While attempting to obtain a list of Children Services applicants for the position of Director, I was faced with answers ranging from "I don't have it" to "I cannot give you that information," answers which could be called stonewalling by any seasoned reporter. This forced us to obtain the records through public records requests, which were honored in a timely and efficient fashion by the Greene County Personnel Department.
As of June 1st, 2010, nineteen individuals filed applications for the job of Director of Children Services, of which two are existing Children Services employees (Alice Maddox and Shannon Stills). Another individual, Jim Beiting decided to rescind his application after we requested the records and he is no longer being considered a candidate.
As the Director of Children Services gets to shape the direction and vision of the department, and define the interaction this department will have with local homeschooling families and families which may find themselves at odds with a State-controlled agenda directing the education and raising of children, many Greene County families are concerned and curious about those vying for this position. Here is a list of the current applicants and their current city of residence and experience:
Albanese, Kathleen (Marysville, OH); Union County Family Services case worker manager.
Alvis, Frances (Sunrise, FL); Center of HIV, grants, human resources.
Bidwell, Aric (Napoleon, OH); Fulton County Family Services case worker.
Breckenridge, Jye (Columbus, OH); Social work, Human servies.
Carson, Raymon (St. Joseph, MO); Social work, management of child welfare.
Felton, Jeffery (Follansbee, WV); Psychological testing for custody and law enforcement.
Gosset, Kenneth (Hillsboro, OH); self employed.
Handon, Rose (Columbus, OH); Franklin County Children Services.
Lapinski, Richard (Amarillo, TX); Human Services, Troubled boys home.
Laubacher, Steven (Beavercreek, OH); Case management, behavioral health.
Maddox, Alice (Dayton, OH); Greene County Children Services, accounting, budgeting.
Manuel, Julie (Dayton, OH); Upper Valley Medical Center, crisis intervention, consultation.
Notestine, Monica (Dayton, OH); Fifth Third Bank, originate mortgage loans.
Parker, Susan (Troy, OH); Upper Valley JVS, crisis intervention.
Prestopino, Charlene (Yellow Spring, OH); Miami County Probate/Juvenile Court, direct and manage operations.
Stills, Shannon (Xenia, OH); Greene County, payroll, reporting.
Tyehimba, Kamaria (Loveland, OH); Clermont County Mental Health Department, planning and development.
Wahl, Spencer (Lexington, KY); foster care services, program director for Benchmark Family Services.
Williams, James (Tipp City, OH); Montgomery County Children Services, ensures compliance with Ohio Dept. of Family Services Rules, foster care, adoption certification.
More details about each applicant can be provided by the Greene County Herald upon request; you can also view the official Applicant Roster.