The APSI Advisor
Issue 3
Summer 2014
Hello All!

It is hard to believe summer is already half over! APSI's Fiscal Year 2014 has come to an end and we are ready to welcome FY15 and all of the opportunities and challenges the new year brings. This is a busy time for APSI and others in the field of Developmental Disabilities throughout Ohio.

There are many exciting new initiatives being implemented around the state. Significant changes have already been made to the SSA and CMS rules, and anticipated changes to the Behavior Support Rule are right around the corner. These changes and the continued focus on self determination and employment first provide amazing opportunities for our staff to advocate for those we serve. APSI continues to actively collaborate with DODD and other stakeholders to develop a system of supports we can all be proud of. 

Thank you for everything you do on behalf of APSI!

Staff Spotlight
APSI currently provides guardianship and protective services to approximately 4200 individuals throughout Ohio. This edition of the Staff Spotlight is dedicated to providing a brief overview of each of APSI's five regions.

East Central Region
Program Director: Cindy Ison
Regional Program Director: Emma Keen
Office Locations: Mt. Vernon

Number of Individuals Served: 566
Number of Protective Service Representatives:

Counties:The East Central Region is made up of 21 counties (Marion, Morrow, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Hocking, Perry, Morgan, Washington, Monroe, Noble, Muskingum, Knox, Coshocton, Guernsey, Belmont, Jefferson, Harrison, Tuscarawas, Holmes, and Carroll) 


Northeast Region
Program Director: Cindy Ison
Regional Program Directors: Russell Kinnebrew, Charly Steinbrenner
Office Locations: Highland Hills
                            Mineral Ridge

Number of Individuals Served: 1531
Number of Protective Service Representatives: 27

Counties: The Northeast Region is made up of 14 counties (Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana, Lake, Geauga, Portage, Stark, Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Wayne, Lorain, Ashland)


Northwest Region
Program Director: Pat Uhlenhake
Regional Program Director: Jill Couch
Office Locations: Tiffin

Number of Individuals Served: 506
Number of Protective Service Representatives: 9

Counties: The Northwest Region is made up of 22 counties (Erie, Huron, Richland, Crawford, Wyandot, Seneca, Sandusky, Ottawa, Wood, Hancock, Hardin, Lucas, Fulton, Henry, Putnam, Allen, Auglaize, Mercer, Van Wert, Paulding, Defiance, Williams)


South Central Region
Program Director: Pat Uhlenhake
Regional Program Director: Mark Bostic
Office Locations:  Columbus

Number of Individuals Served: 796
Number of Protective Service Representatives: 14

Counties: The South Central Region is made up of 15 counties (Union, Madison, Franklin, Pickaway, Ross, Pike, Scioto, Adams, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Vinton, Gallia, Meigs, Athens)

Southwest Region
Program Director: Pat Uhlenhake
Regional Program Director: Beth Hamilton
Office Location: Huber Heights

Number of Individuals Served: 747
Number of Protective Service Representatives: 14

Counties: The Southwest Region is made up of 16 counties (Brown, Clermont, Hamilton, Clinton, Warren, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Miami, Darke, Shelby, Logan, Champaign)

Ohio Nonprofit Appreciation Week
In May of this year, Governor Kasich signed a resolution recognizing May 11-17, 2014 as Ohio Nonprofit Awareness and Appreciation Week.

According to The Ohio Association of Non Profit Organizations (OANO), Ohio Nonprofit Appreciation Week was created to recognize the outstanding services that are provided by nonprofit organizations to enrich communities across the state of Ohio.  

As part of the celebration, OANO coordinated the creation of a video collage made up of clips from nonprofits throughout Ohio. Each clip was to be 15 seconds in length and provide information about the mission of the agency.  As an OANO member, APSI was happy to be one of the 52 agencies who chose to participate! 

APSI 2014 All Staff Luncheon and Training

APSI's 2014 All Staff Luncheon and Training was held at Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus on Thursday June 12th.

Kelly Miller, Assistant Deputy Director of DODD's Division of Legal and Oversight, provided training during the morning session related to  recent changes to the SSA Rule and anticipated changes to the Behavior Support Rule.

Following the training portion of the day we were joined by APSI Board Members, award recipients and other honored guests for lunch and the presentation of the Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award to Marvin Moss, and the Russell Kinnebrew Advocacy Award to Jill Couch.

Marvin Moss received six different nominations for the Kozlowski Award and those who nominated him all spoke of his unwavering lifelong commitment to advocacy efforts in his own life and the lives of others.

 Jill Couch has been employed by APSI for nearly twelve years. She began her work as a PSR in the Northwest Region.  She continues to work in the Northwest Region in her current role as Regional Program Director. Jill was nominated for the Kinnebrew Award by APSI Medical Specialist, Christy Snyder, who spoke highly of Jill's professionalism and dedication in meeting the needs of those APSI serves.

Following the presentation of the advocacy awards, APSI's Board President, Tom Gannon, presented longevity awards to those APSI staff members with five or more years of service. We are proud to report that 52 of APSI's 108 staff members have five or more years of longevity with APSI and sixteen APSI staff members have twenty or more years of longevity!  

Tom Gannon made two exciting announcements to close the day. First, he shared with those present that APSI's Board of Trustees was happy to be able to approve $1000 raises for full time PSRs and $500 raises for other full time employees. He explained that there may be some exceptions to these amounts and the HR staff would be sending out specific amounts to each individual employee. Lastly, Tom shared that all APSI employees would be entitled to a $15 Applebee's gift card as a token of appreciation from the board members.   

Great food and great company made for an enjoyable day!  Click here to view photos from the day!

Thank You APSI Donors!
As fiscal year 2014 draws to a close, we would like to extend our thanks to those who made a financial contribution to APSI this year.

Over the course of the past fiscal year APSI has received donations from current staff members, former staff members, APSI Board Members (past and present), family members, friends of APSI, and even some foundations!

Thanks to the generosity of those listed below APSI receieved over $8,000 in contributions. Thank you everyone!

Harry C Moores Foundation
AEP Ohio
Schneider Downs
Nevalyn Nevil
Ron Kozlowski
Steve Silvers
Dr. Ed Sterling
John Vlasko
Karla Rinto
Jamie Vandenbark
Kati Stark
Betsy Carr
Art & Glenda Drewyor
Dave & Susan Dohnal
Becky & Corky Campbell
Donna Owens
Dr. Ellen U. Williams
Deb Buccilla
Fred & Judy O'Dell
Susan & Larry Payne
Pat Rafter & Maureen Corcoran
Brad Eberhard
Dr. Becky Strafford
Tom & Barb Gannon
Blaine & Catherine Brockman
Melissa & Vaughn Bibbey
Shari Cooper
Dr. Naeem Khan
Larry and Peggy Martin
 Upcoming Events
9/11/14  All Staff Training by Michael Kirkman of Disability Rights Ohio and APSI Program Staff at Overbrook Church in Columbus 10am-3pm

9/15/14  Tony Kippins of Retirement Plan Advisors holding retirement planning meeting in SW region

9/16/14  Tony Kippins of Retirement Plan Advisors holding retirement planning meeting in SC region

9/18/14 Tony Kippins of Retirment Plan Advisors holding retirement planning meeting in NE region
APSI Anniversaries
6 Years
Denise Burnison (NE)
Aaron Davis (SW)
Heather Lifland (SW)
Ronda Stephens (CO)

12 Years
Jill Couch (NW)

25 Years
Ellen Miller-Moore (EC)

31 Years
Joe King (SC)

1 Year
Eric Bell (SC)
Scott Shaffer (SC)

2 Years
Valerie Heisey (NW)

6 Years
Karen Henson (SC)
Peggy Hufnagel (SW)

10 Years
Cindy Ison (CO)

14 Years
Tricia Boggs (SW)

15 Years
Cameron Seymour (SW)
21 Years
Linda Whetsel (NW)


3 Years
Anthony Ivey (NE)
Melanie Domyan (SC)

7 Years
Chris Meister

14 Years
Beth Hamilton

21 Years
Carole Martyn-Dow

29 Years
Pat Uhlenhake

Happy Retirement!
Best Wishes to Ellen Miller-Moore of the East Central region on her retirement after 25 years of service with APSI!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to APSI's newest employees!

Amanda Jackson, PSR
Chad Sproul, PSR

Jennifer Anatra, PSR
Dean Zwayer, PSR
Did You Know?
Here are some fast facts about APSI services provided during FY14
 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014)

Total number of visits during FY14


Average visits per PSR per month


Number of successor guardianships awarded during FY14


Number of emergency messages via answering service during FY14


DNR requests received during FY14


DNR requests approved during FY14


HR Happenings
Tony Kippins from Retirement Plan Advisors will be facilitating educational meetings regarding APSI's 401k plan during three meetings to be held in September. 

If interested, please email or call Trisha Wohlever to let her know which meeting you plan to attend and if you would like her to schedule a time to meet with Tony one on one.

Huber Heights office (SW) - 9/15/14
Columbus office (SC) - 9/16/14
Highland Hills office (NE) - 9/18/14

What's Next?
We are pleased to report that APSI concluded the third year of its strategic planning process in June of 2014. It is truly remarkable how much progress has been made since 2011! 

We have decided to continue the strategic planning process in FY15 and will be focusing the majority of our efforts in areas related to quality assurance, enhancing our infrastructure, and increasing collaboration with families and outside stakeholders.

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