Scott Pugh is the founder and director of Children Matter®. Scott holds a degree from Kentucky Christian University and 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 the lower Appalachia region of Kentucky, and another six years at High Point Christian Church in Clinton, Ohio.
Scott has been married to his wife Vanessa for 17 years and they have two amazing kids. They love 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 originally grew up in Cleveland and has always lived in Northeast Ohio. She has worked in accounts payable and office administration for over 8 years. She brings all 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 fan of Harry Potter! When she’s not at work or volunteering her time for Children Matter®, Maria likes to spend time with family and friends.
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 loves watching documentaries, reading autobiographies, doing adventurous things with her family, and she is the self-proclaimed Cleveland Cavs Team Mom.
Staci grew up in a small town outside of the Warren/Youngstown area called Champion, Ohio. She holds a degree from Kent State and is finishing her Master’s degree at Baldwin Wallace. Before joining our team, Staci worked for many years as an inventory control buyer. She got involved with Children Matter® in 2014, but Staci’s passion for children was sparked while serving at a Children Matter® sponsored event called “Summerfest” a few years ago. Since then, she has joined our staff and she’s looking forward to finding new ways to make children matter.
Staci loves to bake and read, and you will almost always find her holding a good cup of coffee. Staci and her husband Matt were married in the summer of 2017. They enjoy several hobbies together; including traveling, cooking, and camping.
Zack was raised in New Castle, Indiana. He recently graduated from Kentucky Christian University. Before working with Children Matter®, Zack worked for a community college in Maysville, KY and led worship for a local church there.
Zack and his wife Abbie have been married since 2015 and have a 1-year-old daughter. In his free time, Zack likes to watch soccer, re-watch The Office for the 20th time (yes, it’s that good), drink good coffee, play guitar, and be outside with his family and their dog.
Mike is an “Angelino” (meaning he is from Los Angeles) born and raised. He has been passionate about serving people since he was 18 years old. He attended Vision Bible College in San Diego and has worked with young people since 1995. Mike has been a part of Children Matter® since 2017 and loves to work alongside parents in mentoring middle school and high school students.
You can find him reading his favorite book The Hobbit, watching The Last Kingdom on Netflix, or listening to the band Green Day. Mike and his wife Audrey have been married since 2000 and have two children. They live in Willowick, where they are active in their community.