Regional Family Support Services

Regional Family Support Services

How to find someone to answer your questions...

  • If you are a parent or guardian of a child with disabilities and live in any county supported by State Support Team 6 (Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Shelby) you may contact our regional representative from the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD).  Their contact information is listed below. 
  • If you are a parent or guardian of a child with disabilities and live in Allen, Champaign or Mercer county,  you also have a Parent Mentor available to support your needs.  Their contact information is also listed below.  
What is a Parent Mentor? 
A Parent Mentor is a parent of a child with a disability and is a support network to school districts and parents of children with disabilities. A Parent Mentor can provide information and resources to families including education laws, district programs and services, and community resources. 
Reasons you might call a Parent Mentor:
  • I am worried about my child moving from one school to the next.
  • I feel alone and wish I could talk to another parent who understands my concerns.
  • I have many questions about my child’s education but forgot to ask about them at the school meetings.
  • I am worried about my child’s progress and don’t know what to do.
  • I feel like nobody is listening to my concerns about my child.
  • I would like to have someone attend and support me at IEP and/or other meetings at school.

Allen County Parent Mentor

 Jenna Shaffer

Address 1920 Slabtown Road, Lima, Ohio 45801
Phone(419) 222-1836 x 114
Email  [email protected]
School Districts Served Allen County DD, Allen County ESC, Allen East, Apollo, Bath, Bluffton, Delphos, Elida, Lima City, Marimor, Perry, Shawnee and Spencerville


Champaign County Parent Mentor


 Jacqueline Howley

 2200 S. US Hwy 68, Urbana, OH 43078
Phone (937) 484-1557 ext. 108 and ask for the Parent Mentor
Email [email protected]
School Districts ServedGraham, Madison-Champaign ESC, Mechanicsburg, Tirad, Urbana, West Liberty- Salem


Mercer County Parent Mentor


 Beth Guggenbiller

Address 441 East Market Street, Celina, OH  45822
Phone 419-586-6628 ext. 250
Email [email protected]
Facebook Parent Mentor Mercer County
School Districts ServedCelina, Coldwater, Fort Recovery, Marion Local, Mercer County ESC, Parkway, St. Henry


Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

State and Regional Contacts

Executive Director 
Lisa Hickman Ph.D. 
165 W. Center St., Suite 302
Marion, OH 43302
 Phone(800)374-2806, Ext. 10
Regional Representative Pam Cotrell
  Email[email protected]
 Phone(419) 999-9250
 Fax(419) 999-0020
Statewide Preschool Parent Mentor- Northern Ohio Sandy Brickner
  Email[email protected] 
Coordinator of Multicultural Department and Staff Marbella Caceres
  Email[email protected]
 Phone(740) 382-5452
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