Board of Directors

From left to right: Aimee Townsend, Sam Shafer, Anne Rubin, Nina Andrews, David Couch, Joseph Bianco, Arian Smedley, Nancy Cunningham, Sue Meeks, Victoria Hilliard. Not pictured: Sebastián Díaz, Jane Hamel-Lambert and Laura Harms.


Board Members

Nina Andrews, M.S., Board Member
Nina is the school psychologist for Logan-Hocking School District. She received her master's degree in School Psychology from Ohio University in 1986. Nina has provided school psychological services to staff, students, and families in the Logan Hocking Local School District for the past 25 years. 

Integrating mental health services into the school setting is a priority that she pursues in collaboration with school colleagues and community members. Her long-standing partnership with Dr. Julie Owens at Ohio University focuses on implementation and effectiveness of the YESS program, which provides school-based mental health services to elementary students with disruptive behavior disorders and their families. Nina is also a member of the Regional Autism Team which works with staff of local school districts to build their capacity to identify students with autism and provide evidence-based services that meet their unique needs.

David Couch, Board Chair
David has worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1993 but has been in public service much longer. After receiving his Degree in Biblical Studies from Johnson University, David and his wife lived in Ghana for nine years, during which David taught at Ghana Christian University. Upon returning to Southeast Ohio, David worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Morgan County. In 1996, he became superintendent in Morgan County. 

In 2006, after over a decade of working with the Board of Developmental Disabilities, David was serving as the Superintendent of Morgan County and the assistant Superintendent of Perry County. In 2007, he became the Superintendent of the Perry County Board of DD, and in 2012 he began serving as the superintendent of the Boards of Developmental Disabilities in both Hocking and Perry Counties. David continues to work as the dual Superintendent of Hocking and Perry Counties while also serving as the IPAC board chair, a position he was elected to in August, 2016.

Nancy Cunningham, PsyD, Board Member
Nancy Cunningham, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who has spent the bulk of her professional career overseeing the implementation of evidenced-based clinical services in large service systems and improving access to care for children and their families. Her most recent clinical focus has been family violence, where she worked with multidisciplinary teams to implement integrated services for children, youth and adults who have experienced child abuse, teen dating violence and intimate partner violence. Dr. Cunningham sat on a multi-agency steering group to plan and implement local community conversations on mental health, and to monitor actions that emerged from these processes. She has served as the Board President of the Ohio Network of Child Advocacy Centers and project manager for the National Children’s Alliance’s Introducing, Implementing and Evaluating the Child Family Traumatic Stress Intervention in Children's Advocacy Centers in the Carolinas grant. She was a co-investigator on a large system grant, Improving Trauma Care in Central Ohio for Youths with Complex Trauma and continues to be an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Cunningham facilitated the workgroup to develop and implement the first course on family violence that is now being taught at the Ohio State University. Dr. Cunningham recently returned to Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to work with their leadership team to promote community provider partnerships and address system barriers to integrated care across the community. She sits on several advisory groups including grant advisory for social media guidelines for suicide reporting as well as the advisory oversight group for the NCH Medical Legal Partnership project. Her current term on the IPAC board runs through 2019.


Sebastián Díaz, PhD, J.D., Board Member 
Sebastián serves as the Research Lead for the Central Appalachian Consortium of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine He is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. His current term on the IPAC board runs through 2019.

Jane Hamel-Lambert, MBA, PhD, Ex-Officio Board Member
Jane is a Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Ohio State University. She also serves as a clinical child psychologist at the Child Development Center of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1990 from Ohio University and a Masters in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2001. Her clinical expertise is in pediatric psychology, and other interests include leadership, collaborative partnerships and community-based participatory methods. Jane is a founding member of the organization. She has facilitated the development of IPAC since 2003 and served as president from 2006, when the organization incorporated, until 2012.

Laura Harms, Board Member 

Laura is the Family Support Unit Supervisor with the Athens County Children Services and has been in this position for 6 years.  Prior to this supervisory position, she was the Program Director for Athens Help Me Grow Program which was also administered through Athens County Children Services. 

Prior to coming to Athens County, she held the Program Director’s position for Vinton County Help Me Grow for fifteen years as well as the Family and Children First Coordinator. 

Laura began her career in teaching, having taught Special Education in Illinois and Iowa.  After relocating to Ohio, Laura worked for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, before accepting a position at Fairfield County of Developmental Disabilities as a Program Director over Case Management and Residential Services. Laura has always been a strong advocate for families which is one reason that the Help Me Grow Program and Family and Children First were such good fits for her in her endeavors to bring the best services and supports available to families. 

Now as the Family Support Unit Supervisor,  Laura and her staff work to create a more positive family environment at a time that is very stressful and emotional for parents and children.  She continues to provide advocacy to families.

Victoria Hilliard, LSW, Board Member
Victoria serves as the Director of Hocking County Family & Children First Council. Her current term on the IPAC board runs through 2017.

Anne Sessums Rubin, J.D., Board Treasurer
Anne is the Managing Attorney for Southeastern Ohio Legal Services’ Athens office. She has worked for over 30 years in Appalachian Ohio, representing low-income individuals and families in civil matters ranging from protection from domestic violence, access to health care and public benefits, and homelessness prevention. Anne is a graduate of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Before attending law school, she earned a B.S. in Social Work from Ohio University and worked for Athens County Children’s Services. She joined the IPAC board of directors in 2011. Her current term on the IPAC board extends through 2017.

Samantha Shafer, LISW-S, Board Member
Sam currently serves as an Area Manager for Integrated Services for Behavioral Heath. She started working in the social service field 13 years ago as a direct care service provider at a residential psychiatric hospital in Tennessee. Additional experiences include: residential mental health and addiction treatment, assertive case-management team, out-patient community mental health and addictions counseling, supervision of a summer enrichment program for under-served children, member of a crisis response team, supervisor of a case-management team, director of early childhood mental health programs-supervisor of Help Me Grow EI and CC services.


Erika Roberts, Visual Communication Intern

Erika Joined IPAC in November 2016 as the visual communication intern. She is an Oho University student studying photojournalism and graduating in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Visual Communication. After graduation she hopes to continue working with non-profit organizations.

Erika believes that building strong communities relies on good education and programming for its children and parents. Since high school Erika has worked with numerous children’s programs in downtown Columbus, Ohio and in rural Tennessee that focus on education, personal health, and building strong values. She is excited to bring her knowledge from these experiences into her work with IPAC.

David CouchChair
Anne Rubin, JD, Treasurer
Samantha Shafer, Secretary

Board Members
Nina Andrews
Nancy Cunningham
Sebastián Díaz
Laura Harms
Victoria Hilliard

Ex-Officio Members 
Jane Hamel-Lambert, Ph.D.

Our Board of Directors serve three-year terms, renewal for a second term.

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