Our New Executive Director
Amy Gordon has seen our community from many angles. As a licensed social worker, a parent, and a non-profit professional, she knows Central Ohio’s challenges as well as its assets. Her persistent focus on the latter has earned her the top leadership position at Communities In Schools of Central Ohio (CIS).
“What strikes me is her orientation toward the positive and her dedication to putting the organization’s mission first,” says Board Chair Tim Rieder.
Having previously worked as the Afterschool Program Director at CIS from 1999-2006, Amy returned to the organization in 2012. She was asked to take on increasing responsibility through the years, culminating in a promotion to Associate Director in 2014. Last year, the CIS board and former Executive Director Jane Wiechel unanimously decided that Amy was the best choice to become the next Executive Director for Communities In Schools of Central Ohio beginning January 1, 2017.
Amy has worked to champion the needs of young people and struggling families for over twenty years. She was an Area Director with a faith-based non-profit afterschool program in the Short North, Weinland Park and formerly Windsor Terrace neighborhoods; a Family Specialist/Supervisor of a home-based program with Crittenton Family Services working with juvenile felony offenders and their families; a consultant with the Ohio Department of Education; a certified assessor and an Independent Consultant. Amy has also served three terms as an Afterschool Alliance Ambassador to promote the expansion of afterschool programs at the local, state and national level.
A graduate of Columbus City Schools, Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and is a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio. She has been married for more than 20 years and has a sixteen-year-old son and thirteen-year-old daughter.
The focus of Amy’s early work as Executive Director is building a strong leadership team in the CIS central office who can support, guide, and highlight the amazing efforts of our Site Coordinators in the field. The CIS leadership team includes newly hired Program Director, Stephanie Calondis Geiger, who may be familiar to many in our network because of her many years leading successful youth development strategies and nurturing organizational partnerships throughout Columbus. Stephanie joins Oather Talley II, Administrative Coordinator, who returned in 2016, having previously worked at CIS as a School Resource Coordinator and Afterschool Team Leader from 2007 to 2012.
Phone: 614.268.2472, ext. 20
Stephanie Calondis Geiger
Office and Operations Manager
Phone: 614.268.2472, ext. 22