Vickie Thompson-Sandy, MSW | President and Chief Executive Officer
Vickie has worked in the nonprofit field for 29 years and is a well-recognized, nonprofit child welfare and senior industry executive and community leader. Her career began in child welfare and then expanded into healthcare, senior living, housing, behavioral health, and disability work. Her last position was with Samaritas, one of the largest nonprofits in the state of Michigan. Vickie has a bachelor of science from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University.
Tina Boesch, MSHS, LSW | Director, Permanent Family Solutions Network
Tina first became connected with The Buckeye Ranch in 1999 while working with Directions for Youth & Families. She came to Permanent Family Solutions Network (PFSN) as a caseworker in April 2001 and was promoted to a Child Protection Specialist supervisor position two years later. Tina served as a supervisor for over five years before being promoted to Associate Director in August 2008. In 2011, She began taking on an increased role and completing many of the responsibilities previously a part of the Director’s position and was promoted to Director in December 2012. Tina earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University and is a licensed social worker. Tina also holds a Master's in Human Services from Franklin University.
June M. DeLeo, SHRM-SCP| Director of Human Resources
June has over 25 years of human resource expertise. Prior to joining the Ranch, she was Principal and Senior Consultant at HR Response, where she led a variety of clients through the HR maze, identifying needs, developing and implementing initiatives that improved business operations. June served as Employment Manager at Coca-Cola Enterprises, overseeing the HR management for six distribution sites throughout Ohio. She has extensive experience with nonprofits, which include executive HR roles at MedFlight and Lutheran Social Services of Ohio. June received her Bachelor of Science in Labor and Human Resources from the College of Business Administration at The Ohio State University. June holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification through the HR Certification Institute, and the Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).
Molly Heit, MSW, LISW, RPT | Clinical Director of Residential Services
Molly received a Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from The University of Dayton. She began her career at The Buckeye Ranch in 1996 as a Clinician. Over the years, she has been involved with different roles such as Clinical manager in Residential and the Director of Deaf Services. Since 2006, she oversees all of The Ranch’s Residential Programming, which is a 90-bed program. Molly is also a Registered Play Therapist. Prior to joining The Ranch, Molly was a social worker for the Association for the Developmentally Disabled (ADD) in Columbus, Ohio.
Kimberly Miller, MPA | Executive Vice President of Innovative Strategies
Kimberly holds a Bachelor's degree from Miami University and a Master's degree from Franklin University in Public Administration. Prior to joining The Buckeye Ranch in 2004, Kimberly spent the last 12 years in the child welfare field, both as a child protective specialist and a supervisor. Kimberly oversees the following areas at The Buckeye Ranch: Quality, Admissions & Engagement, Care Coordination & Utilization, Clinical Development & Training, Medical Management, and Same-Day Access. This position addresses care across The Buckeye Ranch continuum to assure all programs and services at The Buckeye Ranch are achieving the best possible outcomes for those served, while meeting the regulatory and financial expectations.
Robert F. Peters III, MBA | Director of Environmental Services
Rob has fourteen years of experience with The Buckeye Ranch having joined in 2001 as the Program Coordinator of the Linden McKinley Day Treatment program. He joined the Quality Improvement Department as Assistant Director in 2008, before being promoted to Director in 2013. Rob is responsible for ensuring the Ranch’s compliance to all state licensing standards, maintaining the Ranch’s Joint Commission certification, and manages Maintenance and Purchasing projects. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The Ohio State University.
Stephen Richard, MS, LSW | Executive Vice-President of Programs and Services
Stephen holds a Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master's degree from the University of Dayton, and is a licensed social worker. Prior to his employment at The Ranch, Stephen worked for three years with the Department of Youth Services and then for Franklin County Children Services, in the child welfare field, for thirteen years in a variety of positions. Stephen came to work at The Buckeye Ranch in 1999 as the Director of Permanent Family Solutions Network (PFSN). Under his leadership, PFSN, a child welfare provider, grew to become an integral part of The Ranch’s continuum of care. Stephen also took a lead role in the creation/development of The Buckeye Ranch’s visitation and exchange program, Common Ground. In 2009, Stephen was promoted to the role of Executive Vice-President of Programs and Services. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all Ranch programming, evaluating new program opportunities, program development, and assuring that quality services are provided to the children and families served by The Buckeye Ranch.
Pam Scott, PhD, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC | Director of Clinical Development
Dr. Pam Scott is the Director of Clinical Development for The Buckeye Ranch. She earned both her MSW and PH.D. in Social Work from Arizona State University. Prior to entering the social work profession, she worked in early childhood education, focusing on the impact of poverty on early childhood development. She has worked with children and families in community mental health both in Arizona and Ohio. At The Buckeye Ranch, she works across the agency training supervisors, clinicians, and students in clinical work as well as participating in program development and oversight of the ongoing quality of the services we offer our children and families. In addition to her work at The Ranch, Dr. Scott also teaches at The Ohio State University and previously at Capital University in their social work programs.
Gary R. Stammler, CPA, CGMA | CFO
Gary is responsible for human resources, information technology and business opportunity analysis. His role embraces a multitude of projects that extend across the entire Buckeye Ranch system. Gary facilitates and actively participates in strategic planning, directs The Ranch’s strategic long-term IT priorities and identifies HR opportunities. In responding to RFPs, Gary prepares financial projections and determines proposed service pricing. He analyzes new business opportunities to bring clarity to the relative merits of alternatives and provide support for business decisions. Gary’s role in special projects and project management helps support and lead The Ranch through growth and change. He has served as project manager on system implementations, including The Ranch’s electronic health record system. Prior to joining The Buckeye Ranch in March 2002, Gary served in various executive financial positions in the soft drink industry, as well as nine years of service with the CPA firm Deloitte. Gary received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University, and holds active certifications as a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Kathryn Stephens | Executive Vice President of Development
Kathryn is a highly effective, visionary nonprofit leader with executive experience in operational and strategic planning, fundraising, advocacy, community, and donor relations. Her extensive non-profit expertise has been focused on healthcare and social justice. Kathryn helped launch the non-profit Walk with Doc where she led the organization in strategic growth across healthcare systems from 1 program to 147 programs in 27 states and 4 countries. After Walk with a Doc, Kathryn joined The Suddes Group, a consulting firm dedicated to the growth of transforming culture and delivering funding results, where her clients ranged from the 8th Amendment Project (The National Campaign to End the Death Penalty) to the Boys and Girls Club. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Otterbein University.
Tjay Spencer, MBA | Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance Officer
Tjay joined The Buckeye Ranch in 2007 as a team member of Permanent Family Solutions Network (PFSN) where he served as the Utilization Manager prior to joining the Quality Improvement team in 2016. He is responsible for ensuring The Buckeye Ranch’s compliance to all state licensing standards, maintaining The Buckeye Ranch’s accreditation and Performance and Quality Improvement initiatives. He also serves as the HIPAA Privacy Officer. Tjay holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Cross Disciplinary Studies, focusing on Psychology and Criminal Justice, from Ohio Dominican University and has completed a certificate in Human Services Management from Ohio State University.
Margrit Springer, MSW, LISW-S LICDC | Director of Admissions and Medication Management
Margrit received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Denison University. She began her career at The Buckeye Ranch in 2005 as a Youth Leader. Margrit has held many roles across Buckeye Ranch programs to include Day Treatment Clinician, Family Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor, and Senior Clinical Manager within the Admissions and Engagement Department. This department includes diverse teams that complete assessment and referral to mental health services, residential admissions, administrative support, community engagement and marketing. Margrit also maintains oversight of the Transportation Department. In 2016, Margrit and her team transformed the front door of the agency improving access to care for families seeking mental health services with the Buckeye Ranch through the implementation of Same Day Access within Admissions and Engagement. In 2019, Margrit began oversight of both the Admissions and Engagement Department and Nursing and Medication Management.
Simon Sweet, MMIS| Director of information Technology
Simon holds a Master’s of Management Information Systems degree from Wright State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from DePaul University (Chicago). Prior to joining The Buckeye Ranch, Simon served as the Behavioral Health IS Manager for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Previously, Simon served as the Director of IS/HIM at CompDrug/Youth to Youth, where he also served as the HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer. Simon has a lifelong passion for Behavioral Health and mission driven causes, marked by decades of professional and volunteer service for non-profit organizations.
Ann Woodford, MSSA, LISW | Vice President of Child Welfare Services
Ann has over ten years of experience with The Buckeye Ranch Foster Care Program. Ann has worked in various roles within the foster care program including Case Management, Licensing, Placement Coordination, and as a Community Psychiatric Supportive Therapist. She most recently worked as the Resource Network Team Supervisor. Ann worked for two years as a supervisor for the National Youth Advocate Program. She has a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, an independent license in social work and has completed a certificate in Human Service Management from Ohio State.
Maurice D. Ware | Vice President of Residential Services
Originally from Albion, Michigan, Maurice D. Ware is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MDW Consulting, LLC. Maurice has served as Chief Executive Officer of Hermitage Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont in Statesville, North Carolina and the Methodist Children’s Home in Winston-Salem North Carolina.
Maurice began his ministry to youth and families in 1994 at Starr Commonwealth Residential treatment Facility in Albion, Michigan as a Youth Specialist. He quickly moved up the ranks, becoming an Assistant Director of two Sexually Reactive Youth units and two Delinquent Youth units. After six years of dedicated service, Maurice then transitioned to public education. Maurice served the public-school sector for 12 years, providing leadership in various roles from Assistant principal, Principal, Director of
Alternative Education and Executive Director of Educational Support Services in Battle Creek Public Schools before relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina in 2011.
While, in Charlotte, Maurice transitioned back to Behavioral Health as Director of Residential Services, with The Keys of Carolina. A for profit 60 bed Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. During his tenure at the Keys of Carolina, Maurice successfully reorganized the entire facility by implementing a Strength based, peer centered treatment modality. Additionally, Maurice also served as Program Supervisor at Thompson Child and Family Focus, also located in Charlotte, before moving to Winston-Salem North Carolina to become the first African American Chief Executive Officer of the Methodist Children’s Home.
Maurice earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Northwood University in 1991 and his Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology in 2000 from Western Michigan University. He is a member of several state and national organizations and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Maurice is most proud of his roles of husband, father, and grandfather. Maurice and his lovely wife Telicia have 7adult children and 7 grandchildren.
Kamilah Twymon, LPCC-S, MBA | Vice President of Community Based and Education Services
Joined the Buckeye Ranch Family in December 2020 and is currently the Vice President of Community Based and Education Services. Raised in Central Ohio, she is a passionate advocate for marginalized populations and childhood mental health. Kamilah has been committed both personally and professionally to reducing risks inherent to social determinants of health. Her clinical areas of expertise include the intersection of mental health and education. Kamilah completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio Dominican University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Additionally, Kamilah earned a Master of Science in Education with a focus in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Master’s in Business Administration from Otterbein University. She began working with children and families in 2007 at Nationwide Children's Hospital and held various roles, including providing direct care, supervisory, and management positions. Kamilah has significant experience in collaborating with school districts and community organizations to decrease the gap in access to care for youth and families, as well as implementing evidence-based practices for youth with intense needs. Additionally, Kamilah’s clinical experience and knowledge of business practices through obtaining an MBA have supported effective program development and implementation. She continues to look for opportunities to disrupt typical patterns for problem-solving in the mental health field and apply innovative strategies for solutions and practice.