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
Founder & 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.

Sue Zawacki
Director of Operations

With three decades of experience working as an administrator in higher education at Hamilton College, Amherst College, the University of Chicago, and the University of New Haven, Sue has established a proven track record of implementing broad-based visions, creating effective logistical structures, and matching team strengths with program needs.

Sara Luehring
Alumni Director

As a licensed teacher, a former high school intervention specialist, and a mentor for the National Leadership Conference, Sara has spent her career empowering students by developing engaging and functional lessons that help students discover their own potential. When not developing program curriculum, Sara keeps ELA connected our network of 12,000+ alumni.

Debora Venzor
Community Outreach Director

Coming from financial consulting and non-profit development, Deb brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to ELA. Her approach to challenging issues plays a critical role in helping to build and maintain strategic partnerships with key area stakeholders.

Bobby Johnson
Lead Facilitator

Bobby, a former elementary and middle school teacher, is certified in science and social studies. Bobby uses his strong educational background to help shape our curriculum. He also uses his familiarity with area school districts to help ELA build relationships and expand our programming network.

Cathy Papp
Coordinator of Education & Training

A former crisis counselor with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and social worker with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cathy uses her experience working in high-pressure environments to help develop and expand the skill sets of Effective Leadership Academy team members.

Faith Boone
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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