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Region 1

Please learn about our region, our partners and services, and all of the resources we have available for you.

OhioKAN Region 1

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.

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COUNTIES SERVED

Allen


Auglaize


Defiance


Fulton


Hancock


Hardin


Henry


Logan


Mercer


Paulding


Putnam


Van Wert


Williams


 

REGION 1 STAFF

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Jenn Butler

DIRECTOR

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Jennifer Butler

Director, Region 1

Jenn recently served as Program Coordinator for the Buford Center for Diversity and Service at the University of Findlay. A longtime nonprofit sector professional, she’s done it all: organizing, managing, leading, collaborating, recruiting, relationship-building, program management, and event planning. Previously, Jenn worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator for a nonprofit where she provided support to individuals with disabilities seeking employment. She holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Development and Leadership from the University of Findlay and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Bowling Green State University. Jenn could not be happier to be Program Director in Region 1! 

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Shawna Smith

COORDINATOR

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Shawna Smith

Coordinator, Region 1

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!

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Natalie Reynolds

COACH

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Coach, Region 1

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!

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Jessica Smith

NAVIGATOR

LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay

Jessi Smith

Navigator, LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay (Region 1)

Jessi is extraordinarily excited about working with families to learn their stories and to help connect them with the resources and supports they need. Jessi is multi-racial and multi-cultural, and grew up in rural Wyandot County, Ohio. She comes from generational poverty and was a teen mother. She is especially excited that OhioKAN supports the entire family, no matter what that family dynamic looks like. holds an Associate of Applied Science - Human and Social Services degree from Marion Technical College in Marion, Ohio. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Social Work from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

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Megan Little

NAVIGATOR

Adopt America Network

Megan Little

Navigator, Adopt America Network (Region 1)

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!

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REGIONAL SITE PARTNERS

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Serving all families

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!