OUR TEAM

Scott Pugh

Scott Pugh is the founder and director of Children Matter®. Scott is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University and has a Master’s Degree from the University of Akron. He is the author of three books: My New Church, Children Matter, and The Church Next Door.

Before starting Children Matter®, Scott was a youth minister for 13 years. He spent seven years working with children in lower Appalachia Kentucky and another six years at High Point Christian Church in Clinton, Ohio.

Scott has been married for 17 years to his wife Vanessa and they have two amazing kids. They love spending time playing kickball with all the neighborhood kids and watching movies. In his free time, Scott enjoys working out, riding mountain bikes, and spending time with Vanessa.

Maria Spencer

Maria originally grew up in Cleveland and has always lived in the Northeast Ohio area. She has worked in accounts payable and office administration for over 8 years. She brings a lot of that experience and knowledge to Children Matter® by handling all of the accounting for our organization. Maria has been involved with Children Matter® since it’s inception.

In her free time, Maria loves coaching girls softball and is a big Harry Potter fan! When she’s not at work or volunteering her time for Children Matter®, Maria likes to spend time with family and friends.

Vanessa Pugh

Vanessa grew up in North Hill, a neighborhood of Akron, Ohio.  She is passionate about leadership development and empowering people to reach their fullest potential. Nothing brings her happiness like watching those around her succeed. Those passions serve her well when volunteering with Children Matter®.

She currently works for Stadia as the Assistant Director of Bloom, a ministry that helps church planting women grow in their leadership.  Vanessa loves watching documentaries, reading autobiographies and is the self proclaimed Cleveland Cavs Team Mom.  She also loves doing anything her adventurous family is up to. 

Dave Plumley

Dave was born and raised in Lexington, KY. He graduated from Kentucky Christian University with a degree in Youth and Family Ministry. His career includes 16 years as a student pastor from small to mega churches. Prior to joining the Children MatterĀ® team, Dave worked in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic. Dave is passionate about seeing kids and students grow and thrive in every phase of life.

Dave is married to his fantastic wife Ann and has two super kids! In his free time Dave enjoys volunteering in the community, learning new moves in Taekwondo (2nd degree black belt), seeing the latest Marvel or Star Wars movies, and enjoying time with his family.