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Ohio State University Team


Mindy Hutcherson, B.A.

Training Coordinator, Partnerships for Success Academy

Mindy Hutcherson received her B.A. in Criminology from The Ohio State University in 1993. She began her career in working with at-risk youth and families at a residential treatment facility and a community mental health agency. In 1994, Mindy was hired as an Intensive Probation Officer at the Delaware County Juvenile Court where she worked with felony level offenders. In 1997 she was hired to oversee the then Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery’s Alternative Education Program, Project O.A.S.I.S. Mindy held that position for approximately five years before accepting the position of Training Coordinator at the Center for Learning Excellence.

Melissa Ross, Psy.D.

Director, Partnerships for Success Academy

Melissa Ross received her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree from Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in 1996. In 1996 she accepted a position at the Department of Youth Services (DYS) working with adjudicated juvenile sexual offenders as a psychology assistant. In 1997 she was promoted to the Coordinator of Clinical and Sexual Offender Services position at DYS’ central office. In that position, Dr. Ross was responsible for the administrative oversight of all sexual offender programming in DYS institutions and parole offices as well as the regional psychological services. In 1999 she began work as the Deputy Superintendent of Programs at DYS’ sexual offender institutions and supervised all aspects of programming for the up to 240 youth housed in the facilities. Dr. Ross held that position for approximately 3 years prior to accepting position of PfS Academy director at the Center for Learning Excellence.

David Julian, Ph.D.

Director, Community Planning & Evaluation

Dr. Julian received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Community Psychology and his MCRP (city and regional planning) degree from Ohio State University. For ten years prior to joining the Center, Dr. Julian was the Director of Evaluation and Research for the United Way in Franklin County, Ohio. During his tenure, Dr. Julian was instrumental in developing and implementing a comprehensive system for defining and measuring program level outcomes referred to as “outcomes based funding.” Dr. Julian held half time appointments with the Center for Learning Excellence and in the School of Public Health, where he taught program evaluation before moving to the Center full time.

Kelly Spring, B.S.

Resource Development Coordinator, Partnerships for Success Academy

Kelly Spring received her B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University in 1996. She began her career as a Business Assurance Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and soon realized she preferred to work in the community rather than the corporate field. Kelly joined City Year, an AmeriCorps program, in 1998 and implemented youth programs and led community service projects in San Jose, California for four years. She continued her work in community development as the PfS Coordinator for Madison County. This position provided her with practical experience in implementing the PfS Model. Kelly held that position for two years before accepting the position of Resource Development Coordinator at the Center for Learning Excellence. Kelly is currently working to obtain her Masters in Education from Antioch McGregor.

Beth Crawford, M.A.

Outreach Coordinator, Partnerships for Success Academy

Beth Crawford received her M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration from Ohio University in 1998. Beth also received her B.A. in Psychology and Secondary Education from Baldwin-Wallace College. Skilled at working in collaboration with multiple service systems, Beth has over 15 years of experience in social services. In 1999, she accepted a position with the Franklin County Family and Children First Council as the Social Program Coordinator. She was then promoted to the Council’s Intersystem Administrator position. In these positions, she was responsible for program development and management; program evaluation and analysis; financial management; administrative management; grant writing; and community planning.