BOARD OF DIRECTORS
David is retired CEO of Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company and currently serves on a number of
boards of directors, including Wayne Savings Community Bank. David has a bachelor’s degree in
business finance from the University of Akron. He also has extensive training in leadership and leader
development and served for ten years as the primary facilitator of the Leadership Orrville Program.
David is currently a co-facilitator for the Leadership Advantage Program through Ohio State/ATI.
David is Vice Chairman of the board of directors of the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, having served
on the board of ten years. From his own experience of four years in a children’s home and six years in a
foster home, David has a passion for children on the margin and at risk of falling through the cracks.
David is attracted to OHuddle because of its purpose and focus on the development of sustainable
relationships through mentoring.
Shellie Russell, M.D.
Shellie Russell is an Akron Children's Hospital Pediatrician specializing in trauma-informed care. Shellie has practiced in Houston TX and Bismarck ND. She has been involved with the Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center for the last 14 years, currently in the role as Medical Director. She also served in this role at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Bismarck ND. Because Shellie works in general pediatrics and child abuse, she understands the importance of resiliency and advocacy for all children. She presently chairs the Wayne County Resiliency Network.
In her free time Shellie enjoys hiking with her dogs and husband, spending time with her daughters and traveling.
Empower a Child Change the World
OHuddle believes in the power of making impact in our community by establishing invested relationships with our area youth.
By meeting students and families where they are, OHuddle builds bridges towards education, achievement, and vocational success. By connecting local agencies through case management, OHuddle organizes a layered approach, supporting students to rise and seek their potential.
Are you interested in contributing to OHuddle's leadership team? Board commitment is a 3 year obligation. Find out more by emailing David Lehman prior to completing the below survey.
Secretary / Treasurer
Jody Starcher is a Director, Supply Chain at The J.M. Smucker Company. She has worked at Smucker for the past 20 years and previously worked at Rubbermaid, Inc. At Rubbermaid she was part of a group that supported volunteer opportunities for employees. She also participated on the United Way Allocations Committee.
Jody serves as a mentor in Wooster City Schools. She lives in Wooster with her husband, Dan and high school aged son, Devon. Her family has two cats, Wilson and Harrison. She enjoys time with family and friends, scrapbooking and bicycling.
Melissa Burgett, MD
Melissa Burgett, MD is a board-certified pediatrician who currently works at Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center in Wooster, Ohio.
Dr. Burgett received her medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington, Vermont.
She lives in Wooster with her husband and three young boys. She enjoys running (slowly), reading, knitting, and hiking.
Shaquez is a University of Akron graduate and serves as the Institutional Risk Manager at The College of Wooster. In addition to service on the OHuddle board, Shaquez has engaged in Board membership for Learn and Play of Wooster. She is a Committee member for Central Christian School and serves as an Advisor for College of Wooster's Women of Images Honors House.
Shaquez and her husband are raising two beautiful daughters.
Bethany Nussbaum, MBA
Bethany Nussbaum is Senior Development Officer for MEDA and lives in Orrville.
MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) works to alleviate poverty through business in developing countries around the world. With 14 years of professional experience in various development and leadership roles, including previously as Advancement Director at Central Christian School (Kidron, Ohio), Bethany is passionate about empowering and developing youth and adults through building strong relationships, being a connector and having fun in the process.
Bethany is a 2008 graduate of Values-Based Leadership Program (VBLP), helped launch a youth version of the program and current member of the steering committee. She earned her MBA with a concentration in leadership in 2016, enjoys serving on the board for Bridge of Hope National, a program that aims to end homelessness for families, and as a mentor with the OHuddle program.
Bethany says, "Reading, running and time with my nieces and nephew keeps me sane."
Matt Beres, M.Ed
Matt Beres is a husband and father raising his family right here in Wooster, OH. Matt currently serves as Student Services Coordinator at Northwestern Local Schools where he teaches social emotional skills, connects students to mental health supports, and partners with community agencies.
Before working in public education he served as a pastor at a large, non-denominational church. His undergraduate work was done at Cedarville University, then pursued further education at Ashland University, and most recently completed a MEd in Educational Leadership at The American College of Education.
Aside from professional pursuits, Matt enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Andrew Heller is a Wooster High School alumus and a graduate of Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Andrew has served as an associate pastor on staff at Wooster Nazarene since January of 2016. He spends the majority of his time ministering to High School students.
Andrew is married, and he and his wife Samantha have a son who they are raising in Wooster.
David Newberry-Yokley, and his partner Laura, are raising their two children in Wooster, Ohio. Professionally, David works as Senior Associate Director of Admissions at The College of Wooster. In addition to coordinating recruitment efforts for a geographic territory, David serves as the Director of Multicultural Recruitment and co-leader of the admissions office's social media team.
A graduate of The College of Wooster, David has been working in admissions higher education and diversity for nearly 20 years.