Staff 2018-08-16T06:42:59-07:00

Meet Our Staff

Debra Pence-Meyenberg
Executive Director

Having grown up as a latchkey kid in a blue collar, single parent home, Debi feels that she can truly empathize with the youth that she is now helping to serve. As a first generation college graduate she says, “Looking back, I realized that so many members of the community provided the support that empowered me on my path. I want to help be that resource for our urban youth.” Now the E.D. of America SCORES, her goal is to provide youth with access to resources and support to succeed. She comes to the team with a myriad of nonprofit experience having volunteered for and served in leadership roles for the Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) Cleveland program and Girls Scouts of Northeast Ohio. This volunteer experience is matched with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Cleveland State University, and a Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University.


Matthew Williams
Program & Soccer Director

To say that Matthew has a passion for community service is a bit of an understatement. For the last seven years he has been serving as a Sunday school teacher and is also pursuing a license to be a Lay Minister in the United Church of Christ. He’s been an active member of multiple boards and is a current board member for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival, but is also quick to get his hands dirty as a soccer coach. Matthew is a trained grade 8 U.S. Soccer Federation referee, completed the Coerver Coaching Seminar, and has also completed the OYSAN Youth 6 – 8 Soccer Coaching course. In addition, he’s completed the Treu-Mart Youth Development Fellowship Program offered by Case Western Reserve University to expand his awareness as a community leader in youth development and resilience. He also holds a B.S. in Political Science/Criminal Justice from the University of Akron. Matthew says, “I’m passionate about teaching youth something new.”

Claire Holzheimer
Program and Evaluation Manager

Claire graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  She is excited to use her background in community service, literacy, and health policy evaluation research as the program and evaluation manager. She also holds various volunteer roles at GiGi’s Playhouse, where she coordinates their literacy tutoring program and assists with different events and programs. Having the chance to revisit her previous experience as both a soccer player and coach makes Claire even more excited to help enrich the lives of today’s youth through America SCORES Cleveland.

Brittney Rzucidlo
Program and Communications Manager

Brittney is a Cleveland native who graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2011 with a Creative Writing Degree. Once she graduated she knew she wanted to find a position that would allow her to use her writing skills to make a difference in Cleveland. She began working for The Literacy Cooperative in 2013, as an intern and then as their part-time Social Media Associate. Brittney initially joined America SCORES as a Writing Coach, and then as an AmeriCorps member, to help the urban youth in Cleveland find their voice and be able to express themselves through creative writing in ways they may not have been able to before. In January 2018 Brittney joined the America SCORES staff as Program & Communications Coordinator to increase brand awareness and the impact that the program has on Cleveland’s youth.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and working on her own writing including a novel and a book of short stories

Olivia Sonnefeld
Development Manager

C. Olivia Sonnefeld is the Development Manager for America SCORES Cleveland. Prior to her current role, Olivia was the Manager of Development and Partnerships with Teach For America- Greater Cleveland and also spent time as part of the Breakthrough Charter Network, teaching at Village Prep- Cliffs Campus. Before moving to Cleveland, Olivia began her career through Teach for America in St. Louis, working in the Riverview Gardens School District. Olivia has partnered with Girls on the Run throughout her tenure in St. Louis as well as Cleveland, serving on their Young Professionals Board, coaching, and currently sits on their events committee. Olivia graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University earning a BA in Economics and History and a M.Ed. from the University of Missouri- St. Louis.