AFK Board

Angels for Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of community leaders. Our current members are:

Shanyn McCourt

Founder and President - Shanyn McCourt In addition to the oversight of all aspects of the Angels for Kids Foundation, Shanyn works as a clinical liason nurse for Lifecare Centers of America representing the Life Care Center of Westlake. She enjoys being very active in the lives of her two children, participating in all of thier school functions and sporting events, and serves as the Vice President of the Working Women Connection, Rocky River and Westlake chapter. In 2010, she was a recipient of the Lorain County Women of Compassion Award, and was honored in May 2012 as Fox 8 Elisa Amigos' Hometown Hero. Women's Day magazine highlighted the positive impact of Shanyn's work in the community with a feature in their December 2012 issue. In January 2013, Cleveland Mayor, Frank G. Jackson presented Shanyn with the Cleveland Clinic Difference Maker award, and her work was most recently boasted in the December 2013 publication of Family Circle magazine. Shanyn always aspires to be unique, and establish Angels for Kids as the most amazing non-profit organization in Northeast Ohio.

Nicole Ranttila, PSY.D

Board President - Nicole Ranttila, Psy.D. Dr. Nicole Ranttila is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and graduate of The Illinois School of Professional Psychology and Youngstown State University. She is a pediatric and family psychologist at Daily Behavioral Health in Cleveland. Dr. Ranttila was previously the Chief Clinical Officer at the Primo Center, a nonprofit agency for homeless families in Chicago. She has also been a clinical supervisor and professor for students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her clinical work and volunteer work focuses on promoting family health and relationships, as well as personal empowerment. Dr. Ranttila is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic. She has served on numerous advisory and charity boards.

Vin Karnik

Treasurer – Vin Karnik Vin has been with the Weatherhead School since the summer of 2013, he oversees all Annual Giving operations for the school and visits local alumni and friends. CWRU is currently in a capital campaign, Forward Thinking. The campaign’s goal is to provide necessary support to programs, capital projects, faculty and students. Weatherhead’s goal in this campaign is to raise, $60 million. Prior to joining Weatherhead, Vin served as the Director of Major Giving at the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County. While there he stewarded relationships with grateful donors and patients and helped organize two of Mercy’s signature events, the Mercy Golf Classic and Taste of Friendship. Vin established himself in the world of non-profit work as a member of the Cleveland Clinic’s Annual Giving team for over eight years. During his tenure, Annual Giving increased its support each year and was raising over $17 million in 2011, when he left to join the Mercy Foundation. Vin earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Kent State University and, in 2010, was the inaugural recipient of the Communication programs Outstanding Young Professional award.
Secretary - Dobos

Carrie Dobos

Secretary – Carrie Dobos Carrie Dobos is a small business owner who currently lives in Elyria, Ohio and runs her business from her home. In her spare time, she donates her time to various causes. She has been a long time supporter of Angels for Kids Foundation. She has spent the last year and a half involved in the development of a safe social networking website for children called SafeCircles. She is active in anti-bullying campaigns, and is a part of a non-profit group that is developing an internet safety system designed to fight all types of cyber-crime.

Brandy Bright

Brandy Bright Brandy is the CEO and Founder of Brandy Bright Media. As the child of a burn survivor, helping charitable causes has always been a big part of her life. She has helped over 25 non-profits throw events, raise money, gain media exposure and bring awareness to their causes. These events have helped her to create a vast network of strong relationships within the community both with businesses and non -profits.

Kelly Clapper

Kelly Clapper Kelly Clapper, M.A., LPCC-S, has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from John Carroll University and has completed all of the coursework toward a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at Walden University. She has worked in community mental health & private practice for 13 years in Lorain, Medina and Cuyahoga counties. She works with children, adolescents and adults, providing individual, family, and group counseling. She currently works at a private practice, Avenues of Counseling, in Medina. She resides in Columbia Station with her husband and their four children ranging in age from 7-13. She enjoys running and has competed in numerous marathons. She also enjoys Crossfit and Olympic lifting.

Cassidy Komes

Cassidy Komes Cassidy is a non-profit professional with a passion for helping individuals through their time of need. Her career as a nurse has allowed her to assist patients and families through illness and hardship. She is honored to be able to help implement Angels For Kids' mission "to provide children with joy and hope, and to assure them that they are not alone in their time of need".

Chris McCourt

Chris McCourt As a nursing professional for 18 years, Chris is the embodiment of compassion and dedication. Chris obtained his RN diploma in 1996, graduated from Ohio University in 2012 with his BSN and is currently working on his Masters degree. After his graduation in 2016, he will move forward as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Although Work and school are full time endeavors, Chris actively supports and participates in all Angels for Kids functions, and makes time to indulge in his favorite activity, spending time with his family. John Templeman John is currently the Director of Annual Giving (Central Development) at Case Western Reserve University, a position he’s held since February 2012. Now in his 16th year as an Annual Giving professional, John has also had the pleasure to serve Baldwin Wallace College (now University) as well as Cleveland State University in various Annual Giving capacities. He received his B.S. in Business Administration (1997) from Bowling Green State University and earned a Masters in Nonprofit Organizations (2003) from Case Western Reserve University. Outside of the non-profit sector, John is co-owner of Jib Machine Records/Jib Publishing, LLC, owner of 13 Recordings and a musician and member of several bands including his own solo projects. Connie Wade Connie is a Hematology Oncology Consultant at Celgene. She has been in Pharmaceutical Sales for over 14 years and Management for 7 years prior to that. She graduated from Kent State University with a Business Management and Marketing Degree. She lives in Akron and is very close to her family, friends, and actively involved in her community. She has extensive experience in planning and executing social, business, and community events. In her spare time she enjoys interior decorating, live music, going to the zoo/parks, and reading. She is excited to contribute to Angels for Kids and hopes to expand its presence to her hometown of Canton, Ohio.