Buckeye Community Hope - Education Division Staff

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Peggy Young Director of the Education Division

Office: (614) 942-2003
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Peggy Young, Director of the Education Division, has a lifelong focus on education beginning her career as a speech therapist. Peggy has extensive experience in executive leadership, business operations, financial management, and personnel management in both profit and non-profit organizations. Peggy has worked in the Community School Division at Buckeye since its inception with community school sponsorship in 2004. Peggy is instrumental in the growth and accomplishments of the Division and leads an exemplary team of community school consultants throughout the State.

Peggy earned a BA and Master's Degree from The Ohio State University. She is a licensed Ohio School Treasurer.

Jennifer Robison

Jennifer L. Robison Associate Director of the Education Division

Office: (614) 942-2002
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Jennifer L. Robison has served community school developers, operators, sponsors, parents, and students throughout Ohio for 10 years.

Jennifer is a leading expert in community school sponsorship, auditing, school operations, and compliance monitoring with local and national community school rules and regulations. Jennifer has served as a NCLB compliance officer, Federal programs administer, sponsor representative, and community school board member. Jennifer has worked on the planning committee for the national project: Building Charter School Quality working with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, the Center for Research on Educational Outcomes, and the Colorado League of Charter Schools.

Jennifer L. Robison earned her BBA degree from Ohio University and her MBA degree from the University of Phoenix Columbus Campus.

Jennifer Robison

Jason Moore Business and Fiscal Oversight Department Lead

Office: (614) 942-2002
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Jason Moore comes to the Education Division as the Financial Specialist with over 7 years of experience working with Community Schools across Ohio. Jason has served as both licensed Treasurer and School Director for a number of community schools. In addition, as a member of the founding team for five schools in Columbus, Toledo, Cleveland, and Cincinnati Jason brings experience in all aspects of operating and leading a school. He earned his BS in Business at Miami University and his MBA in Finance from Wright State University.

Dr. Carol Young

Dr. Carol Young Accountability and School Improvement Department Lead

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Dr. Carol S. Young joined the Education Division team in 2011. Dr. Young brings 35 years of experience in public education in various disciplines. Her educational leadership experience as a former Superintendent to her Special Education expertise increases our capacity as a team to provide quality technical assistance in community school operations and educational supervision.

Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and is a successful published expert in Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum.

Mindy Farry

Mindy Farry School Improvement Representative

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Mindy is an integral part of the BCHF school improvement team with an emphasis in the areas of classroom management and teacher training.   She brings with her thirty-five years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, and educational consultant.  Her experience in both urban and suburban settings has led to expertise in school management, classroom organization, professional learning communities, and instructional strategies.  She works with the Ohio Department of Education training teachers and principals in the new evaluation systems.  Mindy has a Master’s degree in English Education and in Educational Administration.  

Dr. Michael Grote

Dr. Mike Grote School Improvement Representative

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Dr. Mike Grote brings a wealth of knowledge and 44 years of experience to the BCHF school improvement team.  His areas of expertise include mathematics and science, adult and student motivation, teaching and learning, and staff development.   Dr. Grote was recognized with several national and state honors during his 23 years in the classroom. He also has experience as a university professor, district administrator, educational consultant, and school board member. He has served on the boards of both state and national educational organizations, published a number of journal articles, and presented at both state and national conferences. His students consistently placed first or second in the state on academic achievement measures.   Mike holds a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Master’s degree in Administration, and a BA degree in Physics.

Cheryl Ellis Soloman

Cheryl Ellis Soloman Special Education Consultant

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Cheryl’s thirty-seven years of educational experience in teaching and school administration with emphasis on Special Education makes her a valuable asset to the School Improvement Team. Cheryl has taught Special Education, has been a Supervisor and Director of Special Education programs, has supervised programs for Gifted and Talented, plus has been a Curriculum Director. During her tenure as Director of Special Education and Curriculum, Cheryl also worked with school improvement initiatives. Cheryl has a Master’s of Arts degree in Special Education and a Master’s of Science degree with emphasis on Gifted and Talented Education.

Josh Miller

Josh Miller Communications and Data Analysis Representative

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Josh Miller comes to the Education Division’s School Improvement Team as the Communications and Data Analysis specialist. In this capacity, Josh provides quality technical assistance in community school operations and communications support for the organization. Josh has more than five years of experience working in the field of education as an instructor, researcher and consultant. Josh earned his BA in English from The Ohio State University, an MA in English from the University of Akron, and his MPA from Cleveland State University.

James Devers

James Devers Authorizing and Operations Department Lead

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James comes to the Education Division most recently from the Ohio Department of Education’s Offices of Strategic Initiatives & Exceptional Children. James brings a unique perspective developed through various roles in education administration: community school leadership, community college (continuing education), university (computer literacy training) and state-level. James earned his BA in Sociology from Western Michigan University and his Master of Public Administration degree from The Ohio State University.


Anita McCarty Data Analyst

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Anita has been with the Education Division since 2009 assisting each sponsored school and all Regional Representatives in assuring the ODE required documents are uploaded into Sharepoint in a timely fashion. Additionally, she provides support to the Director and Associate Director with daily operating practices, spreadsheet creation and document management.

Regional Representatives

Maureen Barbessi Akron Area Regional Representative

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Maureen has been assisting schools and non-profit organizations in their fundraising efforts for the past nine years with Great American Opportunities. She holds a Bachelor in Science of Business Administration with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations. Her interests include advancing technology, working with children as well as spending time with family.

Nicole Brock

Nicole Brock Toledo Area Regional Representative

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Nicole has spent more than 16 years working as an educator and administrator.  Her experience spans both K-12 and collegiate level education.  Nicole holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Educational Sociology and Foundations.   In addition, Nicole served as a founding member of an elementary charter school board in Toledo, Ohio. 


Joe Calinger Cleveland Area Regional Representative

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Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Youngstown State University. Joe possesses a wide range of educational experience from teaching middle school for the Austintown School District, to administrative experience at Kent State University. Born outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Joe is a life long Pittsburgh sports fanatic and a walking sports encyclopedia.


Lori Gawdyda Youngstown Area Regional Representative

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Lori is currently a medical librarian at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. She earned her MLS from Kent State University, Kent and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science with a major in Medical Technology from Youngstown State University. Her interests include the application of emerging technologies to learning; webpage development and design; all aspects of digital preservation projects;computer networking and medical database searching.



Karen Rose Columbus/Cincinnati Area Regional Representative, Special Education Oversight

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Karen has spent the last several years working with teachers and students in the greater Columbus area while attaining her credentials in special education.  Karen holds a BA degree in English from Kent State University and a BA from Ashland University, and is a licensed Intervention Specialist K-12 Mild/Moderate.  Prior to her work in education, Karen worked in various public service and human resource positions.