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 65 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.)

Project: LEARN, Fiscal Year 2017-2018:

In Fiscal Year 2018, Project: LEARN provided tutoring services to 202 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 162 dedicated individuals, along with our professional staff members, provided over 4,000 hours of tutoring to students.  To read our entire annual report, click here: Project LEARN FY 2018 annual report

In FY 2018, Project: LEARN served over 202 students–111 students had English as a second language tutoring, 63 individuals were working on GED test preparation, 17 students were working on their basic literacy skills, and 11 students received help with other learning needs such as ASVAB preparation, college math/writing, or other testing prep. Our great thanks to our tutor supervisors and volunteer tutors who provided Medina County residents with this level of service in FY 2018!

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 10 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 expertise 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.

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 and Lodi locations, and also helps coordinate our tutor training program.  To reach Jeff, call 330/334-3333 (Wadsworth) or 330/573-3934 (Lodi) or email him at jvogel451@gmail.com.

Joe Burns

Joe Burns comes to Project: LEARN with an extensive background in education and educational leadership.  He is our tutor supervisor in our Brunswick and Medina locations, where he coordinates student intake, student/tutor matching, and supervises tutors. To reach Joe, call 330/460-6404 (Brunswick) or 330/723-1314 (Medina) or email him at burnsprojectlearn@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.  Our Mission:  To enhance lives and strengthen communities by helping adults improve fundamental skills in reading, problem-solving, and the English language.

Project: LEARN Board

Executive Board as of February, 2019

President: Darci Jay
Interim Vice President: Kelly Dempsey
Secretary: Rita Garry Esposito
Treasurer:  Drew Hall

Trustees of the Board: Dave Arbogast, Rich Bidinger, Richelle Miller, Kelly Poole, Brad Proudfoot, Leah Schrock