CCAO Summer Symposium

The topic of the 2023 CCAO Summer Symposium had not yet been announced, but we are looking forward to seeing you at the Cherry Valley Hotel from August 16-18, 2023! More details will be added to this page and distributed to members through Counties Current and other means as they become available.

Workforce, Families and Children Symposium

Spotlighting Innovation and Inspiration 

Held August 25-26, 2022 

Cherry Valley Hotel

Thank you for attending the CCAO Workforce, Families and Children Symposium, and if you were unable to attend, we missed you! To ensure that all counties can access the important and valuable information that was shared at the event, CCAO is happy to provide copies of the presentations from our expert speakers and panelists. 

Presentations are available at the link below each speaker. Joint presentations and speakers without presentations are noted.

Thank you to our attendees, our speakers and panelists, and our sponsor partners for making this event a success!

Session Title & Summary Speakers and Presentations
Supporting Ohio’s Workforce: A Conversation about Child Care
Learn about the connection between Ohio’s workforce and child care access, and how the state and counties are responding.
Steve Stivers, President & CEO, Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Oral Presentation Only

Lisa Patt-McDaniel, CEO, Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio
Oral Presentation Only

Lisa Babb, Strategic Director, Quality Programs, 4C for Children
Ohio’s Evolving Workforce: Innovation and Insights from the Private Sector
Highlighting innovation and practices the private sector is using to attract, train, and retain workers.

JP Nauseef, President & CEO, JobsOhio

Emily Smith, Director, Global Public Affairs and Sustainability (Ohio), Intel Corporation

Angela Carnahan, Workforce Development Administrator, Licking County Job & Family Services
Joint Presentation with Swen Hunt

Swen Hunt, HR Manager, THK Manufacturing of America, Inc.

Placement Challenges in Children Services
Explore the data surrounding the child protective services workforce, the placement challenges for children with high acuity needs, and the rising cost of care.

Heidi Burns, Director, Morgan County Job and Family Services
Oral Presentation Only

John Fisher, Director, Licking County Job and Family Services
Oral Presentation Only

Mary Wachtel, Director of Public Policy, Public Children Services Association of Ohio

Training and Connecting Ohio’s Workers: Innovative County Programs
Hear from county workforce development experts on how they are tackling the current workforce shortages and preparing Ohioans for employment.

John Trott, Executive Director, Greater Ohio Workforce Board
Joint Presentation with Christine Marshall

Christine Marshall, Executive Director, Summit & Medina Workforce Area Council of Governments

Joe Patton, Executive Director, OhioMeansJobs Allen County/Job and Family Services

Kellijo Jeffries PhD, MSW, LSW, Director, Portage County Job and Family Services
Joint Presentation with Mandy Minnick

Mandy Minnick, Administrator, OhioMeansJobs Portage County/Job and Family Services

Affordable Housing
Exploring strategies around affordable housing in Ohio communities.

Tony DiBlasi, Executive Vice President, Asset Management and Operations, Ohio Capital Corporation for House

Amy Riegel, Executive Director, Coalition on Homelessness & Housing in Ohio

Federal and State Legislative Update
An update on federal and state legislation and policy affecting the Human Services landscape.

Matt Damschroder, Director, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Oral Presentation Only

Rachel Mackey, Legislative Director – Human Services & Education | Veterans & Military Services, National Association of Counties

Early Intervention Services
Learn about Ohio’s Early Intervention Services for parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays, and how counties can be involved.

Diane Fox, Assistant Deputy Director for the Division of Policy and Strategic Direction, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Joint Presentation with Nathan DeDino

Nathan DeDino, Part C Coordinator, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Adverse Childhood Experiences are an indicator of future need for human services assistance. This panel will discuss ACEs and how counties can use this information to aid their communities.

Caitlin Tully, Training Supervisor, The Center for Family Safety and Healing
Joint Presentation with Dr. Nara Cho

Dr. Nara Cho, Fellow MD-Child Abuse, The Center for Family Safety and Healing


Attendees also had an opportunity to participate in an Express Idea Exchange with subject area experts. While these did not include presentations, the speakers listed in the table below are a good resource to reach out to if you have questions regarding one of the topics.

Express Idea Exchange Topic Expert Speaker
Mental health services for incarcerated populations Director Amy Ast, Ohio Department of Youth Services
OneOhio Recovery Settlement Kathryn Whittington, Ashtabula County Commissioner & OneOhio Recovery Foundation, Inc. Chair
Food insecurity Matt Habash, President & CEO of Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Addressing the benefits cliff Joel Potts, Executive Director, Ohio Job and Family Services Directors Association
Independence and dignity for older adults Sue Thomas Sikora, Assistant Director, Guernsey County Job and Family Services


Workforce, Children and Families Symposium Sponsors

None at this time.