Individual and Organizational members of the Ohio Afterschool Network are invited to cast a vote to decide on the 2019 – 2020 OAN Strategic Leadership Team. The OAN Strategic Leadership Team (or SLT) provides leadership, strategic direction, meaningful linkages and focus to allow OAN to make sustained and high-impact contributions to OAN’s mission. Each member of the SLT will serve a 2-3 year term. For more information on organizational governance, click here.
Votes will be accepted through Friday, October 12, 2018.
Service period begins Monday, October 15, 2018.
To be redirected to the webpage to cast your vote click HERE.
Please note: Under the OAN Membership benefits agreement, only Individual and Organizational members are eligible to vote.


Dr. Kirk Dickerson – Chairperson of Education, Interpreting, and Human Services Department – Columbus State Community College

Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional experience? I started as an afterschool teacher and program coordinator for a 21 Century Learning Center at a school on the East Side of Columbus. After nearly three years, I moved on to teach social studies and science at a 500 student middle school in a rural district. I eventually became the principal of that school and professional development coordinator for the district. Currently, I lead a 1,500 seat department at one of Ohio’s largest colleges. I have also taught graduate courses of Ohio Dominican University and served in the Air Force.

Why would you like to serve on the OAN Strategic Leadership Team? I have an interest in education policy and strategic planning. I also know the value that a quality afterschool program can have on each individual child. I would love the opportunity to work with OAN to make sure that Ohio offers afterschool opportunities to every student regardless of where they live or what resources their families have.

What knowledge, skills or expertise would you bring to the OAN SLT? I have a doctorate in Educational Administration from OSU. As part of my research there, I conducted needs assessments and evaluations of educational programs and polices. I also have a master’s degree in Educational Policy. I have been formally trained in compression planning frameworks and needs assessment methodologies. In the last two years, I have managed and written over $1 million in grants. My program for training early childhood teachers was recently recognized by the Mayor of Columbus during his State of City address on education.


Nikki MillsProgram Manager for K-5th After School and Summer Programs at Vineyard Community Center

Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional experience? I’ve worked in the out-of-school-time field professionally for 15 years.  My work started in a tutoring program in 2003; I’ve been with Vineyard Community Center for 10.5 years with the after school program.

Why would you like to serve on the OAN Strategic Leadership Team? I am passionate about promoting quality after school programming.  It would be an honor to serve OAN in this manner.  I’m the type of person who loves to welcome people and be hospitable; I believe serving on the Membership Committee would be a place well suited for my strengths.

What knowledge, skills or expertise would you bring to the OAN SLT? I bring 15 years of professional experience in the after school field.  I’ve served both on the front line teaching in the classroom and in management – ensuring that our staff and youth have the best experiences possible.  I am detail oriented, an effective communicator, and believe I could contribute valuable ideas and support to the OAN SLT.


April Porter , private consultant and working part-time with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio.

Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional experience?
I have worked extensively with urban public school students, teachers, families and youth development leaders over the past 20 years as a social sector connector, change agent and driver of impact. I have worked in a variety of roles at organizations including the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, The University of Chicago and the YMCA of the USA (National Office). I received an MA from The University of Chicago and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I also proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Latin America from 1996-98.  
During my most recent 6 year tenure at the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), I provided oversight for Y-USA strategic priority to develop, adopt and scale the full portfolio of outcomes-based programs and practices designed to close the achievement gap for low-income populations. Efforts included developing authentic national partnerships, the supervision of Technical Advisors, working directly with national funders and grantees, engaging in problem-solving/solution ideation, assessing training and program effectiveness, designing and managing training plans, andmaking recommendations for continuous program quality improvements.
Why would you like to serve on the OAN Strategic Leadership Team? I have loved returning to my home state to live and work, and I am ready to take my skills and experiences and put them to use by supporting positive youth development and high quality enrichment opportunities for our youth.  I want to make a difference–and I want our programs to make a difference too!
What knowledge, skills or expertise would you bring to the OAN SLT?
Most recently, I have:
– Partnered to establish over 300 youth development programs nationwide.
– Trained and provided outreach to stakeholders at over 100 OST program sites.
– Led quality program development, implementation and sustainability efforts.
– Provided assessment, training and coaching for program fidelity and quality monitoring.
– Engaged and cultivated strategic partnerships.
The skills I have demonstrated in work and life include a passion for growing and supporting initiatives that address critical social issues, integrity, imagination and a growth mindset, while maintaining an intense dedication to equity and inclusion in education and youth development.

Dormetria Thompson


Amanda Brooks, assistant program manager For Ohio University Kids on Campus

Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional experience? I have a Bachelors of Science in recreation from Ohio University.  I have worked for Ohio out of school time programs for over 10 years.  I have held my current position for eight years. Previously for one year I was aProgram Coordinator for Athens City Schools Kids on Campus. Prior to that I was a 4-H program assistant for The Ohio State University Extension office in Washington County.
Why would you like to serve on the OAN Strategic Leadership Team? I would like to serve as Vice chair for the Southeast region so that I can provide a strong voice to the children and families of the area. My family has lived in southeastern Ohio for four generations. I know personally the struggles and challenges families in our area face. I also know all the wonderful and exciting opportunities and privileges that come along with living in this beautiful area of the state.
What knowledge, skills or expertise would you bring to the OAN SLT? I feel that my knowledge of and commitment to the Southeast region would be a useful addition to the state leadership team. Throughout my childhood and early adulthood, I participated in and volunteered for numerous out of school time programs. It is where I learned all of my leadership skills and found my career. I believe this makes me a very strong and dedicated candidate to the state leadership team.


Jodi Black4-H Youth Development Coordinator atCentral State University Extension

Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional experience? I have 20 plus years’ experience as an 4-H Youth Development Educator. I have Provided leadership to programing at the county, state and national level. I have also Conducted In-School Enrichment and After-School Programs


Educator Career Technical License – Bowling Green State University,     Workforce Education and Development School of Teaching and Learning 9( out of 24 Semester hours completed)

Master of Science – The University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Bachelor of Science – The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Why would you like to serve on the OAN Strategic Leadership Team? I would like to extend STEM educational opportunities (and supplies) to afterschool sites through grants and sponsorships. One example is the National Youth Science Day 4-H Program.
What knowledge, skills or expertise would you bring to the OAN SLT? I have 20 plus years’ experience in 4-H Youth Development.  4-H Curriculum under my leadership has sold into all 50 states and Canada and received National recognition.  I am currently a member of the Ohio 4-H STEM Team and a member of the National Association of 4-H Extension Agents STEM Committee.

Heather Sherman, Director, Ohio STEM Learning Network, Battelle

Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional experience? I have spent my career working for various non-profit organizations, as I firmly believe in doing work that serves to enrich people’s lives.  Since 2015, I’ve been worked for Battelle promoting K-12 STEM education across Ohio.  The Ohio STEM learning network ensures teachers, administrators and students have access to high-quality STEM education programs and resources.  Prior to Battelle, I worked for Franklin University for almost ten years, coordinating Academic Support programs for students.  Franklin University is a private, open-enrollment institution that serves many adults attending college for the first time.  In my early career, I worked at a 21st Century Community Learning Center and for Girl Scouts.     
Why would you like to serve on the OAN Strategic Leadership Team? Afterschool opportunities are crucial to our society, as they provide essential supports for students and families.  OST programs provide students time to learn and discover new things about themselves, ignite their passion and curiosity, and gives families the peace of mind that their children are engaged in safe, positive environments after the school day ends. I want to bring my expertise in STEM education and connections with educators throughout the state to benefit OAN, so we can promote and expand STEM learning in afterschool programs.


What knowledge, skills or expertise would you bring to the OAN SLT? As the director of a prominent statewide STEM organization, I can provide awareness of and access to best practices in STEM education, connect OAN with STEM practitioners, and help bring awareness about OAN’s work to aligned partner organizations throughout the state. I have experience preparing grant proposals and creating mutually beneficial partnerships and would love to help OAN grow its STEM outreach in Ohio.


The following slate is put before members as the current sitting members of the SLT. This slate seeks confirmation from OAN members with voting rights.

Lisa Bottoms
OAN Partnerships and Funding Committee Co-Chair
Director, Bottom Line Consulting Firm
Nancy Brody
OAN Central Regional Hub Vice Chair
Executive Director of School Achievement, YMCA of Central Ohio
Kevin Gilmore
OAN Membership Committee Chair
Director of High School LAUNCH/Fusion, Vineyard Community Center
Debbie Frison
OAN Northwest Regional Hub Vice Chair
Grant Manager, YMCA/JCC of Greater Toldeo
Bobbi Holcombe
OAN Southeast Regional Hub Chair
21st CCLC Program Director, Muskingum Valley ESC
Linda Hubbell

OAN STEM Committee Chair
Education Program Director, All American Soap Box Derby

Sheila James
Ohio Afterschool Association (OAA) Advisor

Jermaine Kennedy
OAN Central Ohio Regional Hub Co-Chair
Director of Education, Homeless Families Foundation/Dowd Education Center

Annette Malone
OAN Southwest Regional Hub Co-Chair
Family Support Specialist, YMCA of Greater Dayton

Tricia Moore
OAN Advocacy Committee Chair
Director of Partnerships and Engagement, EnvisionEd Plus

Scott Morrison, MHRM
OAN Human Resources Advisor
Human Resources Business Partner Manager, Molina Health

Alexandria Nichols
OAN Northeast Regional Hub Chair
Director of Recreation, City of Shaker Heights

Chyrel Oates
OAN Northeast Regional Hub Vice Chair
Director of Youth and Community Outreach Programs, Case Western Reserve University

Stephen Osbourne, MBA
OAN Fiscal Advisor
Instructor of Accounting, Otterbein Univeristy

Laura Reece
OAN Southwest Regional Hub Co-Chair
Program Coordinator, GRAD Cincinnati

Dan Skilliter
OAN Northwest Regional Hub Chair
Education Specialist, Partners in Education

Pamela Steurer
OAN Executive Leadership Team Chair
Director, Delaware City Schools SACC

Archer Thomas
OAN Quality Programs Committee Chair
Specialist, Quality Programs, 4C for Children

Beth Urban
OAN Executive Leadership Team Vice Chair
Chief Operating Officer, IMPACT Community Action

Allison Wallace
Partnerships and Funding Committee Co-Chair
Executive Director, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Center

For more information about the voting process contact Nichelle Shaskus at 1-833-OAN-OHIO or