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Dream Team

Katie Eichenauer,MSSA,LISW-S
Executive Director
Katie 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 22 years. She started as a teacher in early childhood development and then spent 13 years as a Clinical Therapist and then Clinical and Program Supervisor in the School Based Counseling program at Bellefaire JCB. Her focus was Human Development, Early Childhood Mental Health and Child Advocacy. Katie has served Believe in Dreams since its inception in 2014, first volunteering as a Dream Coordinator and Program Developer, and then in 2017, Katie was hired on as the Executive Director.
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Eddie Cheyfitz
Director of Development
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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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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Dream Makers

Case Western Reserve University
MSASS Interns
Masters level Interns from CWRU Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences work as Dream Makers developing their skills with nominating providers, children and families. They also build their community practice skills and knowledge through linking and coordinating community resources for the children we serve.
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Karen Trecarichi
Karen holds a BA in psychology with a minor in sociology from Bowling Green State University and an MA in counseling from John Carroll University. Her past work experience includes casework with children and families at Lake County Children’s Services and Individual and Group Therapy at a local Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Center. Karen has devoted the past several years to her family, raising 3 daughters and involved in PTO and several other community programs. She has been a Dream Maker for Believe in Dreams since 2015.
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Dr. Holly Kirk, PhD
Dr Kirk holds a Master’s Degree in counseling and a PhD in Psychology from Cleveland State University. Additionally she holds a BA from the University of Akron. Dr. Kirk has worked with children and families for over 12 years and has spent much of that time working in nonprofit agencies such as Bellefaire JCB and Applewood Centers. She has also worked in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District as a therapist and consultant for more than 7 school years. Dr Kirk is currently a member of a private practice in Rocky River, where she provides counseling services to adults, children and adolescents. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Cleveland State University where she teaches Legal and Ethical issues to graduate students and supervises internship and practicum classes. Dr Kirk’s dedication to helping children and their families inspired her to join the Believe in Dreams organization to help instill hope and healing to children who have experienced adversity in their lives.
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Suzanne Singerman
Dream Shopper
I am thrilled to be volunteering with Believe In Dreams. I’ve been married for 27 years to my husband, Egon. We have three sons, Zach (25 years old), Kyle (22 years old) and Justin (19 years old). I recently became an “empty-nester” and wanted to do something meaningful with my extra time. When I learned about the mission of Believe In Dreams and how they help make life a little better for children going through hardship, I knew that’s where I wanted to devote my time. In my other free time, I volunteer for other organizations, spend time with family and friends, exercise, and of course, shop (mostly for Believe In Dreams kids)!
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Board Of Directors

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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Nicholas J. Began
Founder, Rockhead Group USA LLC
Nick is currently a founding member and owner of the Rockheads Group USA organization, the fastest growing private group of surface fabricators in North America. Members of the Rockheads Group USA represent over a billion dollars in gross sales and share the most advanced fabrication and installation practices in the market. Nick’s thirty one years of stone fabrication experience began as a certified union tile installer which later inspired his entrepreneurial mindset. Nick’s entrepreneurial passion began in 1991 where he founded Stoneworks Ltd Inc in Cleveland, Ohio and helped grow the company’s sales to $44 million. Taking advantage of his entrepreneurial motivation and drive, Nick sought opportunities in the sink business world where he recently started a sink distribution company called SinkUSA. Nick currently enjoys his membership in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization which is a peer-to-peer network exclusively for entrepreneurs. Within this group, Nick contributes much of his time to their mentorship program enriching both his business and personal life. Most important to Nick are his family values. He enjoys spending time with his three children and his fiancée, Rana.
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Erin E. Leebow
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 five children, Justice, Natalia, Max, Maya and Alexander.
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Dan Richards
President & CEO, Testoil
Dan is a Rocky River native currently living in Bath, Ohio with his wife and three kids. He is a St. Ignatius and University of Michigan graduate. Dan is currently CEO of multiple NE Ohio businesses employing 80 people. He is a self-described idea-man and has had enough failures to become successful in his current businesses: Testoil - an oil testing service that aids in predicting equipment failures for power plants; Chemical Methods - a specialty chemical developer serving Midwestern manufacturing facilities; and Profit Finders - a monthly subscription service that helps manufacturing companies monitor their processes in real time. Dan is a long time active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and a 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.
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Gene Roberts
President & CTO, Milo Hill Traction Partners
Gene began his business career in 1988 with a large group of privately held insurance firms as Director of IT and VP of Central Services. He was called on by major carriers to help develop the industries first automated voice-response system. He left his position with these companies to form one of the nations’ first VOIP / IP Telephony firms in 1995.

His first company, The Cleveland Solutions Group, grew to become the largest provider of technology solutions in Northeast Ohio. After acquiring multiple IT Consulting and Development firms including New Channel Technologies, Gene sold the combined entities to CBIZ (NYSE:CBZ) in 2004, where Gene held the position of Business Unit President for 7 years.

Gene also launched a fast-growing commercial heating and engineering firm with his late father, which was named The Roberts Mechanical Equipment Co. He sold the business to a private party in 2010. During Gene’s involvement, RME was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in NE Ohio, ranking 3rd on the Weatherhead 100 list in 2008.

His next business, CoSource Staffing & Recruiting, grew to become a leader in the IT-related human capital industry, providing “great people to great companies” all over the US. Gene sold this business to a national practice in 2016.

Gene currently owns and operates two additional companies which include Roberts Equity Partners, LLC, a commercial and residential real estate management firm, and MiloHill Traction Partners, an EOS Implementation practice located on Rockside Rd. in Independence.

Since the sale of his last business, Gene now spends 100% if his time helping entrepreneurs get everything they want from their business by helping them implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System. He also sits on several advisory boards for non-profit organizations.

Gene earned his degree in Information Technologies from Cleveland State University 1989. He and his wife Debbie live in Solon, OH and have three children.

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Mary Beth Rowse, LPCC-S
Co-executive Director, To Go Development DBA To Go Counseling
MaryBeth is a former Special Education Teacher and Guardian ad Litem, now Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Mary Beth is a co-owner of To Go Development, LLC, and started the business to advocate for children who are wardens of the state and in residential treatment facilities. She and her business partner recently expanded their business to include a private practice (To Go Counseling) that is located in Bath, Ohio. Mary Beth has served on numerous boards over the past 15 years, from the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and Hospice of Western Reserve to All About Kids Preschool and Copley Water Warriors. She and her husband spend their free time enjoying three busy boys.
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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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