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Senior Training Staff

Karen Pierce

Managing Director of Policy Development & Training

Karen has worked in the alcohol/drug profession since 1982 and has devoted the past 19 years of her career to drug-free workplace issues. She received an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in Child and Family Development and Masters' degrees in Social Work & Public Policy & Management from The Ohio State University.

Karen began her career as a chemical dependency counselor in an outpatient clinic in Coshocton, Ohio and specialized in issues surrounding adolescent females and drinking and driving. While in Coshocton she also became involved in numerous prevention activities including Teenage Institute, and created a summer recreation program for the young children in the community.

Upon moving to Columbus, Karen served as the Director of Adult Services at CompDrug and administered the award-winning HOPE Hotline. She also served as a consultant to the Ohio Credentialing Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals, where she facilitated a work-group to develop and market alcohol/drug prevention credentials for the State of Ohio.

Karen received the "Administrative Support Award" from the Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio for her involvement in that credentialing project and was also awarded the Excellence in Prevention Award (Marketing category) from that same association.

Pierce currently serves as Managing Director of Policy Development & Training for Working Partners®.

Jim Ryan

Certified Prevention Specialist II

Jim Ryan, Working Partners Staff

Jim Ryan is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist II with 25 years' experience in alcohol and other drug abuse prevention. He began his drug-free workplace experience as a program administrator for a non-profit corporation in the early '90s, and has been a trainer with Working Partners® since 2000. His professional experience as a consultant and trainer includes work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Youth to Youth International, the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, The Ohio State University, Franklin County Children Services, Franklin County Educational Council, and various school systems, businesses and other organizations. Jim was honored with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio Award for Excellence in Advocacy; a statewide honor for his work in prevention training and consultation.

Jim was raised in small business: His family owns a small chain of pizza restaurants based in the Columbus area. He also has an extensive history of community service and has received numerous accolades for his volunteer work, including the 2001 Columbus Dispatch Community Service Award. In 2005, The Ohio State University Alumni Association bestowed Jim with the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for service to the university for co-founding and serving as the first president of The Ohio State University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni Society. He is also a 23-year volunteer with Franklin County Children Services, where he has served as a friend and mentor to children under the agency's care and either chaired or vice-chaired the agency's Volunteer Services Advisory Committee for 15 years. Jim received Franklin County Children Services' Outstanding Advisory Committee Member award in 2006.

Jim has a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and also has professional background as a writer, including previous work as a newspaper editor and publisher.

Allison Sharer

Certified Prevention Specialist II

Allison Sharer, Working Partners Staff

Allison Sharer is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist II who has worked in the field of alcohol and other drug abuse prevention for over 20 years. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and got her start in the field working with Youth to Youth, a drug-free peer leadership program.

Since then, Allison has worked in a variety of capacities. She has developed and presented workshops, training and other education opportunities for a wide variety of audiences including parents, college students, community groups and human service providers. She has been a dedicated advocate for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and has held leadership positions at the international, state and local levels. She was past-chair of the Prevention Committee of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, on a state level served as trustee of the Ohio Credentialing Board for Chemical Dependency Professionals. In addition, Allison has served in leadership positions with the Ohio Alcohol and Drug Prevention Workforce Development Taskforce and the Ohio Teen Institute. Her involvement with these organizations has helped shape policies that affect our systems of care and the communities in which prevention practitioners serve.

Allison is the past president of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio (ADAPAO) and was selected as the recipient of the Association's annual award for excellence in training.

Regina Bond

Client Care Consultant

Regina Bond

Regina Bond has been a trainer with Working Partners® since 2008. In February 2014, she joined the full-time staff to serve in the role of Client Care Consultant. Regina’s responsibilities include client services/care, education and training, marketing and research, sales, and community/business outreach.

Before joining Working Partners®, Regina served over 29 years with Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company, in several capacities including managing client/customer relationships, coaching teams and individuals through performance improvement, consulting, and recruiting executive leaders and entrepreneurs.

Additionally, Regina’s prior work activities includes a role as an activity therapist for VOCA, a residential facility for adults with mental health and retardation disabilities; Central Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, Geriatric Unit; and the Alvis House, a halfway house for ex-offenders.

She holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mental Health and Retardation from Columbus State Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Global Management and Communication from Wilberforce University.

Other interests and activities include co-founder of Infinite Learning Centers, independent performance consultant, and board member for Jireh Services and J Ashburn Jr. Youth.

Ramona Reyes

Bilingual Trainer

Ramona Reyes, Working Partners Staff

Ramona R. Reyes is a bilingual trainer with Working Partners®. In addition, she is a human resources specialist at Nationwide Insurance Company where she has been employed for 18 years.

Ramona was appointed to the Columbus Board of Education in January 2009 and then elected into office November 2009. She is the current immediate past president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) and Associate Publisher for the Who's Who in Latino Columbus publication.

Ramona originally came to Columbus when she was awarded the Campbell Soup Scholarship, a scholarship for children of migrant farm working families, to attend The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, she was a member and president of Alpha Psi Lambda fraternity and cabinet member of the Undergraduate Student Government. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a double major in Marketing and Transportation Logistics and is an alumnus of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, a Grass Roots Leadership program.

Over the last several years Ramona has committed herself to volunteerism and community service. Prior to joining the school board, she served a full term as a commissioner of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, and helped organize the first Dia de los Niños (Children's Day) event in Columbus, which now draws more than 4,000 visitors a year. She has helped organize a fund-raiser to rebuild the burned Ohio Hispanic Coalition offices, coordinated the first annual Hispanic Scholarship Fund walk-a-thon, is a member of the Columbus Association of the Performing Arts (CAPA), a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, a United Way and Mid-Ohio Food Bank volunteer and a U10 youth girls soccer coach.

Her honors and awards include: Featured in the Columbus Women's Book, Columbus Hispanic Hero from the City of Columbus and the Columbus Crew, and Distinguish Hispanic Ohioan from the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs' and the Governor.

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