Employee at Hancock County Veterans Service Office
Board Member since March, 2021
Kyle Frias is a County Veterans Service Officer of the Hancock County Veterans Service Office. Since he joined the county team in 2013, he has been instrumental in helping the office more than triple the number of veterans served locally, and the amount of VA expenditures for county veterans has increased by 8 million dollars.
During his four years in the U.S. Air Force, Kyle maintained cyber security systems for 13 bases globally and was responsible for a five billion dollar computer network. In 2010 after his discharge from the military, he returned to Northwest Ohio where he remains an active member of the community. In 2015, Kyle joined the Flag City Honor Flight board and in 2017 he graduated from the Hancock County Leadership program. He has served on multiple veterans organization boards and has previously served as a Findlay~Hancock County Chamber Ambassador.
Kyle resides in Findlay with his wife, Lindsay and his two sons Noah and Mason and their daughter Makayla . He earned his associates degree in applied science for architectural design and drafting.
Founder of Awakening Minds Art
Owner of Whirlwind Productions
VP of Public Relations at Northwest Physical Therapy
Board Member since July, 2020
Raised in both Lima & Spencerville Ohio (ever heard of it? Probably not, it’s a farm town with a stoplight and a pop machine). Sarah moved to the BIG city of Findlay in 2004 to attend the University of Findlay, majoring in Psychology. Sarah founded Awakening Minds Art in 2009 to merge her interests of psychology and art. She wanted to find a way to merge her love for all things brain with art, which is how the birth of Awakening Minds Art happened.
Sarah specializes in marketing, event planning, behavior processing and modifications, while adding an artistic flare.
Sarah believes that everyone should feel accepted and understood, which is what every single person experiences from the second they walk in the doors of Awakening Minds Art.
Sarah is married to Keith Ricker, has a step-son, Grayson, and a daughter Zoe. Her family moved to Ottawa in 2021 and she started a new business, Whirlwind Productions.
Sarah is also a past Vice President of Hancock Leadership Alumni Association (class of 2017), a former Findlay Elks Lodge- Six Bits Trustee and a former board member of Sunshine Institute. Proudly, Sarah is one of the 20 recipients of the 2019 Toledo Area 20 Under 40 Awards.
Employee of Marathon Petroleum Corporation
Board Member since January, 2019
Melody Rinker is a native of Eubank, Kentucky, and an unapologetic Wildcat fan. At the University of Kentucky, she earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management and a Master’s in Business Administration. Melody has worked in a variety of accounting roles, including audit, cost accounting, payables, receivables, and most recently corporate and general accounting.
Her career has taken her through Lexington Kentucky and Canton, Ohio, as well as two times each to Robinson, Illinois and Findlay, Ohio. A spreadsheet enthusiast and an advocate for informed decision making and financial planning, Melody has a passion for helping AMA achieve its goals through sound financials and a forward-looking mindset.
When she’s not crunching numbers, you might find Melody attending local Gateway Church, or traveling. Melody is a mom to Karson and Isabella, who make life fun on a daily basis! Melody was also honored to be a mom and advocate for twins Landon and Nolan. To say Melody cares about the special needs community would be an understatement. “I am unreservedly proud to be part of an organization that can mean so many things to so many people”.
Owner of Red Tornado Art Productions
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.
Owner of Moose Landing Country Club
-Board Member since October, 2022
Graduate from University of Dayton, Bachelors of Science in Business
Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Dayton (2018)
Katie Unverferth is the owner of Moose Landing Country Club north of Kalida OH where she and her husband Shawn reside with their mini golden doodle Reggie. Katie graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Business and went back to earn her MBA from UD as well in 2018. Katie is an avid UD Flyers basketball fan in the winter months, Buffalo Bills and Ohio State football fan, and Cincinnati Reds fan in the summers. Katie currently volunteers as the President of the Kalida Area Chamber of Commerce to grow local businesses and gain them exposure. Also, she serves on the board of the newest USA Cares chapter located here in Northwest Ohio. "I am excited to continue to grow the already great AMA program and help raise awareness to this wonderful and ever-serving cause that means so much to so many!"
Board Member since May, 2023
Shelby Cole attended both Ohio University and Bowling Green State University, now holding a Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Master’s in Business Administration. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the senior living and elder care industries starting her career in college as a nurse's aide, then becoming an Assisted Living Activities Director, and has worked for the last two years on the sales and marketing side of the business. She is also involved with the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and is a member of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Walk Committee.
In her free time, Shelby enjoys spending time with her husband John and three dogs—Hank, Harlee, and Penny. Together they are working on remodeling their family’s farm house and are active in their church. Her other interests include traveling, event/party planning and interior decorating. On any given weekend, you might find her bartending/working events at either Alexandria’s in Findlay or Hull’s Trace in Arlington!
“I am excited to join the AMA board of directors because I have seen the residents that I work with every day reap the benefits of this organization's cause. The elderly are too often an overlooked, vulnerable population, and AMA enhances their lives in so many more ways than just painting. Attending class each month helps enhance their fine motor and cognitive abilities, but also boosts their confidence and provides a new and different opportunity for socialization. I am so grateful for the way AMA helps us serve seniors and for this opportunity to give back to a cause that has given my residents so much”
Occupational Therapist with Findlay City Schools
Board member since May, 2023
Rachel Fix attended Xavier University in Cincinnati where she earned her Master’s degree in occupational therapy. Before becoming an occupational therapist with Findlay City Schools, she worked in the healthcare model in hospitals, skilled nursing, and home health. Her passion is representing and advocating for those with different abilities. From a young age, she has been involved in volunteer opportunities to serve others.
‘I am thrilled to join the AMA board as a way of giving back to an organization who has done so much for the community. My own children have had parties at AMA and we have attended AMA events in the past. I hope to be able to act as a liaison with AMA and the students of FCS to encourage and support families as they navigate having a child with different abilities. Art is universal- good for one, good for all. The practice of inclusion could not fit more perfectly with art!’
Rachel lives in Findlay with her husband Matt and three children Olin (10), Ivy (8), and Esme (5). They have 2 dogs and a cat, and also foster rescue dogs through Blackjack Animal Rescue. Rachel enjoys gardening, crafts, traveling, and quiets days at home with her family. Her family attends St. Mark’s United Methodist church. One interesting fact is that in the past year, she has visited destinations in opposite corners of the US! Some even outside of the US! Florida, Alaska, Cabo Mexico, and Prince Edward Island Canada.
Paraprofessional with Findlay City Schools
Board member since July, 2023
Allison Trutt is a dedicated educator who earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Findlay. But before she embarked on her teaching journey, she spent three incredible years serving in the United States Army as a Human Resource Specialist. Currently, she is working as a paraprofessional for Findlay City Schools, where she get to make a positive impact on the lives of young minds each day. It's an incredibly rewarding experience!
Allison's wonderful family consists of loving husband, Thomas and their three awesome kids: Tyler (14), Katie (13), and Logan (9) along with two adorable cats named Stampy and Boots. They certainly keep things lively and entertaining! When she's not busy with work and family, you can often find her indulging in her favorite hobbies, like crafting, reading books (especially mystery and romance novels), and traveling. Family favorite destinations include the pool and the Toledo Zoo!
"As someone who deeply values the importance of community and helping others, I am genuinely thrilled to have joined the AMA board. I've personally witnessed the incredible services that the Awakening Minds Art (AMA) organization provides, benefiting my own children. It's an honor to be part of the AMA family, where together we can make a positive difference in the lives of those around us."
CPA at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA)
Board member since August 2023
Cassi Cronin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working as a senior audit associate at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP (CLA) in Findlay. She focuses on serving non-profit clients throughout Ohio. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting as well as a Master of Accountancy degree from Bowling Green State University. Go Falcons!
She is excited to join the AMA board and be a part of an organization that is making a huge difference in the Findlay Community.
Cassi lives in Ada with her husband Randy. They have 2 cats (Groot and Trixie) and 1 dog (Shaggy). Cassi enjoys volleyball, golf, and quality time with her friends and family which usually consists of some sort of card or board game.