Kick-Off Event

Ohio's first REACH workshop was held on Tuesday, May 12th, at the Columbus State Conference Center from 10am-4pm. The purpose of this one-day training was to facilitate dialogue, promote partnerships and encourage ongoing communication. Out of the 200+ Ohio professionals in attendance, roughly half were Higher Education representatives, and the other half were Child Welfare professionals.

9 am
Parking and Registration
Bagels, cream cheese and coffee provided
10 am
Introduction by Susan Kelly, Casey Family Programs
Adrian McLemore, Wright State Univ., former President of OHIO YAB
10:10 am
Opening Remarks
Introduction by Crystal Ward Allen, PCSAO
Chancellor Eric Fingerhut
ODJFS Asst. Deputy Director Barbara Manuel
Representative Ted Celeste
11:00 am
National Overview
Post-Secondary Education for Foster Youth
David Johnston, Connecticut Post-Secondary Education Committee
and Lisa Dickson, Ohio chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America

11:30 am
Please pick up boxed lunch and return to assigned table
Student Voices
Panel of Foster Care Alumni
(Moderated by Lisa Dickson, FCAA-Ohio)
Vanessa Jackson, Alex McFarland, Adrian McLemore,
Ralph Wills and Bethany Wortman
1:00 pm

1:15 pm
How We Can Help
Students Succeed
Supporting Student Success

Panel of Adult Program Facilitators
(Moderated by David Johnston, Connecticut)
Alisha Hawkins, BSU Guardian Scholar
Chris Klefeker, Miami University Hamilton
Eileen McCaffrey, Orphan Foundation of America
Tally Hart, Economic Access Initiative at OSU
2:30 pm
Next Steps:
Track 1: Group Discussion
Facilitated by Crystal Ward Allen, PCSAO,
Doris Edelmann, MCCS, Lisa Dickson FCAA-OH
and Joe Murray, Miami University Hamilton
Track 2: Strategic Planning,
Facilitated by Chris Shaffer, Ohio Benefit Bank,
David Johnston, Chris Klefeker,
Abby Sexton and Kelly Schoenhoft, Butler County Children Services.
3:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Susan Kelly, Senior Director of Consulting,
Casey Family Programs

Event Presenters, Sponsors and Facilitators

The 2009 Ohio Reach event would not be possible without the collective effort of dedicated organizations and individuals....

Our Traveling Experts: Connecticut PostSecondary Education Committee

Our Sponsors: Casey Family Programs; Casey Family Services; Columbus State Community College; Kids Are Waiting; Ohio Board of Regents; Ohio Department of Job & Family Services; and Orphan Foundation of America.

Our Planning Committee: Individual members represent Miami University Hamilton; Public Children Services Association of Ohio; Foster Care Alumni of America Ohio chapter; Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies; and Montgomery County Children Services.