Meet Our Team

Cleveland Sight Center staff that guide the day-to-day operations of the Ohio Contact Center:

Jassen Tawil, MNO - Director - Mr. Tawil successfully managed multi-year technology and training projects funded by the Department of Commerce, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, eTech Ohio, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, as well as Cuyahoga County Jobs and Family Services.  View LinkedIn profile

Joel Zureick, MBA - Director of Employment - Mr. Zureick created and managed the Mobile Crisis Team that operates a 24 hour 7 day a week suicide prevention and rapid response hotline.  He currently manages Cleveland Sight Center's Supported Employment for the Visually Impaired program in partnership with the Case Western Reserve University Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

Larry Benders - President and Executive Director - With a substantial background in both the for-profit and non-profit world, Mr. Benders brings a wealth of experience and education to Cleveland Sight Center. As Director of Development for Cuyahoga County, he managed a $100 million economic lending program and oversaw numerous federal and state community development programs. Previously, Mr. Benders was the first Executive Director for the Workforce Investment Board (WIB), a joint effort between the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County that provided job placement opportunities.  View LinkedIn profile

Mike McManamon - Chief Information Officer - Mr. McManamon has a broad IT background that includes building electronic data interfaces for FirstEnergy as well as the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County.  He managed the telecommunication and IT system supporting a 24x7 suicide hotline.  View LinkedIn profile

Kevin Krencisz, CPA - Chief Financial Officer - Mr. Krencisz is Cleveland Sight Center's Chief Financial Officer and responsible for managing annual budget of $8.3 million dollars.  Mr. Krencisz came to the agency from Barnes Wendling CPAs where he worked as an auditor for small to medium sized businesses and performed OMB Circular A-133 compliance audits for non-profit organizations receiving public funding.  View LinkedIn profile

Jennifer Dean - Technology Trainer - Ms. Beard has worked in BellSouth and KeyBank call centers and provided technology training and support to the Statler Center - a nationally recognized hospitality and customer service training program.  At Cleveland Sight Center she provides call center helpdesk, technology training, and curriculum development.  View LinkedIn profile

Ali Thomas - Director, Human Resources - Mrs. Thomas is responsible for the Human Resources function for the 240+ staff of the Cleveland Sight Center.  Ali comes to us from White Hat Management and The Centers for Families and Children where she managed the Recruiting, Retention, and Employee/Labor Relations functions.  She also assisted in the staffing and retention efforts of the Technology Support Call Center for Wawa, Inc.  View LinkedIn profile


Contact Center Advisors:

Jeff Beller - IT & Telecom Consultant - View LinkedIn profile

Tom Furnas - Senior Director of Technology at ideastream - View LinkedIn profile

Mike Van Scyoc - Chief of Strategy at InfoCision Management Corp - View biography

Steve Willensky - Board Member and former Executive Senior VP of Sales and Marketing at American Greetings - View LinkedIn profile