Executive Board

Rachel Meffe, MSSA, LISW-S

Rachel has served on the Ohio School Social Work Association board since 2008. In addition to her board service, she is the district School Social Worker at Cuyahoga Heights Schools where she works closely with school teams to create PBIS programming, provides staff consultation and training on student mental health and behavior. She also conducts FBAs and creates behavior plans, conducts crisis interventions and provides ongoing mental health support to students.



Jill Miller, MSSA, LSW

Recording Secretary

Jill is the Social Worker for the Bellevue City School District and counselor for the 3rd-5th grade students at Bellevue Elementary School. She has been with Bellevue for almost 17 years and has her Certified Therapy Dog “Ace” with her full time this year. Jill has her BSSW from Bowling Green State University and her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University. Jill has been a part of OSSWA for 10 years and currently serves as our secretary.


Demitra M Turner, MSW, LSW


Demitra is currently OSSWA’s Treasurer and has served on the OSSWA Board since 2002. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Akron University as a part of the joint Masters program with CSU. Through post graduate studies Demitra received a ODE School Social Work license. Previously, she practiced as a School Social Worker in the Cleveland Heights-Univeristy Heights and Cleveland Metropolitan School Districts.

michele-2016Michele Patak-Pietrafesa, LISW-S

Past President

Michele comes to us from upstate New York where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She moved to Columbus in 2008 to work with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to implement adolescent quit-smoking programs in multiple schools throughout Ohio. Through her work with program implementation and evaluation in schools she grew a passion for working with schools to help students live up to their potential. She went back to school at OSU where she worked as a graduate research associate to implement and evaluate a parent engagement program at a local middle school while earning her MSW and school social work certification. During that time she also served as a board member for OSSWA as the OSU student representative and then as director of communications. Since then she worked on the school-based behavioral health team at Nationwide Children’s and is currently in private practice. Michele recently returned to OSU to pursue a PhD in Social Work.


Board Committee

Michele Patak-Pietrafesa, LISW-S

Communications Director



Brenda Rinkes, LISW-Sbrenda-pic-low-res

Legislative Director




Sean Delaney, MSW, LSW

Membership Director


Beverly Troutman, LISWbeverly-troutman

Awards Director



Nicole Stacey, MSW, ACSW, LISW-S

Promotions Director


 Sherri Kposowa, MSW, LSW

Programs Director

Region Representatives


Shelley Fannin, LISWshelley-fannin

North Regional Director



Brenda Rinkes, MSW, LISW-S, LSSW

East Regional Director



Martha Jones, MSW, LISW-S

Central Regional Director



Angela Hackley, LISW-S

West Regional Director

Agency Advisors

Teri Kinsway, MSW, LISW-S

Ohio State University Advisor


Sarah Andrews, LISW-S

Case Western Reserve University Advisor 


Carol Wheeler-Strother, MSW, LSW, PhD

University of Cincinnati Advisor

Danielle Smith, MSW, LSW, CAE

NASW Ohio Advisor


Emily Jordan, MSW, LISW

Ohio Department of Education Advisor



President Elect

Treasurer Elect

South Regional Director

Board Position Descriptions