Project: LEARN (Let Every Adult Read Now) of Medina County was founded in 1983 by Ellen Daiber, who saw the need to provide literacy assistance to individuals in the community.  Starting in an office in a church basement in Medina, Project: LEARN now has four locations in Medina County to provide tutoring to adults in reading, math, and English as a Second Language.

Project: LEARN is proud to be largely self-supporting. Approximately 60 percent of the revenue needed to run our operations is generated by our three used bookstores. Other sources of funding include individuals, civic organizations, grants, local businesses, and annual fundraising events.  (For more information about our stores, visit The BookShelf.)

Statistics on Project: LEARN, Fiscal Year 2015-2016:

In Fiscal Year 2016, Project: LEARN provided tutoring services to  students in four main areas of study:  English as a Second Language, GED testing preparation, Adult Basic Education/Low Literacy, and Other Learning Needs.  Our tutors, numbering 152 dedicated individuals, along with our professional staff members, provided over 3,200 hours of tutoring to students.  To read our entire annual report, click here: Project: LEARN’s Annual Report for FY 2016.

Snapshot of Project:LEARN’s Service to the Community, FY 2015-2016



Karla Robinson

Karla joined Project: LEARN in August, 2013.  Previously, she taught college courses at University of Akron’s Medina County University Center campus, online courses for Michigan State University, and was on faculty at University of Kentucky.  She also served as a school board member for Medina City Schools. Karla is responsible for overall operations, including marketing and communications, supervision of staff, grant-writing and fundraising. To reach Karla, call 330/723-1314 or email her at projectlearn.medina@gmail.com.

Cindy Kemsuzian

For over 9 years, Cindy has managed Project: LEARN’s student data input and business affairs.  A graduate of Leadership: Medina County, Cindy is an integral part of our operations; her background in the area of adult education helps us to manage our programs efficiently and effectively.  To reach Cindy, call 330/723-1314 or email her at ckemsuzian@zoominternet.net.

Kathy Mesick

Wadsworth resident Kathy Mesick comes to Project: LEARN with extensive experience as a primary and secondary level teacher. She coordinates student intake, student/tutor matching, and supervises tutors in Medina. To reach Kathy, call 330/723-1314 or email her at mesickprojectlearn@gmail.com.

Jeff Vogel

Jeff came to Project: LEARN in 2011 after a distinguished career in several public school districts working with student services.  He has extensive experience in helping students with learning differences to succeed in the classroom and beyond.  Jeff coordinates student intake, student/tutor matching, and supervises tutors out of the Wadsworth location, and also helps coordinate our tutor training program.  To reach Jeff, call 330/334-3333 or email him at jvogel451@gmail.com.

Tim Dentler

Tim Dentler, a certified teacher for the Highland School District, comes to Project: LEARN with extensive training in literacy and reading instruction.  He is our supervising tutor in our Brunswick location, where he coordinates student intake, student/tutor matching, and supervises tutors. To reach Tim, call 330/460-6404 or email him at dentler.projectlearn@gmail.com.

Diane Shreve

Diane joined Project: LEARN when the Wadsworth BookShelf opened in 2011. She came to us with significant experience in getting things accomplished from her previous career as an event planner and travel agent in Northeast Ohio. Diane oversees bookstore operations at all three BookShelf locations, in Medina, Brunswick and Wadsworth. To reach Diane, call 330/334-3333 or email her at projectlearnbooks3@gmail.com.

Board of Directors

Project: LEARN of Medina County is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, subject to all IRS and state laws governing charities.  We are led by a Board of Directors comprised of individuals from throughout Medina County who volunteer their time and expertise to help Project: LEARN fulfill its mission.

Project: LEARN Board

Executive Board as of January, 2017

President: Rich Bidinger
Vice President: Kelly Poole
Secretary: Rita Garry Esposito
Treasurer:  Darci Jay

Trustees of the Board: Pedro Barnes, Lee Potts, Brad Proudfoot,  Scott Snyder, William Ward, Bill Whelan, Cynthia White