Meet the Panel
Director and Consultant
David Schroot has been involved in human services for over forty years. He began his career in 1970 as a parole officer and since this time has served as a planner for a community mental health board; director of a juvenile court; director, (Ohio) Office of Criminal Justice Services; and, director of community-based residential and outpatient substance abuse programs.
Mr. Schroot joined the staff of Alvis House, a halfway house program for adult offenders in Columbus, as director of program development after having served on the board of directors for six years. In 1997 he returned to state government with the Department of Youth Services where he served in various capacities until retiring as a deputy director in 2009.
For the past three years he has worked as a consultant promoting juvenile justice reform, reentry, youth development and community corrections; and recently accepted the position as director of a residential program serving developmentally disabled, adolescent males with a history of violence and sexual behavior.
Mr. Schroot holds a bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and a master degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University.
Deputy Director of the Division of Parole and Community Services
Chief of the Adult Parole Authority
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Sara Andrews was appointed Deputy Director of the Division of Parole and Community Services (DPCS) and Chief of the Adult Parole Authority (APA) for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) in March 2010. Sara had previously served as the Superintendent of the Adult Parole Authority since 2003. She began her career with DRC as a parole officer in 1991 and since then held a variety of positions within DPCS including hearing officer with the Ohio Parole Board. Sara’s academic background includes a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and M.S. degree from the University of Dayton, Ohio. She is a member of the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections, Ohio Chief Probation Officer Association, American Probation and Parole Association, the Interagency Council Homelessness and Affordable Housing and is the Ohio Commissioner for the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision.
Assistant Chief, Bureau of Community Sanctions
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Kara Peterson earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Criminology from the Ohio State University in 1993. She also obtained a Master of Arts Degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 1995. Kara began her career with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as a Parole Officer in 1996. She joined the Bureau of Community Sanctions in 2000. Kara’s work as Assistant Chief involves developing and monitoring contracts and grants with community correction programs that provide residential services to adult offenders being diverted from prison as well as those being released from correctional institutions reentering the community. She also oversees the application of performance-based audit standards within the community programs to ensure evidence-based practices are employed while providing services to offenders.
Momentum Strategy Group
Nathan Minerd has a wealth of experience in public affairs, communications and organizational management. Through his consulting and lobbying practice, he helps clients influence legislation and government policy, improve communications with customers and key stakeholders, open markets for their products and services, and find sources of public and private funding.
Previously, Nathan served as Director of Corporate Relations for Columbus Housing Partnership, where he developed and managed external relationships, oversaw the creation and implementation of a new marketing and communications strategy, and was responsible for the fundraising efforts that supported the organization’s $4 million annual budget.
Nathan has over thirteen years of experience in the government and political arenas. He was the Director of Legislative Affairs for Ohio’s juvenile corrections system. In this role, he oversaw the government relations and communications programs of a cabinet-level state agency with over 3,000 staff. He was directly responsible for the passage of numerous pieces of legislation in the Ohio General Assembly, including the agency’s $280 million annual budget.
Nathan also served as Special Assistant to the Governor of Ohio, advising him on public safety, homeland security and criminal justice issues, while overseeing five cabinet-level state agencies, including the Ohio National Guard, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the State Highway Patrol. In addition, he has worked on numerous political and issue campaigns, serving as a senior consultant and advisor to elected officials across Ohio.
Nathan started his professional career at the State and Local Government Commission of Ohio where he was a liaison to all local governments, elected officials, and their constituencies on behalf of the Executive Branch. He also coordinated and managed outreach activities to elected officials and citizens across the state, serving as an advocate for their interests at the state-level.
Nathan is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and resides in Columbus with his wife, daughter and dog.
Valerie L. Howard
Postsecondary Education / CSCC-YB Nurse Assisting
Ms. Howard is a native of Columbus, Ohio and an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, who has been a part of the YouthBuild Columbus Community School staff for nearly four years. Ms. Howard grew up as an adolescent in a neighborhood located only blocks away from YBCCS’s location. Therefore, she has a clear understanding of what is required to insure student success through support and encouragement. After graduating from Columbus North High School, Ms. Howard attended The Ohio State University and shortly thereafter got married and began her family. Now, after successfully raising three children, not only does she fill her day enjoying her five grandchildren, Ms. Howard is currently attending college to finish pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Committed in her role as Program Coordinator at YouthBuild Columbus, Ms. Howard always reminds her students “the greatest investment you can ever make is the positive investment made in ones’ self”.
Interim Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development
Columbus State Community College
Nancy Case is the interim dean of Community Education and Workforce Development at Columbus State Community College where she has worked since August 2006. Nancy attended Miami University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Finance and later attended Yale School of Management, earning a Master of Public and Private Management. She started her career in the U.S. Peace Corps serving more than three years in Cameroon, West Africa as a technical advisor for a women’s cooperative. After graduate school, she moved to Columbus to join Bank One (now JPMorganChase) where she held a variety of management positions over 14 years. Prior to joining Columbus State, Nancy worked at the United Way of Central Ohio, staffing the Employment Vision Council. She and her husband Larry live in Worthington.