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Our Board of Directors team and all of our dedicated NYAP staff members are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and committed professionals with a deep understanding and appreciation of NYAP’s vision to never give up on the children, youth and families we are proud to serve.

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Marvena Twigg

President/CEO

Marvena has spent nearly twenty years of her professional career with NYAP, previously serving in the capacities of the Executive Director of Ohio and the Assistant National Director and Chief Operating Officer before being named its President and CEO in March 2004.

 

Marvena previously worked for thirteen years at Franklin County Children Services in various direct service and supervisory roles. Marvena is a Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor. She obtained her Master Degree in Social Work from the University of Dayton.

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Mary Ramseyer

Chair

Mary Ramseyer spent over forty-four years teaching pre-school, elementary, vocational, high school and college students.  During her seven years in vocational education she worked with pregnant teens to help them graduate and keep them from having additional unplanned pregnancies.  She earned a Master’s degree in education form the University of Missouri and continued her education at Miami University and Wright State University.  

 

She recently retired after ten years as Director of Teacher Education at University of Virginia’s College at Wise in Wise, Virginia.  Mary, a lifelong community activist, grassroots organizer and child advocate, is a former OYAP Board Chair and member of the NYAP Board of Directors as well as president of the American Football Wives Association.  She has become a Stephen minister, volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and continues work as a political activist.

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Delois McKinley-Eldridge

Vice Chair

Delois is a case manager with the Fort Wayne Community School District.  Before joining the school district in 1994, she served as an investigator for the Metropolitan Human Relation Commission for 8 years and as the commission’s director for 10 years.

 

She has also served as a commissioner for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Vice Chair of the International Association of Human Rights Agencies, Inc. and President of the Indiana Association of State & Local Civil Rights Agencies.  She is a former Allen County Council member.  Delois holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology, an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities and Administrative Law Judge, and has done advanced coursework in civil and human rights.

 

She is a certified conflict mediator and owner of Dee McKinley & Associates, specializing in civil rights discrimination, parents’ and children’s issues, and diversity training.

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David Gemmill

Treasurer

David Gemmill retired as the Director of the Child Maltreatment Protection Program and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, Ohio.  He received his Doctor of Medicine degree and Master of Medical Science degree from The Ohio State University.

 

David is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Helfer Society.  He worked for five years as a CASA volunteer in Wood County after retirement and now serves on the board of the local CASA program in Wood County.  He had served as chair of the Ohio NYAP board until its merger into the present NYAP organization.

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Frances James Brown

Board Member

Frances James Brown recently retired as a professor in the Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation Department of Columbus State Community College and an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University.

 

She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership and has more than 25 years experience working in the child welfare and social service field.  Frances sits on the boards of several community-based, nonprofit organizations.

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Janet Rechtman

Board Member

Janet is a Senior Fellow with the Fanning Institute,  a multi-disciplinary public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia with a focus on community and leadership development.  She joined Fanning in 2008 after a successful career as an entrepreneur in the fields of marketing and employee communications and nonprofit consulting.

 

Over her career, Dr. Rechtman has facilitated strategic planning and implementation for more than one hundred nonprofit, government and faith based organizations.  Since joining Fanning, Dr. Rechtman has led projects in the areas of nonprofit capacity building, leadership development and strategic planning for an wide range of nonprofit and community based clients.  Janet has a Ph.D. in Program In Leadership and Change from Antioch University.  She received her MA from the University of Toronto and her BA from Emory University.

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Linda Sanner

Board Member

Linda is the Director of Information Technology at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, CA.  Prior to that she served as the Senior Information Technology Manager of Avon Products, Inc. in Illinois.  Linda is affiliated with the Association of IT Professionals (Windy City Chapter), a member of the Society for Information Management, and serves on the Board of Directors of Northwest Suburban United Way.

 

Linda received her MBA from Olivet Nazarene University, her BA from Lake Forest College and completed a business certificate program from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.