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.