Council Members
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Council Members
“Together, we can do more to help our children”

The Geauga Family First Council is a collaborative of local agencies and community representatives who pool resources and work together to strengthen Geauga families. Through prevention, early intervention and the provision of services which support the entire family the Council is strongly committed to helping remove barriers for Geauga’s children. The Council has helped develop, and now funds, a wide range of community-based services. Our membership is mandated, in part, by the state legislature which created Family First Councils and includes:

Council Members

President – Don Rice – Executive Director Geauga County Board of DD
Vice President – Kimm Leininger, Geauga United Way
Administrative Agent –Craig Swenson Geauga Job & Family Services

Jim Adams – Executive Director Geauga Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services
Darla Andrews - Geauga Health District
Chris Degasperis - Department of Youth Services
Jennifer Felker - Geauga Educational Service Center
Betsy Griffin – Starting Point
Mike Hanlon, Superintendent Chardon Local Schools
Laura Hopkins – Executive Director Lake-Geauga Head Start
Laura Janson - Family Representative
Tim Lennon - Geauga County Commissioner
Nancy McArthur - Mayor of Chardon
Terri McIntee-Larenas – Family Representative
Deborah O’Connor –Community Representative
Joe Roman - Family Representative


Nancy Seelbach - Council Coordinator
Brad Welch - Case Services Coordinator
Rachael Tetlow – Administrative Assistant


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