WHO WE ARE
Kelly Kolberg has worked for the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services since 2012, serving the first 4 years in
the intake department. Her role included the investigation and assessment of allegations regarding child abuse and neglect. For the past 4 years, she has served the role of assessor, working with relative caregivers of children in foster care. Specifically, she assesses and upon approval, licenses individuals as foster and adoptive parents within Lake County. From 2015-2019, Ms. Kolberg was employed by Project Hope, Lake County’s local homeless shelter. She served as a residential specialist, working one on one with individuals to develop and accomplish goal plans to sustain affordable and stable housing.
It was during this time period that Ms. Kolberg saw the need for transitional housing for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. A resource is missing in Lake County which will allow young adults to transition from foster care into safe, affordable, and stable housing while they continue to develop independent living skills. Unfortunately, children age out of foster care without having been given the opportunity to utilize the skills they are taught from the age of 14-18. Having a transitional living space will provide emancipated youth an opportunity to gain practical experience in independent
living while in a well-supported environment.
Kathie Freshour has extensive small business operations experience. She is President / Owner of North Coast Perennials, Inc. since 2008. North Coast Perennials, Inc. is a 30-acre wholesale farm in Madison, Ohio. In peak season they employ about 30 employees. Kathie brings her background and professional development in banking and lending to the business end of the nursery, handling human resource matters, vendors, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. She also works with Auburn’s Career Center’s Landscape Horticulture Program to provide training for interns and is a past board member of Auburn’s Advisory Committee. The nursery is a corporate donor for the Madison Food Center and Kathie is a past volunteer.
Mindy C. Hughes, MSSA, Independent Living Program Specialist, Lake County Job & Family Services. She has been a child welfare social worker for 15 years, focusing for the past 8 years on preparing vulnerable teens and young adults for independence and adulthood after foster care. In addition to direct practice experience, Ms. Hughes offers lessons learned through her participation on numerous local, regional, and statewide collaborations dedicated to best practice in serving this population.
Most recently, Ms. Hughes was appointed to the statewide Advisory Council for the implementation of Bridges, which will extend housing and other essential supports necessary for emancipating foster youth to achieve self-sufficiency. Ms. Hughes serves on the Lake County Workforce Development Board Youth Council and is a Family Unification Program Children Services liaison between Lake County JFS and the Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority. From 2012-2015, Ms. Hughes represented Lake County on the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Connecting the Dots pilot program, designed to improve outcomes for Ohio youth at increased risk for homelessness, incarceration, and poverty. Prior to coming to the field of child welfare in 2004, Ms. Hughes received her Master’s Degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences with a concentration in Community Development and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Heidelberg University.
Tia Lawrence has worked for Torchlight Youth Mentoring Alliance (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters Northeast Ohio) for the past 14 years. Tia started at the agency as an after school mentoring program coordinator for 8 years, and then transitioned to the Director of After School Programs for one year before becoming the Director of Programs. Before working at Torchlight Youth Mentoring, Tia worked for Geauga County Job and Family Services as a social worker.
Tia received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Lake Erie College in 2000. Tia is a graduate of the Leadership Lake County Signature Program 2016 and the Leadership Lake County Community Builders Program 2015. Tia has previously sat on the Camp Sue Osborn Board and currently sits on the Lake Geauga Head Start Board. She is passionate about youth and resides in Painesville with her husband and 3 daughters.
Dave Moore has been the CEO of Vigilant Global Trade Services for over 14 years where they help mainly large international companies with their global trade compliance needs. He also is a co-founder of a non-profit called The Circle Society that helps create an intention community for youth leaving foster care, providing them a place to live while pairing them with a senior citizen to act as their life coach. Each team can choose to foster a dog and train it up to be adopted into its forever home. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Entrepreneurs Organization (Cleveland Chapter). Dave enjoys spending time with his Wife and two Sons on the ski slopes or on a boat with their two dogs. Dave has a positive, can-do attitude that helps him to support a positive impact in his community.