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COSA is designed to elevate the field of out-of-school time education and programming.

COSA Leadership

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Steve Shergalis

Special Projects Consultant

Steve Shergalis has worked as a senior level administrator in a wide variety of K-12 school districts in his 29 years in public education. His experience has included a strong emphasis on business operations, human resources, and encouraging the development of organizational leadership capabilities. In his many leadership roles, he has maintained a consistent focus on helping all public school employees enthusiastically contribute to, and feel responsible for, the achievement of educational excellence.

In addition to being certified as an accredited trainer by the Hay Group, a Boston based organizational consulting firm with worldwide expertise, Mr. Shergalis received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ashland University. He has also participated in the Harvard University Executive Leadership Program for Educators and the Case Western Reserve University Leadership Deep Dive Program. Prior to his career in education, Mr. Shergalis obtained a degree in architecture and was a registered architect in the State of Ohio, specializing in educational facility planning.

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Mark Noftz

COSA Director

Mark Noftz has been an out-of-school time (OST) professional since 2008 when he began tutoring in afterschool programs. He quickly developed a passion for these programs because of their impact and the opportunities they create for youth. Mark then moved into various leadership roles in the OST field. From 2010-2018, Mark served as a Center Director and Site Coordinator for Horizon Education Centers where he managed various 21st CCLC afterschool programs in Elyria and Cleveland.

Mark’s experience in 21st CCLC includes program management, grant writing, curriculum development, staff development, training, and data reporting and entry. In addition, Mark has presented at various out-of-school conferences and has made several trips to Washington D.C. and Columbus, OH to advocate for OST funding.

Mark became the COSA Training Director in July 2018 and was promoted to COSA Director in October 2019.
Mark holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University in addition to a current State of Ohio teaching certification in grades 7-12 Language Arts.

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COSA Mentors

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Stacy Ward-Braxton

Northeast Regional Mentor

Stacy is passionate about equipping leaders, engaging teams and empowering organizations by providing resources that will place people where their strengths can produce results and promote engagement.

Stacy’s introduction to 21st Century Programs was in 1999 where she began as one of the program coordinators for the 21st CCLC in East Cleveland City Schools. She has spent the past 20 years as a consultant, speaker, trainer, coach and entrepreneur helping educators, entrepreneurs, non-profit and for-profit organizations thrive.

She received her undergraduate degree from Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio where she continues to give back. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor from 2010-2017. As a graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management’s Positive Organizational Development Program, Stacy realizes the importance of combining engagement with being an experienced multi-disciplinary team member and working effectively with people and communities from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.

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Theresa Barnett

Northwest Regional Mentor

Theresa joined the COSA team of Regional Mentors in November 2018. Prior to joining COSA, she spent 6 years as a Center Director and 21st CCLC Site Coordinator for another non-profit organization where she worked with children in grades K-8.

Theresa is a graduate of the University of Toledo, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Individualized Programming with Interdisciplinary Studies of Anthropology and Recreation.

Outside of work, Theresa volunteers at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, a non-profit that supports education and inspires the discovery of our natural world to children and adults. She appreciates any chance to support meaningful, enjoyable, and educational opportunities for youth and their families

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Jamond Foree

Southwest Regional Mentor

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jamond has spent the past decade working to improve the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional outcomes for young people from cradle to career.

He has served locally as Youth Development Director at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and the Senior Manager for Community Strategies at StrivePartnership. In addition to his local work, Jamond served as Technical Advisor for the YMCA of the USA, providing programmatic support and targeted staff development in 10 states.

As a master trainer and skilled facilitator, Jamond has worked across the country helping organizations, school districts, and municipalities to build capacity while developing strategies to ensure diversity, inclusion, and equity. In addition, Jamond is a multidisciplinary artist. He has worked professionally as a costume designer, actor, and freelance writer. When he is not trying to save the world, he is busy working his most important job: Dad.

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Sheila James

Central Regional Mentor

Sheila has served as a champion for children and dedicated youth advocate for over 25 years. Her career and advocacy efforts include a variety of experiences: volunteer, teacher, outreach specialist, program administrator, TA Specialist, STEM Specialist and Professional Development Trainer.

Sheila has been a leader among her peers to drive quality and consistency of the site experience through coaching, training, and mentoring throughout the country as well as right at home in Central Ohio. She is a Master STEM Trainer, Red Cross FA/CPR/AED Instructor, and holds degrees in Business Administration and Early Childhood Development.

Sheila is committed to advancing children’s learning and social development by equipping those who work in programs with the impactful tools they need to succeed. This involves delivering best practice information, relevant resources, and updating significant changing trends in the afterschool and early childhood field.

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