Advocating for safe children, stable families, and supportive communities
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Columbus, OH 43215 — 614-224-5802

Who We Are

PCSAO is a membership-driven association of Ohio’s county Public Children Services Agencies that advocates for sound public policy, promotes program excellence, and builds public value for safe children, stable families, and supportive communities.

PCSAO is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization and member of the National Association of County Human Services Administrators.

Learn more about PCSAO’s members and about the public child protection system in Ohio.

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Board of Trustees

David Haverfield, JD

President
Director, Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services

David Haverfield has been director of Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services since January 2015. Previously, he spent 15 years as the agency’s legal counsel and attorney supervisor after several years in private practice.

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David serves a trainer and coach, training throughout Ohio as part of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. He has also worked with individual county agencies on issues related to court testimony and legal issues in child welfare. He was recognized with the Dan Schneider Leadership in Child Welfare Training award by OCWTP in 2017 and as the Public Children Services Attorney of the Year in 2008.

David holds degrees from Bowling Green State University and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He serves on the boards of Noah’s Hope Child Advocacy Center, Tuscobus, and the Ohio Outdoor Historical Drama Association, and as a member of the Tuscarawas County Family and Children First Council. David will serve as president of the East Central District of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association in 2019. He also teaches percussion as part of the band staff in the Dover City School District, where he resides with his wife and three children.

Stacy L. Cox, MSW

Vice President
Director, Champaign County JFS

Stacy L. Cox was named director of Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services in June 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social and behavioral sciences and a Master of Social Work, both from the Ohio State University.

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Stacy has worked in child welfare, at Champaign County JFS, since 2001 in the roles of ongoing caseworker, investigator, supervisor, and administrator.

In her 17-year child welfare tenure, she has served on multiple statewide committees including Ohio’s Differential Response Leadership Council, Statewide Differential Response Implementation and Practice Advancement Team (co-chair), Continuous Quality Improvement Advisory Team, PCSAO Legislative Committee and Functional Job Analysis Workgroup, and the Quality Improvement Center-Workforce Development Implementation Team. She is passionate about the development and implementation of new initiatives aimed at improving service delivery to Ohio’s children and families.

Julie Barnes, M.Ed., LSW

Secretary
Executive Director, Summit County Children Services

Julie Barnes became executive director of Summit County Children Services in December 2013. As director, Julie leads a child welfare agency with approximately 330 staff and an annual budget of $45 million that provides intake and protective services, as well as placement and permanency planning services, such as foster care, kinship care and adoption.

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The agency also offers other specialized programs, including alternative response, a less-investigatory/more-collaborative family oriented child welfare protection service model; the Serious Trauma Assessment Team (STAT), which specializes in cases of suspected child sexual abuse; and a community-wide fatherhood initiative called The Father Factor, which identifies and engages fathers of children in agency care.

Prior to joining Summit County Children Services, Julie served for more than five years as executive director of Stark County Job and Family Services and before that served for one year as deputy director of children services there. Julie also served as director of foster care and adoption at Summit County Children Services from February 2002 to May 2007, and she gained additional experience in the child welfare field through earlier positions at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services.

Julie has served on many committees and boards at the local and state level, and is presently on the Board of Trustees of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. She has a BA in psychology from Hiram College and a MEd in higher education from Kent State University.

Danny Brenneman

Treasurer
Director, Coshocton County Job and Family Services

Danny Brenneman became director of Coshocton County Job and Family Services in October 2018.

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Danny started in 1995 as a caseworker for a juvenile offender program at Job Training. From there, in 2000 Danny became the administrator of the Workforce Division at Job and Family Services and subsequently became the fiscal officer for the agency in 2007 and assistant director in 2011. His rich experience in programmatic and financial areas of the agency are a benefit to the stability and growth of the organization.

Danny is a graduate of Ridgewood High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, VA, with a concentration in history, political science and math. He is president of the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce, a member and former president of the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland, CAC Board of Directors, a member of Dollars for Scholars Board of Directors and past president of the West Lafayette Rotary Club.

Danny resides in West Lafayette with his wife Tami and children Danika, Jarrett and Zander.

Tania Burnett, LISW-S

Trustee
Executive Director, Ashtabula County Children Services

Tania Burnett has served as the executive director of the Ashtabula County Children Services Board since January 2011. She began her career in child welfare with the agency more than 20 years ago and has held various positions within the agency including case aide, caseworker, and supervisor.

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Tania is a life-long resident of Ashtabula County and believes strongly in giving back to her community. She is a current board member for the Ashtabula County Community Action Agency and the vice president of the Henderson Memorial Public Library board. She has been chair of the Family and Children First Council and sits on many of its committees. She is also a member and past president of the Ashtabula Kiwanis Club and is involved with Ashtabula County 4-H as a club advisor.

Tania holds a Master of Social Work degree from Cleveland State University and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker.

Amy Frame

Trustee
Executive Director, Perry County Children Services

Amy Frame began her career in child welfare in 2004 as an ongoing caseworker with Perry County Children Services. After a brief time in 2005 as an intake worker at Fairfield County Child Protective Services, Amy returned to Perry County in 2006 to continue her work in ongoing, adoption, and foster care services.

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In 2012, Amy was promoted to supervisor. After serving in that capacity for seven years, Amy was chosen by the board to lead the agency as executive director beginning in August 2019. Amy began serving as a PCSAO Board of Trustees member in January 2020.

Amy is a graduate of Crooksville High School and The Ohio State University. As a lifelong Perry County resident, Amy has strong family and community ties. Amy lives in Crooksville with her husband Justin and four daughters.

Cassandra Holtzmann, JD

Trustee
Director, Crawford County Job and Family Services

Cassandra Holtzmann has been Director of the Crawford County Department of Job and Family Services since 2017. She has served the public for 22 years in the roles of director, staff attorney and as an intern, prosecuting misdemeanor cases and writing appellate briefs while in law school. She also maintained a small private practice for several years prior to become a director.

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Cassandra is a labor and employment law specialist, certified mediator and Certified Labor Relations Professional. Cassandra has served as adjunct professor for Ashland University teaching family and community mediation. She has a passion for improving the child protective services system, and under the leadership of PCSAO and the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association (OJFSDA), she has worked with colleagues to drive changes in the system at the state and local levels. Cassandra also serves as vice president for the Northwest District of the OJFSDA.

Cassandra received her bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in 1989 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in 1999. She was licensed to practice law in Ohio in 1999 and in the Northern District of Ohio Federal Court in 2002. She is a member of the Galion Rotary and a member of the Welcome Church of Christ, where she serves as a member of the Finance Committee. Cassandra has been married to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Joe, since 1983. They have two daughters.

Kellijo Jeffries, MSW, LSW, Doctoral Candidate

Trustee
Director, Portage County Job and Family Services

Kellijo Jeffries leads a quadruple-combined agency in Ravenna that consists of children services, child support, public assistance and Ohio Means Jobs/Portage County with a combined budget of $27 million. The agency consists of 200 employees. She was hired as the assistant director of Portage JFS in April 2014 and was promoted to director in October 2015.

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Kellijo has 25 years in county public service. Prior to coming to Portage JFS, she was employed by Stark County Job and Family Services for 20 years. She has also served for 10 years as an adjunct instructor with Stark State College, where she teaches a variety of social work courses. Kellijo obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Akron and is currently working toward completion of a PhD in human services with Capella University. She is also a certified mediator.

Additionally, Kellijo serves as the Family and Children’s First Council Chair and has memberships in the following: Golden Key National Honor Society, Portage County Child Advocacy Center Board, Portage County Community Corrections Board, Portage County Emergency Food and Shelter Board, and Stark State College Advisory Board; she is an alumni of Leadership Portage County. Kellijo is a resident of Perry Township in Stark County and a proud mother of 16-year-old twins.

Fred Lord, MBA

Trustee
Director, Williams County Job and Family Services

Fred Lord is director over a quadruple-combined agency in Williams County that consists of adult/child protection, workforce, public assistance and child support. The agency employs 43 staff. Fred has been director since 2016.

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Prior to becoming director, he worked for 12 year as a human resources consultant at Clemans, Nelson and Associates. Before that, he worked in workforce development programs in Auglaize County. Prior to that, he worked as a child welfare caseworker in both Miami and Auglaize counties. He has also worked in law enforcement.

Fred has Bachelor of Science degrees from Bowling Green State University and Wright State University in biology and organizational leadership. He has a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University.

Deanna Nichols-Stika

Trustee
Executive Director, Wayne County Children Services

Deanna Nichols-Stika became the executive director of Wayne County Children Services in 2013. Wayne County Children Services, in partnership with the community, exists to protect abused and neglected children and to strengthen, preserve, and empower families. The agency employs over 70 staff.

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Deanna has worked in the government and not-for-profit sectors throughout her career. Her areas of passion and focus have been child abuse, domestic violence, and nonprofit fundraising. Previously, she was the accreditation coordinator for the National Children’s Alliance and the executive director for Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Wayne County is noted for its strong community approach in serving children and families. The agency is a committed partner in this work. The agency is humbled by the community’s dedication to walk alongside the agency in serving children and families.

Deanna is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Orrville, Wooster Kiwanis Club, and a volunteer for community organizations in the area. Deanna obtained her social work degree from Kansas State University. She and her husband, John, are Kansas natives. They reside just outside of Creston and have three sons, Tavis, Gavin, and Maccoy.

Kathy Oliver, M.Ed., LPC

Trustee
Director, Seneca County Job and Family Services

Kathy Oliver is director over a quadruple-combined agency in Seneca County that consists of adult/child protection, workforce, public assistance and child support. The agency employs 74 staff. Kathy has been director since 2003.

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Prior to becoming director, she served as assistant director in Seneca and Sandusky counties consecutively. Before that, she supervised workforce development programs in Seneca County as an administrator. Prior to employment at SCDJFS, she worked in the Job Training and Partnership Act Program in Ottawa, Seneca, Sandusky, Erie and Huron counties. She was also an emergency services and family therapist.

Her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology is from Heidelberg College (now Heidelberg University). Her Master of Education is from the University of Toledo. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio. She was one of the first certified child care workers in the state of Ohio when working for a local child placement provider.

Tammy Osborne-Smith, MA

Trustee
Director, Jackson County Job and Family Services

Tammy Osborne-Smith became director of the Jackson County Department of Job and Family Services in December 2013. Tammy joined the quadruple-combined agency with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of human services.

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Tammy commenced her career in public service as a college freshman with the Vinton County Department of Job and Family Services (way back then, it was still Human Services), where she worked inside the arenas of child support and social services. In 2002, she went on to join the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Child Support. During her 11-year tenure with ODJFS, Tammy also worked within the program areas of unemployment insurance and workforce development.

Tammy currently serves as a member of the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership Board, as a member of the Southeast Regional Prevention Council and as vice president of the Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association.

While working full-time, Tammy earned both a master’s degree (M.A.) in sociology and a bachelor’s degree in business and interpersonal communications, with a minor in psychology, from Ohio University. Tammy is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community while promoting the safety and well-being of children, strengthening families through comprehensive services and reducing barriers to economic growth through workforce development opportunities.

Robin Reese, MSW

Trustee
Executive Director, Lucas County Children Services

Robin Reese is the executive director of Lucas County Children Services, the county agency responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect. She was named to the position in 2016.

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Robin has been with Lucas County Children Services since 1984, rising from caseworker to manager of the Placement Department in 1988. In that position, she was responsible for ensuring that every child who needed to live away from his or her biological parents had an appropriate place to live. She also supervised the adoption unit and the foster parent training and licensing processes.

Robin is a lifelong Toledoan. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Toledo. She has also volunteered as a mentor for the local NAACP and for the local United Way.

Rebecah (Becky) Sorrell

Trustee
Director, Preble County Job and Family Services

Becky Sorrell was named director of Preble County Job and Family Services in October 2009.

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She began her career with Job and Family Services in 1989 as a social service aide, and from there has held several positions including child care eligibility/certification worker, children services ongoing caseworker, independent living worker, WIA Youth Program coordinator, and WIA/OMJ/child care/y\transportation supervisor.

Becky has served on numerous committees and boards in the community including Christmas for Kids, the Council on Aging, Next Step Living Sober Living House, Wares Chapel United Methodist Church, Workforce Policy Board, Preble County Development Partnership, Preble County Chamber of Commerce, and the Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts of America. Becky has also spent many years leading both Girl Scout troops and Boy Scout troops in the community.

Becky has an Associate of Applied Science degree in human service technology from Edison State Community College and a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from Ashford University.

Chip Spinning

Trustee
Executive Director, Franklin County Children Services

Chip Spinning began his position as executive director of Franklin County Children Services, one of the premier child welfare agencies in the nation, in October 2011. Inspired by his grandmother, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, Spinning began his community service career as an administrator for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He was able to transfer his skills and knowledge to a wider population when he was afforded the opportunity to return to his hometown of London, Ohio, as director of Madison County Department of Job and Family Services, where he worked for 11 years.

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Chip has always had a passion for child welfare and strongly believes that meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations – particularly abused and neglected children – is a community responsibility. This has been his impetus to develop and strengthen partnerships with entities such as Franklin County Juvenile Court, the Community Shelter Board, Columbus City Schools, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services and the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

He also serves on numerous community boards and committees including the Franklin County Opiate Action Plan Task Force and the Franklin County Commissioners Youth Homelessness Task Force.

Chip is continuing efforts to keep FCCS at the forefront of child protection by implementing initiatives designed to sustain a strong and stable workforce and ensure family-like settings for all children in agency care. Intertwining both efforts will yield positive outcomes for children and better equip those mandated to serve them.

A graduate of Ohio University, Chip has a bachelor’s in health care and a master’s degree in health care administration.

Susan Walther

Trustee
Director, Warren County Children Services

Susan Walther became the director of Warren County Children Services in 2017. She oversees a staff of 60 employees. She began her career in 1992 with Hamilton County Children Services and came to Warren County Children Services in 2011. Susan has held different roles in child welfare, working as an ongoing caseworker, investigator, court liaison, supervisor, deputy director, and director in Warren County.

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Since becoming the director, Susan has worked in partnership with other community leaders to develop programs that are preventative as well as programs that address the needs of children who have experienced trauma such as Therapeutic Interagency Preschool (TIP). Warren County has taken a progressive approach in child welfare such as START and the agency’s kinship programs that encourage the strengthening of families by offering them the support they need and removing barriers.

Susan has served on several committees including PCSAO’s Legislative Committee, Family and Children First Council, Children’s Advocacy Center Steering Committee, Clinical Committee, CARE, Youth to Work, TIP, and the CQI Data Committee.

Mother Teresa’s quote, “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier,” are the simple words that motivate Susan’s work in child welfare.

Sue Ware, MS

Trustee
Director, Union County Human Services

Sue Ware has been the director of Union County Human Services since April 2016. Union County Human Services consists of a quad-combined Job and Family Services agency, the county transportation department (UCATS) and Senior Services.

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Prior to working for Union County, Sue worked for Delaware County Job and Family Services as the assistant director over children services for eight years. Sue worked for Franklin County Children Services as a caseworker and supervisor in the intake department for 11 years. Sue has work experience in the private sector as well, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Child and Family Advocacy as the parenting program manager and statewide network coordinator as well as at Lutheran Social Services as the director of community programs.

Sue holds a Master of Science in Human Services Management from Franklin University and a Bachelor of Arts in criminology and criminal justice from The Ohio State University.

Jerry Coleman, JD

Ex Officio
Assistant Deputy Director, Legal Services, Stark County Job and Family Services

Jerry Coleman has spent his entire legal career in child welfare. After graduating from the University of Akron School of Law in 1999, he served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Summit County. While with the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, Jerry represented the Children Services Board in dependency, neglect and abuse actions from 1999 until 2001.

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In 2001 Jerry joined Stark County Job and Family Services as a staff attorney. In that position he was responsible for prosecuting dependency, neglect and abuse actions while also being responsible for the agency’s appellate docket. In 2007 he became the attorney supervisor of the Children Services Division. In 2013 Jerry was named chief legal counsel for that division. In May 2016, he became the assistant deputy director of legal services for Stark County Job and Family Services. In this role he oversees legal services for the triple-combined agency.

Jerry has been a member of the PCSAO Legislative Committee since 2013. In December 2017, he was named chair of the committee. Jerry is also a member of the PCSAO Rules Review Committee.

He grew up in Orrville and graduated from Orrville High School. He attended the University of Akron, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Juris Doctor degree.

Staff

Angela Sausser, MA, MSW, LSW

Executive Director

Angela Sausser is PCSAO’s executive director.

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Prior to joining PCSAO in August 2014, Angela simultaneously held three positions with the State of Ohio. She served as Chief of the Bureau of Children and Families for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; served as Project Director for the department’s four-year federal SAMSHA system of care grant; and retained her governor-appointed position as the Director of Ohio Family and Children First Cabinet Council, a post she held throughout her state government career of nine years under three administrations.

Prior to her appointment at the state, Angela was an independent management consultant working with state and county children services agencies throughout the country on system transformation strategies and, locally, formed a nonprofit to reduce infant mortality in Columbus. Angela began her career as a caseworker and supervisor for a private foster care agency in Cincinnati.

Angela graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management and a Master of Social Work in Social Administration.

Scott Britton

Assistant Director

Scott Britton joined the staff of PCSAO in July 2011 as assistant director.

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Scott moved to Ohio in 2002 from his native West Virginia, where he had spent seven years as program development officer for the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service. In 2002, he became executive director of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, a statewide advocacy and voter-education organization. Scott then spent a year at The Columbus Foundation, where he helped launch PowerPhilanthropy (now known as The Giving Store), a nonprofit search engine for donors.

In 2006, upon the birth of his son, Scott became a stay-at-home father. Seeking an opportunity to volunteer, he joined the board of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus, where he led the redesign of the League’s website in time for the 2008 election; he continues to volunteer his time for the League. In October 2010, he returned to work part-time as coordinator of Advocates for Ohio’s Future, a statewide coalition of health, human service, and early care & education programs, including PCSAO.

Born and raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Scott is a 1993 graduate of Drew University in New Jersey.

Fawn Gadel, JD

Director of Ohio START

Fawn Gadel joined PCSAO’s staff as director of Ohio START in July 2017.

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Fawn previously served as associate director and clinical supervisor of the Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University.

Fawn received her bachelor’s degree in marketing magna cum laude from Xavier University and her Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School cum laude, concentrating in children and family law. Outside of work, Fawn loves to spend time with her husband and two children. She is an avid Xavier University basketball and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Mike Kenney

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Before joining PCSAO in 2021, Mike was the co-founder and executive director of Kinnect (formerly Waiting Child Fund), a Cleveland-based nonprofit that continues to lead innovative statewide initiatives that improve permanency outcomes for children in foster care. His leadership led to rapid expansion in Kinnect’s programming related to family finding, kinship navigator services and permanency for older and LGBTQ youth. During his time there, Mike spearheaded five highly regarded statewide convenings designed to bring vision and transformation to the children services system.

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He is also a sought-after trainer, coach and speaker.

A 2000 graduate of Bowling Green State University, Mike previously worked at the Cleveland Heights School District and Northeast Ohio Adoption Services. He is a past president of Family Builders Network, a national professional child welfare membership organization, and former board member of Voice for Adoption in Washington, DC.

Mary D. Wachtel, MSW

Director of Public Policy

Mary Wachtel is PCSAO’s director of public policy. Prior to joining PCSAO in August 2014, Mary was director of access and coverage policy at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio.

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Mary coordinated HPIO’s legislative outreach and worked with multiple stakeholders to lead the organization’s work to assure Ohioans have timely access to comprehensive, integrated and appropriate health services.

Prior to that, Mary was director of health policy for Voices for Ohio’s Children, advocating on behalf of child and family health issues with state legislative and agency officials. She also has served as health advocate for Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio and as director of policy and programs at the Association of Junior Leagues International.

A native of Ohio, Mary holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Akron and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds a certificate in theological studies from The School of Theology at Sewanee (Episcopal).

Cassandra Freeland, MA

Communications and Events Manager

Cassandra Freeland joined PCSAO as the Communications and Events Manager in 2020.

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A Columbus native, Cassandra has a background in education policy, communications and community affairs. She worked most recently at the downtown special improvement districts. Prior to that, she worked for Columbus City Schools in parent engagement, the Ohio Education Association as a lobbyist and the Ohio Senate as a legislative aide. She holds a BS in communications from Ohio University and an MA in political science from the University of Akron, and she is a certified tourism ambassador with Experience Columbus. She lives in Columbus with her husband and two sons.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, cycling, running, travel and scuba diving.

Lisa M. Fry

Operations Manager

Lisa Fry began as PCSAO’s operations manager in 2020.

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Lisa worked at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Ohio lobbying office for more than 10 years before the birth of her son. She then worked from home for 15 years as a bookkeeper and legal assistant while raising her son. She spent five years as the office manager/membership manager with the League of Women Voters of Ohio and three years as a management analyst for the Reproductive Health and Wellness Program at the Ohio Department of Health. In 2012, she joined a commercial property management company as the tenant services manager.

Lisa grew up on a farm west of Columbus and now lives in Victorian Village with her husband, son, and three stepchildren. She has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. She enjoys gardening, pets and DIY home projects.

Jennifer Millisor, MPA

Ohio START Program Manager

Jennifer Millisor joined PCSAO’s staff as the Ohio START program manager in October 2019.

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Jennifer’s previous experience includes a blend of 20 years with behavioral health agencies and child welfare. She recently came from Hamilton County Children Services as a project manager; previous to that position, she served as the Director of Quality Improvement at St. Joseph Orphanage.

Jennifer received her Master of Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys kayaking, baseball and hiking. She is the mother to three fabulous furbabies!

Bhumika Patel, MA

Ohio START Coordinator

Bhumika Patel joined PCSAO in March 2018 to serve as Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator and transitioned to the Ohio START team in February 2021.

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Prior to joining PCSAO, Bhumika served as Regional Coalition Specialist in the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at The Salvation Army of Greater Cincinnati. At The Salvation Army, she facilitated training, awareness, and coalition-building activities in Southwest Ohio. Before joining The Salvation Army, Bhumika first learned about human trafficking as a Human Trafficking Education Specialist through the AmeriCorps Prevention and Awareness of Trafficking in Persons (PATH) grant program managed by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

Bhumika attained her Master of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Cincinnati in 2014; she received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Agnes Scott College in 2012. She is a first-generation immigrant, born in India, raised in Georgia.

Brian Hearns

Administrative Assistant

Brian Hearns joined PCSAO as administrative assistant in January 2020.

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An Ohio native, Brian is a recent graduate of the University of Exeter (U.K.), where he obtained a Master of Arts in politics and international relations of the Middle East. Prior to this, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in world religions from Trinity College, University of Dublin (Ireland).

Prior to joining PCSAO, Brian worked as a gymnastics and trampoline coach, putting his 15+ years of competitive and coaching experience to use developing training programs for youth recreation and competition.

In his free time, Brian enjoys traveling, astronomy, and SCUBA diving.

Karalyn Wright

Ohio START AmeriCorps VISTA

Karalyn Wright joined PCSAO as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Ohio START program and related PCSAO projects in September 2020.

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Karalyn recently graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in communication studies. As an undergraduate, she worked at on-campus jobs and interned at a political action committee.

Originally from Connecticut, Karalyn is new to Columbus and Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, and working out.

Kieran Arens

MSW Intern

Kieran Arens joined PCSAO as a social work intern in January 2021 as part of the Master of Social Work program at The Ohio State University, which she plans to complete in the spring of 2022. She earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from The University of Chicago in 2018.

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Before beginning her master’s program, Kieran lived in both Los Angeles and New York City and worked as a paralegal. As an undergraduate, Kieran also interned at an archaeological dig site in northern Israel.

Kieran is originally from Columbus and enjoys playing ice hockey, spending time with family, and playing board games.