The University of Findlay. Upon completion in 2007, she began working for UF as the Animal Science/Pre Vet Admissions Counselor, breaking enrollment records for the program. In 2011, Missi completed her Master of Arts in Education from UF.
She now works as a Recruiting Specialist for ADP RPO. In the past Missi has held President and Vice President roles with Findlay North PTO and Glenwood PTO, was the Boys Admin for Findlay Soccer Club, and is currently the Fundraising Coordinator for Hancock Horsemen Equestrian Team.
Missi and her husband have two children, Levi and Lexi. It is through Lexi's involvement with Awakening Minds that Missi came to be on the Board.
Kim (Kimmy) Stevenson, Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning & Marketing Professional, Board Member since May, 2018
Kim Stevenson is a new member to the Awakening Minds Board and will be actively participating on the Strategic Planning committee. She is an Instructional Systems Designer, currently working for Marathon Petroleum Company as a Learning Consultant. Kim analyzes, designs, develops, implements, and evaluates training to achieve strategic business results.
Kim earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2-Dimensional Studies from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Science degree from Full Sail University in Education Media Design + Technology. She served on the Clothe-a-Child of Ohio committee for three years, helping this local non-profit with fundraising efforts to assist children desperately in need of new clothing. The experience left her forever changed and eager to find a way to help a broader audience.
As a mother, artist, and Learning & Development professional, Kim is passionate about Awakening Minds and the opportunity to bring her talents to the table to serve the AMAzing folks of Findlay, OH and the surrounding areas.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Human Resources and Staff Development- Board Member since August, 2018
Laura moved to Findlay in 2007 with her husband from the Toledo area.
Laura graduated from the University of Toledo with a Master’s in Counselor Education in 2008. She has worked in community mental health facilities, including Family Resource Center, as well as in private practice. Currently, she has a practice located in Maumee, Ohio where she works with individuals, couples and families.
Laura and her husband have three children, Landon, Kian and Adrienne. They became connected with Awakening Minds when their son was diagnosed with autism and they were looking for additional services. They continued to add sessions for their daughter after she also received an autism diagnosis. Currently, all three children attend Awakening Minds together in a group setting where they are learning to communicate and work together.
Laura is passionate about educating and empowering parents with children who have an autism diagnosis. In addition to her work with Awakening Minds, Laura is the Ohio Coordinator for TACA, a national parent support organization.