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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, Ohio Infant-Toddler Court Team
Lindsay oversees the statewide initiative to advocate for what's best for children and families through the court system.
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BETH HESS

Managing Director, Policy
Beth 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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AMY MEADE

Director, Center for Early Learning
Amy 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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ERIN RYAN

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

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

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