Mindy Richmond Atwood


Mindy serves as the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Patches of Light.

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Terri Taylor Botsko


Terri serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Patches of Light. An attorney, currently employed as the Director of Alumni Relations at Capital University Law School, she holds a degree in Political Science and Spanish from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and her law degree from Capital University Law School. Terri has been married to Tom for 27 years and they have 2 sons – Alex who attends Ashland University and Nick who attends the University of Cincinnati. Terri is an avid reader (mostly romance novels and mysteries) and enjoys going on walks and to wine tastings. 

Terri learned about Patches of Light when her oldest son was in 6th grade in the Hilliard City School district and they held a “penny war” to benefit Patches of Light. She met Mindy, was inspired by her story and has been sharing the Patches of Light story ever since!

Melissa "Missy" Brown


Being part of peoples' lives is Missy's calling.  She is an 8th grade Language Arts teacher in the Hilliard City Schools and is married to Phil and they have 2 children- Natalie, a high school junior and Nick, a 7th grader. Missy's kids keep her busy with their sports and activities. She loves teaching and learning with her students and their families. She has played softball at The Ohio State University where she recived her BS in Human Ecology and her MA in Language and Literacy. Missy got her K-8 certification from Capital University and has also coached many sports. Currently, she helps coach the 7th grade softball team at Hilliard Memorial MS and is involved in the Oratorical competition as well as the NJHS and Honor's Recognition Night.


When asked if she would like to be a part of Patches of Light, it was an easy decision. Helping others in need is a passion that she lives by and tries to instill in her own children and students. In her free time, Missy loves to camp and travel.

Terry Lord

Terry Lord is originally a proud New Yorker who moved to Ohio over 20 years ago and now lives in Upper Arlington. She received a degree in Education from the University of Dayton and a Masters from Kent State University. She recently retired after working for 32+ years in schools as either a teacher or media specialist.

Terry has three grown children and five grandchildren - Brian, father of Riley and Carter, Ashley, mother of Avery, Colin and Claire and Patrick, hopefully soon to be a new father.
She currently volunteers in several organizations including the Open Shelter, The Kidney Foundation and Patches of Light and works the gates at sporting events for Hilliard City Schools. She also enjoys reading, walking, sewing, painting and crafts of all kinds.

Terry met Mindy through an event at Memorial Middle School and is honored to be on the board for Patches of Light. You will often find Terry's talent shown in the beautiful quilts that fill our HUG bags and the many other painted items and crafts that are displayed at our events!

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Sandy Smith Nowak


Sandy serves as Secretary of the Board and Volunteer Coordinator of Patches of Light. She graduated from Miami University with a BA in Speech Communication and Public Relations. She has been married to her husband Marty for 28 years and has 3 sons- Josh, Kyle and Jake. She has worked 30+ years in retail management and human resources and has written and worked for WMUB radio station, GTR Advertising in Cleveland, and to this day still considers working for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida the best job she ever had!  


In her free time Sandy enjoys attending her son's sporting events, cheering on the Dallas Cowboys and the Buckeyes, attending womens' bible studies, seeing movies and blaring her radio to sing along to her favorites!  (A little Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, or 80's classics always starts the day off right!) 

After searching for an organization that helps families and children in need, Sandy learned about Paches of Light and heard Mindy's story and knew immediately that this was where she was supposed to be!

Marie Dean Pugsley


Marie is the Treasurer for Patches of Light. She was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and currently resides in Hilliard with her husband Eddie and their 2 sons: Ben and Adam.  She has been an active volunteer and worked for Tree of Life Christian schools for several years before getting her real estate license 4+ years ago, and currently works for Fathom Realty.  Marie prides herself on providing exceptional customer service to her clients.  By the time you get to the closing table, you will have made a lifelong friend in Marie! 

After a tragic drowning accident in 2009 took the life of Marie's niece, Jaedyn, she began her own non-profit organization. One way Marie deals with her grief is to reach out and help others going through a difficult time.  To be a light in their darkness. Later, Marie met Mindy and joined Patches of Light. She feels blessed and honored to be a part of this organization.


Marie loves country music, having a nice meal out with friends and watching the Cleveland Browns and her favorite show, "This Is Us."  She has made it her mission to donate 5% of her commission, after fees, back to Patches of Light.  If you want to make a new friend, list or purchase a home and help critically ill children and their families--contact Marie!


Call: 614-359-1871



Michelle Schonhardt


Michelle  likes to spend time with family and friends.  She enjoys walking, traveling, attending events, reading and laughing.  She likes to learn at least one new thing every day.  Her favorite season is fall.

Michelle has a big heart and she lets it take her places. She believes that miracles happen every day. She has learned through experience never to take anyone or anything for granted.  Each day is precious and if you have the ability to ease someone’s hardship, do it!  It is often the little things that are most appreciated!

Michelle attended her first Patches of Light event (Storybook Tea Party) with her niece and daughters in  2003.  She is an enthusiast of Patches of Light and Mindy Atwood thanks to that first experience.  It is a privilege to be able to directly contribute her skills to this worthwhile organization. Michelle coordinates the very fun and successful "Ducky Dash" fundraiser often seen at the Patches of Light events in Hilliard, Ohio. 

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Tracy Stacy

Tracy serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors and has been a long time part of Patches of Light.  She has been employed for the past 6 years at Hilliard Bradley High School and previously worked at Memorial Middle School and Horizon Elementary in the media centers where Tracy would read to the children--a job she absolutely loved!

Tracy lives in Hilliard  with her husband Arlen and together they have 2 beautiful daughters, 2 grand babies and 2 small furry friends that complete her family.  She has been involved in Patches of Light for 12 years now and loves it very much.  


Tracy met Mindy almost 30 years ago and watched her family struggle with 2 ill children before the organization was formed.  Tracy knew she wanted to be part of this and has always felt that keeping and helping families stay together as they deal with having a critically ill child is one of the most rewarding parts of the work she does.

You will find Tracy planning many of our events and coordinating volunteer efforts with the Young Ambassadors in Hilliard.

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