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 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 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 and is the self-proclaimed Cleveland Cavs Team Mom. She also loves doing anything her adventurous family is up to.
Staci grew up in Champion, Ohio, a small town outside of the Warren/Youngstown area. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State and is actively pursuing a Master’s degree at Baldwin Wallace. She has a love for baking and reading, and you will almost always find her holding a good cup of coffee. Staci met her husband, Matt, and the end of 2013, and they were married in the summer of 2017. They enjoy several hobbies together, including traveling, cooking, and camping.
Before joining our team, Staci worked for many years as an inventory control buyer. She got involved with Children Matter® through Velocity Church in 2014, but Staci’s passion for children was sparked while serving at a Children Matter® sponsored event called “Summerfest” a few years ago. “Not everyone gets to go on a summer vacation. But knowing I was able to help provide one day where kids and families could come together and make some awesome memories was really rewarding. I wanted to make more of an impact, not just at Summerfest.” Since then, she has joined our staff, and she’s looking forward to finding new ways to make children matter.
Zack was raised in New Castle, Indiana. He recently graduated from college, where he met his wife, Abbie. They also have a 1-year-old daughter named Amelia. Before working with Children Matter®, Zack worked part-time at both a community college in Maysville, KY.
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, CA) 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 in full-time ministry since 1995. Mike has been a part of Children Matter® since 2017 and has a desire 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.
Shawn has worked with families and children for over 19 years. He loves helping and watching children grow, learn & discover who they are meant to be, and encouraging parents in their role. Shawn and his wife Angela live in the Cleveland area and are blessed to have four children of their own.