MEET OUR STAFF

Committed & Nonpartisan
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SHANNON JONES

President & CEO
Shannon ensures that Groundwork consistently achieves its mission and leads a statewide advocacy effort to achieve the organization’s strategic goals.
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LYNANNE GUTIERREZ

Chief Operating & Policy Officer
Lynanne provides leadership to our policy focuses. She was previously a child and family law attorney and served as a Senior Legislative Aide in the Ohio General Assembly.
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CAROL ARGIRO

Director, Advancement
Carol builds relationships and develops partnerships statewide to support our mission of laying the foundation for every young child in Ohio to be healthy and ready to learn.
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LYSETTE ARNOLD

Community Engagement Associate
Lysette works to create an informed and engaged community outreach strategy that supports Groundwork's policy research and advocacy efforts.

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LINDSAY CIAVARELLI

Director, Center for Maternal
& Young Child Health

Lindsay oversees the Center for Maternal & Young Child Health's activities and drives the Center’s work to improve outcomes for women, young children, and their families.
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BETH HESS

Director, Center for Early Learning
Beth leads the Center’s work to build and transform systems that advance early learning, promote equity, and prioritize prevention through policy development, research, and collaboration.
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AMY MEADE

Director, Operations
Amy oversees the day-to-day activities of the organization and will support our engagement with stakeholders, policy research, and advocacy efforts.

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ERIN RYAN

Director, Policy Advocacy
& External Affairs

Erin advances Groundwork's mission by working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to drive forward bold policy change that strengthens children, families, and communities.
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BECCA THOMAS

Director, Communications
Becca shares the critical work accomplished by the dynamic Groundwork team and its partners to support children and families throughout Ohio.

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LAWRENCE WITHERSPOON

Director, Center for Family Voice
Lawrence leads the Center’s work to elevate the voices of families with young children in early childhood policy and advocacy to achieve programmatic, policy, and practice changes at local, regional, and state levels.

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MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

BOARD MEMBERS
ROBYN LIGHTCAP
Board Chair
Preschool Promise
DAVID MELIN
PNC Bank
LISA GRAY
Ohio Excels