About Our Team
Philip E. Cole
Philip E. Cole has been the Executive Director of the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies (OACAA) since 1989. Throughout his career, he has been nationally recognized for his advocacy for issues of low-income people through his work at OACAA and numerous Ohio boards, commissions and task forces. He is a recipient of the Charles W. Peckham Award for Humanitarian Leadership as well as the National Community Action Foundation Robert M. Coard Advocacy Award. Mr. Cole is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, the University of Toledo College of Law, and was an Executive Scholar of the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.
VirtualCAP Project Manager
Ken Ackerman has nearly forty-five years of experience in the Community Action Network. He began in rural Virginia as a VISTA volunteer, later serving as the Chief Planner at Monticello Area CAA and subsequently as the Executive Director from 1976 until 2000. Ken began development of VirtualCAP.org through the Virginia Community Action Partnership where the project launched in 2002. In 2015, VirtualCAP transferred to OACAA, where he continues to serve as the Project Manager. Ken is a certified peer reviewer for the Pathways to Excellence in Community Action Award and has provided interim management assistance and direct T&TA to CAAs across the U.S.
Greg began working with OACAA in 2007 and has over 25 years’ experience in fiscal management in Community Action Network. His experience also includes six years as an accountant for local for-profit corporations. Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio Wesleyan and his master’s degree in business administration from Keller School of Business. He handles all accounting and fiscal reporting for OACAA.
Kathryn A. Clausen
Kathryn Clausen is the communications director at Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies and has nearly 15 years’ of experience in the nonprofit sector—with nearly a decade of her career in the Community Action Network. In her current role, she manages the association’s communications and public relations efforts, as well as supports the communications efforts of 48 CAAs in Ohio. Kathryn received her Master of Arts from Kent State University where she studied Mass Communication and Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. She also earned undergraduate degrees in business management, marketing, and photography from Ohio University, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franklin University where she studied communications.
Neva has been with OACAA since May 2004 and prior to that she was a Head Start teacher for over 20 years. She is certified in Family Development, African American Marriage Counseling, Love U2 Relationship Smarts PLUS and Within My Reach. Neva manages hotel arrangements for OACAA board meetings and events, manages the office and assists others where needed.
Jeannette M. Jarrett
Operations and Support Specialist
Jeannette has over 20 years’ experience in social services with a strong focus in early childhood, parent engagement, and program governance. She is also certified in seven family and relationship curriculums and is one of four Parent Mentors/Trainers for the Ohio Head Start Association, Inc. (OHSAI) Parent Ambassadors Program. Jeannette rejoined the OACAA staff as Operations and Support Specialist in 2016 and supports operations management and OACAA initiatives. In her previous role as Project Manager, Jeannette was responsible for providing mentoring, training, and reporting for grants and agencies across the state.
Lorie has been with OACAA since November of 2004. She is a certified trainer in the Prep® Within My Reach curriculum, and Love’s Cradle® curriculum, Family Development Specialist and Family Development Specialist Trainer, and she is a certified Personal Financial Teacher. She is directly responsible for managing all of OACAA’s Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) and other funded programs.
Josh has over a decade of experience in organizational development and planning. He is a Certified ROMA trainer, Technology of Participation (ToP) certified strategic planner and facilitates board training and poverty simulations. Josh has presented organizational sustainability at local, regional, and national conferences. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Human Ecology where focused his studies on financial literacy and consumer education. As the Development Director, Josh is responsible for creating new partnerships with community organizations, other social services providers, government entities, corporation and potential funders. He is also responsible for funding research, grant writing, and program design and evaluation.