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Advisory Board election 2020 * the ballot is now OPEN *

Wanted: Ohio Votes Partners


Voting is now open for the following Ohio Council of Family Relations Advisory Board positions – Professional (1), Student Representative (1), New Professional (1), and President-Elect.

Voting will be open from Monday, November 9th – Friday, November 20th 2020. Please take the time to read through the nominee’s qualifications (see bios below) before casting your vote!

After reading the bios below, click HERE to cast your vote!


Anita Armstrong

Anita works for the Ohio Department of Education in the Office for Early Learning and School Readiness where she serves as the Head Start State Collaboration Director. In this role she facilitates coordination and collaboration among the federal, state and local entities that serve Ohio’s most vulnerable children and their families. Her passion for education, families, and children has been expressed throughout her career in direct service and leadership roles within various government, non-profit, and school-based settings. Anita is a Licensed Social Worker with a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Leadership program at Creighton University. For the past year, Anita has served as a Professional Representative on the board of the Ohio Council of Family Relations. She is excited about the organization’s strategic plan and efforts to elevate the role of Family Life Education professionals in Ohio. Anita is seeking re-election for a three-year term so that she can continue to serve and help accomplish the goals of OHCFR.

Richard Glotzer

I am an NCFR member and have had a CFLE credential since 1997. I currently sit on the CFLE National Exam Committee and have written book reviews and book chapters for NCFR.

Until July I was Professor of Social Work at the University of Akron but was “laid off” under the guise of the COVID emergency. I now have more time than previously although I continue to do research, write and publish.

Jason King

I have a bachelor’s degree in Counseling from Grace College and a Master’s Degree of Social Work from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on substance use and mental health. 

Currently I am the Director of Council for Union County Families and oversee family programming implementing the High-Fidelity Wraparound Process on a continuum of services serving about 80 at-risk youth and families annually.  I guide family-level decision making, oversee family support grants, assist in the evaluation of a governance grant, and use local data to shape practice in Union County.  I work part-time as a therapist under the supervision of a local private practice focused on trauma-based therapy models and Body, Mind, Spirit integration. Prior to this role I worked for Child Protective Services with an emphasis on families impacted by severe substance use disorders, poverty, and mental health diagnoses.

I currently serve on the Union County Drug Free Coalition, administer a nine-county wraparound collaborative, sit on the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity committee for the Ohio Family and Children First Coordinator’s Association, run local Council meetings, sit on a SAMHSA grant governance board, am a Union County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Advisory Board member, and Bridges Community Action Partnership Board member.

My experience and knowledge of the impact of generational, developmental trauma and impact of systems stress and secondary trauma on families will be valuable as a OHCFR advisory board member.  My strengths-based, multi-disciplinary approach and commitment to family models of social work aligns with the OHCFR mission.

Kathryn Tummino

I am interested in becoming an Advisory Board Member of OHCFR because I care very much about promoting positive outcomes for kids and families both as a professional and as a parent.  I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from Bowling Green State University in 2008. Shortly thereafter I began my career in substance abuse prevention and earned the certification of Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist (OCPS). I served as a direct service provider and supervisor of prevention services for a community mental health agency for more than a decade. My work in this role provided me with an opportunity to develop content for the PAXIS Institute, with whom I am presently employed. As such, I am a co-author of PAX Tools, which is a recognized promising practice.

 I believe I can offer many strengths to the OHCFR Advisory Board. As a Certified Prevention Specialist, I have knowledge and expertise to share with regard to the environmental conditions affecting Ohio’s youth and families and best practices for improving outcomes for persons across all ages. I am familiar with best practices for service identification and delivery such as community assessment, capacity development, planning and implementation, and evaluation. I have worked in and with systems of care and feel as though I can offer a unique and beneficial perspective to this valuable group of professionals who serve kids and families across Ohio.


Katherine Fonovic
I graduated in May 2020 from Kent State University; Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Case Management and a minor in Criminology and Justice studies. GPA of 3.511.
During college I gained insight and experience assisting a variety of customers while working at grocery and local retail stores.  I interned at the Freedom House where I gained personal and professional skills while handling individuals in crisis. I have a strong interest in supporting healthy family dynamics. I look forward to attending graduate school to earn a Master’s in Social Work. 
Strengths to bring to the OHCFR board – I strive to be inclusionary and an active listener. I am organized and interested in sharing all my resources. I am personable, relatable, and dedicated to this field. 

Jonathan Whetsell:
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Case Management and a Minor in Psychology from Kent State University. I graduated in 2018 with a 3.4 overall GPA.  My professional experience is both broad and focused. I have worked in several disciplines in the Human Services field since 2009, all of which represent a unique family experience.  I began my professional career in 2009 working with adults with Developmental Disabilities in residential settings as a direct care provider. That led me to working in vocational and supportive services for the same population as a Job Coach and Administrative Assistant.
 Since then, I have had two Case Management internships at two different homeless shelters. Freedom house, a shelter for military veterans and Safer Futures, a shelter for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence.   While finishing my degree, I found my current position as a Service Coordinator and Mentor for at risk youth in portage county with Family and Community Services, in conjunction with Ohio Means Jobs. In this role, I support youth participants in becoming more successful and employable as they navigate the difficult transition from adolescent to adulthood. As well as provide secondary Case Management. Lastly, I have started to become more involved in our election process and have been volunteering for the Board of Elections as a Poll Worker since the 2019 Election.
Strengths I would bring to OHCFR Advisory Board – The combination of my education and professional experience have allowed me to understand that no two families are alike. Additionally, I bring with me over a decade of experience serving individuals while understanding that they are a part of some family system. Over time I have learned to appreciate and respect the differences between families and understand that means every family requires a unique approach to their support. I have many ideas and still much to learn but I bring with me a positive approach and a willingness to do all I can to help.
 I believe in addition to my education and professional experience, that my personal experience has given me a unique perspective. Having overcome my own childhood trauma and have used my resiliency as an opportunity to give back to my community and help others overcome situations like my own.  Also, having been a caregiver for a family member from 2015-2018, I understand well the strain that illness or disability can add to a family.


Maddie Bland 
Currently employed as a Rapid Rehousing Leasing Administrator at ICAN Housing and pursuing a Master’s in Human Development & Family Studies from Kent State University.
Strengths I can bring to the Ohio Council on Family Relations Advisory Board – 
I believe that I would make a great addition to the OHCFR because of both my past and current educational experiences. I do have a great understanding of the human population through my bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Life Education. I do have a lot of passion for helping individuals and also families. So much that I have gone back to school to complete my Masters in HDFS which I am currently taking classes for. I also think I bring great knowledge to the board. Not only do I come with a background directed towards Human Development as well as Family Life Education, I also am well experienced with a unique population in which I serve, being the homeless. I have been with ICAN Housing for about a year and a half where I have been learning about, dealing with and serving the homeless population. I think having someone on the board who understand this population and who also is passionate about the development of humans, regardless of homeless status or not, would be a great asset.
Additional information to share –
I believe I would make a great contribution as a member serving on the board. I also think this opportunity would give me great experience as well. I am passionate about working in the helping field but I am also extremely passionate about exploring new opportunities. This opportunity would offer me both of those fulfillments I understand the importance of having a board and also having diversity within the board members. Coming from an employee that works for a nonprofit. I see how impactful board members can be. I bring great support to the advisory board and the board brings great opportunity to me.

President – Elect:

Carmen Irving
Carmen Irving is the Product Development Director for the PAXIS Institute. Carmen has her master’s degree in Human Development from Kent State University and is a Certified Family Life Educator and Certified Child and Youth Care Professional. Carmen currently serves as the Past President of the Ohio Council on Family Relations. She has been an OHCFR Advisory Board member since 2011. During Carmen’s tenure on the OHCFR Advisory Board she has led several state and national webinars, conducted face-to-face trainings, and launched a statewide needs assessment.
Carmen’s career has been devoted to empowering youth and strengthening families. Throughout Carmen’s career she has implemented evidence-based programs and has co-authored several curricula. Most recently, Carmen has championed PAX throughout the state of Ohio and co-authored the community-companion curriculum, PAX Tools. It is Carmen’s core belief that all children deserve nurturing adults who help support their success and development.

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! deadline extended! CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2020

It’s OHCFR election season! It is the goal of OHCFR to have a diverse Advisory Board that represents professionals in a variety of family-serving capacities. Serving on the OHCFR Advisory Board is a unique opportunity to collaborate with family scientists and practitioners across the state, promote the field of family science and extend the reach of NCFR for Ohioans. Sound interesting? Know someone who would be a perfect fit for one of the positions? Here’s your chance to get involved! This election cycle has the following open positions:

Term of Office: Jan. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2022
** MUST have been a member of the OHCFR Advisory Board for at least one year prior to nomination/election of the office of president-elect. **

  • Assume the position of President in Jan. 2023 (2year term)
  • Serves in the President’s absence, incapacitation, or resignation
  • Serves as program chairman if an annual meeting of the affiliate is held & provides the incoming President-Elect with the annual meeting planning procedure
  • Assumes other duties as assigned by the President
  • Becomes Past President in Jan. 2025 (2year term)

Professional & New Professional
Term of Office: Jan. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2023
** New professional is defined as a person who has received their degree in the last five years. **

  • Serve as contributing members, assuming duties assigned by the president

Student Board Members (2 positions)
Term of Office: Jan. 1, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2022
** Student members may be undergraduate or graduate students and have student status at the time of their election to the board. **

  • Works with Advisory Board to help address the needs & interests of student members
  • Helps recruits students to the organization

According to OHCFR Bylaws, board members must be Ohio residents and members of the National Council on Family Relations. Advisory Board members must attend 50% of the scheduled meetings. Within the year, there are two in-person meetings and two conference calls. In addition, Advisory Board members are expected to perform responsibilities that comply with the objectives of OHCFR/NCFR.

PLEASE NOMINATE YOURSELF OR ANOTHER OHCFR MEMBER. You may nominate multiple people. Send your nominations to:

[email protected]

Submissions are due by Friday, October 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm.
Nominees will be contacted to notify them of the nomination and to inquire if they are willing to accept and run for the position.

The OHCFR Advisory Board THANKS YOU in advance for nominating yourself or a colleague for one of the vacant positions!

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FREE Workshop – 8/14

**PAX Tools for Professionals**

9am – 12pm EST

Register HERE

Child Care Associates, Prevention Specialists, Case Managers, Social Workers, Youth Care Providers, Extension Staff, Youth Leaders or Students in a related field – – this is for YOU! OHCFR is excited to partner with the Paxis Institute to offer this FREE online workshop to those in Ohio who are working with and supporting youth and their families!


  1. Participants will identify how to teach behavior as a skill-set resulting in youth self-regulation.
  2. Participants will be able to describe nine evidence-based Tools and how they overlay with the ten evidence-based Kernels and Cues from PAX GBG. (GBG = good behavior game)
  3. Participants will be able to determine how PAX GBG and PAX Tools support one another as a community-wide, environmental prevention strategy

!!! CFLE continuing education credit APPROVED (2.5 hours). FLE Content Areas include: Parent Education & Guidance, Interpersonal Relationships, Internal Dynamics of Families and Human Growth & Development.


Kathryn Tummino, BA, OCPS, PAX Tools Manger, PAXIS Institute

Carmen Irving, MA, CFLE, Director of Development, PAXIS Institute

member ** SPOTLIGHT ** – Gloria “GLO” Redding, MLS

We love learning (and sharing) about our members!

Meet Gloria “Glo” Redding. Her passion to connect with families to enrich lives and support the next generation has been evident in her life’s work. In this edition, we highlight her rich history and many contributions to the field.

+ Where did you get your education, and in what field?  

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio  Master of Liberal Studies – Human Ecology   Bachelor of Science – Home Economics 

+ What was your most favorite or relevant class and why? 

Family Systems Theory – I have always been interested in human development interactions and the behaviors within the family unit. I know now that family values play a major role in actions within personal social environments.  As a young child, I noticed certain roles and rules within my core family, extended family, and friends that paved the way for expectations and personal life goals.             

What inspired you to go into the field / what got you into this work? 

My family interactions were very interesting, and I always found myself observing and trying to figure out my family dynamics and other human relations.  

+ What are your particular interests within this field?  

How family values actions are taught and established with the family.  

+ How long have you been working with families? In what other family-related positions have you worked?  

I have worked with families professionally for over fourth years. I began babysitting but we won’t count that.   

GLO: Generating Learning Opportunities, LLC   Founder / CEO ● Author   Education & Family Life Consultant ● Trainer ● Speaker                  

The Ohio Department of Education (retired)        

Family and Community Engagement Outreach Administrator   

Office of Safe and Supportive Learning Environments 

Assistant Director, GEAR UP Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction/Career Technical Education   

Middle/High School Transformation Team 

Ohio Schools to Watch, Co-Coordinator 

Consultant, Career-Technical Education 

The Ohio State University    

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences  Extension Associate, Personnel Unit/Recruitment and Retention 

Minority Student Retention Associate 

College of Human Ecology, Human Development and Family Science, Adjunct Professor 

Young Scholars Program – Academic Affairs  Assistant Regional Program Director  

Columbus Health Department  

Franklin County WIC (Women Infants and Children’s Program)  

Nutritionist, Outreach Worker   

+ What is your current position? What does your job entail / what are your responsibilities in your role? Who do you generally work with (children, adolescents, adults, families, etc.)? How did you come to be part of this organization?  

I am currently the CEO, Founder, Education and Family Life Consultant of GLO: Generating Learning Opportunities. I began this company out of my need to give back to the community.  GLO is an expansion of my life commitment to engaging and empowering families, educators, and communities. I provide training, speaking, consulting, coaching, and outreach and program development.  This role allows me to contribute my wisdom, knowledge, and passion for family values, academic achievement that can lead to personal success.   

My work is with families, educators, and communities with a focus on education/academic achievement, parenting, family life, and personal development.  I work with social service agencies, schools, companies, churches groups and individuals serving parents, families, and children. My interactions are with families facing challenges that include, court ordering parenting, divorcing couples, foster parents, single parents, reentry programs and those who just want to gain additional knowledge.  My primary clients are women age 18 – 45 who are seeking to enhancement life strategies.   

+ How did you come to be part of this organization?  

I began this company out of my need to give back to the community.  I candidly offer perspectives from my professional work experience, education, research, family advocacy, and personal parenting experience. 

+ What do you find troubling or frustrating about your position? 

I know that we live in a society of injustice and inequality towards those in need. Many individuals did not have the opportunity to establish basic family values, which simply means that life will be more challenging without a good foundation from which to build.  

 I could be more empowered with additional staff, resources, partnerships, and sponsors. A college intern would be helpful.  

+ Do you have any funny/heartwarming/memorable experiences from your time with this organization that you would like to share?  

After each one-on-one or group encounter, I leave inspired that someone has gained knowledge and additional family life skills. I often say that we should not hold people accountable for what they just do not honestly know about family relations and human development.  

+ Overall, what has been your best experience(s) working in this field, or what do you feel is the best part of doing what you do?  

I am motivated when I am sharing information in a class or workshop and I see that light bulb comes on – that moment when a person gets it. This is a life-changing moment for my clients and rewarding for me.  

+ Overall, what has been your biggest accomplishment? 

Completing my book – “Generating Learning Opportunities”, even in spite of the many obstacles.  It allowed me to reconnect with my clients specially and use my experience to encourage them to push on toward their goals.   

Ohio State University – The Young Scholars Programming (1988) –  this leadership experience allowed me the opportunity to lead our new team. We implemented programs to increase enrollment of minority college-eligible students in ten cities across Ohio. This included managing program design, administration framework, budget, staffing, and policy development. The program included academics, internships, parent programming, mentor for each student, and community volunteer programs. These efforts grew statewide student enrollment from 200 to 2,000 students resulting in increased high school graduation and college enrollment.  

+ What do you still hope to accomplish with your work?  

I would like to connect with more parents who have responsibility for our precious next generation. The rules have changed, and we have to get the word out to them.  

+ If you could do your “dream job” in the field, what would that look like? 

I’m doing it now, but it would be enhanced to touch the lives of more people.  

+ Do you have a mentor or was there someone who really helped you out in this field?  What was it that they offered to you? 

Dr. Barbara Newman, my former advisor, and professor of Human Development in Human Development and Family Science at The Ohio State University and Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Development 

and Family Studies, University of Rhode Island 

Upon entering The Ohio State University, she recognized that neither of my parents graduated from high school and sensed that I would need support. She mentored and advised throughout undergrad and informed me that I was going to go on to graduate school. She provided guidance and support to not only me but many students over the years.  

+ What advice would you give to a student considering going into the Family Science major? 

Have a real passion and patience for family dynamics and interactions.  Be focused on how you can help through personal interactions, research or administration.  

+ What advice would you give to a new generation of graduates going into the field? 

The same as above in addition to knowing that you may start out embedded with assessing needs, and maybe even walking with families through life-changing processes. You have to be passionate, a diverse thinker and understand resource management.  

+ What is a “must-read” book for those interested in Family Science? 

Generating Learning Opportunities by Gloria Redding – it provides an insight into a real-life situation with ideas and solutions.   

+ What is your most used or go-to Family Science resource?  

Google with an open mind – for any and every subject  

+ To what professional organizations do you belong? 

National Council of Family Relations (NCFR) – Emeritus Member 

Central Ohio Parent Leadership Training Institute (COPLTI) 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (DST) 

National Society for Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) 

Dive Movement  

+ What do you like to do in your free time? 

bible study, traveling, reading, sewing, home decorating, healthy cooking  

+ How do you practice self-care? What is your favorite way to de-stress?  

exercise (walking and Zumba), music, time with family and friends 

What do you do to effectively balance your work and family? 

Ongoing I attempt to create a spiritually, mentally, and physically balanced life.  

+ Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your work, or your family?  

My book, experience, research, career, life, and living demonstrates the power of good, strong, family values. 


Family Values with Actions That Lead to Academic Achievement 

Family Values Lead to Academic Achievement 






Strong Work Ethic 

Actions That Support Academic Achievement 


Open Communication 

High Expectations 

Parental Involvement 

Daily Homework 

I strongly believe that OSU Family Science, Education, and other higher education social sciences could provide a great service to research ways to engage in the healing of our families in our communities,  

*ORDER YOUR BOOK TODAY!   “Generating Learning Opportunities ”


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