Our staff is a collection of business leaders, educators, coaches and determined problem-solvers who believe every child has the potential to unlock their inner leader and become the very best version of themselves. We truly do! Get to know us a little bit better.

Flo Brett

ELA Founder & Executive Director Flo BrettFounder & Executive Director

Since serving as the Training and Development Lead and Clinical Governance Manager at University Hospitals of Leicester United Kingdom, Flo has built a reputation for developing and implementing action-based, team-building strategies, goal achievement plans and positive attitude programs that help individuals and teams reach their full potential.

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Heather Lee

Effective Leadership Academy Director of OperationsDirector of Operations

Heather joined ELA after leading the charge in developing dynamic programs for the Cleveland Museum of History. She has a passion for informal education and being a lifelong learner. As ELA’s director of operations, Heather has a significant impact on mission performance, financial success, internal team collaboration, and day-to-day operations.

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Faith Boone

Marketing Director

Faith brings website development, content writing, graphic design, media relations and marketing expertise to ELA. Her experiences as a newspaper reporter, public relations account executive, social media specialist and broadcast TV web producer helps to expand ELA’s reach across Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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Michael Biedenbach

Effective Leadership Academy Director of Finance Mike Biedenbach
Director of Finance

Michael came to ELA through the Cleveland Encore program, sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation.  As a retired finance executive, he was looking for a meaningful opportunity to utilize his experience and talent to support a community organization that is positively impacting young people. 

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Melanie Twomey

Effective Leadership Academy Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic Melanie Twomey
Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic

Melanie has over twenty years’ experience creating and supporting non-profit programs as a teacher, program coordinator and development officer. Her passion is creating sustainable programs that enrich child development. Located in the Washington DC metro area, she is both passionate about the ELA program offerings and looking forward to expanding its reach to new communities.

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Torey Stroud

Curriculum Director

Torey taught high school for five years before joining the ELA team. Originally from the Sandusky area, he gained experience with a wide variety of different student populations from his time teaching in Nashville and Chicago. Prior to starting his career in education, he was an Army medic for eight years. He has a wife who is just as passionate about education as him and a 9 year old who keeps them grounded in reality.


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Jamison Days

LEAD Facilitator and Reentry Coordinator

Jamison started with ELA in March 2019. He is one of the Lead Facilitators involved in all school settings, along with juvenile correction facilities. Jamison has a passion for youth engagement and development and has shown that throughout has career in sports administration and marketing. He gained a great deal of youth development skills working in China as a youth basketball director.

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Tiara Sargeant

LEAD Facilitator

Tiara started with ELA in February 2020 as a Lead Facilitator. After graduating from Hampton University in 2018, she moved back to Cleveland and became actively involved in youth engagement and race relations. In addition, to working at ELA she is the Student Group on Race Relations Adviser and attends Case Western Reserve University for her Master’s in Positive Organization Development.


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Corbyn Martz

Office Coordinator

Corbyn joined ELA in June 2019. She is essential to ELA’s customer relationship management and evaluation analysis. Corbyn is passionate about youth engagement in the community and student wellness. During her career, she has worked with students in all different settings and nations to help them develop a healthy lifestyle while motivating them to be their best self. Corbyn is pursuing a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Administration at John Carroll University.

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Susan Romano

Effective Leadership Academy Office Administrator Susan Romano
Office Administrator

Susan started with ELA in its beginning stages. She joined the team in 2010 as the office administrator. Susan is the linchpin behind supplies and equipment organization for programming.


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