President & CEO
Daryle comes from one of the most well-known and well-respected sports families in Ohio. His long-time association with Brightway’s founder, Kara Bright, dates back to 1973 when Daryle was still a student at Kent State University and their involvement ...READ More
Clifton currently serves as our Board Chair, and is one of the “original four” called by Kara to realize his dream for the Brightway Center. Clifton is Franklin University’s Executive Director of Public Safety and Security Services. He is originally from Steubenville, ... READ MORE
Board Vice President
Jon is one of Coach Bright's “original four,” and has been involved with Brightway Center as a board member since the beginning. Jon was a coach when he met Kara Bright through his involvement with the FCA and The Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Weekend of ... READ MORE
As a young high school history teacher and basketball coach in the 1980s, George became increasingly concerned with the many negative influences that impacted his pupils. He felt many of our traditional values were under attack. Similarly, ...READ MORE
Steve started his career as a professional athlete with the Green Bay Packers. His love of sports, combined with his love for the Lord made Brightway Center the perfect opportunity to give back to the community and help address the ... READ MORE
Mike became involved with Brightway Center in 2011 as a result of his work as the Executive Director of Community Relations at Franciscan University. After earning a baseball scholarship to Ohio University, and being drafted by the Seattle Mariners, Mike went on...READ MORE
Meet the Team
Director of Advancement
Maria joined Brightway in 2014. As the Director of Advancement, Maria is responsible for securing funding for Brightway youth programs as well as overseeing the mentor programs. She brings the leadership team over 20 years experience from the non-profit as well as corporate business world and understands first-hand the impact mentoring can have on the mentee as well as the mentor. Her experience as a Big Sister experience drives her to make sure Brightway's youth programs are funded and implemented successfully!
Director of Marketing
Shannon has been Brightway Center’s Director of Marketing since 2018. She brings the leadership team knowledge and years of experience in the field of Marketing, specifically targeting social media platforms. Shannon is in charge of creating and graphic designing all marketing materials and media used to promote Brightway’s programs and events, as well as running the organization’s social media presence. You will often find her with a camera in her hand, capturing some of the most exciting moments and happenings at the Brightway Center!
Lee was introduced to Brightway in 2015 while serving as Outreach Liaison for the JCESC. As a retired guidance counselor from Steubenville City Schools, Lee knows the challenges that today’s youth face. As a consultant, Lee serves as our Mentor Coordinator and is responsible for mentor recruitment, serves as the liaison with the school districts and oversees the mentor/mentee matches.
Jaci joined the Brightway team in 2019 as the Program Coordinator for CAMP, our new cross age mentoring program. As program coordinator she is responsible for recruitment and training of mentors and mentees, implementation of the monthly activities and coordinating with the schools. Jaci's passion for mentoring started when she was a mentor as an undergrad. Jaci is excited to work with so many amazing kids!