Buckeye Community Hope - Education Division Staff

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Peggy Young

Peggy Young Director of the Education Division

Office: (614) 942-2003

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

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.

Stephanie Klupinski

Stephanie Klupinski Vice President of Legal Affairs

Stephanie is a licensed attorney who has worked with Ohio charter schools for a decade. Stephanie joined BCHF after leading the charter office for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for four years. Stephanie previously served as the vice president of legal and legislative affairs for the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she created the Ohio Charter School Law Guidebook. Stephanie began her career in education as a high school English teacher in Los Angeles through the Teach For America program. Stephanie holds a J.D. from the Ohio State University, an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Anita McCarty

Anita McCarty Executive Assistant and Compliance Specialist

Anita McCarty became an Education Division team member in 2009. Anita works closely with the Regional Representatives and the Compliance Team 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. Additionally, Anita facilitates the organization's board training platform.

School Improvement Team

Dr. Carol Young

Dr. Carol Young Accountability and School Improvement Department Lead

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

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.  

Jerry Nadeau

Jerry NadeauSchool Improvement Representative

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.  Jerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Akron, a Master’s degree from Ashland University and is a Certified Instructor for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute.

Kim Jones

Kim JonesSchool Improvement Representative

Kim Jones has 29 years’ experience in traditional and community schools, including teaching, supervising, coaching and leadership/administration. Kim’s areas of particular expertise are in mathematics and science education, drop out recovery programs, parent and school engagement, classroom management and community supports. Most recently, Kim served as Director of a Drop Out Recovery Program. Kim holds a B.S. in Education from Central State University and an M.A. in Early and Middle Childhood Education from The Ohio State University. Kim’s area of focus for her Master’s degree was Multicultural Studies. We are excited that Kim will bring a wealth of information and experience to support our sponsored schools

Stan Nicol

Stan NicolData Analysis and School Accountability

Stan Nicol is a graduate of Muskingum University and Ashland University. Stan brings 33 years of experience in education as a high school science teacher, Track/Cross Country coach, EMIS supervisor, and data accountability director. Stan has worked with both traditional and charter schools. Stan is an admitted “data geek,” having worked extensively with state and local student and school performance data. Stan’s most recent endeavors have been focused on data analysis including, EMIS, Ohio School Report Card data, student information systems (Sis) and NWEA test reporting and analysis. We know that Stan will be an asset to our sponsored schools in offering technical assistance with state and local data and performance measurement.

Joni Byus

Joni ByusSchool Improvement Representative

Joni Byus is a veteran educator and specialist in many areas of curriculum and instruction. A graduate of Marshall University, Joni holds a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Gifted Education. Joni’s depth of educational experiences includes elementary classroom teaching, instructional coaching, and most recently, extensive work as an Academic Dean. Joni has worked with both traditional and charter schools. Joni’s specific areas of experience and expertise involve Early Literacy and Supervising Title I programs, and how to best use available resources. Joni looks forward to sharing her expertise and making a rich wealth of literacy information available to our schools.

Regional Representatives

Jennifer Robison

Jason Moore Compliance and Fiscal Team Lead

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.

Maureen Barbessi

Maureen Barbessi Regional Representative

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

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

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.

Joshua Gossett

Joshua GossettRegional Representative

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

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.


Lori Gawdyda

Lori GawdydaTechnical Consultant

Lori is currently the manager of the medical libraries 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.

Dr. Michael Grote

Dr. Mike Grote Educational Consultant

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.

Catherine West

Catherine West Communications Consultant

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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.  Catherine has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Capital University.