Our Staff

Erin DeCarlo

Executive Director

As the Co-Founder Erin has been the ED since the opening days in 2006. Erin has dedicated the past 10 years of her life building awareness and advocating for Conductive Education and people with motor challenges. Erin and her family reside in Bay Village.


Maria Dubick

Fundraising Coordinator

Maria has worked at Rising Star for all of its 10 years. Maria has served in just about every capacity that she could over the years. Maria currently is the Fundraising Coordinator and also serves as an Assistant to the Executive Director. Maria resides in Bay Village with her husband and daughter.


Julia Rajki

Conductor Teacher

Julia has been with Rising Star since 2012. Julia came to Rising Star right out of the Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary. Julia has been leading the middle school program. Julia resides in Mentor.


Kara Gallagher-Knight

Classroom Manager, Educational /Rehab Assistant Director

Kara has been with Rising Star for 9 years. Kara wears many hats at Rising Star. As the manager of the classroom she controls meetings, staffing, and works closely with the Executive Director. On most days she is also working as an Educational/Rehab Assistant working hands on with the students. Kara resides in Lakewood with her husband Danny.


Kata and Jetro Gulyas


Kata and Jetro come to us with 20 years of experience in Conductive Education. They have worked the past 6 yrs in an actual CE school in Kuwait. They will be moving to Sagamore Hills with their 2 children (twin girls, age 3) For those of you who do not know, Kata and Jetro were Rising Star’s very first 2 Conductors, and most recently Jetro worked our 2014 Summer Camp as well as the one before.