The MENTOR Network

Kristy DeVan Area Director, Ohio MENTOR

As an area director for Ohio MENTOR’s Cleveland and Canton offices, and soon the new Youngstown location, Kristy has stayed true to her roots as a social worker while successfully growing services to support more youth in foster care. Kristy’s career path spans the children’s services spectrum. She spent six years as an investigator in a physical and sexual abuse unit for children before earning her master’s degree and joining Ohio MENTOR in 2006 as a therapist serving children who had experienced trauma. Seeing a need for expanded services and possessing a true belief in her colleagues and foster parents, Kristy moved into various roles—first as a recruiter, then program director before moving into her current role. In addition to her dedication to her role at Ohio MENTOR, Kristy and her husband recently adopted a teenager who had been in foster care. She credits the experience with giving her a greater perspective on service, making sure foster parents know they are appreciated and that her door is always open. She has also increased support for Mentors by implementing a program to assist with transportation and connecting children served with supportive adults outside the home.

“She is steadfast in her pledge to make the world a better place for children,” said Melanie Horn, recertification specialist at Ohio MENTOR and one of Kristy’s nominators.