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:

Thomas Andrews
Bernie Bennett
Pastor Brian Brown
Bert Cene
Lori Colian
Rachel Ketterman
James Ford
Marcy Patton
Vicki Ritterspach
Roger Sikorszky
Tracy Smith
Kimberly Steele
Eloise Traina
Anna Marie Vaughn
Cathy Webb

Updated 04/23/19

Community Action Agency
Columbiana Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lisbon Nazarene Church
Mahoning Columbiana Training Association
Family and Children First Council
Department of Job and Family Services
Community Legal Aid Services
Mental Health Recovery Services Board
The Way Station
Counseling Center
Department of Job and Family Services
Kent State University - Salem Campus
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-February 2018

Pictured left to right:

Back row: Pastor Brian Brown; Roger Sikorszky (Counseling Center); Bert Cene (Mahoning Columbiana Training Assoc.); James Ford (Community Legal Aid); Eileen Dray-Bardon (Columbiana Co. DJFS); Anna Marie Vaughn (Educational Service Center); Tom Andrews (Community Action Agency).

Front row: Kim Steele (Kent State University-Salem); Cathy Webb (community rep.); Eloise Traina (Family Recovery Center); Lori Colian (Family & Children First Council); Tracy Smith (CCDJFS Union rep.); Marcy Patton (Mental Health Recovery Services Board).  

Planning Committee Meeting Minutes:

Planning Committee Minutes (PDF) - 11-27-18


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: