Students are dropping out of school at alarming rates.
Students who drop out are more likely to earn thousands less in salaries, live in poverty, suffer poor health, enter the criminal system and be dependent on government and social services.
The cost to our community and country is billions in lost revenue.
Often, a student’s personal circumstances disrupt their chances at success even before they enter the school building.
In the U.S., approximately 1 in 5 children under the age of 18 live in poverty, shouldering more than they should have to.
Communities In Schools works directly inside schools, building relationships that empower students to succeed inside and outside the classroom.
- We understand that students face challenges both inside and outside the classroom.
- We work to remove the barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential and ultimate academic and personal success.
- We partner with schools and parents by placing a full-time dedicated site coordinator in a school, identifying kids at risk of dropping out and not graduating, or have needs like those above.
- We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers.
- We connect programs, services and resources to students in need, keeping them in school and on a path to life-long success.
Our unique, evidenced based model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life.
Amy Gordon has seen our community from many angles. As a licensed social worker, a parent, and a non-profit professional, she knows 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 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 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 teenage son and daughter.
Amy was featured in 2019 on the Columbus Leadership Podcast. It is a regional podcast featuring the stories of diverse leaders in Central Ohio. Listen to the interview.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Partnerships at Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Board Vice Chair
Enterprise Sales Manager
Vice President, Investment Advisor
Cheryl L. Ward
Director, Social-Emotional and Student Support Services
Columbus City Schools
Wendy Sherman Heckler, PhD
Immediate Past Chair
Provost & Senior Vice President,
Academic Affairs Division,
Senior Vice President
Ice Miller LLP
Catherine F. Burgett
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Global Head of Customer Experience
and Enterprise Services
Alliance Data Card Services
Coordinator, State and Federal Programs
South-Western City Schools
Vice President & CFO
Retirement Solutions and IMG
Jennifer Mundorf SPHR
Manager, Talent Development
Vice President Corporate Risk
Huntington National Bank
Dennis M. Sparks, Jr.
Director, Learning & Organization Development
Senior Vice President
Ethics and Compliance
Recognized for its sound business practices and financial transparency, Communities In Schools continues to attract the support of a diverse group of partners, even during tough economic times. We wish to acknowledge all who have supported our work, here are some of our most ardent supporters.