• Our Team

    The Board of Directors support the work of W.A.G.S. 4 Kids and provide mission-based leadership, major individual and corporate fundraising support and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by W.A.G.S. 4 Kids' Executive Director, the Board-Executive Director relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.


    If you are interested in a board position, please fill out the form below AND email your resume and letter of interest to info@wags4kids.com.

    Board Of Directors

    Let Us Introduce Ourselves...

    Sophia Augier


    Manager, SecureState

    Sophia has always held a place in her heart for helping the ‘underdog’. During her 12 years of working as a Catalog Executive for Spiegel, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, she held a variety of Board positions with the Infant Welfare Society. A non-profit Auxiliary, the Board raised funds to support quality community based healthcare to underinsured and uninsured women and children, who would otherwise lack access to basic medical services.


    Upon her arrival in Cleveland in 1998, she held a variety of Board positions with the Chagrin Valley Women’s League (now known as Give! Chagrin Valley) and the Kappa Alpha Theta Alumni Organization. The mission of both of these organizations is to fundraise, volunteer, and give back to the less fortunate in the community. She also served as a Board Member on S.E.S. (Special Education Services) which provided no cost or low cost support services for families seeking help with the educational goals of their child with special needs.


    Sophia became involved with W.A.G.S. 4 Kids after she applied for and received her own dog “Parker” from W.A.G.S. to assist her three boys with severe autism. With the realization of the tremendous positive impact Parker had on her family, she decided to dedicate her talents to W.A.G.S..


    Her 20+ years of corporate and estate management, leadership, creativeness, & attention to detail enables her to offer W.A.G.S. a wide range of administration and executive support.

    Stacie Schmidt


    Integrated Sales & Marketing, Live Events & Experiences, and Special Events

    I am the Director of Live Events and Experiences at CBS Radio Cleveland for our four local radio stations: Q104, Star 102, 98.5 WNCX & 92.3 The Fan. I live in Shaker Heights with my 5 year old dog Andy.


    I work with an amazing team everyday while having the opportunity to create events and sponsorship concepts for a living. I have the chance to connect to the community, develop experiences for our Cleveland radio station listeners, while engaging with our broadcast team and partners.


    A few things about myself:

    • I  am an avid runner and volleyball player.
    • I love taking photos of my city, family, friends and unique art.
    • I have been in the music and entertainment industry for almost two decades.
    • I am a HUGE Cleveland Sports Fan (Cavs season ticket holder and a Browns believer).
    • I am a proud foster failure (which is what you are called when you foster animals and then adopt the animals themselves).
    • I accepted an opportunity for a promotion within CBS Radio and moved to Las Vegas where I lived for 8 years.
    • During my time in Nevada, I worked at House of Blues/Live Nation inside Mandalay Bay, was hired back by CBS Radio Las Vegas before being promoted and moved back home to CLE. I am so thankful for the experience and knowledge that living across the country provided me, but am very proud to be back in CLE.

    Christine M. Pratt


    Realtor, Russell Real Estate Services

    Christine M. Pratt brings a career of financial and regulatory oversight and compliance to light at the board level. Her professional history is strong in lending and financial accountability, and in her role as the Production Manager / Mortgage Financing Advisor at Pulte Homes and Pulte Mortgage, she is constantly responsible for reconciling the financial and operational requirements of the organization. This experience set is invaluable as a Board Member.


    Her professional history includes ensuring compliance with State and Federal lending regulations and with project management, lending systems and account design and implementation and the provision of financial advice. She has served as the Treasurer of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Women’s Counsel of Realtors for 2014, a one-year limited term appointment, and remains on the Board now on the Ways and Means Committee. Christine is also a Notary Signing Agent.


    Christine devotes much of her spare time to her two teenage sons, and is involved with a range of charitable institutions.

    Tony Hanf


    Production Manager, Playhouse Square

    Growing up in what has become the Detroit Shoreway Arts District, Tony attended St. Edward High School and was the first member of his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor's degree in Theatre with a minor in Philosophy from Baldwin Wallace College. While at BW Tony served as Master Electrician of the scene shop, President of Theta Alpha Phi (the theatre honorary), and head of Drawing Board Productions. He parlayed these skills into a full time position right after school planning details and logistics for the Community Engagement and Education department at Playhouse Square. In 2015 he was promoted to Production Supervisor where he advances concerts and tours before they arrive on show day. He's been honored to work with some amazing talent over the past 10 years including Tom Hanks, Marvin Hamlisch, Jon Lithgow, Don Cheadle and Richard Sherman to name a few.

    Corey May


    COO, Corporate Management Group LTD.

    Was born and raised on the West Side of Cleveland in North Olmsted, attended Saint Edward High School in Lakewood, and graduated college from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in both Marketing & Management. Worked for Sherwin Williams immediately after college and soon after left there to work as a General Manager for The George Group restaurant group. Today, Corey sits as the COO for Corporate Management Group restaurant group and is a Managing Partner in various successful restaurants and bars in the Cleveland, OH and Orlando, FL markets. Corey currently also sits on the Greater Cleveland Ohio University Alumni Board as its Treasurer and now resides back in his hometown of North Olmsted, OH with his wife Betsy May.

    Jay Studdard


    Managing Partner, MavenHill Capital

    Mr. Studdard is a Managing Partner of MavenHill Capital, a lower middle market private equity firm based in Chagrin Falls, Ohio that makes control investments in healthcare and industrials companies. Mr. Studdard’s primary responsibilities include leading acquisition searches, negotiations, due diligence, financing and operational oversight of portfolio companies and investor relations.


    Prior to joining MavenHill, Mr. Studdard spent thirteen years at Linsalata Capital Partners, where he was a Managing Director and led the Healthcare practice. Linsalata Capital Partners is a leading middle market private equity firm with a track record that spans over 30 years and a progression of seven funds with combined transaction value of over $3.5 billion. He remains involved with several portfolio companies of Linsalata Capital Partners and serves as Chairman of Home Helpers and is a member of the board of directors of Manhattan Beachwear and Wellborn Forest Products.


    Before that, Mr. Studdard was a Manager in the strategy and operations practice at Deloitte Consulting in Cleveland. While there, he focused on providing merger and acquisition and turnaround advisory services to manufacturing and consumer product clients. He began his professional career in a progression of finance positions with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.


    Mr. Studdard is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and has an M.B.A. in Finance and Manufacturing Management from Cornell University.

    Advisory Board of Directors

    The Advisory Board of Working Animals Giving Service for Kids (W.A.G.S. 4 Kids) is composed of a group of civic and business leaders who volunteer to raise funds and awareness for W.A.G.S. 4 Kids.

    Members At Large...

    Eric Brown, Asst Director for Institutional Research - CSU
    Joe Dell'Anno, Chief Humane Investigation - Cleveland APL
    Kendall Embrescia-Hridel, Chief Creative Officer & CEO - Squirt & Skootch LLC
    Diana Fretwell, Owner - ICNS
    Lisa George, Lake County Board of DD
    Tim Mandel, Republic National Distributing Company - Sales
    Cathy Nichols, Retired from Case Western Reserve University
    Cindy Olds, Pet Sitter & Lorain Animal Emergency Clinic
    Julie Peters, Assurance Senior Manager - RSM US LLP
    David Siss, Business Systems Analyst - AmTrust Financial Services
    Frank Spatara, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
    Audry Todia, Marketing Director, Sales, Customer Service - Harvard Title

    Nicole Vullo, Buyer - Arhaus
    Denice Winters, Workshop Vocational Specialist - Lake County Board of DD Deepwood Center

    Open Board Positions:

    We currently have no open positions on the governing board. Please check back soon!


    We are currently seeking advisory board volunteers with professional experience in marketing, planning, fundraising, law and finance.


    If you are interested in participating on the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids Governing Board of Directors in the future - please feel free to complete the application process and we will contact you as soon as soon as a position becomes available.

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