Scott Pugh is the founder and director of Children Matter®. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Kentucky Christian University and a Master’s from the University of Akron. He is the author of three books, including Children Matter.
Even before starting Children Matter®, Scott has worked with kids his entire career. He spent seven years working with children in the lower Appalachia region of Kentucky, and another six years 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 Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State and a Master’s from 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. Before working with Children Matter®, Zack worked for a community college in Maysville, KY while he and his wife finished their degrees at nearby Kentucky Christian University.
Zack and his wife Abbie have been married since 2015 and have a 2-year-old daughter and an infant son. 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.
Nate grew up in South Euclid and graduated from Brush High School, where he met his wife Amani. They both went on to graduate from Cincinnati Christian University. Before working with Love Cleveland®, Nate worked as a handyman and events manager.
Nate loves to be outside camping, biking, running, fishing, and golfing. He also enjoys watching his favorite sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond and tries not to miss an episode of Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy. Nate also loves to go on coffee and movie dates with his wife, and enjoys playing and writing music with her.