Meet CRC’s Management Team
Bill Owens LISW-S/ACSW
Bill Owens is a lifelong resident of Columbus, Ohio, whose first home as a child was on Acton Road in Clintonville. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Education (1981) and his Master’s Degree in Social Work (1984) from The Ohio State University.
He worked as a Social Worker in the community mental health system from 1984 to 1995, providing counseling to the severely mentally ill, crisis intervention and older adult counseling.
He returned to Clintonville to work at the CRC in 1995 and became the Executive Director in 1997.
Stephanie Baker is a previous resident of Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Westminster College in 2005 with a BA degree in Sociology. Prior to becoming the Associate Director, she served as the Youth Services Coordinator at CRC for five and half years. Before moving to Columbus, Stephanie worked at a residential treatment center for teenage girls in Erie, PA.
She also has a great deal of experience volunteering with many different youth programs. She is currently working on obtaining her Master’s Degree in Social Work at The Ohio State University.
Cliff Wiltshire has been hired as the CRC’s new development director. Wiltshire, 48, is shifting positions with the CRC, as he worked as the agency’s transportation coordinator since September 2012.
In that role, he coordinated the scheduling of volunteers and paid staff to deliver local senior citizens to medical appointments and small-group outings such as grocery store and pantry visits and social events.
Before he began at the CRC, Wiltshire worked for more than 26 years in the community journalism field, including 10-plus years as managing editor for Suburban News Publications.
A Muskingum University graduate with a bachelor of arts degree in English and religion, he has lived in the Clintonville area since 1991 with his wife, Carla, and a son (Cliff Jr.) and daughter (Rachel) who now attend college.
Basic Needs Supervisor
Ms. Stewart-Magee has worked with families and children for over 20 years. Her experience has led her from volunteer to in-home daycare provider to preschool teacher to outreach coordinator for a local church, where she developed youth programming to serve kids from pre-school through high-school age. She joined the staff of the CRC in 1998 as Youth Services Director. Ms. Stewart-Magee has served on numerous boards, youth development task forces and advocacy organizations including the Ohio Historical Society, the Interfaith Hospitality Network and the Association for the Education of Young Children. The teachers and parents of Clinton Elementary School several years ago recognized Beth as a “Community Hero.” In 2005 Beth received the Metropolitan Area Living Faith Award. In 2005 Beth left Kids Club and started her current position, in which she runs the CRC’s Food Pantry and acts as an advocate for area residents. She also is the CRC liaison with area pastors.
Youth Services Coordinator
Brenda Kauser, a Columbus native, joined CRC in May, 2012 as the Youth Services Coordinator. She has over 25 years experience working with children ages birth to teens. Her experiences include working for Early Head Start, Head Start, and Settlement House afterschool and summer programs. Brenda received her A.A. in Early Childhood Development with a pre-k teaching certificate from Columbus State Community College and a B.A. in Social Sciences with an Education concentration from Ashford University. She is passionate about advocating for quality children’s programming through affordable, accessible, and relevant professional development. Brenda carries out this mission by serving on the board of the Columbus Association for the Education of Young Children, the local affiliate for NAEYC. She enjoys spending time with her family, her husband Rock, two sons, one daughter –law, one future daughter –in –law, and two granddaughters. Brenda also enjoys traveling, swimming, Middle Eastern dancing, yoga, reading, and gardening – although, she admits that she is more of a planter than a gardener!
Megan L. Gish, MSSA, LISW-S
Clinical and Support Services Supervisor
Megan Gish is a Columbus native and a proud member of the Clintonville community. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) in 2005 from Capital University and went on earn a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in 2007. Since this time, she has been in social work practice within the fields of community mental health and domestic violence until she joined the CRC team in 2012. Currently, Mrs. Gish supervises the Senior Supportive Services, Kinship Care, and Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment programs at the CRC.
Meet the CRC Staff
Before her promotion to Business Manager during the fourth quarter of 2012, Patty Cooper was Bookkeeper for CRC since January 2010. But she has known about the good work that CRC does from her proximity to them, while working across the street at her family business, Subway, for seven years. She has been a bookkeeper since completing accounting courses at Columbus State Community College in 1988. She has worked in accounting and office administration for an electrical and roofing contractor, a country club, and a bookkeeping/tax firm, as well as keeping the books for her husband’s Subway. Patty is currently working on her associates degree in accounting from Columbus State. She has done volunteer work through her church, as well as Subway fundraising and Christmas gift gathering for CRC. She has three daughters, three grandsons and three granddaughters. She lives in Gahanna, Ohio with her husband and some of their daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren and grandpets. She is an accomplished artist who spends her free time painting with oil and watercolors.
Youth Services Staff
Youth Services Worker
Yolanda Constant has worked in the Clintonville area for the last fifteen years. She worked as a manager at McDonald’s for fourteen years and has been involved in Kids Club for the last five years, of which two-and-a-half have been as an employee. Her son, William, was in Kids Club while he attended Clinton Elementary School. She truly enjoys working with the children. Her favorite part of Kids Club is summer time because the staff gets to be involved in more activities with the children.
Youth Services Worker
Kitty Horan is better known as Ms. Kitty to Kids Club kids. She has worked with Kids Club for seven years and still loves it! Her favorite time as a youth worker is summer Kids Club swimming days and glitter painting on the black top. She also works at Clinton Elementary School as a PEAK assistant, so she has a unique opportunity to be a liaison between school and Kids Club. She is originally from West Virginia but has lived in the Clintonville/ North Campus Area most of her life (except for a five-year stint in Florida). She comes from a large family of three sisters and three brothers (including Duffy Horan). She has the most patient spouse, Johnathan Johns, and they have three sons who attended Clinton Elementary and have volunteered at Kids Club. Kitty attended Kent State for three years before transferring to The Ohio State University.
Youth Services Worker
Inez moved to Columbus earlier this year from California. She graduated from San Francisco State University where she earned her B.A in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis is Nonprofit Administration. Prior to moving to Ohio, she worked at a UC Cooperative Extension conducting trainings and organizing workships in nutrition and physical education. She also worked for the YMCA as an arts and crafts coordinator creating age appropriate lesson plans for their summer camp and after school programs. Finally, she also served a year in AmeriCorps, where she was tutoring and mentoring Spanish speaking youth. Inez enjoys working with organizations that are committed to making positive changes in the community and is happy to be a part of the CRC family.
Kinship Care Staff
Louanne Zipfel, LSW
Kinship Care Outreach Worker
Louanne graduated from Capital University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) and attained her license to practice social work shortly after. While she has worked at the CRC since 2006, she was a founding staff member of the Kinship Care Program in 2007. Louanne continues her work in the Kinship Care Program linking caregivers with the resources they need to raise the children they have included in their family. Louanne is also a member of the Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition. After years of working at the CRC, she feels every community needs a CRC and respects Kinship Families that save children!
Charlotte Law, LSW
Kinship Care Outreach Worker
Charlotte graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1990. Her first years in social work were spent in child welfare both in Philadelphia and then in Columbus. She returned to social work at CRC in August of 2011 as a Kinship Care Outreach Worker after a long hiatus to raise her children.
Senior Services Staff
Barbara Cooper, LSW
Barb is a graduate of The Ohio State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare (BSSW) and earned her certification as a Certified Financial Social Worker in 2010 from the Center for Financial Social Work.
After working over 20 years in the Community Mental Health System, she came to CRC in June of 2009 as an Outreach Worker in Family Services and Supervising the Summer Lunch Program.
She transferred to Senior Services in September 2009 originally providing Personal Finance Management and transitioning to Senior Outreach Worker in 2011.
Karen Hutchins, LISW-S
Senior Outreach Worker
Karen joined the CRC staff in August of 2009 working for the Senior Services Program. She graduated from Ohio University and Ohio State University, and worked for many years at The Ohio State University (OSU) Medical Center. While at OSU, Karen worked initially in the hospital and Pediatric Clinic and later at the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. OSU provided her with many valuable experiences helping others and now at CRC, Karen enjoys helping older adults as they cope with aging in our culture.
Angela Taylor, LSW
Senior Outreach Worker
Angela attended Ohio University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and became a Licensed Social Worker in 1999. Her social work positions have allowed her to work with a variety of populations from a welfare to work program, HIV/AIDS infected individuals and their affected families, young mothers to be, preschoolers, and at present older adults with CRC! Angela has worked as a Senior Outreach Worker at CRC since 2008; she truly enjoys working with our older adults, both individually and during the many social integration opportunities offered to them through their involvement at CRC!
Savannah Turner, LSW
Senior Outreach Worker
Savannah joined CRC’s staff in August 2010.
Before joining the Senior Supportive Services Program, Savannah served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member at CRC. During her time as a VISTA, Savannah worked with the Ohio Benefit Bank, helping members of the Clintonville Community access government benefits and free tax services.
Savannah attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University; from which she graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work in 2009.
Ken was born and raised in Maine and that’s where he completed his education. He was married and is the proud father of three children, and he has ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. After moving to Clintonville in 1979, he started working for the Kroger Company, from where he retired with 32 years of service. He has become very active in doing volunteer work, starting at Overbrook Church, and is now both a paid and volunteer driver for the CRC. He is very happy to be a part of such a fine organization and caring group of workers.
Ken is seen to the left dancing at Senior Prom in 2012 and is a favorite staff member of many Senior Services client.