Malinda & Mitchell Rivas, M.S.
MMF Founders & President
Mitchell and Malinda "Mindy" Rivas are Maryssa's parents. They are the Founders of Maryssa's Mission Foundation. Mitchell serves as the MMF President and Mindy serves as the MMF Executive Director and Board Secretary. Mitch and Mindy have been married for nineteen years and are the proud parents of four children including Maryssa. They are members and leaders at House of Praise International Church in Lorain, Ohio. Mitchell is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and is currently employed as a Corporate Trainer with The United States Postal Service. Mitch and Mindy are committed to "Being the blessing they prayed to receive®" throughout Maryssa's Journey. Mitch earned his Masters Degree in Business with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Development in August 2016 from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently a student at Liberty University School of Business where he is working towards his Doctor of Strategic Leadership Degree and is expected to graduate in 2022.
Harry Brownfield Jr.
MMF Board Chair
Harry Brownfield serves as the Chairman of the Board at the Maryssa's Mission Foundation. He and his wife Mary have played a life changing role in the Rivas family. Their support for Maryssa played an important role in her life and in the foundation moving forward. His career position is an Executive Vice President in the Employee Benefits Division at The Fedeli Group. He has been with The Fedeli Group since 1983 and his focus has always been on nurturing and maintaining sustained relationships with clients. Harry spends a significant amount of time with their strategic partners-- the health carriers. Information on industry trends and periodic meetings with carrier management allows him direct access to decision makers at the carrier level, which leads to more effective client consulting.
Harry is currently a Registered Health Underwriter. He attended both the University of South Carolina and Cleveland State University. An active community volunteer, Harry is on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland and the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County. He also enjoys teaching at his church.
Tracey A. Light, M.A.
Tracey Ann Light is the treasurer of The Maryssa’s Mission Foundation. She is the proud aunt of all the Rivas children. Aunt Sissy was honored to share her middle name with Miss Maryssa. Maryssa and Aunt Sissy both admired the color pink, thus coining Maryssa as “her twin.” Tracey, her husband John, and son Dominic reside near Chicago, IL, where John recently retired as a Staff Sergeant in The United States Marine Corps. The geographical barrier did not stop John and Tracey from supporting the Rivas family during the ongoing challenges that came with raising a medically fragile child. Tracey managed the donated funds for Maryssa’s medical and travel expenses from the time she was born, until the time she went home to be with the Lord in November 2015. They frequently visited Cleveland and Cincinnati during many of Maryssa’s hospital stays.
Tracey holds a Masters Degree from Ashford University in Organizational Management with a Human Resources focus. She is currently the Supervisor of Branch Operations at Navy Federal Credit Union aboard Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois
Mary Ellen Shramek, MBA
Mary Ellen Shramek joins the Board of The Maryssa's Mission Foundation as of August 2019. She came to know the Rivas through her cousin Mary Brownfield when she asked for prayers of support for Maryssa and the family throughout their journey. And more recently, as a volunteer at MMF functions. Admiring the dedication and work of the Rivas family to their vision as advocates of the medically fragile community, she is eager to contribute in a broader role in support of the Mission.
Mary Ellen’s career position is with RGP as a Finance and Accounting Consultant. Prior to joining RGP, she held a variety of Corporate Finance roles with increasing responsibilities and support to Executive Management. She has experience in Financial Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Systems Administration, and Business Analysis at PNC Financial Services and KeyCorp.
Mary Ellen attended Baldwin Wallace University and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration with an Organizational Systems Management focus. As a Volunteer, she spent many years on the Board of the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation (LCAC) and recently, became a Mentor for the College Now of Great Cleveland program. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.