Claire Heffron and Lauren Drobnjak are the executive directors of The Treehouse. They are pediatric occupational and physical therapists with a passion for promoting healthy development for all children. Lauren and Claire are also the co-creators of The Inspired Treehouse, a blog where they share activities, resources, and tips to help readers conquer common developmental issues that come up for kids.
Lauren has practiced for more than 18 years in both clinical and school-based settings. She is a graduate of the Youngstown State University Physical Therapy program. Lauren is a busy mama of 3 who thrives on chaos. Her drive to make a difference in the lives of kids has led her entrepreneurial spirit in the direction of creating opportunities for play-based wellness and skill development.
Claire has worked for 10 years as an OT in public and specialized school settings. She has a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from The University of North Carolina and is a mom of 3 boys. Claire started off with an undergraduate degree in magazine journalism and loves blogging as a way to combine her talents as a writer and her experience as a therapist in a unique way.
Julie Clark is Managing Director, Leadership Development, at Business Volunteers Unlimited (BVU). Julie provides guidance and consulting to nonprofit board and staff in the areas of governance/board development, succession planning, strategic planning, and organizational capacity assessments. For more than 10 years, she led BVU’s board matching program, where she prepared, trained, and matched business professionals to nonprofit board opportunities. In addition to serving as President of the Board of The Treehouse Ohio, Julie serves as Secretary of the Board of South Suburban Montessori School in Brecksville. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master of Arts in Communications Management from John Carroll University. Julie lives in Brunswick with her husband Aaron and their son Rogan.
Borbala Banto is the managing partner of Concierge CPAs, Inc., a CPA and business advisory firm that helps law firms and other professionals improve their financial performance and get control of their numbers.
She serves on the board of several local non-profits and is passionate about helping women and minority owned start-ups get off the ground. She works and lives in Brecksville with her husband, Attila, their four kids (all of them under the age of nine), and their little Pomeranian called Fluffy.
Brandy Rigby graduated from Ohio University in 2010 with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. She plans on pursuing her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Brandy has been teaching for 6 years in the Bedford City School District; five years as a kindergarten teacher, and one year as a first grade teacher with both regular education / special education students. She has 2 rescue dogs that she loves to spend time with along with family and friends.
Chisomo Selemani, M.A., CCC-SLP, is an associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Baldwin Wallace University (BW). Her work through community partnerships between BW's department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Glendale Primary School has given her the opportunity to collaborate with preschool and kindergarten teachers and graduate students in developing literacy enrichment activities for many years. She counts herself incredibly privileged to engage in the Bedford community in a new way through her involvement with The Treehouse as board member.
Brian Adams, MOT, OTR/L is the Manager of Business and Ambulatory Development for University Hospitals Regional Hospitals with campuses in Bedford and Richmond Heights, Ohio. He holds a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in Occupational Therapy.
He is a licensed occupational therapist with clinical expertise in neurological rehabilitation and seating and mobility. Brian is the owner of Inertia Mobility, LLC, a private practice focused on home-based mobility/wheelchair evaluations. Brian lives in Twinsburg with his wife Liza and infant daughter Evelyn.
Miguel Covarrubias is a 15 year Youth Minister turned writer/podcaster (Patron Saints of PopCulture/The Lost Letters) with an insurance habit. He currently works for Progressive insurance as a Chat Specialist. He has a BFA from Colorado Christian University in Youth Ministries (Adolescent Development), and theater.
With his 15 year career in Adolescent Development he has a lot of experience with fundraising, curriculum development, and volunteer training. He has developed two podcasts, a semi-popular blog, and several other creative projects. He is passionate about creative projects and creative ways to help kids learn and grow.
Laurie Gombash is a physical therapist who also holds a Master's degree in Special Education. She is currently serving as our community liason, helping to broaden the impact of our organization. She has worked in the public school system for more than 20 years, and has created a product designed to help students connect literacy to motor skills: The ABC's of Movement.