New CCLC Team Members at Your Service

This March brought 21CCLC two new staff members to our team. Please join us in welcoming Ludia Dorelien as the team’s Grant Manager and Tabitha Palmer as the new Data Coordinator.

Ludia Dorelien, 21st CCLC Grant Managerludia

Ludia will serve in this leadership capacity managing team contracts and MOUs, internal and external communication, grantee professional development oversight, the Central Region 21CCLC grant programs, continuous quality improvement process and a host of other duties. Ludia brings many years of experience and knowledge that can only assist us in moving forward in our internal and external operational growth.

Ludia has a lifelong commitment to serving others – through ministry work, volunteering in her community, and serving Ohio’s vulnerable youth via the Ohio Department of Education – she is passionate about supporting those in need. Ludia served as the liaison for the State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children for two years, where she had the opportunity to listen and learn from other parents and individuals with disabilities about their experiences with education.

Prior to joining the Department, Ludia worked in the Office of Student Life for six years, serving students at The Ohio State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology.

As strong believer in the power of positive thinking, Ludia loves sharing uplifting and encouraging words whenever she has a chance. In her free time, she enjoys reading to expand her knowledge, spending time with her son and playing the violin. As a new member of this team, Ludia relishes the opportunity to serve, once again, in a different capacity and is genuinely moved by the work done by 21st CCLC sites across the state, providing students and families access to high quality educational experiences.

IMG_20180511_105732_911Tabitha Palmer, 21st CCLC Data Coordinator

Tabitha replaces Stacia Ashley, and will serve as a data coordinator for the team. She will be in regular contact with 21CCLC grantees around program data collection and management. She will work closely with the 21APR system and ensure the external evaluator needs are met. To add, Tabitha manages the STARS system, 21CCLC Blog site, survey system and a host of other duties. Tabitha has served in other offices within ODE bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience (preschool licensing, special education and literacy initiatives).

As a project manager, art teacher and registered nurse she feels deep concern for all vulnerable populations, especially children. Tabitha believes services under this grant have the potential to keep at-risk kids from falling “through the cracks” and sees special opportunities during this stay-at-home order to learn to use our technology to provide remote supports .

She spends weekends with her partner and canine pal at their Wayne National Forest homestead and looks forward to planting their largest garden ever.

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