The DJFS Planning Committee, consisting of members appointed by the County Board of Commissioners, serves as an advisory group to the Commissioners.  The Committee's purpose is to identify, develop and provide supportive services to empower all county residents to achieve self-sufficiency and to monitor the progress and effectiveness of programs and services.  Those who serve on the Planning Committee are:

Bernie Bennett
Bert Cene
Kathie Chaffee
Lori Colian
Eileen Dray-Bardon
James Ford
Tom Andrews
Audrey Null                Pastor Larry Paxson 
Carol Harvey               Roger Sikorszky
Tracy Smith
Kimberly Steele
Denise Taylor
Eloise Traina
Anna Marie Vaughn
Cathy Webb

Rev. 01-15-2016

Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority
Mahoning Columbiana Training Association
Mental Health & Recovery Services Board
Family and Children First Council
Columbiana County DJFS
Community Legal Aid Services
Community Action Agency 
Salem Chamber of Commerce                                                        Faith Chapel of Salem
Columbiana County DJFS                                                           Counseling Center of Columbiana County
Columbiana County DJFS (AFSCME)
Kent State University - Salem Campus
East Liverpool Community Resource Center
Family Recovery Center
Education Service Center
Citizen Member-at-Large, Columbiana, Ohio


County Family Services Planning Committee

The Planning Committee is established by the Ohio Revised Code and is charged with the task of serving as an advisory body to the Board of County Commissioners.

The Planning Committee is responsible for overseeing the provision of social services, publicly funded child care, and programs funded by the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) grant.

The Planning Committee meets quarterly to review reports, monitor contracts, and recommend services. Minutes of all meetings are provided to the Board of County Commissioners.

JFS Planning Committee Members-May 2016

Pictured:  Standing Left to Right – Tom Andrews, Lori Colian, Cindy Linger, Brandy Virden, Tracy Smith, Audrey Null, Roger Sikorszky, James Ford and Eileen Dray-Bardon
Seated Left to Right – Carol Harvey, Kim Steele, Kathie Chaffee and Cathy Webb

Planning Committee Meeting Minutes:

February 2016 (PDF)

May 2016 (PDF)

November 2016 (PDF)

Links to Partner Web Sites:

Kent State University–Columbiana County:
The Counseling Center:
Columbiana County Educational Service Center:
Mahoning Columbiana Training Association: 
Family Recovery Center: 
Columbiana County Mental Health Recovery Services Board: