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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 Consultant and Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist with more than 30 years of experience in alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention. He began his drug-free workplace experience as a program administrator for a non-profit corporation in the early 1990s and has been a trainer with Working Partners® since 2000.

Jim’s broader professional experience as a consultant and trainer includes work with The Ohio State University, Franklin County Children Services, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Association of Ohio, Applied Prevention Science International, and various school systems, behavioral health funding entities, and other organizations. Jim chairs the ADAPAO Prevention Think Tank, a leadership group of veteran Ohio prevention professionals. Jim was also Ohio’s nominee for the International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium’s 2014 Prevention Professional of the Year Award.

Jim was raised in small business: His family owned a small chain of pizza restaurants in Ohio and West Virginia. Jim also previously co-owned a small publishing company, where he was editor of a newspaper targeted to Columbus’ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Jim has an extensive history of community service and has received numerous accolades for his volunteer work, including the Columbus Dispatch Community Service Award. Jim was an inaugural member of The Ohio State University English Department Alumni Advisory Board, and he is co-founder and was the first president of The Ohio State University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni Society. In 2005, The Ohio State University Alumni Association bestowed Jim with the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for service to Ohio State. His longest volunteer service is with Franklin County Children Services, where he has served as a friend and mentor to children under the agency's care and serves on the child welfare agency’s Volunteer Services Advisory Committee. Jim is a recipient of FCCS’ Outstanding Advisory Committee Member award, and, in 2013, received recognition for 25 years of service to the agency.

Allison Sharer

Certified Prevention Specialist II

Allison Sharer, Working Partners Staff

Allison Sharer has been a trainer with Working Partners® since 2000. She is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant who has worked in the field of alcohol and other drug abuse prevention for over 30 years. 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.

Allison has also 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. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication.

Regina Bond

Client Care Consultant

Regina Bond

Regina Bond has been a trainer with Working Partners® since 2008. She also served as a Client Care Consultant for three years focusing on client care services, training, coaching, relationship/partnership management, sales/business development 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 the director of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Center at Catholic Social Services. Prior to coming to the Center, she worked as a Human Resource professional at Nationwide Insurance were she was employed for 24 years.

Ramona R. Reyes was appointed to the Columbus City Schools Board of Education in January 2009 to advocate for a quality education for all children. She is currently serving in her second term and is the first Hispanic elected member of the Board. She chairs the Public Engagement Committee which has championed the annual Columbus City Schools Children’s Day celebrations, “Kicking it with CSS” a student lead radio show, and the parent ambassador program.

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

Over the last several years she has committed herself to volunteerism. She has served as a Commissioner with the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is currently serving on the Board of East Coast Migrant Headstart, Mt. Carmel School of Nursing, Advisory Council of the Columbus Association of the Performing Arts (CAPA), and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.

Ramona received the Champions of Diversity Pioneer award and an EXPY from Experience Columbus as chair CAPA’s Latino Festival steering committee. She was featured in the inaugural edition of Women's Book and the 2013 WELD - Women You Should Know Calendar. She has been named a Columbus Hispanic Hero by the City of Columbus and the Columbus Crew, served as the Publisher for Who’s Who in Latino Columbus, and named a Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs and the Governor of Ohio.

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