Melissa Gourley, MSW, LSW
While completing her Bachelors of Arts degree at Ohio Dominican College, Melissa began her journey working with individuals with disabilities by providing direct care services for a supported living agency. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree, she returned to college to receive her Master’s degree.
During Melissa’s second year in the Master’s of Social Work program at The Ohio State University, she was offered a fellowship at the OSU Nisonger Center. During the fellowship, Melissa helped to develop programs which benefit individuals with disabilities, provided counseling, facilitated groups, and taught a graduate level course at OSU.
Melissa received her Master’s degree in Social Work in June 2003. In August 2003, Melissa co-founded UPREACH LLC, and in 2006, co-founded Learning Never Ends LLC.
Beth attended the University of Cincinnati, where she majored in Psychology. Beth started her career working in a group home in 1989. Beth relocated to Columbus in 1994 and began a career as a Support Specialist.
Beth continued to advance within the agency as she was promoted to Support Specialist Coordinator and Program Director. As a Program Director, Beth was responsible for hiring, scheduling and training support staff, coordinating medical services, overseeing and managing finances, and maintaining quality living conditions.
Beth was also a part of a Quality Assurance Team which traveled to other states to monitor the quality of services provided to individuals with disabilities. In August 2003, Beth co-founded UPREACH LLC, and in 2006, co-founded Learning Never Ends LLC.
Pat brings extensive experience from his past public and private experience in the disability field. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a B.A. in Psychology, Pat began his professional career with a private provider of residential services for the developmentally disabled for 6 years as a Program Director and new staff trainer. Pat joined the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities in the service Coordination Department, where he served as Supported Living Service Coordinator and Placement Coordinator. Pat joined UPREACH in 2007 as Program Director.
Human Resources Director
Mandy attended New Mexico State University, where she earned her Associates Degree in Applied Science. Mandy worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 8 years in New Mexico before moving to Ohio. Mandy began working with individuals with disabilities in 2005, where she was quickly promoted to Program Coordinator for the agency. Mandy began her journey with the Upreach team in 2009, where she assists the Financial Coordinator, Billing Manager and Human Resources Manager. She is an instructor for CPR/First Aid and assists with certifying staff. Mandy has a passion for providing quality services, and is a very strong advocate for our clients.
Monroe Stacy, Jr.
Monroe began working with individuals with disabilities in 1995 as a direct care support specialist at a private provider. During his extensive career, Monroe has been a pioneer for individuals with disabilities in opening and supervising numerous sites. Monroe joined the Upreach team in 2010 and was promoted to Program Manager in early 2012. He has an extraordinary ability to form strong, positive relationships with our clients and has a true passion for enhancing their lives.
Diana Slayton has served as Financial Coordinator to individuals with disabilities since 2000. She previously worked for a private provider for three years and joined the Upreach team in 2003. Services provided include assisting clients with budgets, bill paying, financial decisions and general oversight of their finances. Diana enjoys day to day interaction with our clients and assisting with all their financial needs.
Charlene attended Concord College where she pursued STNA training, while working as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher and as a nursing assistant catering to the elder population.
In 1996, Charlene began her career working at a day program, and has since held various positions in the disability field. Charlene joined our team at Upreach in 2004 as a Support Care Specialist and was promoted to Program Manager. Charlene possesses a passion for the individuals with disabilities, and strives to assist them in improving their lives.
At age five, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Mollie would reply “a charity”. From an early age, Mollie knew she wanted to help people, and has since found ways to do so. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Mollie majored in Education with concentration in Psychology and Fine Arts. With these passions of study, Mollie incorporates teaching, the power of art and music, and her love of working with others in all that she does. An avid explorer, Mollie has traveled everywhere from El Salvador where she volunteered at an orphanage, to Rwanda where she wrote a grant to perform a cross-cultural photography exhibit. From 2013-2014, Mollie lived in China and worked as a Foreign Language Specialist. Mollie is a licensed Early Childhood Educator in the state of Ohio and in her spare time, enjoys playing and teaching piano, painting, rearranging furniture, reading, and watching old black and white films. Mollie has been a Program Manager with the company since November of 2014 and loves her Upreach family.
Arkeeta began her journey with Upreach in 2012 when she started working as a direct care support specialist. She continued working for Upreach as she earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Eastern Michigan University. After graduating, Arkeeta was promoted to Scheduling Manager in 2014. Continuing to grow with in the company, she became a Program Manager in 2015. Arkeeta takes much pride in helping the community and building relationships with the individuals we serve.
Lauren Brademeyer graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 with a degree in Political Science. After graduation, she began her career at Learning Never Ends as a Community Engagement Specialist, then was promoted to Program Coordinator in 2014. In October of 2016, Lauren joined the Upreach team as a Program Manager. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at The Ohio State University. Lauren is passionate about building meaningful relationships with Upreach consumers and does her very best to positively impact their lives.
Born and raised in Chillicothe, Ohio, it was evident from an early point that Mitch would excel as an accomplished leader in a position of helping others. Mitch received credits attending Ohio University in Chillicothe, Ohio Christian University and Columbus State Community College where he studied Veterinary Technology. From here, Mitch became a Forward Observer with the Ohio National Guard, and subsequently was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. In 2014, Mitch assumed a position as Logistics Manager for a steel manufacturing plant where he oversaw their Shipping and Receiving Department. Mitch has been with Upreach since 2016, and has shined as a dedicated and hard-working Program Manager, where he constantly improves the life of the consumers through his passion of service. A fervent Ultimate Frisbee player in his spare time, Mitch loves being able to solve meaningful problems and make this community a better place.