STAFF


  1. Patrice Mallard
    Patrice Mallard
    I got my B.A. in Cultural Theory from Cleveland State University and was very community oriented as an undergraduate, including working as a research assistant on a project that provided support for Cleveland's IV drug using population and working in Women's Health. After graduate school at NYU, and living in New York City for nearly a decade, living abroad provided me with a global perspective which led me to philanthropic work in Cuba, Haiti and the Middle East. In addition to being a working artist I have worked in arts administration and non-profit management for most of my professional career and was excited to use those skills in service of BCH.
  2. Maya Simek, MSSA, LISW-S, JD
    Maya Simek, MSSA, LISW-S, JD
    I work with Bethlehem Community Health as a part of work that I do as the Human Trafficking Law Project Staff Attorney and Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In addition to being a lawyer and law professor at both Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Marshall College of Law, I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a Supervision designation.
  3. Lee Kay, MSSA, LISW-S
    Lee Kay, MSSA, LISW-S
    I was born and raised in the Cleveland area. I have a BA in Psychology from CSU, and an MSSA from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, with a concentration in community development. I have had the opportunity to participate in the launch and development of a wide variety of new and innovative initiatives serving Greater Cleveland. As a managing partner of Kay Coaching, LLC, I have worked with grassroots and community-based organizations and neighborhood leaders in the areas of program development, community engagement, and network-centric organizing practices. I believe everyone has value and power. My purpose is to help people find their talents and gifts, develop and use them to create caring communities and live lives of love and abundance.
  4. Lisa Storms, MSSA, LSW
    Lisa Storms, MSSA, LSW
    As a successful financial consultant with a global financial firm, I was doing well by most standards but did not feel complete. I went back to school and got a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development from Washington University in St. Louis and committed myself to a more minimalist lifestyle. I began a meditation and yoga practice, and traded my car in for a bike. In 2016 I was a Leadership Fellow at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve where I completed my MSSA in Social Work with a concentration in Community Practice for Social Change. During field work in Refugee Services I became interested in the idea of developing alternative treatment modalities for populations uncomfortable with traditional therapy and I wrote my capstone on the utilization of yoga as a treatment for Intensive Trauma.
  5. Pebbles Bush
    Pebbles Bush
    Pebbles Bush is a Horticulturist who graduated from Cuyahoga Community College and Texas Tech. She is a Cleveland native who believes that in nature all that is needed is provided.
  6. Alicia Flanery, M.Ed.
    Alicia Flanery, M.Ed.
    I currently work at an assisted living facility but I am a published research analyst with a background in assessing program effectiveness. My interest in infant development is quite relevant in a multilingual environment. Even more relevant however, is the research that I have done in the effectiveness of music therapy. I began my academic career at East Tennessee State University earning a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience and in 2015 I completed my M.Ed. at Vanderbilt where I was on a research track. My Master's Comprehensive Project focused on increasing preterm infant physical development through developmental music therapy classes. I love research because research allows me to use data to improve outcomes for people. At BCH the data that we accumulate also demonstrates both our program's effectiveness and compliance to our funders and allies.
  7. Felipe Brito
    Felipe Brito
    I earned my B.A. in music at the State University of Campinas in Sao Paul Brazil where I was born and earned my Master's at Indiana University where I minored in Arts Administration. More recently, I studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Massimo La Rosa, Principal Trombone for the Cleveland Orchestra. While here in Cleveland I have taught and performed and grown as a musician and as a person. I have been given the opportunity to work with young people who love to play but don't have the same support that I had. Whether I am playing with my Trio or working with kids at the Boys and Girls Club, I am driven by the same desire, to introduce music to new audiences and change the lives of both listeners and performers. As a new immigrant myself, fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, I am excited to invite people to share a common creative language with the understanding that music has healing powers.
  8. Yalira Machado
    Yalira Machado
    I was born in Havana Cuba and I began studying the violin when I was 7 years old. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance from the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, a Master of Music from the University of North Texas and I currently study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. I was formerly the concertmaster of Havana’s Youth Symphony Orchestra and Gran Teatro de la Habana Symphony Orchestra and I have also been a member of Yucatan Symphony Orchestra and Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Symphony Orchestra, both in Mexico. It has always been a dream of mine to teach music to seniors and Bethlehem's Ascendance Violin Ensemble is a manifestation of that vision. Ascendance is an ensemble of violinists 60 years or older from all over the world and from right here in Cleveland. Many have never picked up an instrument, many have fled horrible things, but when they play, there is only beauty.
  9. Sifa Zawadi
    Sifa Zawadi
    I am currently completing my nursing degree at Cleveland State University. I have supported myself and my family as a CNA, a Case Manager and a translator for Refugee and Migration Services. I am a certified interpreter in 3 languages - French, Swahili and Lingala in addition to being fluent in English. I am a mom and I have strong connections with the refugee and immigrant community in Cleveland where I am proud to be known as Mama Sifa.​​ ​​
  10. Bakisa Khawi
    Bakisa Khawi
    My family is from Somalia although I grew up in the Washington DC area. After graduating from high school, I attended Karachi University in Pakistan where I studied pharmacy and became fluent in Urdu. I always knew that I wanted to work in healthcare and had even pursued opening my own home healthcare agency, but I have been living in the Cleveland area for a year working as an interpreter for various refugee resettlement agencies, which is also quite meaningful to me. I am fluent in Arabic, Somali and Urdu. Working at BCH provides me with the opportunity to merge my interests. When I am not working, I love spending time with my daughter, gardening and making soap.
  11. Giselle Fermin
    Giselle Fermin
    I was born in the Dominican Republic in the city of Santiago De Los Caballeros, but most people simply call it Santiago. My family moved to New York City when I was younger but I have lived in Cleveland now for many years. I went to high school at Lincoln West High on Cleveland's near west side and after graduating I spent a few years as a professional baker while I raised my young daughter before I decided to attend business school. I had almost completed my degree before realizing that what I really wanted to do was work with people. Working at BCH not only gives me that opportunity, it gives me the opportunity to advocate for other Spanish speaking immigrants like myself.