Samantha Wottle, Chair
Samantha Wottle, CFLE-P, is one of the founding members and board chair of STEAM Centers. A 2007 graduate of New Philadelphia High School, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Kent State University, where she also studied fine arts and nonprofit studies. She is provisionally certified in Family Life Education (FLE), focusing on scientifically-supported efforts that strengthen, improve, and enrich family relationships and experiences. Sam is currently employed as a Prevention Facilitator through OhioGuidestone, and has spent the past several years working in social services. Arts, culture, and community development have always been a passion of hers, and she has volunteered on a few local initiatives.
A mom of two boys, Sam enjoys playing games, reading, and going on adventures with her family. They are currently trying to visit all 48 continental states within the next 10 years. Sam’s husband, Enoch, is also a board member for STEAM Centers, and they are raising their sons to value community service and celebrate individual diversity.
Mallory Gerstacker, Vice-Chair
Mallory Gerstacker is a stay at home mom who moonlights as an art educator. She is a 2001 graduate of Dover High School. Moving north to attend Kent State University, she graduated cum lade in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts in Art Education minoring in Studio Art. Since being set loose on the world, Mallory has been involved with the arts in various capacities for over ten years now! Teaching in art centers, homes, high schools, juvenile detention centers, directing musicals, providing crafty backyard birthday parties, judging national and local art competitions, participating in conferences – wherever the wind takes her!
In her spare time, Mallory can be found experimenting with cameras and photography, trying her best to become a minimalist and also dabbling in the musical arts with her band, Kodachrome Babies. Mallory is also a board member of the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market providing custom chalk art, musical entertainment, and community outreach.
Mallory married her high school sweetheart and they are fast approaching their 20th anniversary. Their best advice for long-lasting love is, “don’t compete.” They reside in New Philadelphia with their cool kid, beloved pets and backyard birds.
Enoch Wright, Treasurer
Farrah Raines, BS, COTA/L, LMT is employed by the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center where she brings 15 years of experience in Occupational Therapy, and 18 years of experience with Massage Therapy. Farrah provides Occupational Therapy Services for the Tuscarawas County Board of DD where she has an extensive background in the treatment of children and adolescents with autism and sensory processing disorders. Farrah earned her Associate’s degree for massage therapy, and an Associate degree in occupational therapy assistant from Stark State College. Farrah earned her Bachelor of Occupational Science from Muskingum University. Farrah is part of the PBIS team where she holds the chairperson position which was honored by receiving 1 of 7 2017 Ohio Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Showcase Gold Award for the region. Farrah is certified in Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Therapy. She is an active member in developing one of the only feeding group program of this type in Tuscarawas County. Farrah co treats with the SLP to provide a weekly therapy group to assist students with oral and sensory feeding deficits. The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Therapy Group success led to Farrah co-presenting at two of the largest autism conferences in Ohio: OCALICON in Columbus, OH. and Milestones Autism Conference in Cleveland, OH. Farrah is CPI certified and utilizes the training to assist with behavior management interventions. Farrah is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and the American Occupational Therapy Association. She furthers her involvement in working with the youth as the color guard instructor, and dance specialist. Farrah is beginning her 13th year as part of the Claymont Marching Band Staff. Farrah is very passionate about working with all children to encourage their growth and opportunities to succeed, and reaching out to families to provide resources and training to better support their child’s needs.