We proudly serve kinship and adoption families throughout the state. Our OhioKAN Region 1 team specifically serves families in our area and is dedicated to making sure you get the resources you deserve.
Most recently, Kelsey was the Executive Director of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Community Support Center in Bellbrook, OH. She grew a small non-profit organization into a robust community support center, which included facilitating the Covid-19 response, managing and growing the staff and revenue, and innovating and executing multiple immediate needs and long term goal based programs to meet needs for lower-income community members. Kelsey received a B.A. in Behavioral Science from Drew University in Madison, NJ. She has her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, MD, and also has an LSW.
Kelsey volunteered while living in Germany by collecting and disseminating resources related to parenting children with special needs and maternal mental health. She conducted research studies on these topics and evaluated and shared the results within the military community. She also formed and managed a support group for parenting children with special needs, as well as served as a resource navigator for military spouses and members who needed assistance getting connected to services in the community.
Having been a Site Supervisor for an OhioKAN Navigator, Kelsey has seen the incredible work happening within OhioKAN for close to 2 years. She is thrilled to join a team that is doing evidence-based work and that is filling a tremendous gap in the child welfare environment.
Shawna joins OhioKAN after working in case management and health administration. Previously, she was an Assistant Case Manager at Manring & Farrell, Attorneys at Law. There, she requested and submitted medical records, filed appeals to the social security administration, and handled all client correspondence. As a Coding Specialist at Lima Memorial Health System, she assisted the billing and denial teams with coding questions. She has also volunteered at the Orthopedic Institute of Ohio. Shawna has a Bachelor's in Healthcare Administration and an Associate’s in Health Information Technology from the University of Northwestern Ohio, plus an Associate’s in Office Administration from Commonwealth Bible College. She looks forward to learning all she can in this position and doing all she can to assist in helping families and children!
Natalie most recently served as a 30 Days to Family Specialist with Allen County Children Services, where she once also held the role of Intake and Assessment Caseworker. She has had tenures in adolescent and adult developmental disability services, with Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities as a Service and Support Specialist and with Bittersweet Farms as a Community Outreach Specialist. Natalie was a dedicated volunteer in the United States Peace Corps program, serving in the role of Youth and Community Development volunteer based in Swaziland, Africa, and is currently Board President of West Central Ohio Abilities Collaborative, among other ongoing community engagement work. Natalie is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a bachelor’s of Social Work from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Northwestern Ohio. Natalie is thrilled to join OhioKAN as a Coach in Region 1!
Jessi is extraordinarily excited about working with families to learn their stories and to help connect with them the resources and supports they need. She is especially excited that OhioKAN supports the entire family, no matter what that family dynamic looks like. Jessi is multi-racial and multi-cultural. She grew up in rural Wyandot County, Ohio, with lived experience in generational poverty and teenage parenting. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Human and Social Services from Marion Technical College in Marion, Ohio. Jessi is passionate about social and racial justice, dedicating her efforts to solidarity supports and advocating for systemic change.
Megan previously was a group home manager for Beacon Specialized Living in Carleton, MI. There she oversaw all staff-related functions at the home, including scheduling, managing the household budget, and residents’ funds. She also handled emergency situations within the home. Megan attended Purdue University Global for both her Bachelors and Masters in Human Services. She is currently looking to pursue her Doctorate in Human Services. Megan is a kinship caregiver who later adopted her kinship child, and she is excited to connect with other kinship and adoptive families!
Before OhioKAN, Kaci worked in higher education admissions with public and private universities in Ohio. There she would assist students in preparing for their higher education career from financial aid to academic readiness. Kaci has a Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology from Ohio State University, and a Master’s of Education from University of Toledo. She is excited to help families and children develop new skills and outlooks as they navigate unique life situations.
We are 100% committed to making sure every kinship and adoption family in Ohio who is looking for support will get it. No matter who you are or what your circumstances may be — contact us because we are here for you!