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President

jill miller

Jill received her Bachelors is Social Work from Bowling Green State University and her Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. After 18 years at Bellevue City Schools she is now at Tiffin City Schools. Ace the therapy dog attends school with her every day. Jill has been a member of OSSWA since 2001 and has served various positions of the Board including Promotions director, Northwest Regional Director and Secretary.

 

President-elect

vacant

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Treasurer

cynthia johnson

Cindy has been a member of OSSWA since 2008 and began as a Student Board Representative. She demonstrated her organization and people skills as vendor coordinator when Ohio hosted the Midwest Conference in the fall 2017 and is currently serving as Treasurer. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2009 and has 10 years of experience as a Program Evaluator/Research Assistant at Case Western Reserve University. This includes work with the Prevention Research Center (CWRU) where she provided evaluation/research support to a variety of community-based agencies and school-based partners. Her work included a multitude of programs aimed to increase health literacy, a contributor to health disparities and improve the health of local teens (i.e. decrease risk behaviors such as alcohol abuse, drug abuse and risky sexual behaviors and increase healthy behaviors such as nutrition and physical activity).

Secretary

samantha hess


Samantha Hess, MSSA, LSW, is currently serving as the OSSWA secretary. She attended Kent State University to earn her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and went on to study Social Work at Case Western Reserve University. She is currently working for the Educational Service Center of Lorain County as a School Social Worker in Midview and Wellington school districts. 

past president

rachel meffe

Rachel has served on the Ohio School Social Work Association board since 2008. In addition to her board service, she is the district School Social Worker at Cuyahoga Heights Schools where she works closely with school teams to create PBIS programming, provides staff consultation and training on student mental health and behavior. She also conducts FBAs and creates behavior plans, conducts crisis interventions and provides ongoing mental health support to students.


Communications Director

VACANT


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Programs Director

caryl yoo

Bio coming soon.

Awards Director

martha jones

Martha Jones attended The Ohio State University earning both her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work. Originally from Mansfield, Ohio; Marty has recently relocated to Columbus and is employed by Columbus City Schools – grateful to be serving as a School Social Worker. Martha has previously worked in public health, developmental disabilities, rehabilitation/corrections and community mental health.

 

Legislative Director

brenda rinkes

Brenda Rinkes graduated with Bachelors (Ohio University ‘74) and Masters Degrees (Ohio State University ’81) in Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Supervisor in the State of Ohio and a Licensed School Social Worker with the Ohio Department of Education. Brenda has worked 37 years as a School Social Worker, including 34 years in the Bellaire Local School District. Prior to her recent retirement she worked an instructor and field coordinator for the Social Work Program at West Liberty University in West Liberty, West Virginia and as Project Director for a Federal Elementary Counseling Grant in Belmont County, Ohio that employs 2 school social workers and 2 licensed professional counselors. In addition to OSSWA, Brenda is an active member of NASW, CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) and the North Central Social Work Field Directors Consortium.

Legislative Co-Director

andrew smith

Andrew is a school social worker in the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake City Schools and has over twenty years experience working in the public school setting. Prior to serving as a school social worker, Andrew taught 7th grade science for the first fourteen years of his career. He received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in science education and his Master of Social Work from Cleveland State University in the area of direct practice. Andrew continued his school social worker track through Case/BW. Andrew has gained his experience working in child welfare, public school, crisis counseling, and private practice. Andrew has specialized training in working with at-risk adolescents and those with relationship or mood disorders. Andrew is a trainer for the Lorain County Schools Crisis Counseling Team, and is an executive board member for the Lorain County Prevention Connection, and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health prior to being termed out by statute. Andrew has served as the President of the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake Teachers’ Association (OEA) and is currently actively involved sitting on the Ohio Education Association Fund for Children & Public Education (FCPE) State Council and Legislative Committees, which are the political arms of the OEA/NEA.

Promotions Director

betsy youse

Betsy Youse received her BSW from The University of Vermont in 1989 and MSW from The Ohio State University in 1992. She has worked for county children services, home-based therapy services and in community mental health. Her belief that school is the vital venue to strengthen child mental health, led her to school social work over a decade ago. She is currently employed as a school social worker in Worthington City Schools. Betsy feels social work is not just a profession, but a value set for compassionate and purposeful life. She is grateful for her loving extended family, her beloved adult children and her supportive life partner.

Membership Director

faith gordon

Faith Gordon is a school social worker for Bedford City Schools. She was at Warrensville Heights City School District (WHCSD) for two years. Prior to working for WHCSD, Faith worked as a school social worker for Cleveland Heights University Heights school district for nine years. Faith earned an Associate’s Degree at Cuyahoga Community College and also became a licensed cosmetologist, after high school. She later returned to college and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Cleveland State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University. In addition, she obtained her school social work certification through the combined collaborative program between Baldwin Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University. Faith has served as a member of the Youth Advisory Commission Board for the City of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She has served as a panelist on: Recognizing Signs of Suicide. She works with scholars and families to remove barriers that interfere with school success. She is a trained facilitator of the social-emotional curriculums “Why Try”, “Girls Circle” and “Restorative Justice”. She works with scholars in the areas of motivation, crisis interventions, prevention education, conflict mediation, truancy, and grief. She is a support to staff members and administrators in Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) school-wide as well as, in the classroom. Faith also acts as a referring agent for scholar and families to mental health agencies and needed resources. Witnessing scholars she’s worked with cross the stage on graduation day, is the joyous day of her school year!

NorthEast Regional Representative

VACANT

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Northwest Regional Representative

ERINN smith

Bio coming soon.

Central Regional Representative

martha jones

Martha Jones attended The Ohio State University earning both her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Social Work. Originally from Mansfield, Ohio; Marty has recently relocated to Columbus and is employed by Columbus City Schools – grateful to be serving as a School Social Worker. Martha has previously worked in public health, developmental disabilities, rehabilitation/corrections and community mental health.

Southeast Regional Representative

Brenda rinkes

Brenda Rinkes graduated with Bachelors (Ohio University ‘74) and Masters Degrees (Ohio State University ’81) in Social Work. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Supervisor in the State of Ohio and a Licensed School Social Worker with the Ohio Department of Education. Brenda has worked 37 years as a School Social Worker, including 34 years in the Bellaire Local School District. Prior to her recent retirement she worked an instructor and field coordinator for the Social Work Program at West Liberty University, West Liberty, West Virginia and as Project Director for a Federal Elementary Counseling Grant in Belmont County, Ohio that employs 2 school social workers and 2 licensed professional counselors. In addition to OSSWA, Brenda is an active member of NASW, CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) and the North Central Social Work Field Directors Consortium.

 

Southwest Regional Representative

VACANT

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Student Representatives

VACANT | MSASS Representative

Vacant | University of Cincinnati Student Representative

Erica Magier | OSU Student Representative

Agency ADVISoRS

Michelle Patak-pietrafesa, MSW, LISW-S | Ohio State University Advisor
Sarah Andrews, LISW-S | Case Western Reserve University Advisor
Carol Wheeler-Strother, MSW, LSW, PhD | University of Cincinnati Advisor
Danielle Smith, MSW, LSW, CAE | NASW Ohio Advisor
Emily Jordan, MSW, LISW | Ohio Department of Education Advisor

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