Our mission at the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center is to support the development and academic achievement of children by providing tools and trainings to Ohio families and schools for building effective family-school partnerships.
Barbara Boone, Ph.D., is the Principal Investigator and Director of the federally funded Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE). In this role, Barbara leads a team conducting family engagement initiatives creating professional development, tools, and processes for families, school personnel, and organizations.
A sought-after trainer and speaker, Barbara’s past experiences as a Director at the Ohio Department of Education, education consultant, program evaluator, college instructor, parent educator, and early childhood educator allow her to leverage skills and understanding from multiple perspectives. Her work has focused on improving partnerships between home, school and communities for children of all ages through research, developing tools and resources, facilitating professional development, and leading state and local initiatives. Barbara has enjoyed helping thousands of families and educational professionals grow, and her own family of five, and local schools too. A New Jersey native, Barbara is an avid hiker and beekeeper.
Meredith Wellman, Ph.D., is Co-Principal Investigator and Project Lead for Ohio’s Statewide Family Engagement Center at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE). In this role, she develops and provides professional development on family engagement in education. Dr. Wellman also conducts program evaluations. As a Community Psychologist, Dr. Wellman specializes in research and evaluation of services for marginalized/at-risk populations, such as survivors of human trafficking, immigrants and refugees, and indigenous groups.
Meredith lives in Westerville, OH with her husband and daughter, and enjoys biking, hiking, playing frisbee, and baking pies.
Keya Crenshaw is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator with a split appointment at The Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) & The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center. Keya is from Columbus, Ohio and attended the Ohio State University where she received her BA with honors and double majors in Women’s Studies and Film Studies. Keya has previously held positions at The Ohio State University in the Office of International Affairs and the Kirwan Institute, as well as the Brooklyn Arts Council and Columbus Post Newspaper.
As Founder & Creative Director of Black Chick Media, Keya acts as a Marketing Specialist, Film Festival Consultant, and Writer. An artist in her own right, Keya has worked with Oscar winning film directors, world renowned authors, and many other creatives locally, nationally, and internationally. Recently, Keya has also worked as a Social Media Manager for the National Arts Marketing Project arm of Americans for the Arts. She is a member of numerous organizations including the League of Professional Theatre Women in New York City, the So & So Arts Club based in London, England, and Past Productions Columbus. Keya loves her two adorable nieces, spectacular shoes, acting, and traveling.
Kristin Meek-Hennon is a Program Coordinator for the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center (OhSFEC) project, which is focused on equity and access in family engagement for all families in Ohio with school age children, K-12. Kristin plans and coordinates all professional development events and meetings, manages purchases, tracks budget needs, and is instrumental in keeping all OhSFEC timelines in order. Kristin also plays an important role as the coordinator of the OhSFEC State Advisory Council, maintaining close communication and relationships with the 50+ family and organizational representatives.
Kristin is a member of the Association of Staff & Faculty Women (ASFW) at The Ohio State University where she connects with other staff and participates in motivating women how to become stronger and effective leaders in the workplace. Additionally, Kristin volunteers for the CARE committee at CETE, where she helps plan and implement building events for staff.
When she’s not at CETE, Kristin is busy with her family of 6, and volunteering in support of her local schools and parish. Before starting her family, Kristin spent years going to night school to become certified in American Sign Language and started her own business teaching parents of children 6 mo-2 years, infant sign language and teaching basic sign language to elementary students.
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Scott Renshaw is a Program Specialist at Ohio’s Statewide Family Engagement Center. Since 2012, he has provided project and database management expertise for a variety of initiatives. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications from The Ohio State University. Previously, he was Vice President of Data Management for the Strategic Research Group (SRG). At SRG, Scott was responsible for managing large databases for a variety of projects, most notably for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services and the United States Coast Guard.
Scott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thomas Capretta joined our team as the Family Engagement Project Coordinator. Tom previously worked for the Ohio Department of Education where he supported schools and districts in their efforts to serve students in foster care and other vulnerable student populations. Additionally, Tom worked with Dr. Barbara Boone and Dr. Meredith Wellman to support the implementation of effective family and community engagement strategies in education settings across Ohio.
Tom, a Cleveland, OH native received a B.A. in religious studies and applied ethics from Seton Hall University, and as a 2012 Teach for America Mississippi Delta Corps Member, Tom taught 4th and 5th grade math and science for three years. Tom then received a M.P.A. from the John Glenn College and is excited to return to the Ohio State University.
Tom lives in the Olde Towne East neighborhood of Columbus with his cat, Maude, where they enjoy an extensive collection of records. Tom also enjoys eating out around town and frequenting the city’s many local festivals and events.
Hadley Bachman joined our team as our new Graduate Research Associate in August of 2019. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Studies, Educational Administration at the Ohio State University. She also earned her Teacher-Leader Endorsement (2016) and Master of Education (2005) from OSU and her Bachelor of Arts in English (2003) from Goshen College.
Hadley has 14 years of experience serving in a number of school-based roles, including the Dean of Middle Grades at Graham Elementary and Middle School, as well as an English teacher, an Instructional Coach, and Resident Educator Program Coordinator. She participated in the OSU/Royal Shakespeare Company cohort during 2013-2014, traveling to Stratford-Upon-Avon to learn performance-based techniques to teaching Shakespeare. She served as a Curriculum Design Consultant for EL Education as part of their highly-acclaimed Common Core curriculum project, EngageNY, adopted by the state of New York.
Hadley started her career as an English teacher while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Cabo Verde, West Africa. When she’s not working, Hadley can be found adventuring outdoors with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Robert Reece is a Developer at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE), where he creates and maintains the Ohio Special Education Profiles for the Ohio Department of Education. Bob gives school districts a report of their progress in meeting their goals for students with disabilities as a part of IDEA.
Robert has developed a series of tools for ODEOffice for Exceptional Children including Measure Up, a tool for understanding the Ohio School Report Card and the initial version of Ohio’s Decision Framework supporting the Ohio Improvement Process.
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More About Us
Ohio’s Statewide Family Engagement Center is a federally funded Center at The Ohio State University providing resources for Ohio schools, families, and other partners to improve family-school partnerships for student success. It is housed within the Center on Education and Training for Employment, which is within OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology.
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $4.2 million to Ohio to create the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center. Directed by Dr. Barbara Boone, the Statewide Family Engagement Center partners with the Ohio Department of Education to empower teachers and parents/caregivers to create strong relationships with one another to support the educational success of K-12 students.
The Statewide Family Engagement Center provides training and technical assistance for educators and organizations about how to engage in family-school partnerships, and parent/caregiver education opportunities as well. The Ohio Department of Education’s 16 State Support Teams already in place in each Ohio region are key partners in helping to share the Center’s resources and tools with schools and families, and to provide coaching in select districts.
A 40-person state-level advisory council was created in 2019 to guide the efforts of the Center, and includes 20+ parents/caregivers along with organization/school leaders from around Ohio. The council provides families and organizations serving families with a voice in how these federal funds are used to support family engagement in education in Ohio.
The Center selected one evidence-based family engagement model to implement and evaluate in 96 schools within 48 school districts between 2020-2022, called the National Network of Partnership Schools Model. The goal of implementing and researching this model is to build the nation’s strong evidence base of best practices.