Buckeye Community Hope - Education Division Staff

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Peggy Young

Peggy Young Director of the Education Division

Office: (614) 942-2003
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Peggy 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 and is a licensed Ohio School Treasurer.

Jennifer Robison

Jennifer L. Schorr Associate Director of the Education Division

Office: (614) 942-2002
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Jennifer has worked closely with community school developers, operators, sponsors, parents, and students throughout Ohio since 2003. Jennifer is a leading expert in community school sponsorship, auditing, school operations, and compliance monitoring with local and national community school rules and regulations. Since joining BCHF in 2011, Jennifer has continually driven the Education Division of BCHF toward quality authorizing and improved student outcomes. Jennifer has previously served as a NCLB compliance officer, Federal programs administer, sponsor field representative, and community school board member. Jennifer is a 2015 Alumni of the highly competitive NACSA Leader’s Program. Jennifer 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 has been working with Community Schools across Ohio since 2008. Jason has served as both licensed Treasurer and School Director for a number of community schools, as well 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. Jason earned his BS in Business at Miami University and his MBA in Finance from Wright State University. Jason is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Wright State University.

Dr. Carol Young

Dr. Carol Young Accountability and School Improvement Department Lead

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Dr. Young provides professional development, data analysis, and technical assistance to BCHF sponsored schools. Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from Ohio University, where she was the recipient of the James A. Rogers Award in educational leadership.  Dr. Young has served two Ohio districts as superintendent, and she has served in Maryland and Ohio as a middle school principal, curriculum coordinator, special education director, teacher and speech-language pathologist. Dr. Young is a successful researcher and author on topics including Teaching, Leadership, Special Education 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. Mindy brings with her thirty-eight years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, and educational consultant.  Mindy’s experience in both urban and suburban settings has led to expertise in school management, classroom organization, professional learning communities, and instructional strategies.  Mindy works with the Ohio Department of Education training teachers and principals in the new evaluation systems. Mindy is a certified Buck Institute for Education Project Based Learning instructor and a certified Time to Teach trainer. 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. Grote brings a wealth of knowledge and forty-four years of experience to the BCHF school improvement team. Dr. Grote’s 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 twenty-three years in the classroom. He also has experience as a university professor, district administrator, educational consultant, and school board member. Dr. Grote 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. Dr. Grote’s students consistently placed first or second in the state on academic achievement measures. Dr. Grote holds a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Master’s degree in Administration, and a BA degree in Physics.

Diana Martin

Diana Martin School Improvement Representative

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Diana joined the BCHF school improvement team in 2016 to provide leadership support and school improvement assistance to sponsored schools. Diana has thirty-eight years of diverse educational experience, having taught visual arts at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. She also served as a curriculum director, high school principal, and middle school principal. While a middle school principal, her school earned consistent Excellent with Distinction ratings from the Ohio Department of Education. She attributes this success to strong teamwork within the school, something she hopes to encourage in her work with the BCHF portfolio. Diana has a passion for helping students of poverty find their way through the education system to reach their potential and future success. Diana received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Tennessee Temple University and a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Administration from the University of Dayton.

Jerry Nadeau

Jerry NadeauSchool Improvement Representative

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Jerry Nadeau joined the Education Division’s Accountability and School Improvement Team in Fall 2017. Jerry brings a depth of 21 years of experience in education with specializations in special education, drop out recovery and prevention, and overall school administration. He has worked in traditional public schools serving as an intervention specialist, coach, transition coordinator, and coordinator of special education services. His most recent experience has been with a charter management organization serving both K-8 and Dropout Recovery Schools in a variety of capacities: Director of compliance, Director of Special Education and Director of Academic Support.

Cheryl Ellis Soloman

Cheryl Solomon 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.

James Devers

James Devers Authorizing and Operations Department Lead

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James came to the Education Division from the Ohio Department of Education’s Offices of Strategic Initiatives & Exceptional Children. James has a unique perspective developed through various roles in education administration: community school leadership, community college, university and state-level. James earned his BA in Sociology from Western Michigan University and his Master of Public Administration from The Ohio State University.

Catherine West

Catherine West Government Relations & Communications Lead

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Catherine West has more than 30 years experience in public and media relations, in both the private and public sectors.  Her experience includes serving as press secretary for the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus and as a public information officer for a key state agency.  Catherine has also served as the primary spokesperson for a local not-for-profit entity with more than 500 employees and a media market of 27 counties.  She has been a registered lobbyist representing various charter school stakeholders since 2007.  Catherine has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Capital University.

Anita McCarty

Anita McCarty Executive Assistant/Compliance Specialist

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Anita McCarty became an Education Division team member in 2009. Anita works closely with the Regional Representatives and the Operations Department Lead in assuring each sponsored school meets ODE required document compliance. Anita provides support to the Director and Associate Director in a variety of daily operating practices. Anita is responsible for spreadsheet creation, document management, and packet preparation for the School Improvement team workshops and the All Schools Meetings.

Regional Representatives

Maureen Barbessi Regional Representative

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Maureen has been working with Great American Opportunities to assist schools and other non-profit organizations in their fundraising efforts since 2005. Maureen holds a Bachelor in Science of Business Administration with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations. Maureen’s interests include advancing technology and working with children.

Nicole Brock

Nicole Brock Regional Representative

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Nicole has been working as an educator and administrator since 2000.  Nicole’s experience spans both K-12 and collegiate level education. Nicole holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and a BA 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 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

Lori Gawdyda 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.


Joshua Gossett

Joshua Gossett Regional Representative

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Josh joined the Education Division’s compliance team in 2016. Josh has a depth of experience in the financial planning and retail industries, and holds state and federal-level credentials in investment advising. Josh has enjoyed a career of empowering families and select businesses to reach their financial goals through specialized communications, quality assurance, and management. A graduate of ITT Technical Institute, Josh also has training and experience in engineering technologies.


Karen Rose

Karen Rose Regional Representative

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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.