Melissa Owen

Senior Director of People and Operations

     440.247.6490 ext. 110


Having grown up in Northeast Ohio, Melissa has recently moved back to the area from Santa Barbara, CA. In Santa Barbara, Melissa had, for thirteen years, been the Executive Director of  SBC Senior Care, Inc., where she managed all the operations and executive functions for a $5 million senior healthcare company.


Melissa brings with her a keen attention to both people and operations, and a great deal of experience running an organization devoted to service. We are delighted to welcome her to Federated’s staff!

Melinda Smith

Congregational Life Administrator

     440.247.6490 ext. 111


Melinda was born and raised among the rolling pastures and fruit orchards of western Maryland. She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in mathematics and spent her first career as a rocket scientist - actually as a system engineer from General Electric’s Space Division working for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center. She retired from that to raise her three children, whom she considers her best work. 

Melinda joined the staff at Federated in 1998 where she specializes in maintenance. Her duties include maintaining the membership databases, maintaining the church calendar and maintaining the church’s network of computers. 

Melinda and her husband Todd joined Federated as members in 1989. They raised their three children at Federated but the nest is now empty. 

Trisha Holland

Marketing & Communications Specialist

     440.247.6490 ext. 113

Trisha Holland received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University in 2013. Trisha currently lives in Lyndhurst with her husband, Aaron, whom she wed in April 2015, and two young daughters.

She is excited to begin adding fresh, new ideas to Federated’s marketing & communication pieces, as well as expanding our social media presence.

Kiersti Critchfield

Pastoral Care Administrator

     440.247.6490 ext. 103

Kiersti grew up in Wadsworth Ohio. She attended Ohio University in Athens, where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. Previously, Kiersti was the nursery coordinator at Mayfield Methodist Church in Chesterland for several years.  She and her family began attending Federated Church in the summer of 2013.  Kiersti became the Director of Child’s Faith Formation B-5th grade at Federated Church in 2014 and faithfully served in that position for 5 years. Kiersti then assumed the role of Pastor Care Administrator in 2019. 

Kiersti is the loving wife of Matthew Carty, a Cleveland-based attorney. They reside in Chesterland with their four children. Kiersti was a Jazzercise instructor for five years in Chesterland, and still enjoys attending classes as a customer.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family.  

Laura Taylor

Fund Develoment Associate

     440.247.6490 ext. 115

Laura joined the Federated Church staff as Campaign Assistant in April 2017 for the Rejoice & Renew Capital Campaign, which runs through December 2020.  During the Active phase of the campaign through October 2017, Laura assisted with communication about campaign goals, coordinated meetings and campaign events, tracked commitments and expenses, ensured acknowledgement letters were written, maintained records of volunteer assignments, and produced campaign leadership reports.  During the Fulfillment phase of the campaign, Laura has been continuing with the above assignments, as well as ensuring proper credit of all campaign pledge payments and disseminating information about the capital projects, which are currently underway.

Since 1999 Laura and her family have been members of Federated, where she and her late husband, Ryburn, raised their children.  Professionally, Laura has 10 years' experience in the fundraising field and 20 years’ experience in the grant-making field.  It is a delight to bring her gifts to an organization whose arms continue to embrace her family.

Jake Magalski

Maintenance & Grounds Lead

Jacob Evans

Head Custodian

Janis Stefanchik


     440.247.6490 ext. 113

Janis brings significant knowledge and experience to such an important role. She has a passion for accounting and enjoys ensuring data accuracy. Prior to joining Federated she worked in accounting for The Tangent Company and as bookkeeper for Vanderbrook Florist. Janis works closely with the Senior Director of Operations. Janis’s office is located on the 4th floor.